The Mental Health Systems Act of 1980 was a bill to improve the provision of mental health services and promote mental health throughout the United States. This bill provided marginalized populations-minorities, chronically mentally ill, elderly, children- to have access to crucial private and public mental health and support services. Jimmy Carter signed it on October… Read More The Mental Health Systems Act of 1980
Autism is not a mental illness, yet some individuals living with autism have a co-occurring mental disorder. The primary mental illnesses that can show up in adults with autism are: Anxiety Disorders: Anxiety is quite common in the autistic community. Around 40% of individuals with Autism have at least one anxiety disorder in comparison to… Read More Autism and Mental Illness
This is a guest post by Sarah of The Prevention Coalition. She has written a list of ways that you can celebrate a sober St. Patrick’s Day! If you love St. Patrick’s Day but don’t want to (or can’t) drink, take heart. You can still have a good time channeling your inner Irishman this March… Read More A Sober St. Patrick’s Day: Ways to Celebrate Without Alcohol
Unfortunately, mass shootings are frequent in the United States. There are many variables to why people commit mass shootings. It can range from revenge, allegiance to an organization, passion, mental illness, or just pure dickery. I’ve noticed is that when this tragedy happens, it often focuses on the perpetrators and the dead victims, instead of… Read More What About the Survivors?
Could an external locus of control be a contributing factor why individuals commit mass shootings? I have the terrible habit of blaming the world for my mishaps and problems. It’s easy to fall into self-pity than take responsibility. Unfortunately, I’m not the only one who does this. USCB Shooter’s Manifesto You’ve probably heard about the… Read More Where is Your Locus of Control?
I have many friends who are studying for their Masters and Ph.Ds. I admire them because they have a strong work ethic and are dedicated to achieving their career goals. The downsides to continuing to these active programs are the heavy workload, lack of sleep, and extracurricular activities the student has to do so they… Read More Academia and Mental Illness
Growing up, I found forests to be fascinating places. One of my favorite vacation spots in the world was Big Sur. Being in Big Sur felt like being in the watercolor illustrations in my children’s books that I read at the time. Seeing and smelling the flowers, trees, and the ocean was tranquil. I didn’t… Read More Shinrin Yoku, or Forest–Bathing
I apologize for not writing on a weekly basis as I usually do! It’s been a super busy week. On the bright side, I had bonding time with my family in Claremont and my friend from New York visited California. I had a great blog planned for this week, but I need to do more… Read More 15 Facts About Mental Health and Mental Disorders
People often hear that postpartum depression affecting new mothers, but did you know it can also affect new fathers as well? Every day, after 1000 new dads in the United States becomes depressed and some studies are as high as 2,700. Some of the signs of postpartum depression in men include a losing one’s sense… Read More The Daddy Blues: Postpartum Depression in Men
I know many people who are either pregnant or they have a newborn. Feeling inspired, I’ve decided to explore mental health issues that can come up before pregnancy or after pregnancy. The first problem that I am going to study is Perinatal Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Perinatal OCD (pOCD) is when a person experiences OCD during… Read More Am I Going to Kill My Child? Dealing with Perinatal OCD