Category Archives: Mental Health

At the Intersection of Race and Mental Health

Family gossip.  Religious predispositions.  The stigma of having a diagnosis.  There are many reasons why an individual might be timid to approach CAPS, or counseling and psychological services on the UNC campus.  The new Active Minds initiative is created in order to present an alternative solution for individuals who are having a difficulty going to CAPS alone: they’re offering company on the journey to the building. Continue reading At the Intersection of Race and Mental Health

Don’t Forget Therapy!

 

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A recent BuzzFeed article titled “13 Lies Your Depression Is Telling You,” listed common phrases voices inside a person living with depression hear.

1) You will never get better,” and “3) You are a burden to everyone around you,” are statements that echo many people’s experience with depression. Although the writer explores these voices very well, the focus of depression treatment centers upon drugs: “12) You’re weak for taking medication.

As mental health issues become a larger part in the discussion between a patient and their healthcare provider, the tendency toward prescription drugs as first line treatment come far too quickly. Continue reading Don’t Forget Therapy!

The Silent Killer.

Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 8.56.05 AMAs I have grown older, I have noticed my views on mental illness, especially depression, shift immensely. Notice how I used the word “mental illness.” The second word in that phrase, “illness,” is the most important word you can take away from this.

First I would like to clarify two very important things: Depression is real and it is and illness. It is not a concept manipulated by a person in order to seek attention. It is hard to explain to a person who has not experienced it directly or seen the serious effects it can have on a loved one. So let me do my best. Continue reading The Silent Killer.

The problem that no one talks about

 

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Eating disorders are a hidden health crisis that no one wants to talk about, especially on college campuses. At the age of 18 to 22 children are becoming adults and are starting to develop knowledge for the world around them and themselves. Each individual does so in a different way and that is what makes humans unique. Boys and girls around the country grow up with their eyes glued to the television watching unattainable goals society has set for each of us. From size zero clothing to fist sized biceps, our media and society have shaped the way we think about ourselves whether we believe it or not. My question is why and how did we get here as a society?

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder, and a suicide rate that is 50 times higher than that of the general population. This is alarming because the rate of eating disorders in our society is skyrocketing. 95% of people who identify as having an eating disorder are between the ages of 12-25. These are times when kids are most impressionable and with this technology driven era it is no surprise that this kind of hidden crisis exists. Kids begin watching television from a very young age and develop an idea of what they believe society should look like. The problem is that the advertisements they are watching and the magazines they are reading often times do not properly represent what society is actually like. They put this image in our heads and with that goes individuality. Continue reading The problem that no one talks about