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This Week in News You Can Use
Affecting about 2% of the population, Body Dysmorphia often leads to mental health complications such as depression and substance abuse. From personal experience, Brian Cuban shines a light on the subject in Do You Have Body Dysmorphia?
Surgery and lifestyle changes might be options for some who need to lose a significant amount of weight. This decision definitely has a mental health component, and success includes being mindful of the Emotional Pitfalls of Weight-Loss Surgery.
Regardless of the number on the scale, the fun infographic How To Boost Your Body Confidence teaches us some of the science behind weight and self-image.
Simple Questions To Help Depression
Whether someone experiences chronic or situational depression, there seems to be value in asking questions in the Socratic form as a helpful coping strategy. Using this method, Psychologist Daniel Strunk is working on a study that identifies The Simple Questions That Really Help People Who Have Depression.
Speak Up About Myths
When knowledgeable about the facts, each of us has the potential to speak up when we hear a myth being perpetuated about mental illness. 8 Misconceptions about Mental Health and Mental Illness can help you get familiar with the facts and be part of the solution in ending stigma.
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Anxiety and Hormones Hypothesis
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, women are 60 percent more likely than men to experience an anxiety disorder throughout their lifespan. In an interview excerpt, Why Do So Many Women Have Anxiety Disorders? A Hormone Hypothesis looks at some possible reasons.
Are You Hoarding Emotions?
There are times in life when it's difficult to "let go" of emotions attached to past injustices, or even small slights. The emotional response itself is valid, but the negative weight it creates in our mental wellness takes a larger toll and robs us of the happiness we deserve. Learn more about the burden of "holding on" and the value of "letting go" in Are You An Emotional Hoarder?
People First, Please
Using a "People First" approach in our speech and writing can really make a positive difference in how individuals and mental illness are portrayed and perceived. We've paired two very different articles and we link you to a section of our web site, all of which speak to reducing stigma and prejudice.
- In Talking About Mental Health, "People First" Eases Stigma
- Reading Fiction Decreases Prejudice, Increases Empathy
- From the Resources for Media section of our site, here are links to several articles and specific examples of People First language.
Stem Cell Research and Schizophrenia
Keeping you informed in the science realm of mental illness, we offer a short article from the Salk Institute on New Stem Cell Research Points To Early Indicators Of Schizophrenia.
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"Whole Brain" Leadership
Mental Health Parity 101
Understanding insurance benefits and restrictions is never easy, especially when new regulations or laws make it more difficult to decipher. Kaiser Health News does a nice job of using Q&A format to clarify and help us better understand the implications of new rules in the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.
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Time for Psychiatric Intervention?
Chances are, at some point or another, all of us have wondered whether or not it's time to intervene with someone who's struggling emotionally. We might wonder if it's a phase or an isolated incident that doesn't warrant intervention. Maybe we want to intervene, but we're not sure how to help or what we might uncover. These two articles don't provide all the answers, but they give good pointers on when it's probably time to take things seriously.