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

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

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

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

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

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

Going over the line with relying on others: Dependent personality disorder

Dependent personality disorder(DPD) is characterized by a pattern of submissive and clinging behaviors for an excessive need to be taken care of, leading to fears of separation. Typically DPD begins in early adulthood and is present in a variety of contexts, including other symptoms shared with other mental and personality disorders. Continue reading

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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