Mental health is a large part of the our individual lives and, as such, plays an important role in our existence and the ways in which we interact. In a modern society in which global and economic upheaval often pushes people and systems to the edge, psychology plays an important role in rationalizing the complicated human condition.
“There is something in personal love, caresses, and the magnetic flood of sympathy and friendship, that does, in its way, more good than all the medicine in the world,” Walt Whitman wrote.
“I’m clearly a textbook case of the silent majority of middle-aged men who won’t admit they’re starved for friendship, even if all signs point to the contrary,” wrote Billy Baker in his recent exploration of male loneliness in The Boston Globe.
Author and critic Ron Powers writes about a recurring dream in which he imagines his sanity as resting atop “a thin and fragile membrane that can easily be ripped open, plunging me into the abyss of madness.”
This weekend, a workshop on “Actively Operating: Strategies for Self-Care and Interpersonal Activism” was hosted at UConn as part of their sustainable activism series.
Daphne Merkin is something of an authority on antidepressants — having relied on them for more than 30 years — but when the subject came up at a dinner party she attended a few years ago, she held her tongue.
As anyone who takes medication for an illness that is not physical will know, sometimes you feel you have to out of fear of judgement. And it can really suck.
Teachers, you’re no use to anyone if you break yourself. Here are the five friends everyone needs in a time of mental health crisis, writes the former government mental health tsar and mental health campaigner.
The trivialization of mental illness, especially among college students, undermines the struggles of other students that have serious mental health problems.
Mental illness, looks like unmade beds, unwashed hair, personal hygiene that somehow gets lost in time… The energy and the will to have a shower, to brush your teeth, to eat something, has long but faded to the back of your thoughts. Read more…
I stopped talking in the 80s, and my selective mutism marked me out as a strange, silent kid. But one teacher helped me begin to find my voice.
Fear of confronting the tensions and conflicts brought on by existential concerns–the “big questions” of life–is linked with poorer mental health, including higher levels of depression, anxiety and difficulty regulating emotions.
When it comes to self-advocacy, we talk a good game. We tell patients to ask questions, to seek clarification when they don’t understand the answers, and to make sure their values and goals are part of the discussion.
The secrets within the hospital walls bonding us together are the same web, that when one of us succumbs to the beast of depression, is torn apart forever.
Humans are hardwired to interact with others, especially during times of stress. On the other hand, when we go through a trying ordeal alone, a lack of emotional support and comradeship can increase our anxiety and hinder our ability to cope.