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.
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