Daily Archives: September 6, 2016

A Brief Mental Health Checkup

We often focus more on treating illnesses, both physical and mental, than on staying healthy. But the absence of mental illness does not necessarily mean good mental health. What is mental health? According to the World Health Organization, mental health … Continue reading

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New Resources to Help You Get Coverage for Mental Health Conditions

Recent federal laws have expanded health insurance coverage of mental health and substance use disorders, but accessing that coverage can be difficult and complicated. Many barriers still exist and challenges can vary from state to state. To enforce the law, … Continue reading

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Warning Signs of Mental Illness

Major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder rarely appear “out of the blue.” Most often family, friends, teachers or individuals themselves begin to recognize small changes or a feeling that “something is not quite right” about their thinking, … Continue reading

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Psychiatrists and Psychologists: Understanding the Differences

People often confuse psychiatrists and psychologists. There are similarities—both psychiatrists and psychologists are trained to help people with mental health problems. But there are also important differences. If you need help with a mental health concern, who should you turn … Continue reading

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Providers, Patients have Differing Priorities when Looking at Treatment Options

A new study points to differences in priorities between patients and clinicians when deciding on treatment for depression.1 Patients and clinicians agreed on several top priorities when making a decision about how to treat depression: effectiveness of treatment, side effects, … Continue reading

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The Truth About Antidepressants

There are many misperceptions about mental illness and its treatment that contribute to stigma. People may incorrectly assume that the feelings that accompany anxiety anddepressive disorders can be willed away with the right amount of discipline, or that seeking help … Continue reading

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Understanding Mental Health Challenges with Online Simulations

We hear about people’s experiences with mental illness and we may see how someone behaves as a result of a mental health challenge, and we can empathize. But it’s hard to imagine experiences very different from the way we experience … Continue reading

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One in 13 People May Have a Psychotic Experience

New research estimates that one in 13 people will experience a psychotic episode by the time they are 75.1 Most often that experience will happen during adolescence or young adulthood. However, for about one quarter of people it occurs after … Continue reading

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