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Kelley Kitley, a psychotherapist based in Chicago, said she has experienced the benefits firsthand. When she’s transitioning from working with clients all day to coming home to her husband and four kids, she finds her daily practice of singing in the car to be an incredible stress release.

“It used to be a ritual for me to home and pour a glass of wine,” Kitley said. “So when I got sober six years ago, I needed to replace that with something positive. I love music and singing along, it totally energizes me.”

It’s not only made Kitley’s solo commute more enjoyable, but car rides with the whole family have turned into a more relaxing experience. Plus, it provides a fun alternative for people who don’t like meditating and other forms of stress management, she said.

“There’s usually some discrepancy in song choice, but it’s really fun,” Kitley said. “Especially because we’re in the car so much. I recommend it to my clients as much as I do yoga or meditation.”
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Lady Gaga shares mental health struggle, thoughts of suicide: 'My inner voice shut down'
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"Medicare officials see the added benefits as a key to helping Advantage members prevent costly hospitalizations. Federal approval of new supplemental benefits is "one of the most significant changes made to the Medicare program," said Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, at an insurers' meeting last month. She added that she expects plans to expand the number of services in coming years."
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“My anxiety makes me feel like I’m never doing enough, accomplishing enough, and that I’m constantly falling behind or disappointing someone,” she told HuffPost.

“I think all of us — women, in particular — are under a huge amount of pressure to do and be everything to everyone,” she continued. “My art is my reaction to these pressures and expectations. It allows me to express my frustrations and anxieties out loud, and also laugh at them.”
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"Yet, for decades we have known that mental health is not truly separate from our overall health. Mental health directly affects our physical health, and vice versa. The valuation of what mental health expenditures cost our health system each year is currently estimated at $204 Billion and growing. And while treatments such Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) have been shown to improve thoughts and behaviors that impact health decisions and outcomes, dealing with mental health and physical health jointly can be exceptionally difficult in our current system – and therefore, often goes ignored."
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"Massachusetts has more mental health care providers per capita than any other state, more psychiatrists than anywhere but Washington, D.C., more child psychiatrists than all but D.C. and Rhode Island.

Yet poor and middle-class patients describe an often-frustrating and painful struggle to find a provider who will see them, at a price they can afford. They sometimes suffer longer than necessary, or settle for care by an inexperienced or less-credentialed practitioner."
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“You need to know that part of being strong and tough is having the courage to seek help when you need it,” he told the crowd. “You must not silently suffer. You are all in this together.”

“And, if I may speak personally, we are all in this together,” he continued. “Because asking for help was one of the best decisions that I ever made. You will be continually amazed at how life changes for the better.”
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"In school, you might worry about when you will find out your final grades. During job searches, you might not be able to stop thinking about when you will get a callback; perhaps you dread a rejection email. When you wait for your Uber driver to pick you up, you might keep checking how far away he or she is; you might start to get annoyed and consider canceling your ride. All of this impatience is not only caused by anxiety, but it also creates more anxiety." | HealthyPlace
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"It’s so hard not to run ourselves ragged. It’s so hard to stop when there’s so much to do.

But what happens when our bodies break down, and we need days to recover? What happens when we’re too exhausted to savor yet another sweet moment? What happens when we feel empty or when our minds start revolting, searching for solace in places like social media—which only spike and deepen our fatigue?"
Are You Running Yourself Ragged?
Are You Running Yourself Ragged?
blogs.psychcentral.com
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Espinoza was initially concerned video of Ranallo in the throes of a manic episode might be too revealing for public consumption and could hurt his professional reputation. He soon realized his thoughts were part of the stigma associated with mental illness.

“I realized what I saw as an urge to protect him and his professional reputation was in fact a symptom of what he’s fighting against,” Espinoza said. “If this were a documentary on any illness other than mental illness, no one would be worried about the repercussions to his reputation and professional career. When you have cancer or diabetes, there’s not the same type of judgment there is with mental illness. We should start talking about it and keep talking about until people get comfortable with the discussion.”
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