‘I’m a person first and a diagnosis second.’ So says one of those mental health service users featured in an innovative video I came across recently. The film, entitled ‘Stigma and Mental Illness‘ is a joint project of the IWK Health Centre and the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). It was designed to help combat … More Stigma & Mental Ilness
According to April Clarkson writing on News Fix (www.newsfix.ca), a recent paper by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, has confirmed that women with bipolar disorder are seven times more likely to have difficulties with alcohol abuse than other women. However, in overall terms, the statistics for men are starker still; the study showed … More Bipolar Disorder & Alcoholism
Compassion fatigue, also known as secondary traumatic stress (STS) or caregiver burnout is a very real problem for those who dedicate their lives to caring for others. Taking on the responsibility of looking after someone with a mental health condition can of course be very rewarding, but it can also be emotionally, physically and mentally … More Compassion Fatigue In Professionals: Easily Overlooked?
The US-based NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) has an excellent website packed with information on different mental health conditions and approaches to treatment. Quoting a relatively recent paper by Nimer & Lundahl (Nimer J, Lundahl B. Animal-assisted therapy: a meta-analysis. Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of the Interactions of People and Animals. 2007 Sept; 20(3): 225-238), … More The Advantages Of Animal-Assisted Therapy
An interesting and informative short article entitled ‘Bipolar Disorder: At The Extremes‘ and published in the highly respected British medical journal ‘The Lancet‘ (Volume 381, Issue 9878, Page 1597, 11 May 2013) summarises three papers which discuss the complexities of future psychiatry. Nick Craddock and Pamela Sklar’s paper provides an detailed review of genetic research, focusing … More Bipolar Disorder Treatment & Management: Looking To The Future
‘Mood Watch‘ is a new mobile application, available on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices, that allows people who suffer from mood disorders to access tools that can help them to manage their condition more successfully. Kimberly Knox, inventor of the app and bipolar patient, has said this of ‘Mood Watch‘: ‘What if … More Monitoring & Managing Bipolar: A New App
Talking about mental health can be difficult for both the sufferer who fears rejection and the friend or family member who fears getting it wrong. But talking is essential nonetheless. It is one of the most important means by which we tackle misinformation, challenge prejudice and dispel stigma in interpersonal relationships, work situations and in … More Tips For Talking About Mental Health