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Is Social Media Bad for Your Mental Health?

Since the beginning of social media, which started around 1997 with sites like Six Degrees and then later Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, the belief was that greater connectivity to loved ones, friends, colleagues and even strangers would benefit people. More than two decades later, the prevailing opinion of mental health experts is that moderation […]


Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month in May

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a mental health condition that makes it difficult for a person to regulate their emotions. The prevalence of the condition in the United States is difficult to measure because of the high incidence of misdiagnosis, but the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) estimates nearly 6 percent of the population […]


Spravato (Esketamine) for Treatment Resistant Depression – An FDA Approved “Breakthrough Therapy”

In March 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of Spravato (Esketamine) for use in patients diagnosed with treatment-resistant depression. Spravato is a nasal spray that can only be administered by an approved health care provider, in the physician’s office or clinic, because the main ingredient is a chemical relative of […]


Psilocybin Therapy and Legalization of Magic Mushrooms

“Magic Mushrooms,” an organic species of hallucinogenic-fungi containing psilocybin as the main psychoactive ingredient, are making headway into mainstream medical research. In late 2018 The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted “breakthrough therapy” designation to a study into psilocybin therapy for treatment-resistant depression (TRD). “Psilocybin may be giving [patients] the temporary ‘kick start’ they need […]


Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy – Illegal Drugs Treating Mental Health Issues Like Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and Addiction

Before psychedelic drugs like psilocybin mushrooms, peyote, mescaline and LSD were outlawed in the United States, scientists studied the potential medicinal effects of these substances with great interest. After the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 classified a number of psychedelics as Schedule I narcotics, funding for this kind of research all but disappeared, until recently. […]


9 Famous People With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Anxiety disorders top the chart as some of the most common mental health disorders in the United States. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) falls into this category. The National Institute of Mental Health defines OCD as a chronic and long-lasting disorder, in which a person has battles with uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts and behaviors. Among the U.S. population, […]


9 Movies About Eating Disorders

With National Eating Disorders Awareness Week during the month of February, it’s important to highlight just how common eating disorders are. Contrary to the harmful stereotypes that exist about eating disorders, people of all ages, genders, races and socioeconomic backgrounds can suffer from these problems. It’s estimated that as many as 10 million men and […]


New Year’s Intentions, Not Resolutions, For Mental Wellness in January

It’s that time of the year, the ball has dropped and people around the country are announcing their New Year resolutions. As if getting through the holidays wasn’t stressful enough, now comes the difficult and sometimes-impossible challenges people layout for themselves, all in the name of self-improvement. The true beneficiary of all those resolutions tends […]


Serotonin Syndrome From Mixing Prescriptions Could Be Fatal

Most adults in the United States, especially those that struggle with insomnia from time to time, are familiar with the word “serotonin.” The term conjures up a type of late-night infomercial catchall for the sleep deprived. In fact, serotonin is much more than that. Most of the public’s awareness of serotonin revolves around not having […]


9 Movies About Borderline Personality Disorder

The stigma associated with poor mental health in the United States and other societies around the world, is all too often a reason people suffering from these issues don’t seek help. One of the ways society learns more about mental illness, its symptoms and consequences, is through storytelling. That lens, in modern society, is often […]


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