Mental Health Expert Urges People to Accept Grief and Other Feelings Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic upends life as people know it, changing daily routines, limiting social interactions and shaking their sense of safety, a  mental health experts from U.S. hospital Cleveland Clinic’s Mellen Center is stressing that it is perfectly acceptable to feel sad about all of it. Continue reading Mental Health Expert Urges People to Accept Grief and Other Feelings Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The 5Ds of Diagnosing Mental Illness

I have always believed that any mental illness is a continuum ranging from mild to severe and each one of us expresses a certain degree of abnormality at a point in time. Haven’t we all heard voices when we were alone at home? Or seen objects that weren’t necessarily there and did a double take to assure their presence? Does that mean we all suffer … Continue reading The 5Ds of Diagnosing Mental Illness

The Globalization of Eating Disorders

Globalization is a phenomenon that has been widely known for its positive effects of bringing cultures together and facilitating communication through vehicles such as the internet. On the other hand, the negative effects of globalization have not been emphasized as such by many scholars. Therefore, acknowledging how globalization has affected our lives is the first step towards finding a solution to the problems that come in tandem with globalization. This article will discuss one of the most important aspect of a woman’s life, which is maintaining an attractive overall appearance, through the lens of globalization. It is unfortunate that globalization plays a major, indirect role in promoting eating disorders which includes anorexia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. Anorexia nervosa has been encouraged through the use of traditional media and social while binge-eating disorder has been promoted through the success of macdonalization, location of fast food restaurants, availability of healthy food restaurants and the fact that people now have a sedentary lifestyle. Continue reading The Globalization of Eating Disorders

Labels Are For The Lazy

Written by C.D.Z. How do I sum up 31 years with mental illness? I don’t. I can’t. What I can do is say that I’m not big on labels. I have a few of them. Paranoid schizophrenic. Bipolar. PTSD. OCD. Generalized anxiety disorder. Bulimia (non-purging). Breast cancer (caused by medication). Crohns. Homeless. I could go on but like I said: I’m not big on labels. … Continue reading Labels Are For The Lazy

The Portrayal of Mental Illness in the Media

“What is the natural reaction when told you have a hopeless mental illness? That diagnosis does you in; that, and the humiliation of being there. I mean the indignity you’re subjected to. My God.” Said Kate Millett[1], a writer and artist, who was referring to the indignity and humiliation one gets into once they’re being diagnosed with a mental illness. This humiliation is possibly because … Continue reading The Portrayal of Mental Illness in the Media