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The demand for affordable mental health care far exceeds the current supply. The 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, conducted by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), reports that barely half of U.S. adults struggling with serious mental health issues are able to receive treatment. President Barack Obama’s administration has made […]

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As a statement from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services reads, “For nearly 100 years, the final resting places of 39 people who died in a 1918 ward fire at Griffin Memorial Hospital have been largely forgotten, buried in an unmarked site…” The roughly 200-square-foot burial site of those who perished […]

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There is a fine line between reacting versus responding. The difference lies in taking time to mindfully respond rather than having a purely emotional reaction to a stimulus. Though it takes time and practice, learning to respond to potentially triggering situations can improve interpersonal relationships and mental health. The cockroach theory is a new spin […]

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Neuroses can be a blessing and a curse. Many successful people, from philosophers to filmmakers, have harnessed their neuroses to help them achieve great things. While some professionals in the behavioral health field suggest that certain neurotic personality traits can be beneficial, the reality remains that neurotic anxiety can cast a shadow of distress over […]

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Schizophrenia is a serious mental health disorder that typically requires medication for symptom management. Antipsychotics have been prescribed to treat schizophrenia since the 1950s; atypical antipsychotics were developed for this same purpose in the 1990s. Aripiprazole, or Abilify, is one such atypical antipsychotic that must be taken daily when administered orally. On Oct. 5, 2015, […]

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that approximately 40 percent of college students coping with “diagnosable mental health conditions” do not ask for help. This is related to both stigma and cost, but also denial that a problem exists. Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, aims to empower its students with insight into their […]

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Imagine trying to fall asleep and being met with the deafening sound of a bomb exploding. Most people would try to evacuate or turn on the news to find out what is happening. However, for those with exploding head syndrome (EHS), it is not even a reason to get out of bed. EHS is a […]

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Many people dislike flying on planes. Getting to the airport hours early, going through security and waiting to board just to be stuck in the middle seat on a four-hour flight is not many people’s idea of a good time. However, the annoyance many feel does not compare to the severe anxiety expressed by others […]

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Laughter really can be the best medicine. Finding humor in the face of adversity is a defense mechanism that can be used for both good and evil. Spinning a traumatic experience in a way that provides comedic relief might be just what the doctor ordered, whereas poking fun at another person’s expense in the face […]

psychology-behind-defense-mechanisms-rationalization-moral-relativism-part-3-of-4

The Robin Hood ethos is rationalization at its finest, more mild forms of which are extremely prevalent in society today. Rationalization is characterized by finding justifications for immoral behavior to ease feelings of guilt, shame or anxiety. In the case of Robin Hood, it was considered acceptable that he stole because he was taking from […]