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
Self and Society
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.
Science of Us recently talked to Andrea Petersen on the question: “Are women born anxious, or are we raised to be that way?,” and the differences, both learned and innate, that contribute to the gender discrepancy in anxiety.
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.
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.
“The more people we can help not come back to jail, then that helps our community because now they’re productive citizens in our community, so they’re out there with jobs, they’re supporting their families, hopefully they’re not on welfare anymore and receiving state funded money, and then that’s gonna help our state, I mean…it just Read more
Nearly 1 in 5 American adults deals with a mental illness or substance abuse problem each year, a U.S. government study says. Oregon has the highest rate, and New Jersey the lowest, according to 2012-2014 data analyzed by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Scientists are starting to compare the social deficits autism and schizophrenia share, using a variety of methods, from eye tracking and behavioral assessments to electroencephalography (EEG). Some teams hope to expose the conditions’ common neurological roots, whereas others are drilling down into the differences.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Neighborhood-level interventions provide an opportunity to better understand the impact of neighborhoods on health. In 2001, the Welsh Government, United Kingdom, funded Communities First, a program of neighborhood regeneration delivered to the 100 most deprived of the 881 electoral wards in Wales.
Depression is a ruthless monster, which is notorious for leaving the person it attacks writhing in emotional agony. The least we can do is aid the individual in his battle against it.
Therapists and writers foster the growth of moral imagination in other human beings. We help people explore the question Who do we call us? Our work widens the category “us,” and narrows the category “them” in the lives of people we teach.
Closely tied to race and ethnicity, “culture” refers to a group of people who share a set of beliefs, norms, values and attitudes. The culture we associate with influences what we think and what we do—especially when it comes to mental health.
Studies have found elevated rates of autism among young people with childhood-onset schizophrenia, in which the features of schizophrenia appear before age 13 rather than in late adolescence. Research may help to explain how social cognition breaks down in each condition — which could lead to more nuanced clinical profiles and better treatments for both.
Social and emotional learning programs for youth not only immediately improve mental health, social skills, and learning outcomes but also continue to benefit children years later.
Thousands of people on Twitter are responding to what this CEO said when his employee took a ‘mental health day off’
Madalyn Parker, a web developer from Olark Live Chat, took to Twitter to share what happened when she was upfront with her colleagues about taking sick leave for her mental well-being. Nearly 10,000 people have retweeted her latest tweet, and many are responding with their own stories — both positive and negative.
“Aging itself is not inevitably associated with a decline in mood and quality of life,” said professor Karl-Heinz Ladwig, commenting on the results. “It is rather the case that psychosocial factors such as depression or anxiety impair subjective well-being,” he explained.
Approaches to providing psycho-social support for children, teachers and other school staff, and social and emotional learning for children in protracted conflict situations
A psychosocial approach moves away from focusing on individual clinically based diagnoses to focusing on holistic, broad-based preventative programmes that promote resilience and develop coping strategies across the entire affected group.
Rather than focusing solely on the detrimental effects of experiencing adversity, their work, published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, examines how children develop adaptive skills relevant to coping with the high-stress nature of their surrounding environment.
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?
The team’s attitude is one of “thriving” through and not merely “surviving” mental health challenges. This approach emphasises strength through adversity, and mental health vulnerability is seen as manageable, not as a defining character flaw of the athlete.