Mental illness awareness week: Become a stigma buster!

Mental illness awareness week: Become a stigma buster!

Every year, Mental Illness Awareness Week is held during the first full week of October. In 2015, it takes place October 4th through the 10th. During this time, organizations and people across the United States exchange information on mental illness and treatment, learning new ways to combat mental illness and eliminate stigma and discrimination. Continue reading

Mental illness awareness week: Battling the stigma of mental illness

Mental illness awareness week: Battling the stigma of mental illness

Prejudiced beliefs that were once considered a normal part of life have been abandoned as people became more humane and informed. Many countries around the world have made strides in advocating for equal rights among all demographics. However, mental illness, it seems, is one of the last subjects up for discussion. Research points to a deeply-rooted stigma attached to mental illness, partially taught, partially due to ignorance and fear.

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Nourishing the mind and body benefits generations to come

Nourishing the mind and body benefits generations to come

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) reports that recent evidence suggests the importance of good nutrition as a benefit to mental health. The evidence linking the two is growing and includes the effect of good nutrition on both short-term and long-term mental health. The development, management and prevention of specific conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and Alzheimer’s disease are all affected by diet.

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Ketamine for depression treatment

Ketamine for depression treatment

At any given moment, 15 million Americans are suffering from depression, a debilitating life-changing disease. There are many antidepressant medications available to the public and treatment for the condition usually consists of a combination of medication and therapy. The drug ketamine is gaining popularity among doctors as a treatment for depression though it has not been approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for the purpose. Continue reading

Self-fulfilling prophecies: How convictions affect health and wellness

Self-fulfilling prophecies: How convictions affect health and wellness

Everyone feels down from time to time; occasionally feeling sad or angry is a part of life. However, if a self-defeating attitude becomes permanent, it can draw a line between confidence and pessimism. It has long been known that the mind has a great influence on the physical body and researchers in San Diego, California, set out to determine if Chinese beliefs about medicine and astrology affected their longevity.

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Single-tasking improves brain performance

Single-tasking improves brain performance

One task at a time benefits brain and body

Anyone perusing the classified job ads will notice the word “multi-tasking” appears quite often. Employers are looking for employees who can handle several duties at once. The pace of life in the 21st century has revved up for everyone and not just at work. A mother driving her child to daycare must simultaneously keep her eyes on the road while talking on a hands-free phone and attempting to calm her cranky toddler in the back seat.

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Dispelling myths about mental illness

Dispelling myths about mental illness

Engaging in conversation about mental illness with the average person proves that lack of information and stigmas continue to flourish. Negative stereotypes abound and are communicated from person to person. Anyone can be stricken with mental illness at any time. Heredity, body chemistry and life events all contribute to mental illness and not one person is immune from becoming mentally ill. Continue reading