This week on “Your Mental Health Matters” We address this question. Can you get better if you have a mental illness, can you live a normal life? The video below addresses this questions.
A few days back in my social media accounts I asked my friends and followers if they thought that marijuana could prove to be a useful too in the treatment of mental illness. The opinions were mixed, but the majority of people agreed that marijuana can definitely have a positive impact on mental health. Here is another article that backs up that claim. Take a look and please let me know your thoughts on this matter.
Given the rise in overdoses and the opioid epidemic, CVS is stepping to the plate and creating new measures to reduce the amount of opioids they put in the hands of the general public. Read the entire article here and let us know, do you think this will have a positive impact?
Us mental illness sufferers usually spend a very long time battling this monster in the shadows, quietly, sometimes without the understanding of even those closest to us. We do this because the stigma of mental illness still falls thick throughout society, and the fear is wedged in our hearts, deep. As the years pass, we become convinced that any type of recovery is simply not an option; this is the way life is going to be for us until the grave calls our names. We then resign to an existence of pain, futility and worst of all, hopelessness. But, does it have to be that way?
From Courthouse News:
WASHINGTON (CN) — Deaths from opioid overdoses tripled in the 15 years from 2000 to 2015, according to a study published Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control.
Opioids are natural painkillers, such as morphine and heroin, and prescription drugs such as Oxycontin, oxycodone, hydrocodone and Fentanyl, which function as synthetic opiates.
This article from NAMI states the several ways you can help someone going through a mental illness crisis. You have to be able to understand and identify several things, then jump into action. Read Entire Article Here.
The new implications and combinations of symptoms that are implicit of depression has some mental health professionals referring to it as a disease, and they believe that categorizing it as one could help in getting those that suffer from it the right help. Read the entire article here from US News and World Report and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Could gene therapy be a viable approach at treating alcoholism? A study suggests that it could be, and they have the data to back it up. Learn more here.
Pear Therapeutics has developed an app call Reset, designed to be used along with outpatient therapy in treating substance abuse disorders. Read Article Here.
Paid sick leave is starting to gain momentum as a social justice issue with important implications for health and wellness. At the moment, only seven states in the United States have mandatory paid sick leave laws, and 15 states have passed preemptive legislation prohibiting localities from passing sick leave.