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Why Self-Esteem Is Important For Mental Health

July 12, 2016

  Although low self-esteem is not categorized as a mental health condition in itself, there are clear links between the way we feel about ourselves and our overall mental and emotional wellbeing. U.K.-based charity, Teenage Minds, defines self-esteem as “how a person feels about themselves and what they do.” So a person with high self-esteem believes more »

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The mental health care system in Massachusetts is broken

June 29, 2016

Massachusetts, formerly a leader in mental health policy, now spends less on mental health care than any other state in New England. The state’s network of public psychiatric hospitals has been shut down, with little to replace them. Due to personal liberty laws, mental health patients have the right to refuse treatment, even if they are more »

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To Diagnose Mental Illness, Read the Brain

June 28, 2016

Although scientists have learned a lot about the brain in the last few decades, approaches to treating mental illnesses have not kept up; diagnosis is still based on symptoms, which are culturally bound, and treatment is still tied up in nonspecific medications and emotionally challenging psychotherapy. Neuroscientist Amit Etkin discusses how neural imaging and transcranial more »

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The Words We Say Instead of ‘I Want to Kill Myself’

June 23, 2016

There’s never once been a time when I have looked myself in the mirror and said the five words that seem to adhere themselves to a mental illness diagnosis: “I want to kill myself.” Not when I had my first psychotic break (or my second), not when I reached the lowest part of my depression. And yet, if more »

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How to Deal with Difficult Family Members

June 22, 2016

Everybody has a difficult family member. It could be a toxic mother-in-law, a domineering father, a manipulative cousin, or even your own bratty child. But no matter who they are, they know how to push your buttons and just drive you crazy. The bad news is, you can’t get rid of these people completely; they more »

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