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7 Myths About Mental Health Debunked

Public awareness surrounding issues of mental health has come a long way in the last 50 years. Organizations like the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) have helped fund research that’s generated knowledge about the biology of mental disorders, which in turn, has lead to advances in diagnoses and treatments. The very nature of mental […]




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What is High Functioning Depression?

Sometimes the symptoms of depression are easy to spot in ourselves or others, but what about in situations when there’s simply a nagging sadness, a drag in our energy or a lack of normal focus even when, on the outside, everything seems like it’s going great? This might be a case of High Functioning Depression, […]




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Positive Aspects of Social Media on Mental Health

Social media, like most things in life, isn’t necessarily all bad or all good. There’s no doubt that social networking sites – Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and others – can have a negative impact on mental health, but is there a flip side to that coin? Most experts believe yes, there is. And the good […]




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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 […]




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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 […]




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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 […]




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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 […]




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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. […]




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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, […]




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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 […]




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