We flip on the TV in the morning to catch the news before starting the day, check social media, texts and emails, and grab the cell phone from the charger. This is routine for many, but for a person with avoidant personality disorder (APD), these activities may not be too appealing. Continue reading
A hallucination can be visual or auditory, olfactory or tactile. Auditory hallucinations are among the most common and most difficult to treat. While certain medications and therapies can mitigate hallucinations, there is no cure for the condition. Antipsychotic medications can cause unwanted side effects and cognitive behavioral therapy has no effect on muting the hallucinations or reducing their prevalence.
Smartphones are often blamed for unhealthy lifestyle habits. However, if used in a proper way, it also helps the users improve their fitness and health while performing its other regular functions. In fact, it seems as though there is an app for every aspect of physical wellness nowadays.
A baby facing a new experience reaches for a security blanket for comfort and familiarity. An office worker arrives home after a long day, anticipating the newest episode of her favorite television show. Sometimes, the smallest acts can prove the most effective when trying to unwind.
Those in the medical field who care for gravely ill or injured patients must come to terms with the possibility of witnessing death. Doctors and nurses working in emergency departments and intensive care units, for example, try every conceivable treatment to keep their patient alive, but when if the moment of death comes, the frustration and sadness is palpable.
The Detroit Free Press reports that a lawsuit was filed last week naming Macomb County, Michigan, as one of the responsible parties in the death of inmate David Stojcevski. According to reports, Stojcevski died in 2014 while in the care of the Macomb County jail’s mental health unit.
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
A person suffering from a mental illness such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia must not only face the rigors of the condition’s symptoms, but also the commonly held, negative perceptions of the illness. It is such stigma that often keeps those with mental illness from informing loved ones about the symptoms and seeking treatment for the condition. 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.