Poverty and Mental Health: What Is Not Understood Can Hurt

Researchers had college students watch different videos of the same fourth grade girl taking an oral achievement test. The only differences in the videos were subtle cues about her social class. Viewers who were led to believe she came from a low-income household assumed that her test performance would be substantially lower than those who believed her to be of a higher socioeconomic status (Darley and Gross, 1983). What does

When You Can’t Stop Worrying – Tips for the Ruminator

You can see how rumination can create a cycle that seems impossible to break out of. But there is some good news. While rumination can cause clinical symptoms, it’s also a behavior that can be changed—with the right help. It’s not enough to just talk about your problems. You need to learn techniques to halt the ruminating thoughts. That’s how long-term change can take place. Here are some tips for

Why the Flu Can Make You Feel Blue

This flu season has arrived with a vengeance and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has already declared it an epidemic in at least 41 states. If you are suffering from this nasty strain, you know that flu symptoms can include intense ache, painful joints, fevers, loss of energy and no appetite. But did you know that the flu might also be responsible for a cranky mood? Researchers at

Many Reasons Why Young Adults are Stressed

The American Psychological Association recently released its annual Stress in America survey. The findings are chock full of interesting information about how Americans feel stress, manage stress, and are affected by stress. Some of the data is even broken down by gender, region and generation. This year’s findings suggest that Millennials (these are folks aged 18-33) are the most stressed of any generation surveyed. APA also reports that these young

Hunger and Your Child – What’s a Parent to Do?

A recent blog post from a pediatrician, which was also mentioned on the New York Times’ “Motherlode” blog, addressed the question “What do I do if my chubby kids say they are hungry?” Dr. Meeker raised some valid points in her post— it’s important to set limits on screen time and food choices and we need to provide easy access to healthy foods, among other things. However, some of Dr.

Honoring TV shows, movies that help mental health

Most people are not attending conferences, reading journals, or consulting with psychologists regularly for news and information about mental health. Where do we mostly often see and hear of mental health? TV and movies, of course! At first blush this may seem like a bad thing: who wants to get health advice from their favorite sitcom? Mindy Kaling may be funny, but a mental health expert she is not. On

Managing the stress of chronic illness

Emotional pain, fear, and sadness are common in people dealing with a chronic illness. In fact, one of the reactions to being diagnosed with a chronic illness is an intense wish to “return to normal” – to once again enjoy that sense of well-being you felt when your body was healthy. If your disease has no cure, however, returning to “your old self” may be an unrealistic goal. Instead, you

5 Reasons You Should Choose Psychotherapy

Depression and anxiety are common, affecting millions of adults in our country. And many people who need professional treatment don’t get it. But for those who do seek help, the first course of recommended treatment is often medication. But there is another treatment choice available to everyone: Psychotherapy. Not only has research shown that psychotherapy is effective in treating certain types of psychological problems, it also teaches skills that arm

Mental Health Month Blog Party – May 16, 2012

Thanks for the great turnout this year. You can find this year’s participating blogs on our 2012 Mental Health Month Blog Party links round-up. Mental health affects everyone and everything we do. Yet, mental health is a topic many don’t feel comfortable discussing. Join us on May 16, 2012, to spread the importance of good mental health and reduce its stigma. How can you help people recognize the importance of

Why Your Stress Problem is Everyone’s Problem

APA released its annual Stress in America survey yesterday, and we have again found that our nation is under pressure. Yes, average stress levels have declined somewhat from their max in 2007 and 2008, but that was at a time of extreme economic uncertainty when the housing crisis began to bubble, and the nation’s economy was on the cliff, about to take a deep fall. But even as the nation’s

Holiday Family Gatherings Trigger Old Sibling Rivalry

Although everyone’s older, and your former bedroom may now be used for other purposes, some things are the same — that creak on the fourth step; the old photos on the mantel; the smell of the basement, etc. And you may notice that your behavior is reminiscent of your 10-year-old self as well. For example: Your brother (now a father himself) grabs the TV remote and won’t give it back.

What Really Happens When You Call 911?

While not popular to talk about, suicide is a sad reality in our society. The Centers for Disease Control estimated that more than 32,000 Americans died as a result of suicide in 2004. And contrary to some of our stereotypes about suicide, it occurs in all age groups, not just teenagers. Men, women, children, adults, older adults, and all ethnic and cultural groups can be at risk for developing suicidal

Mental Health Month Blog Party – May 18

Mental health affects everyone and everything we do. Yet, mental health is a topic many don’t feel comfortable discussing. Join us on May 18, 2011, to spead the importance of good mental health and reduce its stigma. May is Mental Health Month, and on May 18 bloggers will come together for a Mental Health Month Blog Party to educate the public about mental health, decrease stigma about mental illness, and

Mental Health Blog Day Round Up

Here’s a selection of some great stories from bloggers and writers who are dedicating a post for our mental health blog day party. Thank you to everyone who is helping us increase awareness and recognize Mental Health Month. We’ll be adding more links as the day goes on so let us know if you’re blogging for mental health. (UPDATED 1 p.m. EST, May 19) Good Company Blog – Psychologically Healthy