Ren Brown of Alaskan Bush People prioritizes her mental health

Your mental health should be taken as seriously as your physical health. That’s why we’re excited to see Rain Brown, 19, back from the hit

Taking steps to prioritize her mental health after the unexpected loss of her father.

Since losing her beloved father Billy Brown last year, Ren has sought professional help with her grief. In a confession on the programme, her mother, Amy, reveals that she has noticed her daughter struggling since Billy’s death.

“It’s very difficult when a mother sees her children are going through a hard time because you can’t take her away from them,” said Ami. “I’m proud of Rainy for going through this situation. She’s never really sad, there are some things we have to do on her own.”

While Rain takes time to heal in her hometown, her family works towards her longtime goal of mining gold in the mountains. In another confession, her hopes for Rain are shared by her sister Bird and she is mining in Rain’s honor.

“I’m definitely hopeful and praying that Rin will come back to herself soon and feel good and feel more like her, and she can join us on the mountain,” Bird said. “Anything we’re up against is like, ‘I don’t know if I can do that,’ I just think of Rain.”

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Based on a recent post on her Instagram, it appears that Rain is working on “staying happy” during this difficult time.

“We often forget how beautiful the world really is, trees, mountains, fields even in a city, sunsets, sunrises, waves, I want you to look around today and find beauty in something, in anything,” she wrote under a beautiful picture of trees. “If only we had eyes to see it, Open your hearts and be grateful for our glorious days, even if they don’t feel beautiful today, they will someday.

“Even if nothing good happens to you today, you will look back one day and it will be a beautiful memory and that is something to celebrate. I pray you will never be blinded by the beauty around and in all of us, God bless you ♥️ #stayhappy”

heartbreaking loss to Alaskan bush people family

The Alaskan bush people The family lost their beloved patriarch Billy Brown (aka Da) to an epileptic seizure at the age of 68.

“We are devastated to hear about the sudden death of Billy Brown,” the official Alaska Bush People Instagram official wrote in February 2021. Good heart. Our hearts go out to his family and those who knew and loved him as they deal with this devastating loss.”

In her own post, Rain Brown shared her thoughts after her father’s tragic death.

“I lost a true friend,” she wrote on Instagram. “Not forever, but only in this world. Please keep my family in your thoughts and prayers, especially my mom.

“Please hold your family strong for me. Words cannot express how amazing he is and what he is. But I will say, the closest thing to an angel I have ever known. God bless you da love you and miss you dearly. You will always be my hero. God bless everyone.”

Her mother, Amy Brown, also took some time to reflect on her husband’s death.

Sad as it may be, Da is not here with us, not physically, but we know he is there in spirit. Alaskan bush people said the mother and lung cancer survivor of the show. “And we know what all da wanted — we have to keep going, and that’s what we’re doing.”

Loss of a lover

Grief is an inevitable — and essential — part of the healing process after the loss of a loved one. And there’s certainly no one way to cope, but Doug Wendt shared his thoughts on grief in a previous interview with SurvivorNet after losing his wife, Alice, to ovarian cancer.

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We’ll never move on, and I don’t think I want to move on, but I do want to move on, Wendt said. “This is an important distinction, and I encourage anyone who is going through this journey as a caregiver and then has to face loss, to think very carefully about how to move forward.”

Everyone’s grief journey feels different, but therapy and support groups can also be great options to explore. It’s also important to keep in mind that time doesn’t heal everything, but it definitely helps.

In a previous interview with SurvivorNet, Camila Legaspi shared her own advice on grieving after her mother died of breast cancer. For her, therapy made all the difference.

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“The treatment saved my life,” Legaspi said. “I was dealing with some serious anxiety and depression at that point. It just changed my life, because I was so drained from all the negativity that was going on. Going to a therapist helped me realize that there was still so much more to me, I still had my family, I still had my siblings.” “.

Legaspi also wanted to remind people that even though it can be a very difficult experience to process, things will get better.

“When you lose someone, it’s really hard,” Legaspi said. “I’m so glad I talked to my therapist. Keep your chin up, and it’s going to be okay. No matter what happens, it’s going to be okay.”

Prioritize your mental health

Therapy can be a great way to prioritize your mental health. In a previous conversation with SurvivorNet, ovarian cancer survivor Ni Guttenfelder talked about how finding the right counselor helped her process the feelings that came after her diagnosis.

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“One of the things that my counselors have taught me from the beginning that has helped me is the concept of acceptance,” she says. “Acceptance is a process. It’s like downloading a computer file in batches. Imagining it that way really helped me.”

In addition to therapy, mediation and the practice of mindfulness can also be used to deal with mental health struggle. Dr. Deepak Chopra, acclaimed author and pioneer of the mindfulness movement, spoke with SurvivorNet about how asking yourself who you really are is the first step on the path to practicing mindfulness.

Dr. Brian Berman, director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland, takes SurvivorNet through guided meditation.

“If we can combine our actions in the world with reflective self-searching, love and compassion, and a safe, stable, zen and peaceful state free from the addictions that humans struggle with, then we can begin our journey of healing,” Dr. Chopra explained.

Therapy isn’t the right choice for everyone when it comes to tackling a mental health issue, but there should be no shame in turning to medication when you need it. However, it can be difficult to find the right person. However, these days there is a type of genetic test that has shown the ability to match people with the best mental health medication.

We’ve seen genetic tests used in treatment plans for other diseases, such as certain types of cancer, but the ability to use them to help people with things like anxiety and depression is relatively new.

How can genetic testing help determine the right form of mental health treatment?

“Genetic testing has changed the landscape of psychopharmacology,” psychiatrist Dr. Lori Pluchek told SurvivorNet. “It’s something that I would highly recommend to anyone who is on medication, whether they are being treated for cancer or not… I would recommend it to children who are on medication. I would recommend it to older adults. I think anyone who is on medication can benefit greatly from genetic testing.”

Dr. Plucek explained that genetic testing can give a glimpse into how a person responds to different types of psychiatric medications. The test is also available to create a profile of how patients are likely to respond to different types of pain relievers, which can be really helpful for those who are going through another type of health issue.

Genetic testing “gives me information about which medications are likely to work without problematic side effects. It also gives information about interactions between any of the psychiatric medications we choose,” and other medications a patient may be taking, said Dr. Plucek.

The genetic test Dr. Plucek discussed, Genomind, looks at multiple factors before determining which treatment is likely to have a successful outcome with minimal side effects. The test checks for specific genes associated with responses to medications commonly prescribed for mental health problems, and then looks at a patient’s ability to metabolize the drug.

If you’re considering medication for mental health, consider asking your doctor if genetic testing might be beneficial for you.

Contribution: Dr. Laurie Pluchek

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