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Tips for Taking Charge of Your Emotional Life

October 17, 2009

(NewsUSA) – Life is full of ups and downs, of joy and sorrow.
But, when you're feeling persistently sad, anxious, confused or have lost interest in activities
that you once enjoyed, it's time to ask yourself what's wrong.

Remember, you are not alone. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, more than
75 million Americans suffer from a common mental illness such as anxiety disorder, attention
deficit disorder (ADD), post-traumatic stress disorder or clinical depression, one of the most
common causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide.

"About 50 percent of people who meet diagnostic criteria for psychiatric illness do not seek
help," said Dr. Eve Wood, psychiatrist and author of the new book "Medicine Mind and Meaning." "And
many of those who do seek help will not get better because they lack a necessary diagnosis, are
misdiagnosed or are not treated with a comprehensive healing model."

Wood offers the following tips for taking charge of your mental health and finding
your way to wellness.

* Recognize the problem. Your distress might be due to an unrecognized illness.
Learn the warning signs of common disorders to help identify the problem.

* Consider that you might have more than one diagnosis. Sometimes your second diagnosis will
not become apparent until the first one is identified and addressed.

* Evaluate your life choices. Consider whether you are suited for the path you are

* Honor your feelings and inner wisdom. Focus on your core feelings. What can they
teach you about your life?

* Identify the mindset challenges that bind you. Have you taken on certain beliefs that
are causing you pain or difficulty?

* Use affirmations to address these mindset challenges. For instance, turn the
mindset "I'm a failure" into "My best is good enough."

* Nurture hope. Surround yourself with positive messages and people who believe in
you and your potential.

* Seek help. Ask for it when you find yourself stuck, confused or overwhelmed.

For more tips, consult Wood's book "Medicine, Mind and Meaning." This guide will teach you
how to use your clinical history to determine whether you might be suffering from one or a series
of common psychiatric illnesses and show you how to pursue appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

To learn more about the book and common psychiatric disorders, visit For more information on taking charge of
your emotional life, send an e-mail to info@medicine and place the words "Ten
Tips" in the subject line.