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Friendship Bench’ program proves effective at alleviating mental illness symptoms

Their offices are simple wooden seats, called Friendship Benches, located in the grounds of health clinics around Harare and other major cities in Zimbabwe. The practitioners are lay health workers known as community “Grandmothers,” trained to listen to and support … Continue reading

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New Study Identifies Factors Linking Violence and Mental Illness

New research has identified a host of factors associated with the risk of adults with mental illness becoming victims of violence, as well as perpetrators of violence. “This work builds on an earlier study that found almost one-third of adults … Continue reading

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How to offer real support to someone with a mental illness

The unfortunate reality is that many who suffer from a mental illness like schizophrenia, enter into isolation and have difficulty maintaining a functional life. Imagine your reality was terrifying – hearing derogatory voices or believing that the world is conspiring … Continue reading

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The cure for mental health is not ignorance

Comments made by Steve Bannon, newly appointed chief strategist to President-elect Donald Trump, were recently released from his December 2015 email exchange with Breitbart editor, Matt Boyle. Boyle had suggested posting a story supporting Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan to reform the … Continue reading

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End of daylight saving time can kick off seasonal affective disorder

The winter blues can set in as temperatures drop and days shorten, but for some people, winter can mean developing an actual case of seasonal depression called seasonal affective disorder. As the sun sets earlier after the end of Daylight … Continue reading

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A Thin Drawn Line: The Gender Gap in Mental Health

Mental illness is not perceived as an actual “illness”, and because of the stigma attached to it, families try to manage it at home. A 2008 ethnographic study in Sierra Leone found that families might take patients to traditional healers … Continue reading

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How Donald Trump Is Creating A Mental Health Crisis

No matter what demographic you fall into, there’s a good chance this presidential election is stressing you out. A survey conducted by the American Psychological Association in October showed that 52 percent of Americans say that the election is “a … Continue reading

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ALMOST NO CHILDREN IN FRANCE ARE MEDICATED FOR ADHD: HERE’S HOW THEY DEFINE & TREAT IT

Big Pharma has played a significant role in manufacturing the ADHD epidemic in the U.S., convincing parents and doctors that ADHD is a common problem amongst children and one that should be medicated. However, many countries disagree with the American stance … Continue reading

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Symptoms of Bipolar

Bipolar disorder has the ability to transform your life. Its symptoms can range from mild to severe, while influencing many facets of who you are, how you behave and what you enjoy. When symptoms are mild, you can function relatively … Continue reading

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Halloween attractions use mental illness to scare us. Here’s why advocates say it must stop.

There are examples of asylum-based Halloween attractions all over the country. Every year at this time, right next to the chainsaw-wielding masked men and flesh-eating zombies, are the mental hospital patients. The message isn’t subtle: People with mental illness are … Continue reading

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