I recently got into an accident when I was driving. Thank goodness, no one was hurt. A scratch on my bumper, and a scratch on the other driver’s door. The next week after my accident, I nearly hit a pedestrian riding his bike. I didn’t hit him, but he fell over after I startled him.… Read More Hit and Run OCD
The news boasts about the health benefits of mindfulness that includes lower blood pressure, less anxiety, less depression, and feeling more grounded. I’ve even boasted about it in previous blog posts about the importance of being present and meditative. There are great advantages, but like any other therapeutic practice, it’s not for everyone. Quick Refresher on Mindfulness… Read More Mindfulness can Also have Negative Effects
I like to pick my skin when I’m happy, stressed, and bored. It’s a bad habit that has weakened my nails and has calloused the skin around my fingertips. There are times when I’ve picked my skin to the point of infection. A bump forms with white-yellowish pus inside — disgusting, but satisfying to pop.… Read More Skin Picking Til it Bleeds
Growing up, I was taught in my life that poor people were lazy and they relied on the government to get them through life. As I became educated I learned that poverty is complex and people find themselves in these situations because of terrible life events such as sickness, death, and being unable to afford… Read More Which Came First, Mental Illness Or Poverty?
When I was in sixth grade, my parents and I traveled through the Midwest for vacation. We visited major cities such as Chicago, Nashville, and Kansas City. It was a great bonding experience for my family and me. Traveling between states, I was able to see a huge chunk of rural America, which consisted of… Read More Rural America and Mental Health
It’s been trending in the news that Madalyn Parker, a web designer suffering from chronic anxiety and depression, received rare positive feedback from her supervisor when she told him that she was taking a sick day for her mental health. Here is the response. This feedback opens a larger conversation on how we can make… Read More A Perfect Response
Autism is not a mental illness, yet some individuals living with autism have a co-occurring mental disorder. The major 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
Law enforcement is there to enforce and protect the law. It’s easy to perceive them as invincible, but they too are not immune to the stress and mental toll of their jobs. A 2012 study published in the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health associated officers’ stress with high levels of sleep disorders, Hodgkin’s lymphoma,… Read More Police and Mental Health
I’m worried about ACA repeal since Congress and the president announced it was one of their top things on their to-do list. I’m concerned because of the effect it would have on mental health. Under the ACA, mental health and substance abuse disorder became a fundamental part of the “essential 10 health benefits” for people… Read More The Potential Effects of the ACA Repeal on Mental Health
Right now, I’m obsessed with the ice-skating anime Yuri on Ice! I love many aspects of it, from the realistic ice-skating routines, the beautiful animation, the music, and the burgeoning love between the two male leads. The greatest part I enjoy is the exploration of the mental health and psyche into the main protagonist, Yuuri Katsuki.… Read More Yuri On Ice!