I am a woman of child-bearing age, and for some reason, I get asked about when I’ll have children all too often in our modern society. I also happen to be bipolar. This combination presents some challenges that men in my position will never face. People’s opinions about women having children affect my ability to Read more
Mental health is a subject about which people have passionate, and at times sharply divergent, opinions. We try to sample a wide range of opinion on mental health treatment, policy, the current state of research, the rights of persons with mental illness, diagnosis, and other contentious issues.
There have been many voices raised about the proposed transgender bathroom legislation in Texas. Plenty have written about the reasons these laws are a bad idea. Others have written about how these laws will provide safety. But there is another impact of such laws that is not getting much attention: the effect on school climate Read more
Although it’s often lost amidst the intense coverage of how Congress might repeal and replace Obamacare, we’re also coming up against another important health policy deadline that affects the lives of millions. The Prescription Drug User Fee Act — now 25 years old — will expire in September.
As long as the differences of those who are disabled, mentally or physically, are viewed as an object of study instead of an active voice with a unique point of view, we will continue to be a marginalized and ignored group.
People with mental health issues need more than just suicide hotlines when a celebrity takes their own life
While there are many support groups, and options in terms of mental health services, people who are going through such a difficult time, experiencing such horrendous thoughts, need support from more than just people who are paid to be there.
I wish people could see the kind of good that can be done for patients on psychiatric units. Will we ever see psychiatric units not as places of shadows and terror but as places of beauty and strength?
The problem we have with talking about mental health is that we still don’t think of it as an equal priority with physical health. This is wrong not simply because it leads to less money being spent on mental health service provision by governments, but also because it fails to see that the whole idea Read more
I spend countless hours training others on the vital need to begin making these vital lifesaving connections about trauma, victimization and addiction. I watch as light bulbs go off in the minds of victim advocates, drug and alcohol professionals and others working in both disciplines, unfortunately, they are rarely if ever in the same room receiving Read more
The stress of making life and death decisions daily, combined with extreme fatigue brought on by 48-hour shifts can take an emotional toll. The ability to talk about challenges and issues they may be experiencing is vital for the well-being of first responders.
Young children can be very vocal in showing their emotions: crying, shouting, kicking or throwing toys around. But when they reach early adolescence, psychological problems can become more acute, less easy to detect and even more difficult to fix.
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.
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.
I learned the hard — and expensive — way that I needed a strong therapeutic alliance with my therapist. I needed someone who was warm, reliable and within my price range, and the people I had seen up to that point were none of those things.
The Bureau of Prisons claims to have a policy prohibiting solitary confinement, as it should. But then what do you call locking up inmates by themselves in single cells for more than 22 hours a day for long periods of time with no or limited engagement with others? We would call it solitary confinement. It Read more
American Psychiatric Association Calls on Senate to Reject Latest Republican Health Care Reform Bill
The new BCRA still includes provisions that are deeply problematic, especially for individuals with serious mental illness and substance use disorders. The bill retains the deep Medicaid cuts that were a feature of the original reform bill and permits the removal of the essential health benefits.
From personal experiences as a first-generation, gay, Haitian-American cisgender male, all the intersections of my identities have impacted my journey with anxiety and depression. My experience with these conditions is not a character flaw or weakness–it is simply one of the rich layers of my identity.
A recent government study concluded that about 12 percent of service members who left the military between 2011 and 2015 did so with a discharge type that will make them unable to access Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Within that group, more than 55,000 had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or related Read more
This cautionary tale involves a former psychiatrist who tried to treat his treatment-resistant bipolar depression with the powerful psychedelic N,N-Dimethyltryptamine — better known as DMT — with dire results.
The solution in my opinion is not to solely track people being released with “a history of violence and mental illness”, but to ensure that appropriate services to mentally ill people are available pre, during and post prison.
All I can do, apart from look after myself and my kids, is speak out about how complex is the task of managing a mental health condition. There’s so very, very much more to it than popping pills.
I realized that conversations about women’s experiences with the birth control pill are not openly discussed in our homes, schools, and communities. Without these conversations happening, it is harder for people like me to identify between myths and the realities of women’s lived experiences.
Nowadays, people are a bit more aware of how mental health treatment can help alleviate emotional upheaval. In fact, many police and fire departments have taken steps to make sure first responders are maintaining their emotional wellness throughout their careers.
According to Richard C. Shelton, M.D., a psychiatry professor at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, there’s a name for what I was experiencing: rage attacks. They most likely result from decreased production of serotonin—the neurotransmitter that SSRIs increase in the brain—which can lead to aggression, says psychiatrist Steven P. Levine, M.D.
I’m a psychologist, and this is the truth about whether you can tell if someone is a ‘psychopath’ or not
Writing about personality disorders clearly gets people reading. But do they actually exist? Or is this move just another way of hating on one another in an increasingly contempt-ridden society?
Mental Health First Aid gives participants an overview of various mental illnesses and explains the overlap between mental illness and substance abuse. In addition to the general course, other modules have been developed to provide extra training on interacting with college students, veterans and senior citizens.
As controversy swells around the U.S. Senate’s potential vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the high number of U.S. residents who suffer a diagnosable mental illness every year cannot be ignored. Improved accessibility to quality and affordable mental health care for every citizen must be elevated as a priority.
Pride in Mental Health: An Interview with Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and DoSomething.org
An interview with Jillian Weiss, Executive Director at Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and Calvin Stowell, Chief Growth Officer at DoSomething.org (which motivates young people to make positive change both online and offline through campaigns that make an impact) about the role of advocacy in LGBT mental health.
It seems to be the great irony of the Affordable Care Act that we have recognized the need for mental and behavioral health services in health care. Yet, we do not provide resolutions as to helping organizations cope with the explosion of need and shortage in supply.