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"Assist" Comes to Ventura County

Assist (also known as Laura's Law) goes into effect in Ventura County on January 30, 2017.

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  • 12 January 2017
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
  • Number of views: 1816
  • Comments: 0

A guest post by Lisa Triche

The Holiday Tune-Up, re-post

Happy Holidays

For the holiday season, I'm excited to share a piece with you by my friend, Lisa Triche. Lisa lives a bountiful life that includes managing bipolar disorder. I asked her to share a short story to shine a light on how hard it can be for loved ones living with a mood disorder to face the holiday season. She also identifies warning signs that might indicate trouble is brewing and methods she uses to cope and to keep herself on track. For family members, this is an inside perspective on thoughts and feelings that are sometimes hard for our loved ones to share with us.

She writes, "I tell you this story because like the family reunion that summer, the holiday season is approaching and it’s even worse. It’s 'Hurricane Season.' For people with mood disorders, such as myself, the holidays are comparable to high school reunions, yet with more at stake."

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  • 9 December 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
  • Number of views: 2120
  • Comments: 0

A guest post by Lisa Triche

The Holiday Tune-Up

Happy Thanksgiving, friends.

For the start to the holiday season, I'm excited to share a piece with you by my friend, Lisa Triche. Lisa lives a bountiful life that includes managing bipolar disorder. I asked her to share a short story to shine a light on how hard it can be for loved ones living with a mood disorder to face the holiday season. She also identifies warning signs that might indicate trouble is brewing and methods she uses to cope and to keep herself on track. For family members, this is an inside perspective on thoughts and feelings that are sometimes hard for our loved ones to share with us.

She writes, "I tell you this story because like the family reunion that summer, the holiday season is approaching and it’s even worse. It’s 'Hurricane Season.' For people with mood disorders, such as myself, the holidays are comparable to high school reunions, yet with more at stake."

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  • 25 November 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
  • Number of views: 2373
  • Comments: 5

A guest post by F.D. Raphael

Depression, The Hyperendemic That We Don't Understand

The CDC defines hyperendemic as persistent, high levels of disease occurrence. Figuratively, I would argue that depression is hyperendemic.  Just ask a mother, or brother, or lover of any 1 of 5 people it seizes upon and you will know its contagion; how quickly it can spread throughout their family, and to their friends. . .

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  • 14 September 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
  • Number of views: 2075
  • Comments: 8
Hi, My Name Is. . .

I am honored to announce my first guest piece to appear on this site. Erika (who has requested that I withhold her last name) is a 21-year-old woman with an inspiring story of recovery from addiction. She also lives with mental illness. An incredible 35% of people living with mental illness have an addiction disorder. Her story is one of such hope that I couldn't wait to share it with you. Please help me welcome Erika to the site, and thank her for her bravery and wisdom..

If you struggle with addiction or mental health issues or a combination of the two, please know that you are not alone. Help is available. Recovery is real and it is possible.

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  • 17 August 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
  • Number of views: 1990
  • Comments: 2

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