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.
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 [...]
Children's Mental Health School is in full swing and youngsters have a lot going on. Not just quizzes, schoolyard politics, and chores - these days children face an ever growing digital world of streaming information and 24-hour social media. The plates of our kids are full. One can’t imagine the chaos of being young and [...]
Teletherapy Saves Time For some, the difference between psychiatrist and psychologist is unclear. Put simply: psychiatrists deal with medications while psychologists do therapy sessions. A while ago we discussed telepsychiatry. That entails prescription management plus occasional consults, all through videoconferencing. However telepsychology/teletherapy involves regular meetings between patient and therapist. Getting to the doctor for a [...]
Cinema Therapy: Entertain Your Brain Movies and can be profound. They shock and awe us, they laugh and cry us, they make us think and they help us escape reality. There’s nothing like a great movie to capture peoples’ imaginations. Film, indeed all art forms, can make a deep impact on one’s life. While struggling [...]