Articles containing: stigma

Parents’ Untreated Mental Illnesses Affect Their Children

May 26, 2016


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


Let’s talk about stigma and psychiatry.

I know.


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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Talking To Children About A Sibling’s Mental Illness

April 7, 2016


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


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


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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More Kids Are Receiving Mental Health Care, But…

August 6, 2015


At The Clay Center, we find ourselves writing often about how seeking psychiatric treatment is stigmatized in the United States.  We especially worry about this issue when it comes to children and adolescents.

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The Crisis In Pediatric Psychiatric Emergency Rooms

July 28, 2015

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Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

How busy are psychiatric emergency rooms?

Listen to the podcast above.

Psychiatric emergency rooms are busier than you can imagine—unless you’ve been stuck in one.

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

May 7, 2015


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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Navigating “The System”

March 20, 2015


I’m going to try to describe how hard it is for families to navigate the mental health care system in the United States. In fact, even the term “system” is problematic here.

“System” implies a functional set of predictable circumstances that help to guide us through complex processes.

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