Getting Started!

Thank you for visiting Anchored-In-Knowledge. As a newbie to this site, I know some things can appear a bit confusing and maybe even overwhelming, which is why I started this page.

This site has been constructed to meet the needs of parents, families, and caregivers as well as friends of someone suffering from a mental health or behavioral health problem. I cover a variety of topics relating to parents, families, and caregivers including but not limited to:

  1. Specific mental health conditions:
    • Borderline Personality Disorder – primarily with adolescents
    • Childhood trauma
    • Psychotic disorders or features in children and adolescents
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
  2. Pursuing appropriate mental health treatment and locating services in your area
  3. Knowing the right questions to ask
  4. Protecting your loved one’s rights within the mental health system
  5. Confidentiality and HIPAA laws
  6. Legal statutes affecting mental health treatment for adolescents
  7. Mental Health challenges within ethnic minority communities

You will also find a series of inspirational videos, music, and posts from me. I love to pass information along and share with my followers. I believe sharing knowledge leads to greater awareness of the world around us. So you can check my Twitter or Pinterest for updates. I often share my existential/spiritual side with you by writing about:

  1. Life
  2. Self esteem and self-identity with adolescent girls
  3. Delinquency in adolescent boys
  4. relationships
  5. depression
  6. discouragement
  7. anxiety
  8. courage
  9. pain and sorrow
  10. growth
  11. change
  12. healing
  13. loss

You will get a mix of information for intellectual use and emotional/spiritual use as well.  Here is an example of what you’ll find!

There are a few definitions on this site that you should be aware of. Some examples are:

  1. HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
  2. Confidentiality (your right to privacy in a healthcare setting)
  3. Psychiatric Advanced Directives, also known as a “living will” (gives family control over a loved one’s treatment)
  4. Severe mental illness (anything that debilitates an individual and reduces ability to function in daily life)
  5. Involuntary commitment (being hospitalized against one’s will)
  6. Civil commitment (state law that allows individuals to sign themselves into a hospital or be committed)

There is a lot of information on this site! So please feel free to start out by going to my about page and navigate around the site. If there is something about this site you just don’t get and you’d like me to improve it, please let me know. I’m always open to feedback.

In the meantime, thank you once again for visiting and I hope you make this place your home and pass it on to other families in need. If you’d like to stay up-dated on other things I’m doing in the mental health system (speaking with lawmakers, engaging in international radio interviews, writing on other sites, tweeting, etc.) sign up for my newsletter!

If you want specific information about severe or untreated mental health, visit my sister-site at PsychCentral.

All the best