Today, many wellness experts urge “stressed out” managers to find renewal by putting down their devices. But as wearable and mobile technology becomes more attuned to our moods, will that still be true?
Why are some churches redemptive to my patients and their families, while some leave my patients feeling alienated and angry? The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30–35) provides a model for how churches can minister to those with mental illness.
A study from March found that climate change can affect mental health following a major disaster, such as hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, or potentially have longer-term effects. While data is in its early stages, researchers say that over time, rising temperatures can lead to increased aggression, violence and depression in a region.
As a doctor wary of overprescribing medications, I was intrigued by the idea that floating can combat stress and anxiety, but I wanted to know if there’s any science to back up this claim. So I visited the lab of neuropsychologist Justin Feinstein at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
It’s really hard to find the words to describe my anorexia—it was more of a feeling, a lacking, an awareness I wasn’t really coping. I didn’t know I was doing this any more than you know you are breathing right now. It was just something I did, a process.
We need more than prison sentences or policy interventions: We need a culture change. We need to shift from a culture of shame and punishment to one of healing and wellness.
The head of Ghana’s Mental Health Authority announced that as of October 10, World Mental Health Day, the country’s ban on shackling will finally be properly enforced. While progress at Nyankusami is important, it’s just one of many camps where people with mental health conditions are shackled.
“The bill before the commission unfortunately reflects a discredited approach to mental health, focusing on forced medical treatment instead of on the consent, autonomy and rights of those in need of mental health services,” said Carlos Ríos Espinosa, senior researcher and advocate for disability rights at Human Rights Watch.
Leaders in today’s complex health care systems need better processes and systems for aligning day-to-day, clinical-care activities with the strategic goals of their organizations. The U.S. Army has accrued valuable experience in this area over the last decade through the design and implementation of its behavioral health system of care.
Healthy people who are forced into solitary confinement in prison may develop mental illnesses due to their isolation, but the Alabama Department of Corrections deliberately ignores the problem, according to a brief filed in federal court last week by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The Counseling and Mental Health Center first started charging for counseling in 2010 when the University was going through heavy budget cuts, said center director Chris Brownson. In the past six years, the center has seen a 53 percent increase in student interest and an 81 percent increase in the number of counseling sessions provided, Read more
The dearth of so-called forensic beds has plagued the Texas criminal justice system for at least two decades, with bed space sinking by nearly 300 since the mid-1990s. In the past two years, however, the wait list has ballooned dramatically, leading some inmates to languish behind bars for more than 200 days awaiting treatment. death Read more
Every other month, Tanya Nelson travels 32 miles from the heart of Appalachia’s coal towns for an appointment with the nearest psychiatrist for therapy and to renew prescriptions. But the commute, which should take less than an hour through the winding mountain roads of southern West Virginia, consumes her entire day.
Various theories abound as to why rates of suicide and/or suicidal ideation are higher among youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex or asexual (LGBTQ-IA). Chief among them: the minority stress hypothesis and the interpersonal psychological theory of suicide (Russell & Fish, 2016).
To help my students appreciate how science reflects cultural prejudices, I often cite examples from psychiatry. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, listed homosexuality as a “sociopathic personality disturbance” in the DSM-I, published in 1952, and as a “sexual deviation” in the DSM-II, published in 1968.
The “precariousness and insecurity” of a career in music can be psychologically damaging, the new report claims, resulting in many experiencing “constant stress” around finding work and being financially stable.
In the U.S., people of all ethnicities are living longer than ever, and Hispanics are at the forefront of that trend. Unfortunately, Hispanics, and especially Mexican Americans, spend a large fraction of the years past 65 suffering from serious chronic health problems.
While many legislators are willing to give the mental health industry money to improve mental wellness for the highest functioning, we know few like Rep. Murphy, who is willing to stand up to the mental health industry and insist their programs serve the most seriously mentally ill, and is solidly evidence-based.
We live in a world where we are left with new wounds, everyday; the least we can do for one another and for ourselves, is offer the comfort of recovery. I promise you, help is always a good idea.
The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that by the year 2020, 20 percent of India’s population will suffer from mental health issues. At least 13.7 percent of India’s general population has been projected to be suffering from a variety of mental illnesses, and 10.6 percent of this requires immediate intervention.
Something that is still poorly understood is how Veterans Affairs (VA) and other federal agencies have contributed to the opiate epidemic by not effectively addressing one of the thorniest problems in health care: the intersection between drug treatment and mental health care.
Columbine survivor Heather Egeland-Martin said it took more than a decade for her to fully address the trauma she experienced during the mass shooting at her Colorado high school on April 20, 1999. She said the psychological trauma festered and influenced her actions for years before she learned to “advocate” for herself.
Other areas where The Meadows Foundation, and foundation support in general, might be able to fill needs include capital expenses relating to organizations’ damaged facilities and equipment and community mental health needs. Hurricane Harvey
Essayist and humorist Samantha Irby started as a blogger. Her new book, “We Are Never Meeting in Real Life,” wrestles deeply—and hilariously—with everything from Irby’s struggles with Crohn’s disease and anxiety, to the ridiculousness of dieting, and the ways white culture silences black women.
“We are strong people and we will survive this fire,” Andrew Bailey says. Yet even as he and his staff assess the physical damage to their school, Bailey has something else on his mind: The emotional needs of his students.
I wanted to write a detective story about a detective whose brain disorder is unhelpful. Because there’s so many detective stories about obsessive people who are brilliant detectives because of their obsessiveness and my experience with obsessiveness has been more or less the complete opposite.
The first time artist Kazuki Takizawa visited a glassblowing studio, he was captivated by its versatility and how molten glass transformed in an instant. Then a student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Takizawa said he fell in love with the medium and how working with it was both dangerous and required grace.