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Support4Hope
PO Box 184
Deer Lodge, TN
37726

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A special thank you to the NIMH for their help in furnishing a lot of the data for our Community Topics.

Welcome to Support4Hope

Our Goal

Support4Hope is dedicated to support of various mental health issues such as Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Schizophrenia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the problems that arise from them along with other problems such as Domestic Abuse. We are sure that through a supportive environment, we can survive. We like project the idea of being a survivor instead of a sufferer. When people have needs for support there is no one better to help them than people that have been through what they are going through and know it can be controlled.

After a long desperate search for a Mental Health Support Site that was safe, friendly and helpful we decided to create Support4Hope. Support4hope has a community different from any other you will find on the net. We have a real support group atmosphere with family oriented topics. Our opinions may differ from other sites, but our goal is based on our desire to provide our guests with a strong supportive environment and free from a lot of hassles that are found elsewhere on the net.

At Support4Hope, the primary focus is on support and survival through sharing positive reinforcement. Issues such as sexual orientation, illegal drug abuse and racial discrimination are not appropriate to discuss in Support4Hope chats or forum, because our site pertains to support, and is meant to inform the entire family, not just adults.

Our goal with Support4Hope is trying to give everyone something to smile about. : )

Our Topics

ADD & ADHD
(Attention Deficit Disorder & Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

Imagine living in a fast-moving world, where sounds, images, and thoughts are constantly shifting. Easily bored, yet helpless to keep your mind on tasks you need to complete. You are so wrapped up in a random thoughts and images that you don't even notice when you are spoken to.
For many people, this is what it's like to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. Often unable to sit still, plan ahead, finish tasks, or even be fully aware of what's going on around them. To family, classmates or co-workers, they seem to be disorganized or even lazy. On some days and in some situations they seem fine, often leading others to think the person with ADHD can actually control these behaviors.

Autism



Autism, is a brain disorder that affects about 1 to 2 people out of a thousand in America.
A person diagnosed with Autism has problems with communication and forming personal and friendly relationships with others and also finds it hard to hold a conversation with others because their reaction to topics is somewhat different.
There are different levels of Autism, some who have this disorder are relatively high functioning, they can speak just like anyone else, but others are mute or have language delays. Autism may make one feel they are closed off, and others seem to be locked into repetitive behaviors. Infants with autism may not make eye contact, and seem deaf, as they do not respond when being spoken to.

Anxiety & Panic Disorder

The butterflies in your stomach before a first date, the tension you feel when your boss is angry, the way your heart pounds if you're in danger. Anxiety rouses you to action. It gears you up to face a threatening situation. In general, it helps you cope. But if you have an anxiety disorder, this normally helpful emotion can do just the opposite, it can keep you from coping and can disrupt your daily life. Anxiety & Panic disorders aren't just a case of "nerves." They are illnesses, often related to the biological makeup and life experiences of the individual, and they frequently run in families. There are several types of anxiety disorders, each with its own distinct features.

Bipolar Disorder

Manic depression, or Bipolar Disorder, has a devastating impact on many people. For those afflicted with the illness, it is extremely distressing and disruptive. Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, or manic depression, is a mental illness involving episodes of serious mania and depression. The person's mood usually swings from overly "high" and irritable to sad and hopeless, and then back again, with periods of normal mood in between. Bipolar disorder typically begins in adolescence or early adulthood and continues throughout life. It is often not recognized as an illness, and people who have it may suffer needlessly for years or even decades.

Depression

Depression is a serious mental illness not just a "bad feeling" you can "get over" or just control with your mind. A depressive illness can be very devastating, both health wise as well as economically.It is estimated that 9.5% of the population, or about 19 million American adults, suffer from a depressive illness. Depression can and does interfere with normal functioning and cause pain and suffering not only to those who have a disorder, but also to those who care about them. Serious depression can destroy family life as well as the life of the ill person. But much of this suffering is unnecessary. Most people with a depression or a depressive illness do not seek treatment, although the great majority, even those whose depression is extremely severe can be helped. Thanks to years of fruitful research, the medications and psychosocial therapies that ease the pain of depression are at hand.

