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
The power of the media and its effects on people’s perception of mental health issues can be powerful. News outlets, magazines and social media cover stories that shape the public perspective on trending issues and events, some related to mental health.
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.
The mind and body depend on each other. Just as individuals perform daily maintenance routines for physical health like showering, dental care and exercise, people can do the same self-care practices for mental wellness.
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.
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
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.
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.
The results of a study in Europe have proclaimed that depressed people who engage in risky behavior and display agitation and impulsivity are at least 50 percent more inclined to attempt suicide than others. September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day, marking a reminder to learn the warning signs of impending suicide. Continue reading
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