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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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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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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Study shows that focus boosting drugs are not worth the long-term risks

Stimulant drugs like Adderall are extremely popular with young students, who use them to be able to keep up with their workload and continue performing at a peak level. Even though these medications are designed for people who suffer from conditions like ADHD, a study from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD, found that in the United States, the nonprescribed use of Adderall had increased by 67%among young adults over approximately 6 years. However, a new ...

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Alcohol Causes Most Overall Harm Over Any Drug

An Australian study funded by St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne, examined 22 drugs and measured the risk to an individual and the damage to society as a whole. Alcohol was, by far, the most damaging drugs to Australians, scoring 77 out of 100, followed by crystal meth, heroin and fentanyls. You can read the entire article by clicking here. The scariest thing about alcohol is not only how damaging it can be, it is that it is a staple of our culture and society, and most of the ...

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One in 10 Older Adults Binge Drink, Putting their Health At Risk.

According to NBC news, a study published Wednesday on the Journal of the American Geriatric Society studied the data on 10,927 people over age 65 who participated in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health between 2015 and 2017. The results concluded that about 1 in 10 adults in the age range binge drink on a regular basis. With over 80% percent of adults over 65 having chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes, the risk of increased health problems skyrockets when they are ...

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Canadians Are Getting Hooked on Opioids, and This is Why

It looks like The US is not the only country that is dealing with a severe opioid epidemic, and the Canadian pharmaceutical industry is also playing a big role in swaying the opinions of doctors, funding medical schools and affecting the type of drugs that are generally prescribed. Global News in Canada is doing a 4-part series documenting what is going on with the addiction problem in their neck of the woods, portraying real life stories of people that were, sometimes, unnecessarily ...

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According to Data, Opioid Shipments Increased by Over 50% As Addiction Crisis Grew

New Federal data shows that drugmakers increased the shipment of painkillers during the acceleration of the opoioid crisis across to the United States. According to Time, the data showed that companies distributed 8.4 billion hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to pharmacies in 2006, a number which increased to 12.6 billion in 2012, an increase of over 50% It was during that time that over 100,000 deaths were attributed to the opioid epidemic, and things have yet to show signs of improvement, ...

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