Mental Health
Myth or Fact
Symptoms & Diagnoses
Celebrities & Mental Health
Coping Skills

Medication is the only treatment method that works for mental health problems.

Medication does not outright cure mental illness. However, it may help with the management of symptoms. Medication paired with psychotherapy is the one of the most effective ways to promote recovery.


This disorder is a combination of a manic phase (a sudden onset of exhilaration and excessive good mood), and a depressive phase (feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, and prolonged sadness)

Bipolar Disorder


The therapy style that emphasizes the cognitive triangle (thoughts, feelings, behaviors)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)


Model actress, lifestyle guru, Chrissy Teigen struggled with this mental illness. 

Post-partum depression


3 skills to manage  anxiety.

Get up and sing, dance, or play music; Take a bath or shower; muscle relaxation; get artistic; go outside, take a walk; limit caffeine, tapping, exposure; relax your jaw; name it to tame it


Mental illness is rare.

Myth: Mental health problems are actually very common. In 2014, about:

  • One in five American adults experienced a mental health issue
  • One in 10 young people experienced a period of major depression
  • One in 25 Americans lived with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It accounts for the loss of more than 41,000 American lives each year, more than double the number of lives lost to homicide.


What are 3 symptoms of depression?

Despair and hopelessness; feeling detached from life and those around you; continued fatigue or loss of energy; sadness; bouts of crying; difficulty concentrating; suicidal thoughts; eating less or more; sleeping less or more; Losing interest in activities  


Therapy that was developed by Marsha Linehan and focuses on emotional regulation, mindfulness, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation. 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy


Leading actor of Titanic who struggles with symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Leonardo DiCaprio


3 skills to manage emotional dysregulation. 

STOPP; TIPP; radical acceptance, mindfulness, breathing, 4,4,4 breathing; journaling; planning a conversation; take space; setting boundaries


Personality weakness or character flaws do not cause mental health problems. 

Fact: Mental health problems have nothing to do with being lazy or weak and many people need help to get better. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

  • Biological factors, such as genes, physical illness, injury, or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences, such as trauma or a history of abuse
  • Family history of mental health problems

This disorder is characterized by symptoms similar to depression and anxiety  though includes flashbacks or night terrors.  

PTSD or unspecified trauma disorder


A treatment that uses bilateral movement to process trauma, enhance performance, and help people to quit smoking among other treatment topics.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)


The singer of "Bad Romance" who experiences symptoms of PTSD.

Lady Gaga


3 ways to practice mindfulness.

breathing techniques, finding an anchor, grounding into the floor, temperature, 5 senses, observing thoughts, progressive muscle relaxation, visualization, guided meditation; body scan; tai chi; crafting; music; 5 senses eating 


Males attempt suicide more often than females do.

Myth. Females attempt approximately 4 times as often. However, males have a higher rate of death. This is because men tend to use more violent methods.


What event is this describing?..." sweating, nausea, trembling and numbness in the legs or hands, dizziness, hot or cold flashes, a feeling of tightness or pressure in the chest, hyperventilation, “jelly” legs or blurred vision can develop. Individuals may even feel like they are going to die of a heart attack"

Panic or anxiety attack


A goal-oriented therapy that places focus on a person's present and future circumstances and goals rather than past experiences; the symptoms or issues bringing a person to therapy are typically not targeted.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)


Michael Phelps, holder of 28 gold medals is diagnosed with:



3 ways to manage dissociation.

5 senses, grounding, acknowledging; avoiding or acknowledging triggers; tapping; square breathing; 4-7-8 breathing, TIPP


Talking about suicidal thoughts  increases the risk of following through with a suicide attempt.

Myth: There is a widespread stigma associated with suicide and as a result, many people are afraid to speak about it. Talking about suicide not only reduces the stigma, but also allows individuals to seek help, rethink their opinions and share their story with others. We all need to talk more about suicide. 


2 diagnoses that are considered eating disorders.

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders (OSFED)
  • Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
  • Rumination Disorder
  • Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder (UFED)

Talk therapy in which you work with a therapist to identify and understand the specific sub-personalities or families that make up your internal mental system.

Internal Family System (IFS)


This mathematician changed the face of game theory earning him Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1994. Actor Russell Crowe portrayed him in the biographical drama which exposed the interconnectedness of his work and symptoms of schizophrenia.

John Nash

A Beautiful Mind


3 ways to prevent relapse (Substance use or harmful behaviors).

Reverse tomorrow trap; Crisis Planning; plan for triggers; playing the tape forward; Stopping the snowball; distress tolerance; distraction; spend time with friends...

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