Articles containing: mental illness

Mom of teen who committed suicide now works to help others (WCVB-TV Boston)

March 17, 2017

Dr Ellen Braaten provides insight on a really difficult topic in this compelling news story that follows a mom, Emily, who lost her daughter to suicide, and has had to grapple with many questions, and few answers.

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Parents’ Untreated Mental Illnesses Affect Their Children

May 26, 2016

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We wrote earlier this month about the growing acceptance of psychiatric illness among the general population. A number of studies demonstrate that more and more Americans are accepting psychiatric illnesses as equal to other illnesses, and therefore actively seeking treatment.

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Decreased Stigma Of Mental Illness Among The American Public – But Not Among Clinicians

May 10, 2016

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Let’s talk about stigma and psychiatry.

I know.

Yawn. 

You’ve heard all this before. We never seem to stop, you’re thinking, with our worried hand-wringing about the pernicious and dangerous biases that relentlessly dog psychiatric illness and especially those who suffer from psychiatry syndromes.

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Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: Parent Resources

May 5, 2016

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The internet provides a seemingly endless amount of information about almost any topic you could imagine. Parents are as likely to turn to the internet as they are to well-worn “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” books.

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Talking To Children About A Sibling’s Mental Illness

April 7, 2016

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It seemed like just another Wednesday evening. After the routine disagreements and struggles over homework, everyone sat down together to eat dinner and talk about their day. Afterwards, the twins (a boy and girl, age 9) settled in for a game of Uno while their 14-year-old sister went upstairs to finish her homework.

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The Red Herring Of Guns And Mental Illness

January 26, 2016

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Almost by definition, writing about pediatric mental health can be controversial. People don’t always agree on treatments, causes, or even whether children can actually suffer from mental illnesses. We know that from some of the responses we’ve received on other posts.

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John Oliver On Mental Health

October 19, 2015

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In the clip above from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Oliver masterfully speaks to the serious misunderstandings and poor care associated with mental illness in the U.S. today.

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Combating Mental Health Stigma

September 25, 2015

A look at why and how the stigma of mental illness persists in the African American community—and what some are doing to address it.

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Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: A Letter From Dr. Beresin

May 7, 2015

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Today, May 7, 2015, we celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

I say “celebrate” because we all need to rejoice in a child’s mental health.

We also need to be aware that no individual or family is untouched by mental illness. Despite ongoing and pervasive stigma, the facts speak for themselves.

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Predicting The Next Mental Health Crisis: Sometimes We Just Can’t Know

April 7, 2015

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When tragedies hit, it is in our nature to ask why.  The co-pilot in the horrific Germanwings crash had serious mental health problems, according to reports.

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