Which mental illness-related books have you read?
13 Reasons Why
“13 Reasons Why” is one of the most talked-about shows within the mental health community. This season, we’re breaking down each episode to see how the show’s coverage of mental health issues has evolved. -The Mighty Recently, I had the opportunity to watch the latest season of 13 Reasons Why & write a few summaries/reviews. If [...]
A Star Is Born: A Look into Addiction
3 Assumptions Mental Health Providers Should NOT Make
From my experience and what I've heard, providers make assumptions too frequently which end up being false and getting in the way of proper treatment. What are some of these assumptions? I've listed 3, but there are certainly many more! One: All patients with a condition LOOK a certain way. Last summer, [...]
5 Reasons to Buy RX: A Graphic Memoir
FUN, CREATIVE APPROACH: If you love Ellen Forney's Marbles: Mania, Depression Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir, you will love this book! Both books are graphic memoirs in a similar cartoony style which makes it a fun and quick read. TRULY ENCOMPASSES THE COMPLEXITY OF ILLNESS: It is the portrayal of the mental [...]
“Brain on Fire” Film: A Look into the Fight for One’s Health
"Brain on Fire" is a film based on Susannah Cahalan's memoir "Brain on Fire." *SPOILERS* This movie is worth watching. Please watch it or read the book before reading this post! Issues the movie highlights: Patient issues not being taken seriously: For a significant portion of the movie, the doctors simply thought [...]
Antidepressants: What are they?
To Those Who Think Psychiatrists are Unnecessary,
Dear individuals who think psychiatrists are unnecessary, Stating that there is a simple, non-medical treatment option for mental illnesses makes it appear that you are not taking the conditions seriously. You can't just dance the symptoms away, or make them disappear by going to a yoga class or a church. These are mental ILLNESSES [...]
Preparing for Your First Visit
Before your initial discussion with a provider, it may be helpful to gather key information. Gathering information can save valuable time. Essential for the first visit: Current medications List ALL meds, including nonpsychiatric, over-the-counter, birth control and supplements Include tablet size (mg) and number if its psychiatric Past psychiatric treatments List of [...]