Think that psychiatry or psychology are the only routes? Don't know the difference between LCSW, LMFT, and LPC? Want to know the different requirements for the various mental health-related academic and career routes? You should read this! The list of career areas includes 1. Psychiatrist, 2. Psychologist, 3. Counselor: a. Social Worker, b. Marriage [...]
Yesterday, I came across this NAMI blog post: "You Can't Plan for Mental Illness". I definitely related to the writer's story and her message. Please, if you’re experiencing symptoms or warning signs of a mental illness, seek help as soon as possible. Your mental health is far more important than your 5-year plan. I’ve learned [...]
What is addiction?
You have heard it a 100 times, is addiction a real disease? Medically speaking it is. But I am not in the business of trying to decipher whether it’s an actual disease or a moral failing or to try to convince you one way or the other.
Your hearing it on the news, you’re seeing it at your local super market, you may even have a family member suffering. But what is it? No, it’s not the physical addiction, which is what is always described as drug addiction. When you see me at a stoplight, you look over and I’m jamming to my favorite music, I come across pretty normal. If you saw me at your local super market buying groceries, you wouldn’t give me a second look. The furthest thing from your mind would be that I have faded scars in the crevice of my arms from shooting dope…
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With the popularity of the Netflix hit show "13 Reasons Why", viewers have been discussing suicide like never before. Some conversations have been focusing on what could have been done to prevent the character's tragic end. Should someone have seen the signs of a depressed high school girl struggling with mental illness and suicidal [...]
"Of Two Minds" is a documentary which consists of the interviews of several people impacted by bipolar disorder. Some are parents, others siblings, some friends, and some are significant others. The interviews explore both the highs and lows of this condition, the mania and the depression. The intoxicating nature of mania is described as [...]
"This Fragile Life" is the story of a bipolar son, through the lens of the mother. The son, Mark, not only battles manic-depressive illness but also his drug and alcohol addiction. During his manic phases, he becomes extremely paranoid and aggressive. He is convinced that people, even ones dear to him, are out to [...]
In the library, I recently came upon a graphic memoir on schizophrenia. The book is written and illustrated by two brothers impacted by the condition. The story begins when one brother starts exhibiting symptoms such as paranoia and hallucinations. They struggle to hospitalize him and get him to treatment. He is diagnosed [...]