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Mental Health During Pregnancy and Postpartum

Pregnancy is a life changing condition.  Physically and mentally, there are many changes that happen with new life growing within.  These changes during the perinatal and postnatal periods often put new mothers and mothers-to-be at high risk for developing anxiety and depression.  Less common but worse conditions may include bipolar disorder and postpartum psychosis. Women […]

Alzheimer’s Disease : The Most Common Form of Dementia

  The term Alzheimer’s Disease often strikes dread in anyone given such a diagnosis… and with just cause.  Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease of the brain with no definite cure yet in sight.  This mental disease is fatal.  Alzheimer’s causes dementia, a set of progressive symptoms marked by memory loss, difficulties with problem solving and […]

Arts Therapy

Arts therapies are constructive non-verbal approaches that allow mental health patients to adequately express themselves through the creative process.  Painting, composing music, and writing a poem are different artistic ways through which patients may communicate feelings when verbal expression just seems too inadequate or just not preferable at the moment. Arts therapy is also known […]

Neurosurgery for Mental Disorder (NMD)

Neurosurgery for Mental Disorder (NMD) is the modern name for psychosurgery.  NMD is a very controversial medical field that has not yet undoubtedly proven its merits.  The whole medical process is a collaboration between psychiatrists and neurosurgeons in which the goal is to remove or destroy a small piece of the brain to mitigate severe […]

LGBT Mental Health

Jared was fifteen when he fell into a depression and contemplated ending his life several times.  He knew he was gay but loathed himself for it.  His traditional Catholic upbringing frowned on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) orientations.  Because of his mental illness, he pulled out of school, slogged through home school, hardly had […]

Safety and Support When Going Online

For many seeking help for mental illness, the web is a complex goldmine of information.  With a wealth of facts just a mouse click away, it is but natural for those seeking to understand their type of mental illness to turn to online for answers and later for support.  Unfortunately, the net is also a […]

Stopping or Coming Off Medication: Can I or Can’t I?

Psychiatric medications are prescribed to help people cope with emotions they cannot do so on their own.  These drugs may be a good or bad thing, depending on how one’s body reacts to them and what side effects these engender.  Although prescription medications have helped people who really need them, these sometimes exact their price […]

Community Treatment Order (CTO)

In November of 2008, the CTO or Community Treatment Order was inserted into the Mental Health Act 2007.  Applicable in both England and Wales, the CTO is a law that provides power to a responsible clinician to decide whether to psychiatrically treat an individual outside the hospital. If a patient has been mandatorily sent to […]

What the Law Says on Disability Discrimination

Discrimination is a reality for many people and is based on a number of reasons:  gender, race, creed, religion…the list is sizable.  Physical and mental infirmities are part of the list rendering disabled persons unfortunate targets of society’s prejudices.  Disabled people may encounter discrimination at the workplace, school, or even in business dealings such as […]

About Community Care and Aftercare

  U.K.’s Community Care Program Community Care or Domiciled Care is the British government’s health policy for home treatment of the mentally and physically disabled.  The system does away with the practice of institutionalization in which patients were placed under the care of an institution.  Before the 80s, mentally ill people were given over to […]