Disparities in Mental Health and Mental Healthcare Among BIPOC

Since the early 2000s, countless researchers have studied the differences in the prevalence of mental illness and the quality of the American healthcare system concerning race and ethnic groups. These researchers have showcased the existence of significant disparities in mental health and mental healthcare within the United States. However, these disparities exist regarding physical healthContinue reading “Disparities in Mental Health and Mental Healthcare Among BIPOC”

Complex PTSD: The Long Term Effects of Trauma

C-PTSD, or complex post-traumatic stress disorder, is a mental health condition that causes trauma symptoms alongside difficulty managing emotions and maintaining relationships. Fear, isolation, depression, and anxiety shape the life of an individual living with complex PTSD. Those of us living with CPTSD would often use the words; broken, different, and distrustful to describe ourselves. Examining the symptoms and behaviors associated with CPTSD below will help you understand why. 

Anger Management: A Guide to Handling Strong Emotions

Get angry. It is normal and entirely unavoidable. We all express anger differently. Some of us throw objects, hit walls, or scream at those that irritate us. Others shut down and turn the anger inwards. Both reactions are unhealthy ways to express and deal with anger that harms us or those around us. 

Attachment Theory, Attachment Styles, and Adult Mental Health

Do you often wonder why specific thoughts and behaviors reoccur in every relationship? Are you mistrusting, clingy, abrasive, or afraid in close relationships? Do intrusive thoughts, impulsive actions, and confusion hinder your ability to strengthen and develop relationships with others? Understanding relations, beliefs, and behaviors towards others is possible when you examine attachment theory and the roots of attachment issues. 

Telehealth: The Present and Future of Mental Health Care

Health care systems could utilize telemedicine to correct America’s mental health crisis. Too many Americans lack the support and accessibility to mental health care services. Telemedicine can expand the availability of mental health care and help ensure that those who need help receive it. 

Trauma Informed Care: Supporting Individuals with ACEs and Toxic Stress

The primary theory behind trauma-informed care is that the presence of ACEs and toxic stress has a massive effect on our current emotional and mental well-being. 

Toxic Productivity and Productivity Addiction

Once every action is taken in an attempt to fulfill some goal that provides you with a sense of personal achievement or improvement, your actions could be a sign of toxic productivity. Toxic productivity is the lack of ability in doing something simply to do it. Productivity becomes the main, or only goal often to the extent that it takes over other areas of your life. This could look like an obsession, competition, or addiction.

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. 

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.

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?