Category: Mental Health (page 1 of 2)

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

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

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

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