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Krystal Monique Reddick is a high school English teacher in suburban New Jersey. She has a degree in African American Studies, Political Science, and English from Duke University. And a Master's in Education from Rutgers University. In the Fall of 2015 she will be going back to graduate school to pursue Social Work. She blogs at Manic Monique's Meanderings: My Journey to Wellness.

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3 Life Lessons For Any Age

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 1:27 PM

A friend posted a question to Facebook this week. She'll be turning 30 soon and was asking for any advice or life lessons or tips as she heads toward this milestone birthday.

I'll be 32 in August. While not that much older than her, I've learned lots over the past...

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Who Cares for the Caregiver?

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 3:25 PM

Mark Lukach's article "My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward" has been making the rounds on social media for the past few weeks. It is an honest and painful read. As the title implies, Lukach writes about his experiences with his wife's psychiatric problems. Her diagnosis: depression with...

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Self-Care as Revolutionary Action

(4) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 11:55 AM

Self-care is crucial. It is critical for your mental and physical health. And it is critical for stress management.

Audre Lorde, the "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet" wrote: "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare." Yes, you read...

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To Accept or Reject Mental Health Labels, That Is the Question

(24) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 2:04 PM

What's in a mental health label? Schizophrenia. Bipolar. Anxiety. Depression. OCD. And so on.

Does a mental health label define you?

I've had numerous conversations with my therapist about the bipolar label. I've been diagnosed for seven years now. I went six years in between my first and second hospitalizations...

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How to Rebuild Your Life After a Mental Illness Hospital Stay

(4) Comments | Posted November 30, 2014 | 11:52 PM

You've just had your first or fifth hospitalization for mental illness. How do you begin to rebuild your life? Where do you start?

The most important first step is to secure providers. You'll need both a therapist and a psychiatrist. The therapist will handle your talk therapy. They will help...

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Mental Health Stigma

(1) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 2:40 PM

Unfortunately, there is a stigma associated with mental illness. This stigma leads many people to suffer in silence. Or worse, to not seek help.

This week a friend called me Hester Prynne. You know, the heroine of Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic The Scarlet Letter. For those of you who slept through...

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Insensitive Comments About Mental Illness

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 2:17 PM

The first time I was hospitalized in 2007 a friend had heard about it. But he didn't know the reason I was in the hospital. When I told him, he said "At least it's not cancer." I didn't say anything to him. But later I would become very upset about...

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Mental Illness on TV

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 6:00 PM

There are three TV shows (that I know of) dealing with mental illness: United States of Tara deals with multiple personality disorder and Black Box and Homeland both deal with bipolar disorder. I've watched all three.

United States of Tara is a great show. Toni Collette does a...

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How I Manage My Bipolar Disorder

(2) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 11:40 AM

I went six years between my first (2007) and second (2013) hospitalizations. I pride myself on that. I was hospitalized for a third time in 2014. Through my three hospitalizations and three IOPs (Intensive Outpatient Therapy) I've met people on their 10th or 15th hospitalization. Some people are chronically unemployed...

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Clothes Really Do Make the Person

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 9:10 AM

I've been doing a lot of shopping lately (this could be a manic shopping spree, although the mania is starting to come down). With my 23-pound weight loss, I've decided to buy clothes that I feel great in. I've missed getting dressed. I really miss my wardrobe. All last year...

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Sleep and Mood Disorders

(2) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 12:47 PM

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. The way you feel while you're awake depends in part on what happens while you're sleeping....
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Acupuncture and Deep Breathing

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 2:10 PM

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I started doing acupuncture last year when I got out of the hospital in April 2013. So it's been over a year. I must say I really love it. I was looking to balance out my use of Western psychiatric medication with more...

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Mental Health in the Black Community

(8) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 5:41 PM

As a black woman, I've thought a lot about mental health in the black community. There is stigma in every racial and ethnic community around mental health, but especially so in the black community. There is the myth of the black superwoman, the memory of the

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A Letter to My Younger Self

(14) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 3:07 PM

I bought this book, but haven't read it yet. The concept is that you write a letter to your younger self, giving the advice you wish you would've received at the time. Here's my letter. I've chosen to write to myself after my first hospitalization when...

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