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.
Here at NAMI, we've seen firsthand just how much of an impact schizophrenia can have on families and individuals. Over the years, schizophrenia has gradually been more understood as research into its causes and various treatment options has been conducted. And as with any other health issue, there are various methods that work more effectively for treatment.
These days, plenty of Americans spend their days sitting at a desk. The majority of US workers spend their time working in offices or cubicles, and plenty of comics, movies, and shows have been built around that very setting. But new research has found that it may be no laughing matter. In fact, it could be influencing and increasing levels of depression – especially if you already suffer from this illness.
As we age, we become aware of the importance of getting regular health screenings for various risks. From blood pressure checks to dental visits to prostate exams and mammograms, these regular screenings can help identify potential health issues before they grow into larger problems. They can quite literally save lives, and they're incredibly important for anyone. However, many health professionals have begun to realize that it may also be important to have a depression screening on a regular basis.
Technology has changed so much over the years that it's hard to list all of those changes in one place. While it's had an impact on how people work, play, and communicate, it's also something that has had a direct influence on the lives of many in need. For veterans suffering from anxiety and depression, online intervention has become one of the single most important tools used today.
As a parent, your job is to help guide and protect your child. Your instinct is to protect them from the bad in the world and ensure that they reach adulthood ready to live productive, happy lives. But there is an increasing issue being noted by many developmental experts – overprotectiveness leading to children who aren't mentally tough. Children have to learn how to accept the ups as well as the downs that life can throw at them and move on – learning and growing from the bad as well as the good. Parents who shield their children from all of the negatives in life could find that their children aren't as mentally tough as they should be.
Sometimes, that old saying "it takes one to know one" takes on a whole new meaning. When it comes to the mentally ill, it can seem at first like a derogatory statement but in reality there are many, many benefits that are enjoyed when the mentally ill actually have mentally ill friends. Here at NAMI, we think it's one of the most important aspects of successfully living with a mental illness and that it deserves more attention.
For decades, the wars America has been involved in have been front page news. Whether it's Afghanistan, Vietnam, or even the War on Drugs, our nation's battles get plenty of press. But there's another war that is almost invisible – one that claims plenty of victims but that doesn't get the kind of attention it truly deserves. Our nation's soldiers are regularly confronted with depression and other mental illnesses, and many of them don't even know where to begin combating this issue.
Untreated psychosis and schizophrenia can lead those dealing with the illnesses down a harrowing path, and one that will often lead to unemployment, correctional systems, failure in school, or even suicide. Psychosis can be something that is onset later in life, with some sufferers first experiencing symptoms at a young age, and others first experiencing symptoms as an adult, but no matter the time of the onset, support and assistance should be sought right away in order to secure the best outcome. With psychosis or schizophrenia, identifying the symptoms at an early point is key to the much needed early intervention, and these intervention programs can cover a whole lot of different bases.
Technology has changed every aspect of our lives, from the way we work to the way we communicate. So it's no surprise when it becomes a major factor in the way that those with mental illness recover and cope with their condition. Today, millions of people are suffering from mental illness, and in some instances their illness will impact their families and friends as well as themselves.
There's no question that over the last several years the public has begun to understand more about depression and what a challenge it can be for those dealing with it. However, the death of beloved actor Robin Williams helps to highlight just what the disease can do to a person.
Discipline has always been a major part of raising a child. Giving them zero guidance and ignoring all discipline can lead to a lot of negative things, and there's no question that it's important to spend time making sure that your children understand the difference between good behavior and bad. But, that doesn't mean that punishment is always the best option.
In the early 1900s throughout much of that century, mental illness was a stigma and a condition that wasn't understood. In fact, in many instances around the world it was considered a crime. Even in cases where it wasn't considered to be a crime, it was still punished like one with confinement in prisons or in psych wards that would conduct barbaric 'treatments' on patients.