Domestic Abuse

Have you ever met up with a friend you haven't seen for a long time because you thought she was avoiding you, and she had bruises on her face? Have you wanted to ask her why she had them, but you weren't sure how to approach it? Did you think deep inside she was being abused by her spouse, but was not sure how to ask her if she was or not? Most women who are going through this do not tell anyone what they are going through, some have spent many hours, days, or even weeks in the hospital from being abused by their spouses. Domestic violence is the best kept secret in many homes and covers a broad range of different types of circumstances. The only way to change that is to tell someone. Talk about what is going on and give your support to these victims. Be there for them and urge them to come forward. Together, we can help these victims begin a safe and secure new life without being abused.

GAD
(Generalized Anxiety Disorder)

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) causes people to be worried or tense most of the time. Sometimes, they think something terrible will happen even though there's no reason to think that it will. GAD often coexists with depression, substance abuse, or other anxiety disorders. Conditions associated with stress, such as irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia or headaches often accompany Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Patients with thses symptoms should tell their doctors about their feelings of worry and tension. Many individuals with GAD startle more easily than other people. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) can be detected in early adolescence, and also begin in early adulthood. About 10 million adults in the United States have this disorder.

OCD
(Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD),one of the anxiety disorders, is a potentially disabling condition that can persist throughout a person's life. The individual suffering from OCD becomes trapped in a pattern of repetitive thoughts and behaviors that are senseless and distressing but extremely difficult to overcome. OCD occurs in a spectrum from mild to severe, but if severe and left untreated, can destroy a person's capacity to function at work, at school, or even in the home. People with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) suffer intensely from recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) or rituals (compulsions), which they feel they cannot control. Ritualistic handwashing, counting, checking, or cleaning are just some of these obsessive thoughts.

PTSD
(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an extremely debilitating condition that can occur after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which physical harm was threatened or occurred. Often, people with Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have persistent frightening thoughts and memories of their ordeal. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), once referred to as shell shock or battle fatigue, was first brought to public attention by war veterans, but it can result from any number of traumatic incidents. These include kidnapping, serious accidents such as car or train wrecks, natural disasters such as floods or earthquakes, violent attacks such as a mugging, rape, or torture, or being held captive.

Phobias

A phobia, is an irrational, persistent fear of certain situations, objects, activities, or persons. The main symptom of this disorder is the excessive, unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. When the fear is beyond one's control, or if the fear is interfering with daily life, then it is time to seek help. Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders. An American study by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) found that between 8.7% and 18.1% of Americans suffer from phobias. Broken down by age and gender, the study found that phobias were the most common mental illness among women in all age groups and the second most common illness among men older than 25.

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia, in many ways, is the most severe of the mental illnesses. This disease, once thought to be psychological, is clearly a brain disease. Throughout the world, whether in Washington or New York City or in rural Kenya, the rate of schizophrenia is still the same: one percent of the population. Schizophrenia is not a cultural artifact but a brain disease in which vulnerability is caused by genetics. In some ways, schizophrenia is like other diseases. People who develop diabetes or heart disease have a genetic vulnerability, and then external circumstances may convert this vulnerability into disease. Rather than being unusual and mysterious entities, mental illnesses are real diseases of an organ - in this case, the brain.

Mental Health Medications

The information you will find here is meant as a guide to better inform you. Many times people let the fear of side effects keep them from taking medications they need that will help them. We want to note that you should discuss this with your Dr before deciding to discontinue your medications. Some medications can have withdrawals and should only be discontinued under a Doctors care. Anytime you go to any doctor always tell them the exact medications you are taking so as to not cause any conflicts with a newly prescribed medication. If you have a need to take OTC (over the counter) medications for ANYTHING, always ask you doctor to see if it safe to mix them.

If you want to make a donation

Support4Hope is looking for Sponsorship so we can continue to provide so many with much needed support. But until we get sponsorship the chat will have to be paid for by Dee & Willy and the people that want to donate. We would like to thank you in advance for all the people that need the support they find here at Support4Hope.

Please help us, to help others. Any contributions will be greatly appreciated. Please send contributions or inquire about being a sponsor to: Support4Hope P.O. Box 184 Deer Lodge, TN 37726 Many people depend on us for support, help us to be there for them. A little can go a long way. Thank You!! If you would like to make a donation, you can use credit cards or online checks using Pay Pal's secure service Visa ,MasterCard, Discover, and American Express

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