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. 

Mental Health Care in America: A Broken System

America’s mental healthcare system is in desperate need of repair. Over 60 million individuals in the United States struggle with mental health conditions. Of these 60 million children and adults, almost 50% of them live with an untreated mental illness. American’s living with untreated mental illness face disability, unemployment, incarceration, substance abuse and addiction, homelessness, and suicide.

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. 

2022: The Prevalence of Mental Illness in America

Both Mental Health America (MHA) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claim that the prevalence of mental illness in America is rapidly rising. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there has been a 13% increase in mental health conditions and substance use disorders since 2017.

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.