Racism and discrimination place innumerable barriers, visible and invisible, on people who experience it. Those barriers impact myriad aspects of an individual’s life, not the least of which is their access to mental health treatment. The tragic irony of this reality is that those who face racism and other forms of discrimination are often those who are the most in need of mental health treatment. Two of the most common types of discrimination, racial and economic, can trigger mental health problems as well as prevent those individuals from getting the help they need to cope. Continue reading
Although depression is a mental health issue, it also manifests in numerous physical symptoms. Body aches, fatigue and headaches are the most common physical complaints associated with depression.
But it’s possible that these symptoms are signs of not only depression, but also other chronic physical illnesses. Depression may mask the severity of these conditions. In other words, depression may always be blamed for your constant fatigue, even though you suspect that something else is going on. That’s why it’s important to determine your other health risks and receive treatment.
If you have depression, here are four physical illnesses to watch for and to discuss with your doctor. Continue reading
Statistics and research show that first-generation Hispanic immigrants to the U.S. are less likely to have mental health and substance use disorders than Caucasian Americans and later-generation immigrants. We call this the immigrant paradox. In spite of many factors that one might assume would lead to a greater instance of mental illness and substance abuse, like poverty and trauma, these immigrants are protected by their birth status. Their offspring do not have the same protective factor. Researchers are working to explore and explain this intriguing paradox. Continue reading
Living with bipolar disorder requires strength, courage, determination and adaptability. This condition will challenge you, confuse you and leave you grasping for air as you hang on through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.
Many people think of the holidays as the most wonderful time of the year. It’s a festive time of togetherness and merriment, glittering lights and memorable music. But if you are clinically depressed or struggle with anxiety, you may find that your symptoms such as fatigue and gloominess are worse during the holiday season.
The holiday season is quickly approaching. In the space of about a month, people will gather their families together for Thanksgiving, any number of religious celebrations, and New Year’s Eve. And chances are that the thought of hosting or attending so many get-togethers either leaves you with a warm, fuzzy feeling or fills you with dread. Are you ready to forge ahead or is holiday depression holding you back?
It’s called a dual diagnosis, and it means having a substance use disorder as well as a mental illness. If you struggle with substance abuse, you should be screened for mental health. If you have a mental health issue, you should be cautious about drinking and using drugs. The two go hand in hand, and to have one with the other is not uncommon. It means that you need to address both issues in order to be well and healthy.
Depression is a serious mental illness that requires regular treatment, but one group of people is notgetting the help it needs. A recent study surveyed Hispanic populations in the U.S. and found that those with depression are undertreated. Those without health insurance are particularly vulnerable to struggling with depression and not getting treatment. The findings of the study are important and point to changes that need to be made in the medical community to ensure more people get necessary mental healthcare.
We have plenty of statistical evidence that racial disparities in healthcare for mental illness and addiction exist and that Hispanics are on the losing end. The latest research shows that Hispanic Americans are less likely than Caucasian patients to seek out mental health care. This could be related to culture, access to health insurance or language barriers, but the fact remains that it means thousands of people who need it are not getting mental health treatment.