Types Of Medication

Some people are afraid that taking a medication will change their personality, but most find that medication allows them to take charge of their lives. Medications for mental health conditions fall into the following major categories: Antipsychotics Antipsychotics developed in the mid-20th century are often referred to as first-generation or typical antipsychotics, while antipsychotics developed more … Continue reading Types Of Medication

But I Was A Victim, Right?

By Cohen Miles-Rath | Oct. 17, 2018 When you become physically ill, there is a good chance you’ll receive ‘get well’ cards, flowers or something indicating a caring community supporting you. When I became severely ill, there was little support. Other than some family and friends, barely anyone knew. It stayed quiet, shoved behind walls similar to those … Continue reading But I Was A Victim, Right?

Why I Don’t Say My Son ‘Committed’ Suicide

By Desiree Woodland | Oct. 26, 2018 The news spread quickly. Two youths from the local high school had died over the weekend. “They committed suicide” were the words I heard to explain the tragic loss of two young people, who had their entire lives ahead of them. It is common to hear those two words together—commit and … Continue reading Why I Don’t Say My Son ‘Committed’ Suicide

Shutting Down Five Misconceptions About Depression

By Caroline Kaufman | Oct. 19, 2018 When I first started opening up about my struggle with depression, I was fortunately met with a lot of support from friends and family. However, there were certain reactions that brought to my attention just how deep the misconceptions are about mental illness. I found myself defending my experience and struggle … Continue reading Shutting Down Five Misconceptions About Depression

It’s Not Stigma, It’s Discrimination

By Sue Abderholden | Oct. 01, 2018 At NAMI, we seek to improve the lives of those with mental illnesses and their families. We do this through education, support and advocacy. Part of advocacy is changing laws, and also public attitudes. Every civil and human rights movement has had to do both to make progress. The mental health … Continue reading It’s Not Stigma, It’s Discrimination

Personal Story: My Parents’ Support Shaped My Recovery

by Max E. Guttman, LCSW My parents have been there during the darkest moments of my recovery and during the most triumphant. From the very beginning, my parents have been present with me in my health and healing, and if my prayers are answered, they will be with me until the very end. My parents … Continue reading Personal Story: My Parents’ Support Shaped My Recovery

Depression Research Opportunity

Depression, TMS, Psychotherapy and Brain Function Join a Research Study: Enrolling nationally from around the country To find out if you qualify, email NIMH or call 1-877-646-3644 (1-877-MIND-NIH) [TTY: 1-866-411-1010]. This research study seeks depressed participants to test the effects of the combination of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and psychotherapy on brain function. This study is enrolling eligible adults … Continue reading Depression Research Opportunity

New Information about Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis (also referred to as co-occurring disorders) is a term for when someone experiences a mental illness and a substance use disorder simultaneously. Either disorder—substance use or mental illness—can develop first. People experiencing a mental health condition may turn to alcohol or other drugs as a form of self-medication to improve the mental health symptoms … Continue reading New Information about Dual Diagnosis