Can Mental Patients Also Be Experts?

Would you seek advice from a patient? Join us for an in-depth discussion on mental health patients as experts.

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Guest Information for ‘Natasha Tracy- Mental Patient Expert’ Podcast Episode

Natasha Tracy is an award-winning mental health thought leader who lives with bipolar disorder. She is a speaker, consultant and author of the acclaimed book, Lost Marbles: Insight into My Life with Depression & Bipolar. Natasha is a bipolar expert with a Bachelor of Computer Science who works to bring high-quality, insightful and trusted information on bipolar disorder and related illnesses to the public while engaging with the mental health community. Her blog, Bipolar Burble, has appeared on top 10 lists for a decade, and her blog at HealthyPlace, Breaking Bipolar, has won back-to-back-to-back Web Health Awards. She also co-authored a paper that was published in the journal: Primary Care Companion CNS Disorders.

Natasha Tracy was the proud recipient of the Didi Hirsch Erasing the Stigma Leadership Award in 2014 and a patient-advocacy award from WEGO Health in 2019.



About The Not Crazy Podcast Hosts

Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar disorder. He is the author of the popular book, Mental Illness is an Asshole and other Observations, available from Amazon; signed copies are also available directly from Gabe Howard. To learn more, please visit his website,





Lisa is the producer of the Psych Central podcast, Not Crazy. She is the recipient of The National Alliance on Mental Illness’s “Above and Beyond” award, has worked extensively with the Ohio Peer Supporter Certification program, and is a workplace suicide prevention trainer. Lisa has battled depression her entire life and has worked alongside

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Sick child this school year? Planning for the inevitable during a pandemic – Harvard Health Blog

Children get sick; it’s part of life. They catch colds, they get fevers, they throw up and get diarrhea. Most of the time, it’s nothing at all. But this year, as we struggle through the COVID-19 pandemic, every sniffle will be complicated.

The problem is, the symptoms of COVID-19 can be not just mild, but similar to the symptoms of all the common illnesses kids get all the time. Symptoms can include

  • fever, even a mild one
  • cough (that you don’t have another clear reason for)
  • breathing difficulty
  • sore throat or runny nose (that you don’t have another clear reason for)
  • loss of taste or smell
  • headache (if with other symptoms)
  • muscle or body aches
  • nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

And even if there is another explanation for that sore throat or cough, it doesn’t mean that your child couldn’t also have COVID-19. People can get two germs at once.

Set the bar low for keeping sick children home

This is not a year when you can send your child to school or daycare with that cough, or that one vomit, or that low-grade temp, and hope for the best. This is a year when we need to do our best to keep every sick person home, whether they have COVID-19 or something else. This is also not a year to skip the flu shot. We need there to be as little influenza as possible this year for everyone’s safety and well-being.

Here’s what you should do if your child gets any of the symptoms above:

  • Keep them home from school or daycare. I understand that this may mean missing work, but there is simply no choice.
  • To the extent that it is possible, keep them away from other family members.
  • Call your doctor. If they have any trouble breathing, a
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Treating mild hypothyroidism: Benefits still uncertain – Harvard Health Blog

Your thyroid, a tiny, butterfly-shaped gland located in front of your windpipe (trachea) and below your voice box (larynx) can have a profound impact on your health and well-being. Throughout life, your thyroid is constantly producing hormones that influence your metabolism. These hormones affect your mood, energy, body temperature, weight, heart, and more.

A brief overview of hypothyroidism

Your thyroid produces two kinds of thyroid hormones: T4, or thyroxine, and T3, or triiodothyronine. These hormones influence every cell, tissue, and organ in your body, from your muscles, bones, and skin to your digestive tract, brain, and heart, by controlling how fast and efficiently cells convert nutrients into energy — a chemical activity known as metabolism.

The thyroid gland is under the influence of the pituitary gland. No larger than a pea and located at the base of the brain, the pituitary gland controls your thyroid’s production of thyroid hormone by releasing thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH).

TSH levels in your bloodstream rise or fall depending on whether there is enough thyroid hormone made to meet your body’s needs. Higher levels of TSH prompt the thyroid to produce more thyroid hormone, while lower levels signal the thyroid to produce less.

Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid fails to produce enough thyroid hormone to meet the body’s needs, thereby slowing metabolism. In someone with overt hypothyroidism, thyroid hormone levels are below normal and TSH levels are well above the normal range.

What is mild hypothyroidism?

Subclinical, or mild, hypothyroidism doesn’t meet the standard definition of hypothyroidism. In mild hypothyroidism, you may or may not have symptoms and your levels of T4 and T3 are normal, but your TSH levels are slightly elevated. Mild hypothyroidism is diagnosed by a blood test.

More than 10 million adults in the US have hypothyroidism, the vast majority of

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