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.
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.
It’s important to realize that personality traits are a matter of degree, says Dr. Roman Kotov, an associate professor in the department of psychiatry at Stony Brook School of Medicine in New York. They fall on a continuum, just like intelligence.
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.
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.
Nature is beneficial – maybe essential – for human health. Psychologists and health researchers are finding more and more science-backed reasons we should spend time outside.
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.
James C. Harris, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral science and director of Johns Hopkins University’s Developmental Neuropsychiatry Clinic, spent more than a decade writing monthly essays that connect the visual arts to larger issues of psychiatry and mental illness.
As I wait for contacts in Cuba and Tobago/Trinidad to answer interview questions, my mind ponders the concept of worlds. Private worlds, of isolation, sadness, and suffering. Today, I brushed past one of those worlds on my morning walk along the river where I live.
What we all have to realize is that even though one works as hard as possible to live, sometimes, people lose. Sometimes people lose their fight against cancer and sometimes people lose their fight against mental illness and addiction.
“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.