MANIA: What It Means to be Manic

If you’ve never experienced a manic episode, it could be hard for you to imagine. We often hear these episodes described as ‘high’ periods, but this description can be misleading. Individuals who have never experienced mania often confuse this ‘high’ period as a time of excessive happiness and excitement. 

A Spectrum of Suicide Ideation:

I would like each of you to pay attention and take note of the key points that will follow. This article could help you identify loved ones who are at a greater risk of committing suicide. Unfortunately, we can not control the way others feel, but we can be there for them, take their feelings seriously, and advise them to speak with a professional.

Running to Improve Mental Health

Exercise is a great way to improve your mental health while working on your physical health. I am going to attempt to explain to you why running improves your mental health. 
I am not going to discuss anything that the professionals would say. Instead, I am going to explain how running has improved my own mental health. But to do this, you may need a little bit of background information.

2021: The Prevalence of Mental Health in America

According to the data collected by the MHA, an average of 19%, and a total of 47.1 million Americans struggle with a mental illness. Of those 47.1 million people almost 11% of them are uninsured. Meaning 2.4 million people had no access to mental healthcare unless they paid 100% out of pocket.

Two Global Pandemics: Covid-19’s Impact on Our Mental Health

We have been dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic for over a year now. During this year, we have faced sky-rocketing unemployment rates, stay-at-home orders, curfews, and countless mandates on masks and public locations. 

In the midst of all this chaos, we have forgotten what it’s like to socialize. Holiday parties were canceled, birthday parties consisted of driving by to honk, and all contact with others has been severely limited. But, we have to wonder, what is the impact of living in a socially distanced world?

Understanding Childhood Trauma

Children soak in their environment like a flower absorbing sunlight. The environment children are raised in can help them blossom into the person they are meant to be or shut down and close themselves off from the world around them. The child’s reaction to their environment is greatly influenced by the amount of trauma the child endures and the support provided to the child post-trauma.

Facing Challenges: 5 Misunderstood Mental Health Conditions

Mental illness is often stigmatized. We talk about what those fighting mental illness struggle with and what it’s like dealing with a mental disorder. But, honestly, individuals with mental illness struggle with the same things that we do. They deal with the same situations that we deal with. Individuals with mental illness are simply individuals. They are not their condition

Season’s Change: SAD or the ‘Winter Blues’

Many of us believe that the holiday season is the happiest time of the year. But these bright and merry festivities fall in the coldest and darkest season- winter. Winter brings snow and ice. For those of us with children, this weather can be fun and exciting. But, with the snow and ice comes hazardous road conditions and glib skies. 

The lack of sunlight and driving anxiety associated with these conditions can cause the happiest person to feel down in the dumps. But sometimes, this sadness is more than the winter blues. Seasonal depression is a form of depression that occurs during a certain time of the year. The most common time of the year is winter.