Bipolar and proud: Demi Lovato

Bipolar and proud: Demi Lovato

“If you know someone or if you’re dealing with it yourself, just know that it is possible to live well. I’m living proof of that.” – Demi Lovato

According to Demi Lovato, a former successful Disney star turned pop icon, it is possible to have bipolar disorder and lead a happy life. While the singer has been open about her suffering from the disorder, she now wants to help erase the stigma surrounding it. According to her, as many of her fans must have dealt with mental illness including depression or bipolar disorder, her work towards destigmatizing the same means a lot to them. Read more

Vaccination may be linked to mental disorders, finds Yale study

Vaccination may be linked to mental disorders, finds Yale study

There is a link between the onset of certain brain disorders and the timing of vaccines, a research by the Yale School of Medicine and Penn State College of Medicine researchers says. The study sought to determine an association between antecedent vaccinations and increased incidents of anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), major depression, anorexia nervosa (AN) and chronic tic disorder (CTD), in a sample of privately insured children. Read more

Sexual crimes against female veterans results inPTSD

Sexual crimes against female veterans results inPTSD

To be a part of the American army is a matter of pride for most. Unfortunately, the same may not hold true for women who play an equally important role in the U.S. military.

The past couple of years has witnessed an increase in crimes against women, specifically related to sexual assault, in the U.S. military. A fact sheet by the US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) states that one in five women and one in 100 men have admitted to been victims of military sexual trauma (MST). The figures exhibit statistics of only those who have chosen to come forward. Many still bear the burden in silence, fearing loss of employment and could be working with their abusers. Read more

Corey Hirsch speaks of his battle with mental illness

Corey Hirsch speaks of his battle with mental illness

So your favorite team won by beating the competitors hollow. Fun times, right? Not always. Because, sometimes there’s more than what is visible to us, there’s more behind closed doors and inside the athlete’s minds. Sometimes, there much more beneath the surface, biding its time to rear its ugly head and to put an end to everything – the fun, the spirit, the hard work, the discipline, the effort. That’s how being on the other side is, when you’re the one who holds the key to a million and sometimes billions of smiles or frowns. Quite daunting, isn’t it? Read more

Free support for parents of mentally disabled children

Free support for parents of mentally disabled children

The Southwest Connecticut affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has extended support to families and caregivers of mentally disabled children and teens under 17 years of age by offering a free six-session course. The course aims to equip participants with an accurate and practical understanding of the different treatment and educational options available, facilities to impart training on key skills, peer support services and choosing the best possible approach to advocacy. Read more