All Psychiatry Is Personal
"Whitaker’s book is frequently used as a justification for not taking antidepressants, or for castigating pharmaceutical companies for overselling them. His work is far more nuanced than that. At the risk of adding to this oversimplification, I think his three most important points are:
There are compelling studies that show that those who are not given antidepressants and antipsychotics may have a significantly higher long-term success rate than those who are. (Short-term interventions with medication usually appear to be moderately more successful than using no medications at all.)
Using medications over the long term may lead to neurological changes that decrease the brain’s capabilities and make relapses more likely.
Creating a strong social network that supports people through these grueling periods is one of the most important components of a successful cure.”
I guess I’m fucked…oh wait I have depression…that’s a given!
FOR BROWN GIRLS Creator Commits Suicide
When your community tells you that you’re better off praying than seeking the advice of medical professionals and medication, you feel shame when you feel your mind is breaking. There is no safe place. To admit to any mental frailty is to invite scorn and mockery, accusations of “acting white.”
Because only white people suffer from depression. Only white people commit suicide.
Black women are strong.
Black women are not human.
And this is a LIE.
Why Mental Health Isn't Being Taken Seriously in the Latino Community
Many studies put out by various government organizations suggest that Latinos — like many other people living in America — are in need of mental health services, especially mental health services that are specifically targeted for their community’s specific needs. So why isn’t mental health — and mental illness — taken seriously within the community?
The short answer is this: there’s a stigma associated with needing mental health, and while that’s not unique to the Latino community, there’s certainly some things that are needed, specifically, for their community that aren’t being addressed by traditional mental health practices.
1. Latino females in high school are more likely to commit suicide than their white and Black counterparts
2. U.S.-born Latinos are at a greater risk for mental health disorders than their immigrant counterparts.
3. Latina women are more likely to be diagnosed with a mental health disorder than Latino men.
I feel like a broken record when it comes to stuff like this. :\
National Sibling Day #tbt (What the hell was so funny?! LOL)
"I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life. And I am horribly limited."
The Time Is Now to Focus on Mental Health
African-American Women Chemists
Jeannette E. Brown
This book profiles the lives of numerous women, ranging from the earliest pioneers up until the late 1960’s when the Civil Rights Acts sparked greater career opportunities. Brown examines each woman’s motivation to pursue chemistry, describes their struggles to obtain an education and their efforts to succeed in a field in which there were few African American men, much less African American women, and details their often quite significant accomplishments. The book looks at chemists in academia, industry, and government, as well as chemical engineers, whose career path is very different from that of the tradition chemist, and it concludes with a chapter on the future of African American women chemists, which will be of interest to all women interested in a career in science.
(Source: guides.libraries.uc.edu, via latinosexuality)
"Given the global magnitude of the problem and the desperation of the need of those affected, this is too little — not only in money terms but in scope, scale and pace. The scope of mental health research must expand from psychiatry and public health to equally cover socio-economic factors that are critical determinants of mental illness as well as of recovery. But, even more importantly, the pace of evidence creation through research must be matched, if not outpaced, by effective, affordable and widespread delivery of services that address mental illness as well as the poverty of affected families."