While September is National Suicide Prevention Month, this problem is something that deserves attention no matter the time of year. Suicide has become a major public health crisis, and it affects a huge range of citizens in this country. One group that has experienced an alarming rise in suicide rates is college students. In fact, suicide is the second leading cause of death for students in college. Despite this, it's often a taboo topic that many people want to keep hidden or ignore outright.
Art has played a major role in our society for centuries, and the oldest forms of communication and self-expression are works of arts painted on caves in Neolithic times. Today's art crosses many borders and can encompass a wide variety of things. However, what many people don't realize is that art can be used as one of the best forms of healing available to those suffering from mental illness.
Over the last decade, health insurance has been a prominent fixture in the news. Coverage has been expanded, and the idea is for all Americans to get coverage in some form as soon as possible. The focus is on helping ensure that everyone is able to afford their health care, and that goes for those with mental health issues as well. Theoretically, it should be a fairly straightforward thing. But recent studies have found that it's not always the case. In fact, many people have coverage that doesn't really fit their needs – and they might not even realize it.
Our nation is defended by brave troops who may give their all for the country. However, those who return home from the battlefield carry with them scars that are physical and mental, and it's often difficult to deal with those wounds. Despite being highlighted in various news reports and even being the focus of major motion pictures, post-traumatic stress disorder – PTSD – is still an issue that many Americans choose to ignore.
One of the major constraints for the promotion of overall wellness is the acceptance of mental health as an important factor in quality of life and the prevalence of physical conditions. National healthcare attitudes to date have been more apt to address bodily illnesses and overlook the fact that mental health does play an integral part in wellbeing. Although Congress acknowledges measures for diagnosed mental illnesses, there is less of a focus on intervention, prevention, and disability support that can be proactive.
In any relationship, the idea of full disclosure can be a terrifying situation. For most individuals, the outcome of this honesty can have an impact on self-image and self-esteem. In people who are coping with emotional disorders, or who discover that symptoms are indicators of a developing mental condition, the act of communicating this to a loved one can become even more daunting.
Occupational counseling and organizational programs that address mental health issues in the workplace are receiving greater attention as the concern over rising instances of emotional imbalance affect the population. One of the greater recognitions for affective work assistance programs comes not through the ADA , but rather through companies realizing that investing in employees not only promotes productivity, but is also reflective of company ethics. Some organizations are also taking the approach that the hierarchy of the workplace itself is a contributor to mental health concerns.
Adolescents face a number of stressors that are often a result of social and psychological development. Many people consider emotional outbursts and mood shifts as part of this transitional age, but some youths are experiencing emotions that could be signs of deeper issues. In truth, many conditions that may become apparent during adolescence are manageable, but the longer they are left unaddressed, the harder it may become for the individual.
NAMI of Merced County has a long history of providing educational resources, assistance, and more to those who need mental health assistance. And after the annual meeting held on May 28th, entertainment was also provided thanks to a screening of the film "Call Me Crazy". The screening was presented to attendees in a 'theater' style setting including candy, popcorn, and sodas, and it played to a full house.
Depression is one of the most serious issues affecting the country today. With anywhere between 15 and 18 million Americans affected by it, depending on the study you look at, it's almost an epidemic. And it can lead to more serious issues including doubling the risk of heart disease and increasing the chance of committing suicide significantly. But unlike other health issues like obesity or diabetes, there are no simple solutions to the problem. You can't just eat less or take insulin to chase clinical depression away.
Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that, while rare, is still well-known enough so that most people have some kind of vague understanding about what it is. However, it's one of the most misunderstood illnesses in the world. Today, those suffering from this mental illness are treated far better than they were just a few decades ago, but there's still an incredibly strong stigma attached to the disease.
California has one of the most culturally and racially diverse populations in the entire country, with an especially high number of Latinos living within its borders. Of those Latinos, about 80% of all of them in the state are from Mexican descent, making it a very large subset of the population. But for many of them, gaining access to health care – especially mental health care – is difficult.
