Month: January 2022

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Is It Criminal To Be Mentally Ill?

Mental illness is becoming increasingly criminalized by the system. Jail is often where a lot of people with mental illness end up, simply because there is no system designed to help them. This was the story of Jermelle Madison Jr., a schizophrenic who committed suicide behind bars, in the Clackamas County jail in Oregon City. […]

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We Are Not Crying Wolf; We Are Crying For Help

All of us have been deeply affected by COVID-19, through bereavement and/or the chaos that the virus has brought, but perhaps those who have felt the greatest negative effect are this nation’s teenagers, according to a recent Teen Vogue article. One teenager, Elias, lost both his grandfathers to the virus on the same day. The […]

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Are Politics Literally Killing Us?

Politics is ugly. This has always been true, but if you ask anyone who has lived in the United States for the past five years, they will tell you that it has become a major source of stress for the American population. At least, this is what a new study from the University of Nebraska, […]

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The Meaning of Addiction (Hint: It’s Probably Not What You Think)

Recently, the annual U.S. overdose deaths exceeded 100,000, a record high. This is in no way a good milestone, as it demonstrates that we are doing something wrong with respect to addiction treatment. Part of the issue is the terminology used to describe addiction, as Dr. Carl Fisher asserts in a recent New York Times […]

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Stigma and the Media

Stigma doesn’t just disappear – it only gradually fades, or, God forbid, gets worse. A recent U.S. News article presents research that suggests that both are happening in the U.S. right now. The study examines various representative samples of over 1,000 U.S. adults and their perceptions of depression, alcohol dependence, and schizophrenia in 1996, 2006, […]

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Forced Treatment and the Law

Anosognosia (uh-noh-suh-noh-zha), or a person’s inability to recognize that they have a mental illness, affects an estimated 30% of people with schizophrenia and 20% of people with bipolar disorder. It is not denial; rather, it is hypothesized to be a condition caused by disorder in or damage to the frontal lobes. People with traumatic brain […]

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The Name Game

Will changing the name of a mental illness help de-stigmatize it? A recently published New York Times article describes a survey designed to build momentum for the name change.  The name “schizophrenia,” meaning “split mind” and coined in 1908 by Dr. Eugen Bleuler, was not intended to have negative connotations. However, it has taken on […]

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Stress and Mental Health

Too much stress is bad for you. This fact may seem obvious, but it isn’t as obvious as you may think. A recent NYT article examines research which demonstrates the risk that stress presents to heart health. The recent studies demonstrate that psychological stress may play just an important part – possibly an even greater […]

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Mental Health and Social Media

At first glance, there is no obvious connection between TikTok and mental health. However, as a brief WYNT article warns, TikTok can influence teens to self-diagnose themselves with ADD/ADHD, OCD, anxiety, and depression. Therapists have seen a rise in teenagers claiming to have one of the above disorders. The issue here is that teens are […]

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Children and Mental Health

A recent opinion article in the New York Times lays bare the mental health situation in our country. The author is a child and adolescent psychiatrist experiencing unprecedented patient volume. One of his patients, who is 11 years old, has panic attacks whenever she wears a mask. Many others have expressed—or acted on—suicidal thoughts. Adolescents […]

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