How to Help Someone with Depression

From mentalhealthhotline.org (article republished with permission)

A good support system is utterly essential in helping someone cope with depression. While the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that 17.3 million American adults (a little over 7% of the population) struggle with a major depressive disorder each year, those struggles can be greatly mitigated by the care and attention of friends, family, counselors, medical professionals, and clergy. For the 2.2 million youth (amounting to 9.2% in 2020) who also struggle with depression, these support systems can work wonders in preventing substance use, suicidal episodes, and other comorbid mental and physical health issues.

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Five Things You Should Know About Depression (For Women)

From mentalhealthhotline.org (article republished with permission)

Everybody has bad days. Sometimes we go through periods of time when we feel awful and like the world is against us. Depression is far worse. It doesn’t just last for a period of time. It’s a mental disorder that affects everyday life every single day. Depression affects everything, from your thoughts to your actions, from work to school to sleep. There are also multiple forms of depression. If you feel the need to talk to someone about depression, call us at 1-866-903-3787. Specialists are standing by.

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Depression Signs & Symptoms

From mentalhealthhotline.org (article republished with permission)

Bad days happen to everyone. It’s completely normal to feel awful sometimes. Life can be rough, and people are emotional creatures. However, if feelings of sadness or loneliness or disconnection begin to overwhelm you, affecting your life and lasting long periods of time, you may be suffering from depression. If you or someone you know needs immediate assistance regarding depression, please call the National Mental Health Hotline at 1-866-903-3787 right now. We’re standing by.

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Autistic Travel Is Evolving – Giving Families and Individuals More Reasons to Travel

Alex Stratikis,

By Alex Stratikis, Autistic Self-Advocate, and World Traveler

Instagram: @autismadventuresabroad

It’s understandable that autistic people and their families may feel apprehensive about travel since it requires them to step outside their comfort zone and routine, which can present some challenges. Things like anxiety, sensory issues, spatial awareness, and prioritization are just some of the challenges that an autistic individual may have that prevents them from considering travel as a viable option.

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Why Mental Health Practitioners Need Autism Certification

by Robert Jason Grant Ed.D, LPC, RPT-S, ACAS

Several years ago, I received a referral to provide therapy to a young boy diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This was my first referral to work with a child with ASD. I quickly realized that my mental health license and my training in play therapy were missing something to fully and effectively work with this child and his family. I began searching for established ASD treatments I could learn and incorporate into my work with this young person and other clients struggling with similar issues. Along this journey, I eventually integrated models and evidence-based practices to create a protocol for mental health therapists and especially play therapists called AutPlay® Therapy. This was satisfying in my individual clinical work, but I still felt somewhat isolated in terms of professional identity and accountability regarding my work with ASD.

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An Open Letter to ER & Medical Professionals From an Autistic Adult

From Dr. Kerry Magro – Speaker, Author & Autism Self-Advocate

Dear ER & medical professionals,

Growing up with autism I dealt with severe sensory challenges. Bright lights would hurt my eyes. Loud noises would either have me covering my ears or bolting away from the noises. There were plenty of meltdowns. These are all too common reactions for many of us on the spectrum. Experiences like going to a doctor and/or hospital can be scary for all children (and adults) but especially for someone like me who has autism. Continue Reading →

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