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June 14, 2019
by Tina Arnoldi

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Can We Address Mental Health Through Cartoons?

June 14, 2019 09:09 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Experts say cartoons, comics, graphic novels, and other images can be helpful for those struggling from mental health issues in addition to spreading awareness when done correctly. Those who have not experienced a mental health condition in themselves or families and who have not received training find mental health is a difficult concept to understand. [More]

July 5, 2018
by Arthur Hunter

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Therapists Publicly Diagnosing President Trump May Be Raising Stigma

July 5, 2018 16:32 by Arthur Hunter  [About the Author]

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Thousands of psychologists have banded together against president Trump to diagnose him with a mental illness, and then to use that diagnoses against him to remove him from office. Some argue this is a risky path for the mental health community to be going down and that using the DSM-5 as a means to enact negative action against someone is the very act of stigma itself. [More]

January 20, 2016
by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D

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NFL’s Brandon Marshall and Borderline Personality Disorder: Blocking the Stigma

January 20, 2016 10:36 by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D  [About the Author]

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After entering the NFL in 2006, Brandon Marshall quickly began to establish a name for himself in football. Entering into the league as a Denver Bronco, Marshall ranked 3rd among NFL wide receivers in reception and was the 9th player in NFL history to have at least 100 receptions in back to back seasons (2008-2009). In 2009 [More]

April 24, 2015
by Eric Ellis, Psy.D.

Joni Mitchell, Morgello's Disease, and the Myth of Psychosomatic Disorders (Video)

April 24, 2015 07:55 by Eric Ellis, Psy.D.  [About the Author]

Joni Mitchell's recent hospitalization has brought to light issues around so-called psychosomatic disorders and how we understand them as a society. In this podcast, learn about how all symptoms and disorders are at least in part psychosomatic and how we can reduce stigma and confusion around mind-body issues moving forward. [More]

January 29, 2015
by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.

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Violence, Stigma, and Mental Illness: Understanding the Real Connections

January 29, 2015 07:55 by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.  [About the Author]

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Violence is a main cause of stigma toward people with mental illness, but lack of knowledge and education are also part of the problem. People with mental illness are no more likely to commit violent acts than anyone else, but when mental illness is present with substance abuse and a history of violence, that risk does increase. As a society, we must better understand and effectively address all causes of violence. [More]

January 16, 2015
by Autumn Robinson, MA, PhD Candidate

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Disability Isn’t a Bad Word

January 16, 2015 07:55 by Autumn Robinson, MA, PhD Candidate  [About the Author]

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Dealing with disability is a challenge, both for the person affected as well as those close to them, and even to strangers who come across individuals with disabilities in the wider world. It’s easy to look at someone who’s body or mind functions differently than what we are accustomed to interacting with and feel sorry for them. But being different doesn’t necessarily mean that being disabled is wrong. [More]

January 6, 2015
by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.

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The Intersection of Genetics, Mental Illness, and Stigma

January 6, 2015 07:55 by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.  [About the Author]

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As our understanding of the biological and genetic factors that contribute to the development of these disorders, it becomes easier to see these behavioral health disorders as real diseases—like diabetes or heart disease, which can also run in families. But, how might our relatively recent increased understanding of genetics and biology impact how people with mental illness are perceived and treated in our society? Will this understanding help to decrease stigma, or will it further fuel stigma for people living with behavioral health disorders? [More]

November 27, 2014
by Dr. C. Wayne Winkle,Phd

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New Research: Fearful About Ebola? Strengthen Your Immune System

November 27, 2014 10:55 by Dr. C. Wayne Winkle,Phd  [About the Author]

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New research published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases (Almendrala, 2014) studied reasons why children survive ebola more often than adults. One conclusion was that children have stronger immune responses to the disease than do adults. The levels of a protein called RANTE, which is a molecule that helps cells in the immune system communicate with each other, were higher in children than in adults. This protein also assists T-cells, the ‘killers’ of invading bacteria and viruses in our bodies. A possible reason for the higher levels of RANTE in children has to do with better health and a stronger immune system. This includes lower stress levels overall. [More]

November 19, 2014
by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.

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Bipolar Mania & Depression: Coping with Bipolar Disorder on the Job and in Relationships

November 19, 2014 04:55 by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.  [About the Author]

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Bipolar Disorder impacts every aspect of a person’s life, including work and relationships, but it is a treatable illness, and recovery is possible. The right support and treatment can make all the difference. People with bipolar disorder can have fulfilling careers and healthy and happy relationships with family and friends. [More]

November 11, 2014
by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.

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Accessing Behavioral Health Care: Engaging Diverse Populations

November 11, 2014 20:45 by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.  [About the Author]

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Everyone deserves access to high quality, culturally competent, and affordable behavioral healthcare. But accessing treatment for these issues can be challenging for many people in America. Increasing outreach and education to minority and underserved communities, increasing the diversity of behavioral health providers, and improving cultural competence in healthcare will help to engage those who are not getting the treatment services they need. [More]