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Mental illness is a health state where our minds find it difficult to cope with the pressures thrown at us resulting in a chemical Imbalance in our brains. Unfortunately, some of us battling with one mental illness or the other have often been misread or shall I say misjudged by people around us. This prejudice...
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People living with mental illness may experience stigma and discrimination from family, friends, colleagues and the community in general. Sometimes the stigmatization may even make them feel worse than they already feel from the mental illness itself. Honestly, it can be tough dealing with any form of mental illness, having to be socially isolated is...
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So you have finally made it past that first hurdle of admitting to yourself that you need a professional for your mental health issues, and you want to see a psychiatrist or a shrink as some of us like to call them. However, you are not exactly sure how to go about it and you...
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What is in a Name? I would never have thought that I could ever be accused of substance abuse. I am a health professional for goodness sake! I know all the chemical bla bla bla of these drugs and their resultant effects; so I know not to indulge. I would never have made money as...
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According to World Health Organisation, mental wellness is defined as a state of emotional and psychological well-being whereby an individual can use his or her cognitive and emotional capabilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, meet the regular demands of everyday life and contribute to the society. Mental wellness can easily be affected if...
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Temple Grandin was diagnosed with Autism at age 3. Prior to that, no one in her family understood her, especially her father. He wanted her sent to a mental institution. But Temple’s mother stood her ground. She didn’t understand what was wrong with her daughter but she was not ready to send her off to...
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Happy days, sad days, annoying days, super joyful days – these emotions are very normal, as long as they don’t disrupt your everyday activities or cause you to get into trouble. However, if they start interfering with your life in an extreme degree, then it’s considered to be unhealthy. If you have extreme mood swings...
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If you suffer from dementia, severe or treatment resistant depression, severe mania, catatonia or schizophrenia; and conventional drugs do not have the desired effect, you could be a candidate for Electroshock therapy, now more often known as Electroconvulsive Therapy. The idea of having electricity course through your body might be a bit difficult to imagine...
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After my diagnosis I told my mother I was depressed, And she said: baby, it’s just the blues, Just like every song has an ending, This one would waltz right through. It’s been three years- I’m still “blue”. I told my father I was depressed, And watched the tears stream down his cheeks, With a heart...
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I remember the first time, about ten years ago, I came upon the word self-harm in a particular non-fiction book titled ‘Out of the dark’ written by Linda Caine and her psychotherapist. The story started off as portraying her as a contented wife and mother, then slowly, her deeply buried memories of a dark past...
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