Why stroke survivors are at higher risk of attempting suicide

Studies have shown that stroke victims are at a higher risk of taking their own lives, compared to people who haven’t suffered a stroke. (MNT 2015) A stroke occurs when the blood flow that is supplied to the brain suddenly stops. There are two different types of stroke: the ischemic stroke and the hemorrhagic stroke. An ischemic stroke is caused by a blood clot that blocks the flow of blood in a blood vessel. A hemorrhagic stroke is caused by a broken blood vessel that bleeds into the brain. There are also ‘mini-strokes’ that are called transient ischemic attacks, when blood supply to the brain is interrupted briefly. Continue reading

Loneliness as a public health concern

“Solitude expresses the value of being alone, while loneliness expresses the pain of being alone.”-Tillich 1959

There are many factors that can affect why somebody gets the feeling of being lonely. Sometimes it could just be due to a slow week of socializing, other times it might be due to rejection or lack of a significant other. Somebody could be in a crowded room full of people and still feel lonely. Everyone feels lonely at some point or another but when loneliness turns into continuous social isolation, there is a need for concern. Continue reading

Mentally ill in prison: Isolation in solitary confinement exacerbates conditions

There are various reasons why mentally ill adults and juveniles in county jails, state or federal prisons aren’t advocated for. The main reason stems from an inability to care for themselves. The mentally ill population of county jails, as well as state and federal prisons – usually slips through the cracks, and as a result of any behavioral issues displayed, often due to lack of proper psychiatric treatment, are sent to solitary confinement. In most cases, those in solitary confinement have either displayed an inability to recognize and abide by prison rules, or they may be at a high risk of being physically harmed due to their mental illness. Continue reading

What is a “Delusional Disorder”?

Delusional disorder is a type of psychosis that can be incredibly difficult to deal with, or be around. Most people would find it very hard to understand how somebody could actually see or hear one thing, but fail to understand the reality of the situation based on internal belief systems. Delusions are paranoid thoughts of actions or situations that haven’t happened, yet a person has an unshakable belief that these events have actually occurred. Delusions can also be described as hallucinations. Common characteristics of a person with DD thinks he or she is being followed, poisoned, conspired against, loved from afar, mistreated, or has a special talent or ability that he or she really doesn’t have. Continue reading

Using psychodynamic therapy to treat depression

Mental health can be significantly stunned or stunted when affected by unfortunate circumstances such as a mental health disorder. Depression, for example, is a long lasting illness that can affect a person’s physical, mental and emotional state of being. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, major depression is defined as severe symptoms that interfere with one’s ability to work, sleep, study, eat and enjoy life. A depressive episode can occur only once in a person’s lifetime, but more often, a person will endure several depressive episodes throughout their life. Continue reading

Mindfulness found to be as effective as cognitive behavioral therapy

Meditation and mindfulness have been incorporated more frequently into treatment programs due to their therapeutic effects, but not much is known about how they compare to more traditional approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). A new study has found that group mindfulness treatment is as effective as individual CBT in patients with depression and anxiety, reopening the debate on mindfulness-based practices in therapy. Continue reading