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The Stigma of Mental Illness: What We Can Do About It

September 19th, 2014

     In this week’s blog we examine one of the toughest issues to tackle in mental health. That is the stigma of mental illnesses. Accordingly to Connor-Greene (2006), the stigmatization of mental illnesses results from the way our collective society interprets ideas about mental illnesses. In other words, ideas about mental illnesses in mainstream society are […]

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Policy and Practice: How is the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act (2008) Holding Up?

September 5th, 2014

     In any human services field, the policies dictating the parameters of practice are incredibly important as they directly affect the quality of services available. In 2008, congress passed the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). The law mandates that insurance companies allow access to mental health and substance abuse treatment as easily as […]

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Mental Health Court: A Promising Development in Addressing Incarceration Among Persons with Mental Illnesses

August 29th, 2014

     This week, we examine the issue of incarcerating persons with mental illnesses and the efforts that are being done to remedy the problem. Nearly ten years ago, PBS frontline put out a very informative documentary, The New Asylums, which outlined the increasing rates of incarceration among persons with mental illnesses. In their report, PBS was […]

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Meditation: Exploring Non-Invasive Treatment Methods

August 22nd, 2014

     The Transitions Mental Health blog has given a fair amount of attention to the topic of psychotropic medication. For many experts in the field, the usage of psychotropic medication is an essential part of treatment and most any evidence-based studies will show some level of support for their efficacy in treating mental illness. While these […]

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A Word on Suicide

August 15th, 2014

     Over the past couple of days, social media and news outlets have been strongly focused on the unexpected and thoroughly upsetting passing of actor Robin Williams. As a blog dedicated to mental health issues, this is something we do not want to ignore. Before proceeding any further, I would like to set the tone for […]

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Schizophrenia

August 7th, 2014

     “The voices arrived without warning on an October night in 1962, when I was fourteen years old. Kill yourself…Set yourself afire, they said. Only moments before I’d been listening to a musical group called Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons singing “Walk like a man, fast as I can…” on the small radio that sat […]

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Agoraphobia: A Brief Overview

July 31st, 2014

     In this week’s blog, we discuss problem of Agoraphobia. Agoraphobia was first described in 1871 by Dr. Carl Friedrich Otto Westphal. Heavily focused on open spaces, Westphal described the cases of three men, all of whom experienced symptoms of panic attacks (e.g. dizziness, fear of dying) when exposed to large public spaces (9, p. 25). […]

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New Innovations in Psychotropic Medication

July 24th, 2014

     In this week’s blog, we narrow our focus to the important topic of psychotropic medication in recovery. There are several psychotropic medications on the market that are able to regulate a variety of mental health symptoms through redressing the chemical processes in one’s brain. Essentially, these medications regulate the production and distribution of neurotransmitters to […]

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Sharing a Client Story

July 16th, 2014

     This post continues our discussion of recovery; the idea that persons with mental illnesses can and do get better. The recovery stories shared in the last post are not necessarily unknown. Eleanor Longden’s TED talk has over 700,000 views and Dr. Patricia Deegan has been a luminary in the recovery movement for quite some time […]

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What is Recovery?

July 11th, 2014

     Last week, I touched on the subject of recovery in mental health. Recovery is a word that works its way into discussions among mental health practitioners, social workers, researchers, and clients quite often (it will certainly come up quite a bit in this blog). However, without taking a moment to reflect upon its meaning, recovery […]

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