Television programs have had a long history of shining a light on misunderstood aspects of the health care world, and the new show 'Black Box' on ABC is doing just that. The program, which debuted on April 24th on ABC, concerns a brilliant physician who also happens to be bipolar.
Last week, thousands of UC Davis students, alumni, faculty and staff gathered in the evening twilight, burning candles in tribute to the six fellow University of California students slain by an emotionally disturbed young man on May 23.
Elliot Rodger’s shooting rampage in Isla Vista that Friday night took the lives of six UC Santa Barbara students and left 13 others injured. The massacre, like others before it, has fueled discussion about what families, schools and society at large can do to identify and address mental health issues among young adults.
In the past, mental illness of any kind was a shameful thing, something that was swept under the rug or treated with barbaric methods. Thankfully, today's medical community has begun to take great steps forwards in understanding and combating mental illness. And for some of us, it's something that is a daily issue.
While the medical community has made huge strides in helping to understand mental illness, and while a portion of the stigma associated with mental illness has dissipated over the years, there are still plenty of misconceptions and misunderstandings related to mental health. One of the biggest is that the mentally ill are violent, and this is a myth that the media has helped perpetuate in a big way.
Modern medicine has done great things not only for our physical health and wellbeing, but also for our mental health. As we've come to understand more about mental illnesses and how to treat and manage them, the lives of millions of Americans have been improved significantly. There's no question that we've come a long way over the last couple of decades, and we'll likely continue to move forward with our understanding of the field of mental health.
Out of all of the different types of mental illness, schizophrenia is one of the most dreaded, most detrimental, and the most misunderstood. This is because of a couple of things – the first of which is simply that there are several different types of schizophrenia that one could suffer from.
Police missed an opportunity to thwart Elliot Rodger’s plans before he killed six people.
When a mad man goes on a killing spree, a few questions immediately bubble to the surface. Who’s to blame? What should we do now? Could this have been prevented?
While the field of mental health has made huge strides forward in recent years, there are still gaps in health coverage that exist within some patients who suffer from mental illness. Closing these gaps has become a top priority for the California Department of Health Care Services, which is now working hard to close the gaps and ensure that everyone in need of help is able to receive it.
The Baby Boomer generation is growing older, and by next year they'll all be at least 50. And like anyone, as they age numerous issues may end up occurring ranging from heart disease to cancer and beyond. Health is important for everyone, and that includes the Boomers. But while their family will be able to help in many cases, there are overlooked aspects of their health that are often ignored.
Physical health problems are often easy to spot, whether you're experiencing them or a loved one is. But mental health is a different beast entirely, and in many cases it's common for those suffering from mental illness to not even realize that they're dealing with a problem. And for their loved ones, understanding the signs can be difficult as well. Sometimes, people may just be having an 'off day' or be in a temporary 'funk'.
The research and understanding of mental illness has progressed incredibly far over the last decade. Today, aspects of mental health that were once mysteries have become clear. But there's still a tremendous amount left to learn, including the causes and triggers of some mental illnesses.
Thanks to the human mind, we go through a wide range of emotions – joy, anger, excitement, and more. Because of that, we all end up feeling a little melancholy or 'blue' from time to time. But there's a big difference between being depressed for a day or two and suffering from clinical depression, and at NAMI California we want to ensure that everyone understands this serious, dangerous mental illness.
Tens of millions of people in this country suffer from some form of mental illness. Depression and anxiety disorders are the most common, but more serious illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are also very real and have a very negative impact on the lives of those who are affected by them – the person suffering from the illness as well as those who care about them. At NAMI, we believe that understanding the best ways to go about finding the right help for mental illness is one of the most important things you can do to combat it. Here's a look at some of the keys to doing just that.
