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Hope, Help and Happiness: A Mental Health Holiday Wish List

Hope, Help and Happiness: A Mental Health Holiday Wish List

The holiday season is very difficult for many people, especially individuals who have a mental health diagnosis. The stressors are quite abundant and memories of past trauma can trigger an episode for many people. I often try not to internalize “the madness” of the holiday season. This includes the stress of holiday shopping, gift-giving, traveling, family interactions among other other possible triggers. I usually distract myself with far more interesting ideas of hope, help and happiness.

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The Catch-22 of Community in Mental Health Recovery

The Catch-22 of Community in Mental Health Recovery

Coping with a chronic mental illness or mental health issue is a deeply personal endeavor. Yet the irony of effective treatment is one’s ability to be open about this very personal struggle. Freud had a therapeutic concept called the “talking cure” which within the context psychology is a very specific type of psycho-therapy. But I think if we generalize  the theory and apply to our everyday lives it can also be helpful.

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Mental Illness and the Importance of Proactive Self-Care

Mental Illness and the Importance of Proactive Self-Care

Whether you have a mental health diagnosis or not, life is difficult and stressful. Triggers, that can activate or increase your mental illness symptoms, are lurking everywhere. They can be family-related, work-related or health-related. That’s why I’m a big proponent of engaging in behaviors that are preventive and proactive rather than reactive.

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The Five Year Mental Health Recovery Theory

The Five Year Mental Health Recovery Theory

Once a person receives a mental health diagnosis, the mental health recovery process can be long and difficult. Often, when people see a “healthy-looking” person that has a mental health diagnosis, they aren’t aware of the actual timeline of the person’s recovery. I know, for many individuals such as myself, it takes years to become a fully functional and a thriving individual again.

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Black or White: Mental Health Disparities Between the Races

Black or White: Mental Health Disparities Between the Races

The cultural differences between African-Americans and other racial groups has created a chicken-egg phenomenon within the mental health community. Are the disparities between the racial groups because of institutionalized racism and the lack of resources for minority groups? Or are there disparities because Black people and other ethnic groups choose not to discuss their mental health problems and participate in treatment? I would argue that it is a bit of both.

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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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