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Don’t Stigmatize Emotional Reactions to the US Election

Don’t Stigmatize Emotional Reactions to the US Election

Watching social media on the US election night last week left me with a feeling of dread and it’s important not to stigmatize that type of emotional reaction to the US election. The heaviness of people’s words and the fears they expressed post after post was palpable through the screen. I hadn’t searched for the negative; I simply clicked on the trending hashtags #USElection2016 and #ElectionNight. The posts the next morning after Donald Trump’s victory was much the same. But US election emotions shouldn’t be stigmatized.

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Mental Health Stigma at School: Is Your Child Being Bullied?

Mental Health Stigma at School: Is Your Child Being Bullied?

Mental health stigma at school from peers can lead to bullying. Bullying can be an extremely difficult and traumatizing problem for children, especially those with mental health issues. Mental health stigma at school or even in the workplace often causes others to judge those who are suffering from a mental health issue. Further, during a child’s critical formative years, stigma and bullying can affect the child for years to come. This is not even to mention that when a child is being bullied and has a mental health problem, other problems than their original diagnosis could come up. These could be anything from social anxiety problems to depression. It is also important to note that bullying doesn’t always stop at school, it can go on into a person’s adult years.

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The Stigma of Self-Harm

The Stigma of Self-Harm

The reasons that a person might harm themselves are as vast and complex as our individual genetic makeup. However, there seems to be one predominant goal associated with self-harm: release.

“I would resort to cutting myself for two reasons: the first being to release the tension, the build-up of emotions and thoughts that I just could not deal with. I wanted to scream but couldn’t,” said Julia P. who has battled and overcome self-harming behavior.

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Remembering the Forgotten: Your Response to Dementia

Remembering the Forgotten: Your Response to Dementia

When I wrote the article ‘Eliminating the Word Schizophrenic’ I stated that schizophrenia was the most stigmatized of all the mental illnesses. Somehow, I forgot to consider dementia as the stigma that it bears runs much deeper than schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression combined.

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Exploring the Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness

Exploring the Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness

According to a recent study of 1.2 million people, the link between creativity and mental illness has been confirmed.

I have believed this to be the case since reading the eye-opening book by Dr. Kay Redfield Jameson ‘Touched with Fire: Manic Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament’ back in 1996 and am endlessly pleased that such a comprehensive study with a large sample size has found comparable results to her initial hypothesis.

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Cyber-Bullying and Suicide

Cyber-Bullying and Suicide

Since the tragic suicide of Canadian teen Amanda Todd, and so many others before her, I have been pondering ways in which we as a society can help the teens of today who are victims of cyber-bullying.

I was bullied in elementary school and high school.  But when I got off the bus at the end of the day, my bullies didn’t follow me into my bedroom.  They weren’t able to access me 24-hours a day through Facebook and other social media outlets.  Sure, it affected me greatly, but I at least was able to escape.

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