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National Nutrition Month: Enhance gut-brain connection to reduce depression
03-30-17 Category: Mental Illness

As the United States observes the month of March as National Nutrition Month (NNM), reminding all Americans of the significance of making informed dietary choices and inculcating healthy eating habits, much needs to be done to create awareness about the benefits of scientific food and nutrition information. This year, “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” is […]

01-26-17 Category: Mental Illness

Addiction and mental illness are separate conditions, but they greatly influence each other. The relationship can be understood through an example: for a person with an inflammation due to a cut finger, the injury happened first and the inflammation was a result of the injury, but now they are linked. There has been a historical […]

debunk myths about depression
12-12-16 Category: Depression, Mental Health, Mental Illness

  While the holiday season is known for bringing joy and good tidings, it can also serve as a tidal wave of triggers for those coping with mental illness. At any moment in the United States, approximately 6.7 percent of adults struggle with severe depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Despite […]

first-aid-mental health

Quick question: Do you know basic first aid? Most people can’t set fractures, perform CPR or even provide the Heimlich maneuver, but they know enough to do basic first aid, like elevate bleeding injuries above the heart or put ice on a sprain. A Good Samaritan stops the bleeding, talks to the person if it’s […]

mentally ill parents
01-25-16 Category: Mental Illness

Growing up with a mentally ill parent can leave a painful legacy. Children in this situation can miss out on many important experiences typical to other households. Organizations and experts alike share concern for these youths and seek to alleviate the pain of these circumstances. Members of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry […]

stigma of mental illness
01-15-16 Category: Mental Health, Mental Illness

The stigma associated with mental illness has existed as long as the disorders themselves, and although efforts are being made to educate people and reduce the stigma, it sadly persists. A lack of education and the perpetuation of various myths have caused people to treat mental illness differently from other types of health problems. Uneducated […]


There is much written evidence of the inhumane treatment methods of the mentally ill throughout history. Many books and movies have portrayed the horrors of the “lunatic asylum,” where patients were chained to beds, denied normal human care and treated abominably. John H. Krystal, M.D., chairman of psychiatry and professor of neurobiology at the Yale […]

12-28-15 Category: Mental Health, Mental Illness, Treatment

Laura Wilcox was a 19-year-old college sophomore with a bright future. On January 10, 2001, she was shot dead by Scott Harlan Thorpe, a 41-year-old man who resisted his family’s attempt to force psychiatric treatment, at Nevada County’s public mental health clinic where she worked. After the incident, Laura’s parents chose to advocate for forced […]

11-25-15 Category: Mental Health, Mental Illness

Coping with a loved one’s schizophrenia during the holiday season can be challenging. Knowing how to connect and help the individual remain engaged in family activities can ensure that the holidays remain joyous for all parties involved. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), schizophrenia affects approximately 1 percent of the U.S. population. […]

11-24-15 Category: Mental Health, Mental Illness

During the holidays, people typically spend more time with old friends and family than they do on a regular basis. Navigating these interactions with a loved one who has a personality disorder can prove challenging. However, knowing more about personality disorders and how to communicate with these individuals can help the holidays go smoothly. In […]

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