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Month: April 2016

What is Schizophrenia: Symptoms, Causes, Treatments, and Medications

What is schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is a disorder characterized by a deteriorating ability to function in everyday life and by some combination of hallucinations, delusions, thought disorders, movement disorders, and inappropriate emotional expressions. Schizophrenia typically begins in early adulthood. The symptoms vary so greatly that you could easily find several people with the same diagnosis who have almost nothing in common. Schizophrenia can either be acute or chronic. An acute condition has a sudden onset and good prospects for recovery. A chronic condition has a gradual onset and a long-term cause. Symptoms of Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is characterized by both new...

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Gamechanger: The Upkins Litmus Test On White Privilege In Media

They say necessity is the mother of all invention. One thing was certain, I found myself in desperate need a few years back. As a speculative fiction author and a queer person of color (QPoC), I’m constantly frustrated not only with the lack of diversity, but the nonstop misogyny, racism, and queerphobia that continues to be the status quo in media. More than that, as someone who suffers from depression, high anxiety and ptsd, I found the subliminal bigotry taking a toll on my mental health. Not only was I having trouble writing and creating, but some days I...

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Mental Health Hero: Patty Duke Mental Health Project

Before I talk about the Patty Duke Mental Health Project, let me express my own sadness at the loss of Patty Duke, she was a wonderful woman and an incredible mental health advocate and activist. I didn’t really know her acting work, I’ve a few of her movies, but not the TV show that she was most famous for, that was from my parent’s generation. But I did know her mental health activism work. I stood in line to shake her hand at the 2006 NAMI National Conference after she was awarded the Lionel Aldridge Award. She had a warm smile and listened...

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Depression Lies: Ten Lies Depression Can Tell You

Depression Lies Depression has a nose longer than Pinocchio, but it can be difficult to see this when you are in the midst of its lies. I thought that because depression was inside me, that it was giving me accurate messages about myself and the world. But thirty years of living with it has shown me that it is nothing but a big fat liar. Depression would fall apart faster than a sandcastle in the Sahara if it ever took a lie detector test. Lie 1 – “Depression is reality” When I first experienced depression at the age of...

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Helping Someone Who Has Been Sexually Abused

How Do You Start Helping Someone Who Has Been sexually abused? When someone is sexually abused, the world can become a bleak place. It can be hard not to feel ashamed, alone and lost because of the stigmas and pressures that come with being abused, which means that victims that speak out about their abuse are showing a great deal of strength when they tell others about their circumstances. If you’re someone who is in that position – someone has told you about their sexual abuse – it’s important to react in a way that helps and supports them....

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