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My Recovery Begins to Take Shape

So, after a series of near fatal setbacks as to my mental health status, I reconciled to move into a community residence for people diagnosed with serious mental health disorders outside Boston, Mass in 2009. It is here where I slowly cleared my head a bit and connected with others that had serious mental health… Read more »

Self Medication Part 2: Mental Health Recovery Process

Author Brian Belt, sharing a continuation on the topic and Blog on Self Medication So, after I finally confided details of my thought process and traumatic memories with my counselor, I was given the diagnoses of schizophrenia, substance use disorder, and schizotypal personality disorder.  And no, I wasn’t placed involuntarily into a psychiatric ward for… Read more »

Self-medication and a first step in the mental health recovery process

  Upon returning to the states after experiencing my first major psychotic break, I was pressured by both my parents to speak with a psychiatric counselor.  I did so but only Very reluctantly-   At the time, I believe I was being fed a strong daily cocktail of antipsychotic medication that slowed my thought process… Read more »

Substance Use Disorder and Neurodiversity

As many people in the mental health community are aware, there is a positive correlation between substance abuse issues and neurodiverse/mental health conditions.  Many people with mental health diagnoses ranging from depression, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia commonly go through periods where they abuse substances whether it be alcohol, cocaine, heroin, or other inebriants to manage… Read more »

Learning Opportunities for the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful. There’s so much to do, so little time! The hustle and bustle of it all can feel overwhelming. I recommend approaching the holidays as an ideal opportunity to create concrete learning opportunities. Before diving into our identified list of 7 moments for meaningful growth, here are three quick teaching tips… Read more »

Implications for Students with Learning Disabilities, Reading Disabilities, and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

In this chapter we discuss the application of social cognitive theory (SCT)—and especially the role of self-efficacy—to students with disabilities. SCT is a major psychological theory that has been widely applied in education and offers principles highly relevant to educational psychology. Situated within this theoretical framework, selfefficacy is a construct that often has been researched… Read more »

What is Executive Functioning? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Parents are often looking for tips for how to help their child or children be more focused and organized with their school work. Parents also seek advice on how to help their child and children better manage their emotions and prevent meltdowns. These are examples of executive functioning skills, a hot topic among parents and… Read more »

“Whoops, there she goes!”

  Every sixteen year old is excited to get their driver’s license. I, on the other hand, was not so happy. Let’s take a trip down memory lane to the first time I drove a car. At seventeen, I am just starting to drive and I am completely unaware of my lazy eye. The driving… Read more »

Xeroderma Pigmentosm: Katie’s Story

When I was a toddler, I was diagnosed with Xeroderma Pigmentosm (XP). You are probably thinking, “What is that and how do I even begin to pronounce that fancy-looking word?” Well, let me help you out a bit. Zee·row·dur·muh puhg·muhn·tow·sm is a life-threatening genetic disorder that prevents me from ever being in sunlight. I know… Read more »

Don’t Take No For An Answer

Once Devin graduated high school, Lisa and I were ready to tackle the next step in his journey, college! We seriously thought about not sending him to pursue higher education. Devin was not built for school and we thought a trade school would probably be a better option. However, Devin still lacked some academic and… Read more »

To Have Tourette’s or Not Have Tourette’s is my Question

Ever since I can remember, my father would always talk to himself or bite his knuckle with his eyes wide open as his body moved in a angry fashion. I never thought much of it other than it was weird. When he was in the mitts of these actions, he was in a zone and… Read more »

The Importance of Early Diagnosis

It wasn’t until I was 37 years-old and after the birth of my fourth child, that I was properly diagnosed with bipolar II disorder.  That changed my life…for a little while.  From that year forward I experienced one to two episodes a year.  The episodes mainly took the form of deep depression.  I honestly felt… Read more »

I have three kids and the smartest one has a learning disability

My three kids are Devin (20) Riley (18) and Morgan (15), and what makes this title so funny is that it’s TRUE! When we first learned about Devin’s challenges, I was devastated. For the first 10 years, I convinced myself that Devin would be living with Lisa and I for the rest of our lives…. Read more »

Don’t Underestimate Your Child With a Disability 

The biggest obstacle I had to over come when raising Devin, was my ability to have confidence in his actions. Whether it was his academic ability, athletic ability or social skills, I struggled with believing in his capabilities but he always proved me wrong. Devin struggled with gross and fine motor skills, speech and language,… Read more »