Mental illness may be a common life experience

by See Original Link • July 27, 2018

Abnormal is the new normal — at least for mental health. Only a small share of the population stays mentally healthy from age 11 to 38. Everyone else experiences a mental illness at some point, a new study finds. “For many, an episode of mental disorder is like influenza, bronchitis, kidney stones, a broken bone… Read More »

Sour mood getting you down? Get back to nature

by See Original Link • July 25, 2018

Looking for a simple way to help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and maybe even improve your memory? Take a walk in the woods. “Many men are at higher risk for mood disorders as they age, from dealing with sudden life changes like health issues, the loss of loved ones, and even the new world… Read More »

An Important Conversation With My Mom

by See Original Link • July 21, 2018

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, and I wanted to take this opportunity to explore a particularly difficult season in my life: the years my mom served time. As a quick background, my mom has always been as much of a friend as a mother, and before this period we spoke every day. The years… Read More »

College Students Of Color: Overcoming Mental Health Challenges

by See Original Link • July 18, 2018

July is Minority Mental Health Month which provides an ideal opportunity to talk about the mental health of young people of color. Our country is becoming more and more diverse—the proportion of children of color are projected to become the majority by 2020 and people of color are expected to make up the majority of the U.S.… Read More »

Everyone Deserves Adequate Mental Health Care

by See Original Link • July 13, 2018

As a caretaker and advocate for my mom, it’s been daunting navigating both the cultural barriers in my Latino community and trying to access mental health services. Thus far, these challenges have proven too difficult to surmount in getting my mother adequate treatment for schizoaffective disorder. Years before my mother got an official diagnosis, we viewed her “locura”… Read More »

What I’ve Learned about Relationships and Mental Illness

by See Original Link • July 11, 2018

Relationships and mental illness — can it work out? People who struggle with mental health issues might find themselves wondering if they can handle a relationship as well. I know I did. After all, it’s hard to think about being with another person when some days just managing life feels hard. I didn’t date that… Read More »

Getting Involved With Minority Mental Health

by See Original Link • July 6, 2018

Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. However, culture, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult. America’s entire mental health system needs improvement, including when it comes to serving marginalized communities.… Read More »

How Fireworks Can Trigger PTSD

by See Original Link • July 4, 2018

You may see the signs popping up around your neighborhood this July 4—red, white and blue notices that indicate the home of a vet with the request to “Please be courteous with fireworks.” The signs are the work of a Facebook-launched nonprofit, Military With PTSD, begun by Shawn Gourley, whose husband, Justin, served in the… Read More »