Tag: Stigma

Under the Skin: Tattoos, Trauma, and Tackling Stigma on Black Ink Chicago

Left: Phor Brumfield, Right: Ryan Henry of ‘Black Ink Chicago’ get vulnerable around mental health and trauma in the show’s sixth season. Photo: Courtesy VH1 Much has been finally been made and explored in terms of this notion of trauma—what it is, who experiences it most, what its effects are. But the scary part about […]

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An ODD Diagnosis Doesn’t Make Your Child “Bad”

One unintended effect of putting the ODD label on a child, in my experience, is that it makes parents feel like something is intrinsically wrong with their child — and wrong with them as parents. The ODD diagnosis can also cloud the process of figuring out why a child is struggling and how to best […]

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Podcast | Therapy Myths & Misconceptions

In this episode, we talk about some of the common myths surrounding therapy, touch on the different types of therapy and why Jackie loves therapy so much. (Transcript Available Below) SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW About The Not Crazy Podcast Hosts Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar disorder. He is the […]

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Podcast: Haunted Asylums – Stigmatizing or Just Entertainment?

(Transcript Available Below) SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW About The Not Crazy Podcast Hosts Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar disorder. He is the author of the popular book, Mental Illness is an Asshole and other Observations, available from Amazon; signed copies are also available directly from Gabe Howard. To learn […]

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The Impact of the Digital Age on Suicide Prevention

Media plays a growing role in this, especially as media agencies are now sharing their messages across all digital platforms. The way in which the media portrays individuals struggling with mental health issues matters. The media’s coverage of suicidal behaviors can influence people at risk in a negative manner by inadvertently contributing to possible copycat […]

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Podcast: Policing Language in Mental Health Communities

SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW About The Hosts Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar disorder. He is the author of the popular book, Mental Illness is an Asshole and other Observations, available from Amazon; signed copies are also available directly from Gabe Howard. To learn more, please visit his website, gabehoward.com. […]

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Greta Thunberg: Stigmatized for Asperger’s

It shows a stunning amount of discrimination, stigma, simple lack of respect, and an inability to argue from the facts when someone brings in another person’s mental health status if that status has little to do with the topic at hand. Asperger’s syndrome has been renamed as a mild form of an autism spectrum disorder […]

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National Psychotherapy Day: Telling Our Therapy Stories

“In a society where we still hear statements like ‘only crazy people go to therapy’ or ‘you need therapy!’ as an insult, it can be easy to think that psychotherapy is a strange and mysterious endeavor for other people,” Howes said. However, when we hear personal stories from individuals of different backgrounds and circumstances—perhaps backgrounds […]

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Targeting Those with Mental Illness Will Not Prevent Mass Shootings

I’ll wager that most readers will find Tyler’s feelings and beliefs frightening and disturbing. Yet there is a very good chance that, examined clinically, Tyler would not be diagnosed with a mental illness. It’s also obvious that Tyler is not a model of mental health. On the contrary, he is what many psychiatrists would call […]

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Psychology Around the Net: September 7, 2019

Enjoy! Shawn Mendes, Lizzo, Halsey & More to Participate in ‘I’m Listening’ Mental Health Awareness Radio Special: To kick off National Suicide Prevention Week, music and sports stars including Lizzo, Tegan and Sara, Blink-182, Halsey, Disturbed, and Shawn Mendes — as well as a number of mental health professionals and first responders — will participate […]

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Breaking the Stigma Together with Best-in-Class Resources

At Psych Hub we are re-imagining mental health education through thoughtful design. Psych Hub was founded in 2018 and officially launched in 2019. I founded the organization with fellow mental health advocate, Patrick J. Kennedy with the mission to be the hub for all things mental health and to be the credible source people could […]

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Podcast: Persistent Myths of Mental Illness

Myths spring up about everything that is misunderstood – and mental illness is one of the most misunderstood things out there. People are equal parts fascinated by and terrified of it, seemingly at the same time. In this episode, our hosts take a look at some myths about living with schizophrenia and even tackle the […]

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From Attempting Suicide to Feeling Full of Life: One Woman’s Story

Blackman had struggled with suicidal thoughts since age 12, regularly triggered by witnessing drug addiction and domestic violence. At the time of her attempt, she was 24 years old. She felt “powerless and hopeless.” For years, Blackman also struggled with depression and anxiety. “They both were beyond exhausting to the point I became numb,” she […]

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Inside Schizophrenia: A Look into Possible Links Between Violence and Schizophrenia

Studies say people with schizophrenia are more likely to be a victim of a crime than the perpetrator. However, James Holmes, the movie theater mass murderer, was said to have paranoid schizophrenia. And a person can plead not-guilty by reason of insanity in court. This seems to be contrary to the idea of non-violence in […]

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Benefits of Therapy You Probably Didn’t Know About

In other words, therapy offers a broad array of benefits for all of us, whatever our circumstances, conditions, and concerns. Below, you’ll learn about four of these—often glossed over, forgotten about, not widely known—key benefits. Therapy can reduce physical symptoms and boost your physical health. According to Brooke Lewis, PsyD., RCC, a registered clinical counsellor […]

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Growing Beyond Labels: We are Not Simply a Disorder

Human beings are complicated and wonderfully complex organisms. So complicated, in fact, that our basic understanding of the brain’s functions is still at its earliest stages. We think we might know a person once we hear a label. “Oh, she’s an accountant.” “He went to Harvard.” “Yeah, I know, she has schizophrenia.” As though that […]

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