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

The 10 different personality disorders

The 10 different personality disorders

A person with a personality disorder would normally be dealing with one of 10 main personality disorders. The definition of a personality disorder is an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual’s culture, is pervasive and inflexible, has an onset in adolescence or early adulthood, is stable over time, and leads to distress or impairment. In order for the pattern of behavior to constitute a personality disorder, it must cause significant functional impairment or subjective distress (DSM-5).

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Cognitive training for brain repair

Cognitive training for brain repair

Cognitive training and cognitive rehabilitation are interventional approaches designed to address alterations, injuries or impairment of cognitive functioning. According to the Center for Brain Training, the brain has the ability to change itself, also known as neuroplasticity. The main premise behind “brain training” holds that through utilizing brain training games and exercises, one can learn to regulate cognitive and mental functioning on their own. Some scientists see this as an innovative approach to treat addictions, learning disabilities and mental health disorders such as Attention deficit disorder (ADD), Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and Borderline personality disorder.

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Mental health medications and the conditions they treat

Mental health medications and the conditions they treat

Oftentimes, when a patient is diagnosed with a mental health disorder, they will undergo a treatment plan that includes both therapy and medication. A psychologist will meet with a patient to assist them with cognitive and behavioral therapies and other coping skills, whereas a psychiatrist is licensed to prescribe medication and will determine the specific type, along with the dosage, that is right for them. It is important to note that medications are not intended to be a cure for sufferers, but they will help treat certain symptoms so they are able to function in everyday life. Continue reading

How to handle a mental health emergency

How to handle a mental health emergency

Friends and family learning to cope with a loved one recently diagnosed with a disorder will naturally want to educate themselves on the condition. Of course, this allows for a better understanding of the individual and the opportunity to assist the patient in appropriately helpful ways. However, there may be more extreme instances when professional assistance is immediately required. Such occurrences will often constitute a mental health emergency and it’s important to know when and how to respond accordingly. Continue reading

Rational emotive behavior therapy vs. cognitive behavioral therapy

Rational emotive behavior therapy vs. cognitive behavioral therapy

Mental health and substance abuse disorders are both a result of and the cause of a person’s perception of his or her reality. Emotions such as anger, stress, depression, fatigue and worry are all derived from one’s perceptions of the world around him or her. If the beliefs change and the idea a person has of the world can be altered, his or her everyday life can too. Two of the main forms of therapy that work to help changes people’s thoughts and beliefs to help them deal with mental health disorders and addiction include Rational emotive behavior therapy and Cognitive behavioral therapy. Continue reading

What is an adjustment disorder and how do you treat it?

What is an adjustment disorder and how do you treat it?

Abnormal psychological or behavioral symptoms that develop in response to a drastic life-change such as a severe medical condition, a death in the family or a divorce from a spouse could be diagnosed as an adjustment disorder. According to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual 5th Edition, an adjustment disorder (AD) is a stress related illness in which a person isn’t able to emotionally adjust to a change in life for up to six months. Continue reading

Suicide: a permanent solution to a temporary problem

Suicide: a permanent solution to a temporary problem

Suicide rates are harder to gauge because the media usually doesn’t report suicides due to stigma. Another aspect of why suicide statistics are skewed is largely due to the media portraying most of the gun violence in the country as being homicidal, as opposed to suicidal. When suicides are underreported, the urgency of finding a solution to the problem is diluted. Some studies suggest that the underreporting of suicides is also due to social or religious values. Continue reading

Learning about borderline personality disorder and finding help

Learning about borderline personality disorder and finding help

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) can cause many problems in a person’s life and is characterized by a pattern of unstable moods, behavior and relationships; many people with BPD also have brief psychotic episodes (NIMH 2014). It is very common for people with BPD to exhibit life-threatening behaviors such as risky substance abuse behaviors, risky sexual behaviors and promiscuity and hostile or aggressive outbursts.This personality disorder is also characterized by several other symptoms including the following: Continue reading