Even though honesty felt like a struggle, I started to like how it felt. Research from the University of Notre Dame has shown that when people consciously stopped telling lies, including white lies, for 10 weeks, they had fewer physical ailments (like headaches) and fewer mental health complaints (like depression) than a control group that Read more
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“People with a keen sense of black consciousness mistrust (mental health) institutions, so they refuse to seek treatment,” said psychology associate professor Rheeda Walker, whose research focuses, in part, on mental health in black communities.
This week, it was revealed that the number of Japanese people aged 90 or over has hit the two million mark for the first time. So, what is it that they’re putting in the water in Japan? Have they found a mainstream supply to the fountain of youth?
Those receiving and providing assistance can be affected by the distress of a catastrophic natural disaster. Ideal interventions promote the evidence-based principles of Psychological First Aid, including: safety, calming, self- and community-efficacy, social connectedness, and a sense of hope/optimism. Check out this compilation of related resources.
The clients I work with tend to have a few things in common: they are smart, ambitious, and highly motivated. From the outside, they appear powerful and poised. But on the inside, they worry about their ability to deal with the demands that come along with having a successful career. Statistics show pressure at work Read more
Some people think suicide is a cowardly or selfish act, but carrying it out is far from easy. Forming the foundations of all life is the urge to survive. Something catastrophic must happen to rob someone of their will to live, convincing them that death is the only thing that can end their torment.
At present, British society is uncomfortable with making the individual tragedies of suicide into a case for collective change. Considering suicide as a problem of the young allows us to tell ourselves a simplified story where despair is a passing personal crisis rather than an endemic condition.
We can all easily understand that suicide is a mental health issue. However, if we only view suicide through the mental health lens, society will be very limited in its ability to change the issue.
“[Thriving] appears to come down to an individual experiencing a sense of development, of getting better at something, and succeeding at mastering something. In the simplest terms, what underpins it is feeling good about life and yourself and being good at something.”
The actor/writer/comedian opens up about his battles with anxiety, OCD, taking on other people’s emotions, people pleasing, wanting attention, shame, fear of letting people down and the role vulnerability and therapy have played in him finding emotional stability and peace.
Loneliness and depression are the new killers. In fact, recent studies show that either one (or both) can be more dangerous to your life than obesity or using tobacco products.
Host Brian McDonough speaks with Dr. John Huber, Chairman for Mainstream Mental Health, about the reasons why millennials are struggling with depression and anxiety, and tips for helping these patients handle the unique stressors in life they are facing.
As mental illness comes out of the shadows, we as parents, mentors, citizens, and community leaders must be vigilant and prepared to guide individuals at risk or in crisis to services and support systems that will help prevent tragic outcomes such as suicide.
Thanks to social media, purpose and meaning have become conflated with glamour: Extraordinary lives look like the norm on the internet. Yet the idea that a meaningful life must be or appear remarkable is not only elitist but also misguided.
“We need to pay attention to aspects that make streets more appealing and walkable,” writes psychiatrist Dr Paul Keedwell in Headspace: The Psychology of City Living, a timely exposition of how bad environmental design can cause creeping stress, alienation and even depression.
Through the ups and downs, Blue ― as her fans call her ― has relied on art to help her express her pain, fears and other difficult thoughts and feelings. The East London-based artist has accumulated a large following on the site DeviantArt, where she posts her colorful, imaginative and deeply emotional drawings.
“Bisexual people face double discrimination in multiple settings — bisexual people are often invisible, rejected, invalidated [and] stigmatized in the heterosexual community as well as the traditional LGBTQ communities,” Ethan Mereish, an assistant professor at American University.
The point I’m trying to make is that nothing has imposed limitations on me—not my mental health, or cancer, or anything else. I am the only one who can impose a limitation on me by allowing myself to be affected by something I deem as an obstacle.
“It’s a serious matter. It’s not something you can just forget ― that you can just brush off. It’s lingering. It cuts into peoples’ thoughts about their place on this planet,” Lydia Li told HuffPost. “[Race] might be a social construct, but discrimination really does affect peoples’ lives.”
After making it through the maelstrom of middle age, many adults find themselves approaching older age wondering “what will give purpose to my life?” now that the kids have flown the nest and retirement is in the cards. How they answer the question can have significant implications for their health.
From October 2 through 8, 2017, BuzzFeed Health will be publishing a lineup of content (reporting, essays, first-person accounts, videos, and more) on mental health, mental illness, access to care, treatment, and related topics. It’s timed to coincide with Mental Illness Awareness Week and our goal is to amplify the voices and stories of people Read more
Even as the effects of violence, displacement and confinement contribute to community-wide distress, mental and psychosocial well-being are often overlooked. Humanitarian organizations are overwhelmed responding to ever growing needs in South Sudan, where an estimated 7.5 million people are in need of lifesaving assistance.
Drawings created by individuals from the John T. Montford Unit near Lubbock were debuted Wednesday afternoon in an exhibit at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
No matter how long you’re traveling for, or how you’re getting there, or how far you’re going, you should be taking precautionary measures to protect your health. This is especially critical if you are coping with issues of addiction and mental illness.
Research has indicated that people who are creatively engaged have lower skin temperatures, lower heart rates and lower blood pressure. Having lower vital signs are one of the keys to lower stress, better health and living a longer life.
Those who accept all their emotions without judgment tend to be less likely to ruminate on negativity, less likely to try to suppress mental experiences (which can backfire by amplifying these experiences), and less likely to experience negative “meta-emotional reactions,” like feeling upset about feeling upset.
“There are more things … likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality.”
Far from psychiatry being a neutral, and purely objective endeavour, set apart from the messy reality of politics and culture, psychic driving reveals how knowledge about the human mind is profoundly shaped by the concerns and priorities of the societies that produce it.