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.
Before Obamacare, a third of individual policyholders lacked coverage for substance abuse services, nearly two-fifth lacked coverage for mental health services, and about one in 10 lacked coverage for a prescription drug benefit.
Why is it that K-12 students learn more about the moon and the tides than they do about how their own brain works? Why do we act as though seeking psychological help through counseling should be a closely guarded secret?
When I first started taking medication to help treat my bulimia, anxiety, and depression, I wanted desperately to get better. But I also wished I were “strong” enough to conquer my mental health issues on my own, without medication.
A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities confirms just what’s at stake in these conversations for a swath of the country that played an awfully big role in getting President Donald Trump elected: rural America.
Because serious medical complications so frequently accompany eating disorders, they defy classification solely as mental illnesses. They should be viewed as complex health-care issues requiring urgent and multidisciplinary care.
Is mental illness real? It’s a question as old as the idea of mental illness itself. Most famously addressed in the 1961 book, The Myth of Mental Illness, psychiatrist Thomas Szasz argues that the idea of classifying difficulties as “illnesses” takes away personal agency.
We are constantly told “it’s good to talk” and that stigma around mental ill health must be tackled. Both are true, but they are a beginning, not an ending. It is no good to talk if the person you are talking too does not know how to listen or how to respond.
If you’re a Texas Panhandle resident, you may know our state representative, Four Price, is a lawyer, a father, a fourth-generation Texan and an extremely able legislator. But he’s also one of the state’s most effective and influential champions for improving mental health care.
Trust and transparency—that’s what is missing from the burgeoning market for digital mental health applications, psychiatrists John Torous, M.D., and Laura Roberts, M.D., wrote in a recent editorial in JAMA Psychiatry.
This year, a student asked for prayer for her mental health. I was struck by her courage and transparency. Rarely, if ever, have I heard someone ask for prayer for one’s own mental health in a seminary classroom or a church home community gathering. Why is that?
Health insurance: only when you don’t need it. Confused? Let me explain. In our illogical model, our society provides health insurance to the gainfully employed. But, ironically, it is the gainfully unemployed who most need mental health coverage.
There are worthwhile conversations to be had around the unique struggles that come with different illnesses. But I think those conversations can be had in a way that doesn’t undermine the seriousness of other disorders.
Unfortunately, the closure of DeTar’s Adult Mental Health Center is not unique, nor is it surprising. It’s the result of a broken system. The question is not, “Why has this happened?” but rather, “How can we do better in the future?”
Destigmatization can sometimes be a bit more complicated than it might seem, and sometimes there are unintended consequences to goodhearted efforts at making the world a more just and kinder place.
Cutting can be difficult to discuss, and not just because of the shame and stigma surrounding mental-health issues. Self-harm is violent, visceral, and a hard image to process. It’s something that makes people uncomfortable, even disturbed.
We know that trauma can last a lifetime; extreme harm and deprivation can impede a child’s intellectual, social, emotional and academic progress. As a society, we owe all our children safety, support, opportunity and help finding a way forward.
The families and neighborhoods that make up the southern half of the city are not passive receivers of whatever aid is set in motion. Instead, they are the most indispensable resource — even as they are overlooked — to authentically fix this problem.
One of my biggest fears about openly saying ‘hey, I’m not doing okay, I’m sometimes so miserable I can’t get out of bed, I keep having panic attacks,’ was how it would affect my relationships with other people.