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Judge Orders Probe Into California Prisons’ Mental Health Facilities

Judge Orders Probe Into California Prisons’ Mental Health Facilities

  California’s prison systems have been plagued by substandard care for mentally ill inmates for years. Since 2006, the prison systems have been under federal oversight due to the inordinately large number of inmate deaths resulting from medical malpractice or neglect (CaliforniaHealthline). On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton ordered an in-depth investigation into the conditions at prison-based facilities for the mentally ill run by the California Department of State Hospitals. 18 years ago, treatment for mentally … Read entire article »

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Gang Members Have High Rates of Mental Illness

Gang Members Have High Rates of Mental Illness

  Gang life is characterized by violence, substance abuse, and a general disregard for others and for following the law.  In the first study of its kind, researchers from Queen Mary, University of London found that gang members have extremely high levels of mental illness, including antisocial personality disorder and anxiety (Krans). This new research is important because it gives insights into how to improve prevention for at-risk youth, as well as an alternative to substance … Read entire article »

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The Stigma of Suicide and Grieving

The Stigma of Suicide and Grieving

  Losing a loved one to death is a painful and difficult process, yet losing a loved one to suicide really fits into its own category of bereavement.  Anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide can attest that the stigma of suicide brings along an extra layer to grieving that only intensifies the difficulties.  I wish I wasn’t saying that survivors of suicides have it harder than the survivors of those who have died … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Love and Relationships, Mental Illness, Recovery

Chew Your Way Back to Cheerful

Chew Your Way Back to Cheerful

  Scientists have long suspected that chewing gum can effectively reduce stress, relieve tension and lower depression. However, a scientific study has not been done in this area—until recently! In the last several years, a handful of studies have concluded that chewing gum is beneficial for a bevy of reasons. One of the studies looked at 30 patients suffering from mild to moderate depression. They were administered either medication along with chewing gum or medication alone. After … Read entire article »

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Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness

Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness

  An estimated 1 in 5 adults (Harmon) and a similar number of children suffer from a diagnosable mental illness. That is a significant part of the population. Yet, even with this number, there is still significant stigma attached to mental illness. People are afraid to share their stories for fear of what other people may think of them and what may happen to them. However, if more people did, it would improve the quality of … Read entire article »

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Gaining Independence in Recovery

Gaining Independence in Recovery

  This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending the 2013 NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) National Convention in San Antonio, Texas. It was my mom’s idea for the two of us to go. She doesn’t have a diagnosed mental disorder, but I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder five years ago, and my family recognized that I was having mental health issues ten years ago. My mom, along with my family, … Read entire article »

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Sibling Bullying as Detrimental to Mental Health as Peer Bullying

Sibling Bullying as Detrimental to Mental Health as Peer Bullying

  Fights between siblings are often regarded as a normal process for children growing up in the same home together, without any long term detriments. However, a new study from the University of New Hampshire suggests that sibling violence can cause just as much damage to mental health as peer bullying. Parents and doctors need to become more aware of the implications of this culturally acceptable sibling ritual, and intervene in order to help the children … Read entire article »

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The Therapeutic Benefits of Music

The Therapeutic Benefits of Music

  Listening to music is probably my one addiction that has no adverse effects. Music relaxes me. It entertains me. It inspires me. I would even say it helps me cope with my mental health issues. There are so many songs out there that have healing or inspirational powers. In the field of psychology, music therapy can be a powerful tool to help people deal with their mental illnesses and addictions. Music can be a powerful tool … Read entire article »

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NSA Surveillance: A Targeted Individual’s Worst Nightmare?

NSA Surveillance: A Targeted Individual’s Worst Nightmare?

  There is a subset of the population who identify themselves as “Targeted Individuals.” These people claim that they are often being monitored, followed, harassed, and even hurt by covert groups of people, often identified to be part of the government.  Do these people have any credibility? Or, can their claims be better explained by some kind of paranoid/delusional disorder, such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, delusional disorder, or paranoid personality disorder?  Whatever the case may be, … Read entire article »

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The Importance of Recognizing and Treating Mental Disorders in Young People

The Importance of Recognizing and Treating Mental Disorders in Young People

  A new report by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concludes that up to 20 percent of kids age 3-17 suffer from a mental disorder.  The report also states that the number of kids diagnosed with a mental disorder has been on the rise for more than a decade.  Dr. Ruth Perou, the lead author of the study, said that “this is a deliberate effort by CDC to show mental health is … Read entire article »

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