mental health

Inside Mental Health Care: "Sherry Goes Sane"

May 16, 2014
Sherry Joiner

We debate the proper treatment of mental illness a fair amount in this country. 

Sherry Joiner can shed some light on the debate from the patient point of view. 

Joiner emerged from a turbulent childhood with some serious mental challenges. 

After years of episodes, she finally got the treatment she needed. 

familypsychpress.com

A recent discussion on ADHD on The Exchange focused on the big picture: the numbers of people diagnosed with the condition, and how fast that number is rising. 

We take another look at attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder with psychologist Wes Crenshaw. 

Changing The Perceptions Of Mental Illness

May 2, 2014
Christian LInder/Wikimedia

The things we learn about mental illness tend to come from movies or the news. 

Sadly, mental illness hits the headlines when a person suffering from mental illness commits a notable crime. 

There is still a stigma attached to mental illness, and still a problem with mentally ill people ending up in jail instead of treatment. 

The ADHD Explosion

Apr 30, 2014
Oxford University Press

Many parents have wondered why there seem to be so many cases of ADHD, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, being diagnosed in America today. 

One in nine children are diagnosed with ADHD, and the majority of them receive prescriptions for it. 

Mental Health Care Revamped: Compass House

Mar 20, 2014
socompasshouse.org

We've come a long way since the days when mentally ill people were "warehoused" in huge state mental hospitals. 

But we're still looking for the solutions that work best for each community. 

Later this year, Medford will become home to Compass House, a mental health facility that is operated jointly by staff and clients.

Evolutionary Origins Of Depression

Feb 24, 2014
Basic Books

When you look at the life span of the human species, we're still pretty young. 

It wasn't so long ago that our ancestors faced threats from disease and predators.

Getting Past The "Secrets and Lies"

Jan 28, 2014
Doubleday

Think about a time when someone shared a long-held secret. 

Were you blown away by the truth?  Jane Isay listened as her husband explained his homosexuality, then helped him keep the secret as they stayed married for another ten years. 

The Narcissist In Your Life

Nov 7, 2013
Tarcher Penguin Books

Use, abuse, dispose. 

Family therapist Linda Martinez-Lewi says that is the cycle of the true narcissist, a person with little or no empathy or ability to form a true connection with other people. 

Method To The Madness: "Divine Lunacy"

Sep 19, 2013
David Gabriel & Peter Quince

How best to broach the subject of mental illness?

Attitudereconstruction.com

Keeping a stiff upper lip may be the right remedy for certain situations.

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