In the past, mental illness was an issue that was swept under the rug – patients suffering were often locked away and forgotten or subjected to horrible treatments. Modern medicine has helped progress the understanding of mental illness, and today it is more understood than ever. But it's still filled with mysteries, and understanding more about it is a constant quest for those in the field.
Suffering from depression is a serious health issue – one that affects between 15 and 17 million Americans every day. Thankfully, a number of different treatment options are now available that can help those suffering from depression overcome their problems and get their life back to where it should be. While medication, healthy lifestyle options, and counseling can all have an influence on one's depression, one of the most important things for anyone looking to combat their depression is to have a solid support system in place.
There are numerous mental illnesses that the medical field recognizes today, ranging from anxiety issues to depression and beyond. Two of the most serious problems are schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. They're also two of the most confusing issues, largely due to the fact that they share a number of similar symptoms. Because of this, it's often difficult for even professional psychiatrists to make an accurate diagnosis between the two.
Mental illness is a serious problem that affects as many as 17 million Americans in one form or another. From depression to anxiety to schizophrenia, there are numerous mental health issues that can confront someone. One of the most common, but most frustrating and even frightening, is panic disorder.
Ever get a case of the 'winter blues' when the skies stay grey and the weather is cold? Or feel melancholy when a summer day should be making you happy to be alive? For most of us, it's a feeling that will pass quickly – just our temporary blues being made worse by the weather. But for others, it's a very real problem known as seasonal affective disorder, and understanding more about it is important if you've noticed that your mood seems to be diminished greatly during a certain time of the year.
Of all the different types of mental illness out there, perhaps the most frightening and most misunderstood is schizophrenia. This mental illness creates a total breakdown of one's life if left untreated, and can cause social problems, work difficulty, and much more. It's one of the leading causes of disability among those with mental illness, and can cause delusions, hallucinations, and much more.
The need for mental health treatment in California should be an overriding concern for all of us. About 1 in 5 adults in California need mental health support.
A national effort now underway draws attention to the role mental health plays in our overall wellness as individuals and communities. In California, a growing community is working hard to end the stigma surrounding mental health and to increase access to treatment and services.
Take a look at the history of mental illness and its treatment, and if you go far enough back you'll find some terrifying treatments. Everything from electroshock therapy to lobotomies have been used to try to treat mental illness, and today's patients are able to enjoy a much greater level of care than in the past. While those more barbaric methods of treatment are well in the past, those with loved ones who are receiving inpatient care at psychiatric facilities have long had to simply assume that their loved one is getting the kind of quality, compassionate care that they deserve.
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is calling for nationwide expansion of Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) to reduce fatal events involving police and people living with mental illness.
As families and individuals whose lives have been affected by mental illness, NAMI California has long been dedicated to breaking down the stigma and discrimination that can stand in the way of people with mental health challenges accessing support and living full and rewarding lives. For three years, we have been proud to partner with the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) to empower people with lived experience of mental health challenges to break down barriers. Together we are using our voices to shatter misconceptions about mental illness, create supportive environments where people with mental health challenges feel comfortable seeking and receiving help, and create resources to reach California’s diverse communities with stories of recovery and resilience.
The California Administrative Office of the Courts reported that in jails nationwide, 15 percent of male inmates and 31 percent of female inmates have a serious mental illness like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or other severe forms of depression. “The Los Angeles County jail,” the report notes, “is often cited as housing more people with mental illness than the largest psychiatric treatment facilities in the country.”
Twenty-four California counties have created a total of 32 mental health courts for adults and juveniles to address the problem.
California lacks a sufficient amount of psychiatric beds for individuals with severe mental health issues, according to a report released last week by the Treatment Advocacy Center and the National Sheriffs' Association, HealthyCalreports. The report said that 26 of the 58 counties in California have no inpatient psychiatric beds available. Of the counties that do have psychiatric beds, many often are reserved for individuals who have been charged with crimes.
