Welcome to the Find the Light. The mission of this website is to provide
a place for adults that are suffering
from mental illnesses such as anxiety, mood disorders
(bipolar, depressive disorders) to gain information.
Find the Light provides accurate, credible information relating to various mental health issues.
We also welcome
caregivers and/or parents
of children and adults with these crippling disorders. There
is a strong connection between good mental and physical
health (mind/body). We offer tips for those that are
suffering from both.
*******PLEASE NOTE. WE AREN'T ACCEPTING NEW MEMBERS AT
THIS TIME. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AN ONLINE MENTAL HEALTH
SUPPORT GROUP PLEASE CHECK OUT
PSYCH CENTRAL'S FORUMS
Which Online Support
So, perhaps you have decided to try
online support group
and found your way here to Find the Light. Chances are you
were referred by word of mouth, or any of the above
mentioned professionals, or, you found our private group via the search engines (Google,
MSN, etc). Regardless of the keywords used (depression
bipolar support, etc), chances are also good that you
found many results for these keywords and wondered to
yourself which online support group to choose. In my opinion
that has to be a personal choice. You will have different
needs than others. Some groups are very large and vast, with
many members, and heavily moderated (monitored), and can be
very busy. Some are smaller to mid-size. Any credible
website that has an online support group will have contact
information for you to ask any questions you may have. I
will say, that without a doubt, this group, is one of the
most private and close-knit. What this would mean to you is
that none of the messages created within the private forum
will be seen in ANY search engine. In addition to privacy, Find the Light continues to strive
to be one of the best on the net for support.
There is a paradigm shift in process as we speak in the health
field, primarily medical. Instead of treating various
illness of the body (let's take chronic pain or cancer for
example) as separate from the mind, astute (in my
opinion) practitioners are realizing that the mind and body
are one. We simply cannot attempt to treat a physical
illness only with medicine. Our thoughts,
environment, social situations, etc, all play a part in
whether or not we suffer needlessly. Our DIET plays a huge
part in how we are feeling both mentally and physically.
Chronic stress leads to deadly, not to mention, extremely
debilitating illnesses spiritually, physically, emotionally,
and socially. When we reach the point of no control and are
spiraling we are left wondering where in the world to start.
In my experience it had to start with this paradigm. This new paradigm is
based in part on the "Bio-psycho-social
Model"*, coined by
psychiatrist, George Engel, in 1977. 1977! I have suffered for
nearly fifteen years from almost daily pain in my head and
neck. Not only that, I was living in fear my whole life,
which led to substance abuse to mask the pain of the
terrible anxiety I felt. No fun! Anyway, as you can imagine, it
isn't exactly mainstream in medicine yet, for various
reasons that I will not go into here. If you would like to
read more about how to get out of the spiral of anything
that has your life out of control,
can be a
is that FTL (Find the Light) is part of this "social" component.
In line with the consensus statement mentioned below, and
this bio-psycho-social model, socialization, and most particularly,
online support, can be very
therapeutic for many of us. The beautiful thing about
gaining support from those that know
and understand what you are going through, is that it opens doorways to
greater health in many ways. Group peer support is invaluable as a supplement for therapy.
It is not
meant to be a substitute for therapy or medication.
consensus statement unveiled by SAMHSA has
revealed that peer support is essential to recovery of
mental illness. If you are suffering from these disorders
(or any other) welcome
Find the Light! I am quite
sure you will find comfort, solace, and the very important
support that you want and need.
(For more info on healing with the new paradigm, please
Jon Kabat-Zinn's website on
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)
We also have our own page on
Mindfulness here. It is
Jon Kabat-Zinn's program
and ground-breaking book,
"The Full Catastrophe Living". It changed my life!
*Lakhan, S. (2006, August 3). The Biopsychosocial Model of
Health and Illness. Retrieved from the Connexions Web site:
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Last Update: March 17, 2012