Archive for the 'Stigma' Category

Michael Phelps, Allison Schmitt talk about battling depression

New research sheds light on the biology / neurology of ADHD

Ohio State Head Coach shares about mental health

Suicide Prevention on Facebook

Physician Suicide

Wayne Brady Opens Up About His Depression

Postpartum Struggles

Ever wonder what it feels like to have a mental disorder?

Here are some incredibly powerful depictions of common mental disorders that may help promote understanding and reduce stigma about mental disorders:

What NOT to say to someone with struggling with a mental disorder…

Want to know what NOT to say to someone struggling with depression, anxiety, or other mental disorder? This brave young lady’s recent Facebook post may help:

She is absolutely correct in her stats: More than a third (estimates range from 28-44%) of all people will suffer from mental health issues at some point in their lifetime (1). If you are blessed to not have had to struggle with mental health issues, please do your best to be understanding, supportive, or at the very least be non-judgmental of the many many people around you who may be silently suffering from depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues.

Reference:
1) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2174588/

Popular YouTuber Anna Akana fights stigma about antidepressants

Much respect for this YouTube celebrity. Antidepressants are the number two most-prescribed medication class, second only to cholesterol medication (1). 6.7% of American adults suffered a major depressive episode in 2014 – a whopping 15.7 million people (2). A staggering 16.7% of all Americans have suffered at least one major depressive episode in their lifetime (3). Lets heed this brave young woman’s call to fight stigma about depression and antidepressants – if you suffer from depression, know that you are not alone, and that treatment (talk therapy +/- medications) can be incredibly helpful. If you don’t suffer from depression, know that 1-2 people out of every 10 people you know fights this illness – please be understanding, supportive, or at the very least non-judgmental; for tips on what NOT to say to someone who is fighting depression see this young lady’s Facebook post.

References:
1)
http://pharma.about.com/od/Sales_and_Marketing/a/The-Most-Prescribed-Medications-By-Drug-Class.htm

2) http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/major-depression-among-adults.shtml
3) http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=196765