Mental Illness

8 Things You Should Know About Seasonal Affective Disorder

  Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression where a patient experiences mood shifts at the same time every year. It usually happens in the fall and winter months. Doctors aren’t sure what causes it, although changes in hormones and lack of sunlight are though to impact it. This form of depression is often trivialized and not discussed often, which leads people to dismiss...

What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?

  Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a form of non-invasive brain stimulation therapy that treats mental disorders like depression. The brain is stimulated by using electromagnetic pulses that come from electromagnetic coils placed close to the skull. TMS therapy is an FDA approved treatment option for those that have treatment-resistant depression that doesn’t respond to tradit...

Panic Disorders and Attacks: Symptoms and Causes

  Panic attacks can be terrifying to go through, and being diagnosed with a panic disorder can make you believe they’ll never stop. While panic attacks aren’t dangerous, they can still be extremely harmful. If you believe you may be suffering from panic attacks or a panic disorder you may be interested in some of the common symptoms and causes.   Symptoms Panic attacks can occur at any t...

7 Common Myths About PTSD Debunked

  There are tons of falsehoods and myths surrounding PTSD and mental health that just further stigmatize those that suffer from it. Here are the top 7 most common myths about PTSD out there.   Myth 1: Anything can be traumatic Even though the word “traumatic” gets thrown around casually today, for an event to be considered traumatic it actually has to fit certain criteria. The DMS-V defi...

The Leading Cause of US Overdose Deaths: Fentanyl

  While we might get tired of hearing it, the opiate crisis in America is a very real threat. Concerns have been growing for years, and due to a new drug, the stakes are more dire than ever before. Fentanyl made its entrance into the illicit drug scene around 2012. Since then it has blown past staple drugs like cocaine, meth, and heroin in terms of deaths. A few years ago the government crack...

Steps to Diagnosing a Mental Illness

  It isn’t as easy to diagnose a mental illness, as you’d think. Many disorders have similar symptoms and every individual experience different symptoms and to varying degrees. There’s no definitive test that tells doctors what mental illness a person has so psychiatrists have to work hard to find answers for their patients. Diagnosis Steps   1. Evaluation Before you see a mental health ...

How Depression Was Treated Throughout History

  Depression and mental health issues aren’t just today’s problem. People have been wrestling with mental illnesses throughout history. But how exactly was depression treated back then? Every culture had their own methods, each evolving through time. Here were the most popular treatment options for depression in history. Medications Plant-based remedies were the main way that depression was t...

Is Netflix’s New Movie Glorifying Eating Disorders?

  Netflix is no stranger to controversial content. Their hit show “13 Reasons Why”, which depicts teen suicide and sexual assault, was hit with criticism and concerns over the content being triggering or glorifying these acts. Two days ago Netflix released a trailer for their new movie “To the Bone”. Lily Collins stars in it as a young woman battling anorexia. The trailer depicts Ellen (Colli...

Mental Health In LGBTQ Individuals

  In honor of Pride Month, we’re going to look at how LGBTQ individuals are affected by mental health issues. Due to the discrimination and stigma individuals in this community face, they are at great risk of mental illness and mental health problems. Mental Health In LGBTQ Community Members of the LGBTQ community are at a greater risk for mental health issues. Individuals are nearly 3 times ...

8 Common Myths About Eating Disorders

  Nearly 50% of people either know someone with an eating disorder or have been affected by one personally. Despite this high number, there are still a lot of myths out there about them. These misconceptions reinforce the stigma and make it difficult for people to get help for them. Florida’s top psychiatrists debunk the 8 most common myths about eating disorders out there. Myth #1: Men don’t...

Florida Public Schools Set Up Mental Health Conferences

  In an effort to focus more on mental health, Duval County Public Schools recently held two mental health conferences. Mental health has been receiving increasing focus in society and media lately. Duval schools wanted to send the message to their students that social, emotional, and mental needs are just as important as academic success. These conferences were specifically held in May to co...

Mental Health and the New Health Care Bill

The political climate in the United States has been tense and controversial this past year. The state of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly called Obamacare, has been a big focus for the first few months of Donald Trump’s presidency. After an initial failure to implement a new health care bill, Republicans have finally succeeded. Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, a conservative o...

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