Category: Being in Therapy

You should talk to your kids about mental illness. Here’s how.

(This is a guest post by David Susman, PhD, a psychologist in Kentucky.)
If you’re a parent and you or another family member has experienced mental health concerns, you probably have felt unsure about how to talk with your children about this issue. Should you discuss it at all? If you do, what should you …[Read More]

Suicide facts and stats tell us what it is, but not why it happens

Here are the demographic statistics for suicide: a 63-year-old white man living in the western United States exists is at highest risk.  Men kill themselves about four times as frequently as women. Of those who died by suicide in 2011, 78.5 percent were men and 21.5 percent were women.
These numbers do not tell us the …[Read More]

Trying to understand Robin Williams’ death and how to stop suicide

The world is reeling in shock from the death of Robin Williams. He was an amazing man–an icon. His popularity spanned generations. He had it all…talent, fame, money, a family and friends. Yes, he had it all…even depression and addictions.
The world is in mourning together. So many of us feel the sadness; as if the …[Read More]

Does your health insurance cover mental health treatment? The answer may surprise you!

Four years ago, in 2010, I wrote this about insurance coverage for mental health care:
“Mental health parity is real. It is happening. But depending on the kind of insurance plan you have and the kind of treatment you want, you may have to jump some hurdles to get the benefits you deserve.”
At that time, the mental …[Read More]