Neuroticism, the trait associated with having excessive anxiety, guilt and nervousness, may lower a person’s risk of dying early, according to a new study.
Arts & Culture
Throughout human history, the workings of the mind have been a rich subject for artistic representation and exploration. This page contains stories about famous artists who have struggled with mental health conditions, historical accounts, book and film reviews, thought-provoking essays, and challenging reflections on how our evolving understanding of mental health is shaping our society.
New research reveals people with mental illness are facing a ‘locked door’ when it comes to getting a job
New research from Rethink Mental Illness reveals just how far we have to go when it comes to making the working world comfortable for people with mental illness. They say that new figures show that people affected by mental illness are facing a ‘locked door’ of prejudice and misunderstanding that keeps them out of the Read more
Jessie is one of a growing number of people turning to crowdfunding to access mental health care. Sites like GoFundMe and YouCaring are commonly used to help raise money for care related to diseases or accidents, but mental health treatment fundraisers are on the rise. Why?
Clinical psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison of Johns Hopkins University told Live Science that those who have bipolar and are coming out of a depressive phase, often see a boost in creativity. When this occurs, the frontal lobe of the brain shows a lot of activity, similar to what takes place when someone is concentrating in Read more
Many factors contribute to a person’s likelihood of developing a mental health condition, but the high demands of a leadership role, the squeeze on time for self-care and the fact that it can be lonely at the top, may combine to increase the risk.
Soaring numbers of men are seeking help for eating disorders with cases up by almost half in two years, figures reveal. Experts warn social media and growing pressure to look good are fueling mental health problems.
In a cultural age that’s decidedly pro-positivity, the pressure to suppress or camouflage negative feelings is real. However, psychological studies have shown that acceptance of those negative emotions is the more reliable route to regaining and maintaining peace of mind.
A large number of counsellors have volunteered to be available for survivors and firefighters at Grenfell tower, but what’s the evidence for talking therapy immediately after a trauma?
Sad Girls Club goes beyond a traditional mental health resource — it is a community where women can come together, not only to discuss mental health but to hold space for one another.
A study of active musicians – including amateurs, students, professionals, and retired musicians – has found that they may have a high prevalence of food-related disorders, which could be explained by a combination of personality traits and the demands of the job.
Religious magazines and newspapers are a way to reach people suffering with mental health problems and give them a message of hope. There is often stigma surrounding this topic that causes additional and needless pain to both the sufferer and those around them. This can go on for years and through generations.
The industry that plates up pleasure for patrons at every service is a melting pot of mental and emotional risk factors for staff.
The most pervasive—and often damaging—misconception is that wealthy or successful people don’t (or shouldn’t) struggle with depression and anxiety. Like cancer, depression is a disease that can affect anyone, regardless of status or wealth.
Satvik Sethi, a rising sophomore at SUNY Binghamton, is an international student from India who’s working to create a supportive community for people struggling with mental illness, both digitally and on his campus. To do so, Sethi is in the process of designing “Runaway,” an app where people who are suffering with mental illness can Read more
Research shows that a weak sense of belonging is correlated with depression. Finding a greater sense of purpose and developing the belief that you are deeply cared for by others creates a willingness to endure life’s challenges.
Increased awareness of mental health is leading to more conversations about its effects. But not all efforts to bring attention to the subject have positive outcomes — and the line between what’s productive and what’s detrimental is blurring as Netflix and other entertainment providers tackle mental health issues.
Especially when you have a mental illness, the need for self care is even more prevalent, and unfortunately when your brain is fighting you on every turn, it’s hard to remember to take the time to bring yourself back.
Even when my patients think they’re doing a decent job of caring for themselves, we almost always discover at some point in therapy that that’s not entirely true. Although most have surface reasons for not prioritizing self-care; usually lack of time or resources, the root cause is often guilt.
You don’t normally think of mental illness as the stuff of games, but Alana Zablocki believes bringing the two together can be a powerful force for greater understanding.
Kudos to web developer Madalyn Parker and her compassionate boss for helping us understand what “taking a mental health day” really is all about. Through this honest exchange, they took a strong swing at the stigma that too often still envelops illnesses of the brain.
With the constant stress of the recent news cycle, I’ve never felt the urgency of helping children learn mindfulness, coping strategies and social emotional health skills more than I do right now — both for their own sake and to ensure these capacities are baked-in for our future leaders.
Meeting deadlines and dealing with difficult situations is all part of office life yet the space in which employees get the hard work done can have a real impact on how they manage their workload.
Therapeutic gardening can be a powerful way to ground psychiatric patients because it puts them in contact with nature and other people and gets their bodies moving. Grounding techniques help people detach from emotional pain by reconnecting with the external world and the present moment.
The belief that mental illness is worse in industrialized and urbanized environments is supported by some evidence. For example, much recent research suggests that rates of mental illness are higher in urban centres, compared with rates in the countryside.
With so many strong depictions of mental health on TV, it’s frustrating that the majority of shows that address it were snubbed in the 2017 Emmy Nominations.
Do patients who hear voices have the right to refuse psychiatric medicine? A growing movement says yes
This approach underlies a controversial international movement that raises fundamental questions about what it means to be mentally ill. The question at the heart of the debate: Do patients who hear voices have the right to direct their treatment, even if that means rejecting conventional therapies, such as psychiatric medication?