Telepsychiatry and telepsychology are becoming widespread in the world of mental health. We’ve discussed telemedicine a few times in these posts, but I specifically wondered: how could it help my close peers?
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In my own experience, art has always been more of a convalescence than a product of internal suffering. After my last breakup I was reckoning with imminent depression - it was cinema that brought me to worlds from which I gained a new perspective. When I battled anxiety years ago it was my punk band that showed me possibilities within myself.
The Arts & Mental Health I’ve played music my whole life. Everything I’ve ever done and at least half the people I’ve ever known, have been involved in the arts. I’ve played in bands, taught guitar lessons, written art columns for local papers, done concert reviews… Needless to say I know a lot of artists. [...]
Opioid Crisis: Glimmers of Hope I once had a friend (we’ll call him “T”) who liked to get a buzz on. While it’s not preferable to use substances like alcohol, they never disrupted his life. He could drink a few beers and call it a night. After an evening with delinquent friends, he would say [...]
Mental illness carries its share of anguish. It comes in many forms: Fear stemming from the realization one’s mind is sick. Outbursts triggered by that fear plus the confusion it brings.
Paranoia: What is it Really? Paranoid. We’ve all heard that word before. It is often used to describe feelings of suspicion and worry - or a suspicious/worrisome person. Maybe someone labelled your jumpy friend as paranoid. Perhaps someone remarks that they are paranoid they left the stove on. In fact “paranoid” joins “OCD,” “depressed,” and [...]
Self Care: 4 Mental Health Tips “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” The phrase escaped me for a long time. I always knew what it meant but never connected the dots for myself: take care of yourself smartly and you’ll be healthier. Honestly most of my friends ignored the advice too. We ate [...]
Getting old. We all do it if we’re lucky. It’s bittersweet that we can live so long - we persevere for decades yet as we age our bodies weaken. Our lives become rich with wisdom and family, but there are hard truths to confront.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is when depression worsens with changing seasons. 10%-20% of depression sufferers are affected in this way. It is not yet fully understood how these changes affect mental health but most theories involve sleep patterns, thyroid levels, and melatonin - a chemical released in the body to signal sleepiness.