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“Mentally ill inmates need better, earlier treatment”

 

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This June 18, 2014 Article from The Inquirer on the Philly.com website talks about the criminalization of mental illness and points out that people with diabetes or hypertension aren’t locked up because of their medical condition and asks why people with mental illnesses are locked up in prisons because of their medical condition when they need medical care.

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“What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder, BDD (DSM-5)?”

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This April 19, 2013 Healthy Place blog post talks a little about Body Dysmorphic Disorder including what it is and a little about how it’s treated.

 

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“”We All Have Problems” – Mental Health Awareness Ad “

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This video was uploaded to YouTube on March 14, 2012 by AndyTerryJay and is one I felt was very thought-provoking about not only what it can be like for someone with a mental illness, but also offered suggestions for dealing with it while encouraging openness about mental illness

“Take Mental Health Awareness Week Seriously”

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English: An anxious person (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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This October 21, 2013 article on the “Onward State” website talks about one person’s experiences with having an anxiety disorder the writer’s experiences are some I was able to relate to myself, and I imagine many other like myself and the person who wrote the piece I linked to probably experience similar problems if they are dealing with a debilitating anxiety disorder.

 

 

 

For myself, I think one of the most frustrating things people have often said to me in a very sad attempt at trying to make me feel better is “everyone gets anxious” I do realize that folks who say this are likely saying it because they think it is helpful to the person with an anxiety disorder, but in reality, based on my experience, it is likely the least comforting response I’ve ever gotten when I disclose that I have an anxiety disorder.  People who don’t have their life put on hold or have it come to a screeching halt because of sheer panic that is often unable to be explained by the person having the panic attack, likely don’t have a clue what they are saying, and because everyone does get anxious about tests or running late for an appointment that kind of thing, everyone assumes that it is the same for folks like myself.  in reality it’s not the same and if it was the same, then everyone would be carrying a script for a medication to help them if the anxiety got too bad, or possibly even be utilizing things like a Service Dog to aid in managing anxiety and helping to alert them to an oncoming panic attack before it gets out of hand.  So while yes I do appreciate when people take an interest in trying to understand me or my diagnosis, I would be grateful if people would stop trying to compare everyday anxiety to what it is like for someone with an anxiety disorder it just isn’t helpful to anyone.

 

 

 

“Respect, Not Stigma: A Mental Illness”

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Guest Post Posted on January 7, 2013 by Randye Kaye on the HealthyPlace.com website.   This piece was written by a high school student who explains some of the stigma surrounding mental illness and why it’s there, but also talks about how cancer or heart conditions are often viewed differently then a mental illness.  It’s a great piece, that I felt was well worth linking to.  I hope that more kids and adults start to get the idea that mental illness is an illness just like any other illness our body can be afflicted by.

 

“Anxiety may need tweaked treatment for boomers”

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This June 29, 2012 Philly.com article talks a little about anxiety and the baby boomers

“Clues to ‘Slacker’ Behavior Found in Brain, Study Says”

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This article on Philly.com dated May 2, 2012 talks about a possible connection between where dopamine goes in the human brain in contrast between the go-getters of the world and the slackers.  The data isn’t enough to come up with a solid finding or to begin looking at what can be done to treat this problem, but it seems to be a first step of sorts in proving there is something measurable occurring in the minds of folks with ADHD that isn’t occurring in the minds of folks without ADHD.

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