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Issue #97 (Summer, 2009) issue cover
On Our Minds
The Mental Illness Issue

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After having suicidal thoughts and cutting herself, V.N. is committed to a psychiatric hospital, but she doesn't think she's crazy. Harming herself seems to help her escape the trauma of sexual abuse. (full text)

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Young adults who weren't taught as children how to handle difficult emotions are more likely to develop mental health issues as adults. (full text)

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Trauma is an experience so upsetting that the mind cannot make sense of it. By learning to tell the story of your trauma through therapy, you can begin to put it behind you. (full text)

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Therapy and trusting relationships with people can help teens manage stress and difficult emotions, and recover from childhood trauma. (full text)

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Cynthia experiences panic attacks and dissociation, a foggy state where her mind separates from her body. A therapist helps her realize that these are defenses against trauma from the past, which she can now begin to face. (full text)

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Dr. John DiLallo describes how psychotropic medications work, why they can be helpful, and also their limitations. (full text)

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Due to a painful childhood, Erica suffers from bipolar and borderline personality disorder. She sabotages her therapy treatments -- until she becomes pregnant. Erica stepped it up in therapy so she can be a good mother. (full text)

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A therapist explains why therapy is important, how it works, and why it can be better than talking to a friend or family member. (full text)

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Represent writers share tips on how to relieve stress, from meditation to writing to watching comedies. (full text)

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Otis is teased in school because he has cerebral palsy. He attempts suicide, then uses therapy to find better ways to communicate and express his anger. (full text)
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