Latinos face language barrier and cultural stigmas when seeking mental health treatment

Growing up in a Cuban family and dealing with depression at a young age made me understand a hard truth: our culture is not well suited to deal with mental health problems at all. Many kids grow up with serious issues because their parents are afraid to seek help, knowing they will get judged and stigmatized if the community finds out that they have a “crazy” child. That’s right, there is no label for mental illness in the Cuban culture other than crazy. And when you are crazy, you ...

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Employer Kindness Improves Performance and Mental Health

The way that employers treat their staff makes a huge difference in the lives of the workers and the success of the company. I can vouch for that, as I have been on both sides of the coin. Sometimes you have bosses don’t care about anything but numbers and productions, and micromanage their employees to the minute, making sure to squeeze every single ounce of labor possible out of them. On the other hand you will have employers than understand that a happy worker is more productive, and ...

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Are there supplements that can help with mental health? If so, which ones?

This is a question that has been asked for a very long time. On one side you have strong advocates of nutritional supplements that swear by their benefits, and on the other you have a scientific community that says there isn’t enough evidence to make such claims. Until now, most of the research and information that was gathered has been inconclusive, leaving us to wonder where the truth lies. But now, a major review may be able to explain which supplements have shown the most promise for ...

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Mental Health Experts Say You Have to Talk to Your Kids About Suicide Now. DO NOT WAIT

Sept 10 was Nation Suicide Prevention day, and it is alarming to see the skyrocketing numbers of suicides that are happening in the teenage population. Depression between teenagers has risen more than 60%, and suicide more than 50%. Experts are scrambling to figure out why this is happening. For that reason, mental health specialists at the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital now say that, since half of all mental health issues start by the age of ...

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More doctors prescribing “nature” for anxiety and depression

Scientists have found that spending two hours a week in nature is strongly linked to better health and well-being. According to the NHS, it is not surprising then, than more doctors than ever are giving out "green prescriptions" to those that suffer from conditions like anxiety and depression. Activities like walking and gardening are among the most popular recommendations that doctors are giving. You can read the entire article by clicking here. Chronic depression cannot be cured by ...

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Meditation can help with Cognitive Impairment

According to Medical News Today, research done at Wake Forest Baptist Health In North Caroline showed a link between mindfulness meditation and signs of improved measures of cognition in adults with mild cognitive impairment. The researchers put participants in two different groups. The first group was given an eight-week course on mindfulness and yoga, which the control group joined “a waiting list” to get the course later. The study showed that the group that participated in the ...

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Air Pollution Linked to Mental Health Issues, According to Researchers

We all know the damage that air pollution can have on the human body, especially the lungs. Air quality has gotten so bad in certain areas that it can actually be deadly to people living in them. But now, researchers and geneticists from different countries are finding it out that there may be an associated risk between the quality of the air and some mental illnesses. You can read the entire story in National Geographic There seem to be many factors that can prove to be a detriment to ...

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Is There A Relation Between Anxiety and Addiction?

The ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) argues that nearly 20 percent of people struggling with social anxiety are dependent on alcohol or drugs. It means that to deal with anxiety issues some people resort to alcohol or drugs. As alcohol is a depressant, people struggling with anxious feelings use it in order to relieve psychological tension and unwind. However, it is not a good strategy in terms of mental health. Prolonged drinking or drug intake can lead to serious addict...

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Is Talking About Mental Illness Online a Good Idea?

The stigma around mental illness had always meant that for most people, it was a topic of no discussion. No one discussed the implications, the pain, the side effects or even the treatments they sometimes needed to undergo. However, with the rise of social media, the way people communicate has drastically changed, and there are many now that not only talk about their mental illnesses online, but also seek help through the Internet. Yet this prompts the question: is it a good idea to do ...

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Study Shows Link Between Depression and Increased Social Media Use In Teens

A study conducted by researches at Montreal's Saint-Justine Hospital in Canada has found a correlation between depression and the time teenagers spend using social media. "Our research reveals that increased time spent using some forms of digital media in a given year predicts depressive symptoms within that same year," Patricia Conrod, the research team's lead said, in a press release on Monday. The research team kept track of 4000 teenagers between the ages of 12 and 16,  monitoring ...

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