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“Mental illness ’caused by chemistry'”

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This May 17, 2013 piece on the BBC News: Science and Environment website offers a look at some of the  breakthroughs and controversy surrounding science’s look at genetic patterns to understand mental illness.

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“Mental Illness: A Story of Struggle and Strength”

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While I found this story to be very inspiring,

I would like to note that it is possible it could be triggery for some,

the writer describes her struggle with self-injury and suicide.

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  This April 22, 2013 article on the Cabrini College Loquitur website talks about one woman’s struggle with mental illness, she describes what things were like for her as a teen, but then also goes on to explain that she can’t imagine going through life differently then she has.

 

“Sellersville woman speaks out about her mental illness”

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This March 18, 2013 article on the Philly.com website talks about one woman’s effort to change how others view those with mental illnesses.

 

“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.

 

Active Minds

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1212mentalhealth-RW (Photo credit: Robbie Wroblewski)

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Active Minds works to change how people view mental illness and those who have been diagnosed as mentally ill.

“Integration of Physical and Behavioral Health”

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Mental Health Month Poster (Photo credit: Army Medicine)

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This June 20, 2012 piece found on Pat Deegan’s blog talks about her concerns about the need for a whole health approach for treating folks in the mental health community.  She raises points about not wanting it to be merely symptom control and management, but also to have preventive measures used to try to reduce the health risks faced by many.

“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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