NAMI Greenville Blog

Return to Work: The New Normal Centers Mental Health

JAN. 07, 2022 By Wema Hoover What does return to the workplace look like after two years of empty offices, makeshift home offices and employees struggling to balance work and life demands? How do organizations create a workplace…

How You Can #Act4MentalHealth During the Next Legislative Session

JAN. 05, 2022 By Jessica W. Hart and Brandon Graham With most state legislatures convening in January, now is the perfect time to start getting ready to put mental health on the legislative agenda. Together, let’s make mental…

How My Mental Health Support Group Became My Lifeline

JAN. 03, 2022 By Betsey O'Brien I’ll admit that the first time I entered the room, I was really, really scared. It was my first time in a mental health support group. I felt uneasy, thinking about telling my family’s…

Recent Changes May Affect Access to an Important Medication

DEC. 29, 2021 By Ken Duckworth, M.D. Our team at NAMI remains focused on access to the best care, so we’re sharing information on changes to how the medication, clozapine, is prescribed and dispensed. Clozapine is an effective…

How I Developed a Healthy Relationship with Exercise to Help My Mental Health

DEC. 27, 2021 By Margot Harris When things got bad, everyone told me to exercise. “It always helps me to take a workout class — just to sweat a little,” my well-meaning friend said as she stroked my unwashed hair. “Just…

Taking the Leap of Faith to Healthy Self-Esteem

DEC. 22, 2021 By Susie Moore A young client of mine was recently describing her struggles with low self-esteem. She doesn’t like the way she looks on the outside or who she believes she is on the inside. She doesn’t see any…

How to Prioritize Self-Care During the Holidays

DEC. 17, 2021 By Kevin Connors, M.S., MFT, and Kathryn Hamel, Ph.D. The holiday season is typically seen as a time of joy and merriment; of family and friends gathering and celebrating together. However, many have begun to have…

How the “Laziness Myth” Affects Those with Mental Illness

DEC. 15, 2021 By Ashley Nestler, MSW Recently, I have been reflecting on a concept I like to call “the laziness myth.” This myth, as explained by social psychologist Devon Price, is born from a workaholic culture and…

How Finding NAMI Was Pivotal to My Recovery

DEC. 13, 2021 By Rebecca Coursey As I reflect on my recovery story, I always come back to the ways in which NAMI facilitated my progress. In 2006, when I was 26 years old, I was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder. For a long time…

How to Prepare for Your Psychiatric Appointment

DEC. 10, 2021 By Katherine Ponte, JD, MBA, CPRP; Mark Costa, M.D., MPH; and Anthony J. Pavlo, Ph.D. Seeing a psychiatrist, particularly for the first time, can be intimidating. Seeking help can mean confronting the unknowns, like…

Learning to Identify and Self-Manage Mania

DEC. 08, 2021 By Max E. Guttman, LCSW I first experienced mania during my sophomore year of college. My highs were mountaintop experiences filled with euphoria, drama, risky behavior, gambling, substance use and poor judgment calls. Mania…

What I Learned from Experiencing Postpartum OCD and Depression

DEC. 06, 2021 By Patricia DiJoseph, Ph.D. Looking back, I had all the classic symptoms — and they were severe. I believed someone had to be in the back seat with my son Thomas in the car; otherwise, he’d die. I believed I…