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Mental Illness And The Challenges Of Quitting Smoking

Along with weight loss and other related health goals, one of the biggest resolutions that many take on during the new year is quitting smoking, and we at NAMI have found that this is a goal that is made more difficult for those suffering from mental illnesses. Those with anxiety will often turn to nicotine in an effort to help them to calm down and save them from a negative mood, but what they don’t realize is that smoking or otherwise ingesting the chemical can actually make things worse. Anxiety sufferers aren’t the only ones who turn to smoking for some type of comfort or assistance, and those with any type of mental illness will find that smoking will often be more difficult to quit than it may be for those who do not have any type of mental condition.

The Science Of Depression

There are over 350 million people who are affected on any given day by depression across the world, making it no wonder why this is a condition that is treated as a very serious medical illness. Unfortunately, depression is also one of the most difficult mental illnesses to treat, and this creates a tough situation for all of those afflicted with the condition. There is no blanket cure or treatment for depression, and what may work beautifully for one individual could be useless for the next, so it’s important that science begins taking a good look at the big picture when it comes to fighting this disease.

Mental Illness Is Not A Crime

When researching mental illness and incarceration, one very startling statistic pops up: 1 in 5 people currently incarcerated in jails or prisons across the United States are living with a diagnosed mental illness. When one looks at the juvenile justice system, the numbers grow even more staggering, with a whopping 70% of kids going through the system having some form of mental health problem. What does this mean for those with mental illnesses going through the justice system? Rather than getting the proper care they need, they will instead be in a place that will more than likely continue to worsen their condition.

The Center Of Your Treatment Is You

In all instances of mental illness or addiction, one common factor cited by those who have achieved success in treatment is finding the one treatment plan that works. Because all people are different, all cases of mental illness and addiction will be different as well, so one method that may work wonderfully for one individual may have little to no effect on another. One style of treatment that works in the vast majority of cases, however, is self-centered treatment, and this is a treatment plan that allows people to work at their own pace towards their mental health goals.

Top Tips For Avoiding Holiday Stress And Depression

It's a myth that suicide rates increase during the holiday season – most stats prove that rates actually drop during this time. But here at NAMI, we've seen firsthand that the holidays can still bring about tremendous levels of stress and depression – especially to those who are already suffering from various forms of mental illness. From feeling pressured to make those you buy gifts for happy to just feeling as though you don't have enough time in each day, the holidays can cause some serious stress.