The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that in the United States, approximately 100,000 young people experience psychosis each year. In addition to this, as many as three in 100 people will have an episode at some point in their lives.
I have been very fortunate to have lived most of my life in warmer climates. I lived in Jamaica for over 16 years and have been living in California for about 40 years. Not only do I find the warmer weather more enjoyable, but I firmly believe it helps keep me healthy.
According to the results of my genetics testing, ‘depression’ is embedded in my genetic makeup. In other words, I am prone to depression.
She appeared to have it all: beauty, youth, the perfect body, fame, a-list celebrity boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio and a $25 million modeling contract with renowned lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret.
Quite often, a person who struggles with alcoholism also suffers from depression. Reportedly, depression affects many of the 140 million people worldwide battling alcohol use disorders. And to make matters more complicated, alcohol worsens depression and depression worsens alcohol abuse.
Women may need more nutrients in their diet to support cognitive health and promote positive emotional well-being, according to new research conducted by Binghamton University. Oddly enough, the study suggests that the same may not be true for men.
Mothers with postpartum depression experience feelings of extreme sadness, anxiety and exhaustion. Sadly, this makes it extremely difficult for new mothers to accomplish daily tasks for themselves or for others.
I recently came across this story of one of our veterans - Chris Ellis. During his time in the Army, Ellis lost many friends in battle and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when he returned home. He reported that his dog, which he got through a nonprofit called Stop Soldier Suicide, was the reason why he was able to overcome depression and suicidal thoughts.
Suicide has been in the news lately. We have lost two famous people to suicide this week- Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Earlier in the year, we also lost Avicii. And there are many others who were not famous who also committed suicide.
It just doesn’t make sense. Highly successful, married, a mother to a beautiful 13-year-old girl, found dead in her Park Avenue apartment in New York City’s Upper East Side, where she reportedly hanged herself with a scarf. A note was found at the scene, but details of this note have not been shared.
Have you noticed that among the first two or three questions someone asks when they meet you is what you do?
It’s Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and there is no better time than now to focus on the mental health needs of our children.
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