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How To Deal With Stigmatizing Remarks About Mental Illness

Research shows that people living with mental health issues are more likely to be victims of a violent crime as opposed to the ones committing them. Yet a formulaic response tends to follow tragedies: Mental illness is bad and it’s what caused this to happen. … Continue reading

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You Would Never Know That I Have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “[p]eople with obsessive compulsive disorder may have symptoms of obsessions, compulsions, or both,” which “can interfere with all aspects of life, such as work, school, and personal relationships.” Obsessions often involve fear … Continue reading

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Stop using mental illness to explain away violence. It’s not that simple

After every horrific mass shooting and disturbing terrorist attack, the reflex is the same: The attacker(s) must be mentally ill. The shocking randomness of these acts is destabilizing, so simplistic conclusions may provide comfort, but you can’t explain away violence … Continue reading

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8 Things I Wish Someone Told Me About Mental Health As A Black Woman

1. Sometimes, the label of being a “strong black woman” hurts more than it helps. 2. You have to get past the stigma associated with mental health in the black community. 3. Depression, anxiety, and suicidal tendencies aren’t “white” maladies. 4. Bottling things up … Continue reading

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Experts: Listening is important as community copes

While some people kill family members for revenge against someone else for a perceived slight or injury, “I would caution people not to rush to judgement in this matter,” said Cashen, adding, “I encourage everyone in our community to not … Continue reading

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Have you got the wrong impression about schizophrenia?

Rethink Mental Illness said a survey of 1,500 people showed that the condition is widely misunderstood. Schizophrenia commonly causes hallucinations, such as hearing voices, or delusions and can make people lose interest in life. But it should not be “a … Continue reading

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Instead of using ‘mental health’ as a catch-all, spending should focus on those with serious mental illnesses

Secretary Price distilled the problem down to its essence by instructing committee members to focus on the “ten, ten, ten problem”: Ten million people have serious mental illness, they die ten years earlier than others, and “ten times more Americans … Continue reading

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7 Surprising Symptoms of Dementia

While the below signs are by no means a guarantee of dementia, if you or a family member are experiencing them, it may be worth talking to a doctor. 1. Difficulty finding words 2. Trouble with planning and following instructions … Continue reading

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Why ‘High Functioning’ Autism Is So Challenging

The autism spectrum is very large. If you think of it as a rainbow (or a bell curve), you’ll note that there’s an awful lot of the spectrum that is at neither one end nor the other—but somewhere in the … Continue reading

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Concealed Depression

In America today, roughly 19 million people suffer from depression. It is estimated that at any given time, three to five percent of adults are experiencing a major depressive episode, and 2 of every 100 kids and 8 of every 100 teenagers … Continue reading

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