Mental Health Archive

Two massive protests you might have missed this weekend

This weekend was an exciting one globally: hundreds of thousands of people took the streets to protest and stand in solidarity. Despite the large turnout, relatively few cameras were covering either the anti-TTIP protest in Berlin (around 150,000 people) or the million man march

Jon Oliver exposes huge problems in our mental health system

Jon Oliver covers mental health in his newest episode of Last Week Tonight and touches on many topics that we have written about on this site. Jon Oliver is correct to mention that our treatment of the mentally ill, now and historically, has been

7 Things You Need To Understand About Depression

Depression is probably the most common psychiatric problem, impacting easily 20% of the population at some point in their life (16.9% officially in the United States). Depression has a role in normal human development, especially as a reaction to events that require cognitive restructuring.

How our view of mental health has, and will, change

From an “imbalance of the humors” requiring leeches to a “possession by the devil” requiring whipping or an exorcism onwards to dysfunction to be cured essentially via torture, society’s perspective of mental health and treatment has come a long way to get where it

13 shocking pictures showing how we used to ‘treat’ the mentally ill

People with psychiatric problems were not always considered fully human: even within the last 100 years problems ranging from epilepsy and schizophrenia to things like dementia, post-traumatic stress, and even childhood misbehavior were treated with shocking cruelty. Humans were chained, heated, cooled, irradiated, shocked,

Man jailed for $5 theft found dead in cell

In yet another strange case where a person has died of “natural causes” (or suicide) while in police custody, Jamycheal Mitchell was found dead in his cell in Portsmouth, Virginia. Initially jailed for stealing a snickers, mountain dew, and a Zebra cake totalling $5,

10 Gender Norms We Need To Change

There is a degree of embedded sexism in the expectations we have, and stories we tell, within our culture. I am not talking about words like “humanity” having man in it, but instead about the idea that a stoic woman would be anything but

Understanding Trauma – Part II: Psychological After-Effects and PTSD

Possibly most of the readers of this text will have come across the term “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” (PTSD) with regard to veterans returning home from war zones and having problems with reintegration. Still many people don’t realize that PTSD is also a normal reaction

Lebron using $41 million to send 1100 kids to college

The great basketball player Lebron James has just committed a magnanimous offer of a free four year college education to at least 1,100 poor minority children. At an average cost of approximately $40,000 (Akron University) per student, this amounts to at least $41,000,000 million

New study explains why white people deny their privilege

Life doesn’t treat us all equally, no matter how much we individually try to uphold values like equality. Although the gap between men and women has declined in size, the position of black people in the United States has not come remotely close to