Her life's work Carrie Fisher, iconic Star Wars actress, was a tireless mental health advocate until her last days
By Rex Santus Carrie Fisher, best known for playing Princess Leia Organa in “Star Wars,” died Tuesday, according to a family spokesman in a statement released to People magazine. Beyond her iconic role in the mega movie franchise, Fisher was a prolific author and screenwriter, and a vocal advocate for the mentally ill who […]
Why is there so much stigma attached to mental health? It's time to treat mental health sufferers like normal human beings.
BY: GEORGIA ELIZABETH WILLIAM “Watch out! The killer Bipolar zombie is back at work” said no one, ever. But, how come you feel you can’t talk to Mary, who’s back to work after a long battle with depression? Imagine. You trip whilst playing a sport, breaking a leg that was already pretty tender. You blatantly can’t […]
Was He Bi-Polar? Evidence in New Book Suggests Randolph Suffered Behavioral Ills
After World War II, Randolph Churchill, Winston’s only son, still believed his destiny was to become prime minister, and that the name Churchill alone would carry the day, regardless of the mounting evidence against his chances. Many had predicted greatness for young Churchill a decade earlier, when he boldly displayed his gifts as a public […]
Study finds texting may be more suitable than apps in treatment of mental illness
Texting may be a more suitable treatment aid for those with mental illness than mobile applications.
This is the key finding of a new study led by researchers from Clemson University in collaboration with researchers from Indiana University and the Centerstone Research Institute. The study was published in the journal Personal and Ubiquitous Computing.
Lindsey Cree’s son was diagnosed with schizophrenia, she turned to Rethink, a charity that helps patients and their families deal with the burden of mental illness
Who do you talk to you when your 10-year-old son tells you, racked with fear, that cameras have been installed in the school playground to spy on him? Or when, a couple of years later, he decides he is no longer able to drink anything because the water in the taps has been poisoned? How do you respond when he tells you he is worried that people are injecting toxins into the veins of his hands at night?
Patients with bipolar disorder have high rates of medical illness, which often exceeds the levels observed in patients with unipolar depression, show results of a UK-based study.
bipolar-disorder-definition-mania-depression“This comorbidity needs to be taken into account by services in order to improve outcomes for patients with bipolar disorder and also in research investigating the aetiology of affective disorder where shared biological pathways may play a role”, say study authors Nick Craddock (Cardiff University) et al.
Living with a chronic mental illness can sometimes feel like waiting for the other shoe to drop (hopefully it’s at least something stylish). Up until this point, I have distanced my writing from my present by focusing on my past. Well, I’m going to take a huge leap of faith and discuss the state of my current mental health. And the fact is, I’m struggling.
It is well known that stress can potentially have a negative effect on both physical and mental health, but recent research conducted by the University of Valencia in Spain indicates that high-grade ethyl-epa fish oil could possibly prevent some of the adverse effects associated with chronic or prolonged stress. Ethyl-epa is a concentrated and purified form of the Omega 3 essential fatty acid Eicosapentaenoic acid or EPA. Researchers found that ethyl-epa helps transport the stress hormone cortisol through the blood brain barrier. This indicates that ethyl-epa fish oil could help cortisol to return to normal levels, which is important when we consider that during periods of prolonged stress, cortisol levels can remain very high and pose a significant risk to health.