Psychiatric disabilities

Self-Directed Care May Help People with Serious Mental Illness Take an Active Role in Their Recovery

Serious mental illnesses (SMI) are conditions like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or depression. People with serious mental illness often receive traditional mental health services funded by Medicaid, such as medications or psychotherapy. These services may help reduce SMI symptoms, but they may not be effective enough to help people with SMI participate fully in their communities. Self-directed care (SDC) is a new and alternative approach to traditional care for people with SMI.

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Can Social Media Help People with Serious Mental Illness Feel More Connected to Their Community?

People with serious mental illness (SMI) have conditions like depression, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder that can affect their ability to participate in their communities and build social relationships. Social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, allows people with and without disabilities to connect with friends and family, both locally and far away. Many people with SMI use social media to communicate with friends, find peer support from others with similar conditions, or receive health-related information.

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How do you motivate smokers with serious mental illness to commit to quitting?

The health impacts of smoking cigarettes are well known and, while the number of smokers in the US has generally declined, rates of smoking among people with mental illness remain higher than those among people without mental illness. People with severe mental illness (SMI) are even more likely to be smokers. Research has shown that combining medication with support programs can help people with SMI who want to quit smoking. Brief motivational interventions can help these smokers get started on the path to quitting, but can these programs make a difference in quitting long term?

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RehabWire Volumen 2 Número 9, Octubre 2000

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El RehabWire de octubre está en la mente. La investigación financiada por NIDRR incluye a las personas con discapacidades psiquiátricas y las barreras que enfrentan como miembros de la comunidad en general.

RehabWire - Volumen 8, Número 4, mayo 2006.

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La Salud Mental

Para el mes de mayo, RehabWire mira a la investigación actual sobre el empleo y las personas con discapacidades psiquiátricas.

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