New research from Rethink Mental Illness reveals just how far we have to go when it comes to making the working world comfortable for people with mental illness. They say that new figures show that people affected by mental illness are facing a ‘locked door’ of prejudice and misunderstanding that keeps them out of the Read more
Public awareness of mental health issues, as well as people’s willingness to disclose their mental health challenges, seem to be at an all-time high, at least in Western societies. But as some of the stories on this page show, we still have a way to go before mental health conditions are viewed in the same light as other chronic health conditions. Fear and shame are still daunting obstacles for many, and untold numbers of people still suffer in silence. Stigma kills: a primary motivator for suicidal behavior is the belief that mental health conditions are shameful, and that those who have them are defective.
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
The Independent Budget Office reported that mental problems accounted for 13 percent of all admissions to NYC Health + Hospitals facilities in 2014, the last year for which complete data was available. As is often the case, the public hospitals are becoming the main medical provider of first and last resort for mentally ill New Read more
The vast majority of medical costs among people of any gender in America are the same: heart disease, dementia, diabetes, and cancers. The diseases that do seem to disproportionately afflict transgender people are mental-health issues. The pathology behind this is abetted by societal marginalization of exactly the sort that Trump’s language propagated today.
marijuana – For years, Brian avoided seeking help for his depression and anxiety because he was afraid a doctor would either insist that he quit smoking pot or would refuse to treat him entirely. The idea of having to choose between medical treatment that he was unsure would work and the pot that he knew Read more
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.
There are productive ways to talk about psychological health rather than focusing on the mental state of specific individuals, according to Michelle Riba, a professor of psychiatry. “It’s one thing to sit around the dining room table to talk about this, it’s another to offer a professional opinion on something in which you don’t have Read more
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.
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?
Religious magazines and newspapers are a way to reach people suffering with mental health problems and give them a message of hope. There is often stigma surrounding this topic that causes additional and needless pain to both the sufferer and those around them. This can go on for years and through generations.
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.
College campuses around the nation have generally seen an uptick in students experiencing mental health issues. And some students have been taking it upon themselves to help change the way campuses view and talk about mental illness, including among student-athletes, with a particular focus on ending the associated stigmas.
Increased awareness of mental health is leading to more conversations about its effects. But not all efforts to bring attention to the subject have positive outcomes — and the line between what’s productive and what’s detrimental is blurring as Netflix and other entertainment providers tackle mental health issues.
Family told members of the nongovernmental National Commission for Child Protection that they shackled their son to prevent him from disturbing the community. They come from a poor family where there is little awareness of mental health conditions. His parents believe he has a spiritual problem and consulted a faith healer but without success.
Researchers estimate our brains contain between 86 to 100 billion cells but some brains are more complex than others, especially those who struggle with depression, schizophrenia and bi-polar disorders.
You don’t normally think of mental illness as the stuff of games, but Alana Zablocki believes bringing the two together can be a powerful force for greater understanding.
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.
In recent years, however, research has begun to show promise in treating a number of ailments. The interventions usually involved one dose of LSD, given in a supervised setting, coupled with therapy. To engage in research in Schedule I drugs, scientists have to get approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Most of us know at least one person who has struggled with a bout of debilitating mental illness. Despite their familiarity, however, these kinds of episodes are typically considered unusual, and even shameful.
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.
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.
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.
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month – According to the National Institute of Mental Health, some of the disparities impacting minorities include limited access to services, underrepresentation in research, and inadequate care. In addition, over-diagnosis further marginalizes persons of color.
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.
Chronic mental health problems could cost the U.S. up to $3.5 trillion by 2030, and there is a close connection with many other conditions, according to a patient advocacy group. The study, conducted by IHS Markit for the group, found that chronic mental health conditions are increasingly prevalent.
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?