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Jesse Jackson Jr. and Depression Among Black Men

Jesse Jackson Jr. and Depression Among Black Men

It has recently been confirmed that United States Congressman, Jesse Jackson Jr., is being treated for depression. For approximately seven weeks, Jackson Jr. had been absent from his congressional duties but the public was never made fully aware of why. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of stigma inside the Black community regarding mental illness.

Bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses have very negative connotations; especially when associated with men of color. Men, regardless of ethnicity, who acknowledge any mental health struggles usually have their masculinity questioned. This usually prevents us from seeking diagnosis or treatment.

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Help Depression with Positive Sensory Input

Help Depression with Positive Sensory Input

What helps change your mood?  A sad song? An upbeat song? The smell of cookies baking? A warm towel from the dryer wrapped around you? Right now as you are reading this, imagine a small plate in front of you with a lemon wedge on it.  Imagine you pick up the lemon wedge and take a bite out of it. Is your mouth actually watering from the thought of it? There are many ways to change our emotions, and the senses play a big part.

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Depression: Why Do I Feel This Way?

Depression: Why Do I Feel This Way?

Depressed? You might try asking yourself “Why do I feel this way?” Insight into your depression symptoms can often help you feel better. More Than Borderline’s Becky Oberg explains how and why in this video.

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A Stiff Drink and a Sharp Blade: BPD and Substance Abuse

A Stiff Drink and a Sharp Blade: BPD and Substance Abuse

Yesterday, I told my therapist that all I wanted was “a stiff drink and a sharp blade”. As you can imagine, this did not go over well. Yet it made me think–how does substance abuse affect the symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD)?

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Self Disclosure in Addiction Recovery

Self Disclosure in Addiction Recovery

There’s a lot of stigma regarding drug addiction. After all, look at the many problems are associated with it: legal issues, financial problems, health and relationship concerns, etc. I mean a recovering addict just can’t catch a break these days.

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Verbal Abuse Books: Educate Yourself on Domestic Violence

Verbal Abuse Books: Educate Yourself on Domestic Violence

Verbal abuse books helped me discover that my marriage problems were rooted in verbal and emotional abuse. I felt relief because up until I read the library of verbal abuse books available, I thought that I was losing my mind. My abusive husband had almost convinced me that every problem in our marriage was my fault. He said I was inept and out of touch with reality.

The verbal abuse books taught me that my husband was wrong. But more importantly, the verbal abuse books taught me the vocabulary of abuse so I could finally describe what was happening to me.

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Bipolar and the Pressure to Get Better

Bipolar and the Pressure to Get Better

Hi. My name is Natasha and I have bipolar disorder. In fact, I have had bipolar disorder for at least 14 years. And many of those years I spent not really getting better.

Much to the chagrin of the doctors and those around me. After all, if I was taking pills, seeing a psychiatrist and psychologist, shouldn’t my wellness be just around the corner?

Sometimes I felt pressured to just say “yes, I’m feeling better,” when that wasn’t the truth of the matter at all.

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New TV Series, Perception: and Schizophrenia Reality

New TV Series, Perception: and Schizophrenia Reality

Last night we finally sat down to watch the first episode of Perception,a new television series on TNT starring Eric McCormack as Dr. Daniel Pierce, a professor of neuroscience with a brilliant mind – and schizophrenia. Because of this mental illness, he sees things in a different light, evidently extremely useful for solving crimes.

How I could wish that my son Ben’s hallucinations were so helpful.

But this is reality.

Perception vs. Reality

I tried to watch the pilot episode with as open a mind as possible. After all it is just a TV show, and it is nice to see someone with schizophrenia be the hero for a change.  Still, I wonder about misconceptions being perceived as reality by those who know woefully little about schizophrenia as it is – including Ben himself.

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Is There a Connection Between Creativity and Mental Illness?

Is There a Connection Between Creativity and Mental Illness?

I could present you with thousands  of research papers on this topic. All of them usually mention artists such as Van Gogh and writers like Sylvia Plath.

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Cutting to Cure

Cutting to Cure

I don’t remember much about the first time I cut myself. I was probably about eleven or twelve at the time. I don’t remember why I did it, or what was going on in my mind at the time. But looking back on it now with a more formal and educated understanding of self-harm, I understand that I was seeking release.

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