Mental Health

Year-long Mental Health Awareness

One in five people will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime. As Mental Health Month comes to a close, it is a critical time to spread awareness about this alarming statistic and remember that we must continue the conversation year-round to help those affected by mental illness. Understanding the warning signs is a

The College Student Mental Health Crisis

American college students are facing a mental health crisis.   The suicide rate among young adults ages 15–24 has tripled from the 1950s and is the second leading cause of death among college students, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Leading Causes of Death Report, published in 2016, the most recent

Veterans and Mental Illness

Each day, 22 veterans die by suicide. After returning from war, veterans often feel a loss of self-worth, facing issues with employment, readjustment, and disability. Naturally, veterans are at an increased risk for depression and other mental illnesses as a result of the events suffered while at war.   The National Alliance on Mental Health

Seeking Therapy to Combat PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a psychiatric disorder that develops after a particularly traumatic event that can cause the person to feel numb months afterwards, such as war. Disturbing thoughts and images replay in their brain after the event, sometimes even for years. Symptoms can show as early as a month after or develop years later.

Is Mental Health Related to Family History?

How do genetics effect mental health?   Genetics can often be a window that reveals certain medical issues – including mental health issues – that may have been passed from one generation to the next. The effects of a psychiatric disorder aren’t always readily identifiable just by looking at a person, so researchers and health

Beating the winter blues: How to Combat Seasonal Depression

Winter can be a hard season to get through. Decreased sunlight and unpredictable weather can make it difficult to spend time outdoors or find fun activities away from home, which can cause people to experience seasonal depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. Each year, about 5 percent of Americans experience seasonal depression, according

The link between alcohol abuse and mental health

For many people, having a beer or drinking a glass of wine can help them unwind and relax at the end of a busy work week or at a social outing. For others, alcohol is essential to life. Without it, alcoholics struggle to perform everyday tasks – they can’t function at home or in the

Managing Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety-related disorders and major depressive disorders are some of the most common mental illnesses diagnosed in adults in the United States. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States each year. It’s not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from

Studies show talking to a therapist helps ‘rewire’ brain and battle depression

Mental illnesses have become some of the most common mental and neurological disorders affecting people worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, one in four people will be affected by mental illness at some point in their lives. Currently, nearly 450 million people suffer from mental health conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of

Celebrities and Mental Health Disorders: Why Their Voices Matter

Struggling with mental health issues can be an isolating and scary experience. Those suffering tend to hide and try to ignore their battles, fearing the response they might receive from others. However, a wave of celebrities sharing their own struggles has emerged over the past few years, making the topic of mental health more prevalent