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  • Book Spotlight – Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 07-18-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    Author, lawyer, and social activist Melody Moezzi chronicles the challenges of living life in the area between insanity and gifted talent.  At 18, Moezzi  began struggling with medical issues, resulting in the eventual removal of her pancreas.  She marvels at how many people in her life rallied around and supported her, visiting her in the…

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  • National Minority Mental Health Month

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 07-17-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    In 2008, the US House of Representatives declared July National Minority and Mental Health Month which allows for an opportunity to create mental health awareness in diverse communities. The goal of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is to improve the access that people have to mental health treatment and services via increased public awareness….

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  • Military Funds Implantable Brain Chip Research to Treat Mental Illnesses

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 06-04-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the research arm of the United States Department of Defense, is funding two major research initiatives to create implantable electronic devices to monitor andtreat seven different psychiatric disorders, including addiction, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain. The DARPA  SUBNETS (Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies) program has…

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  • Santa Barbara Killings Reopen Debate on Involuntary Treatment

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 05-30-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    In the wake of the most recent mass killings, the deadly May 23 rampage of 22-year-old Elliot Rodger that claimed seven lives including his own has reopened public debate on how to prevent such acts of violence before they actually happen. Rodger, a former Santa Barbara City College student, stabbed his three roommates, students at…

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  • PTSD: Not All Wounds Are Visible

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 05-28-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    PTSD Awareness Month

    Since 2010, June 27 has been designated by the United States Congress as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day, in recognition of the fact that this phenomenon is a serious behavioral health issue. In addition, June has become PTSD Awareness Month in order to make people more aware of this disorder and the availability of…

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  • Creating a Blood Test to Diagnose Depression

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 05-07-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    When visiting the doctor for an annual physical, it is routine procedure for a patient to have blood work done to check for many common illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease. Sometimes additional blood tests will be ordered to facilitate an accurate diagnosis. Although helpful for many physical ailments, blood tests are not yet…

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  • National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week is May 4-10

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 05-06-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    National Anxiety & Depression Awareness Week

    National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week, May 4-10, is organized by Freedom From Fear (FFF), a national non-profit mental health advocacy organization located in Staten Island, New York. Founded in 1984, the mission of FFF is “to impact, in a positive way, the lives of all those affected by anxiety, depressive and related disorders through…

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  • Possible Origins of Mental Health Disorders

    By: sovcaladmin On: 04-23-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    Each year, around 57.7 million Americans develop a mental health disorder, such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or schizophrenia. Mental health disorders can be detrimental to a person’s life, disrupting relationships, schoolwork, professional life, and overall quality of life. In fact, depression, the most common mental health disorder in…

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  • Fort Hood Shootings and Mental Health Stigma

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 04-04-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    Fort Hood Shootings And Mental Health Stigma

    On Wednesday, April 2, the nation was devastated by news of a second mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, within five years. Specialist Ivan Lopez went on a shooting rampage, killing three people, wounding 16, and ending his own life. Last August, former U.S. Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan was sentenced to death for the…

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  • Fighting Depression In Groups

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 03-31-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    Depression is the most common mental health disorder in America; with about 14.8 million adults (6.7 percent of the population aged 18 and older) meeting the diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder in a given year. Anyone of any gender, age, background, socioeconomic background, and race can develop depression, although it is more common in…

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