The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church drew 3,300 attendees on March 28th, half of whom were family members. Over 30,000 more people accessed the event through a live internet webcast. Faith and community leaders, family members and consumers, government workers, elected officials, college students, clinicians, hospital officials, and others, all joined forces at this historic event held at Saddleback Church, in Southern California.
Tens of thousands of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been diagnosed with PTSD, but only a small minority commit violent acts. It is extremely difficult to predict those who are likely to explode into violence, according to experts in mass shootings and mental illness.
Lawmakers, patient advocates and the millions of Americans living with a psychiatric diagnosis agree that the nation’s mental health care system is broken, and on Thursday, Congress will hear testimony on the most ambitious overhaul plan in decades, a bill that has already stirred longstanding divisions in mental health circles. The prospects for the bill, proposed by Representative Tim Murphy, Republican of Pennsylvania, are uncertain, experts say, given partisanship in both the House and the Senate and the sheer complexity of the mental health system. And its backing of the expanded use of involuntary outpatient treatment has drawn opposition from some advocacy groups.
Researchers have taken a huge step towards solving some of the disorder’s complex mysteries. Through groundbreaking stem cell research, scientists from the University of Michigan Medical School and the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Researcher Fund transformed skin cells from people with bipolar disorder into neurons that mimicked those found in their brains. They were then able to compare these nerve stem cells with cells derived from people without bipolar disorder – and study how the neurons responded to medications for the condition.
Utilizing funds from Proposition 63, which requires counties to become more effective and innovative in treatment, the effort enlists patients to work alongside professional mental health staff. The patients guide their own recovery and that of their peers.
Mary Giliberti, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, offered the following statement in conjunction with a House of Representatives oversight hearing: "Hospital beds for individuals with mental illness who experience acute crisis are a necessary element for America's mental health care system, but there are not enough beds. Supply does not meet demand. It is not just patients who are in crisis; it is the system as well."
Schools are uniquely poised to lead a revolution in prevention-based mental health care, with 50 percent of chronic mental illness beginning by age 14, and 75 percent by age 24.
While there are disparities between Caucasian and racial-minority patients in the use of psychotherapy, when it is used, there are no racial differences in effectiveness, new study says.
The study raises questions about the military's screening of recruits. Another study looks at rising suicide rates among soldiers.
Nearly one in 10 hospitalized children have a primary diagnosis of a mental health condition, and depression alone accounts for $1.33 billion in hospital charges annually, according to a new analysis led by UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. The study is the first to examine frequency and costs associated with specific inpatient mental health diagnoses for children, and is a step towards creating meaningful measures of the quality of pediatric hospital care.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today issued the following statement by NAMI Executive Director Mary Gilibertiin response to the announcement by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) that it will not move forward to "finalize" proposed rule changes under Medicare Part D that would have restricted access to antidepressant and antipsychotic medications.
Adam has a secret. He's shared it with his family and close friends. In fact, he would like to talk about it more openly. But he doesn't want to use his real name in this story because he fears that people at his new high-tech job will see it and think less of him. A few months ago, he considered allowing a reporter to mention his depression in a news story about a community project in which he was involved. His depression was one of the reasons he got involved: "I guess I was tired of feeling like I have to hide this piece of me," he says.
A year after his son’s suicide, popular evangelical pastor Rick Warren is taking on a new mental health ministry inspired by his personal tragedy. Warren, founder of Saddleback Church and a best-selling author, will team with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and the National Alliance on Mental Illness to host a daylong event March 28 focused on helping church leaders reach parishioners who are struggling with mental illness.
Actress Halle Berry appears on the cover of the latest issue of The Advocate, the magazine of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), with an interview inside about her upcoming film, Frankie & Alice. Based on a true story, Berry plays Frankie Murdoch, an African American ’70s-era go-go dancer living with dissociative identity disorder (DID). She is challenged by two identities: a scared 7-year old girl named Genius and a bigoted, white southern belle named Alice.