Every June, people parade through the streets, waving rainbow flags and coming together to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. And while this year’s Pride Month was no exception, Pride extends well beyond the month of June. Here, we take a moment to recognize the relationship that Pride has, at every time of year, to mental health.
With the complexities of mental health, there is no “one-size fits all” approach. As a result, numerous options exist to meet each person’s individual needs such as talk therapy, meditation, nutrition, exercise, journaling, and medication to name a few. Combining at least two options often leads to the best outcomes, but the question is which are right for you? Where and how should you start your journey? Fortunately, two methods have significant evidence of making a positive impact on your mental health.
Medication is an important treatment for many different ailments, conditions and diseases that we all experience. It can improve quality of life, reduce or eliminate symptoms, maintain baselines, and many more important functions throughout our daily lives. As the stigma of mental health decreases, it becomes clearer how important it is to integrate mental health medication into a full medical treatment approach when appropriate.
Now that telepsychiatry is more mainstream, people with mental health challenges are finding better access to care now that this choice exists. If you’re unsure about virtual health care, read onward to learn three pros and three cons of online psychiatry.
Knowing what to expect and how to prepare for that first visit can still ease a lot of tensions. Here’s what to know.
Therapy is not a uniform experience. It is the intersection of science, art and relationship. A variety of therapy approaches exist—in fact, you are essentially choosing amongst different services. Here is some guidance for making a smart decision on what kind of therapist to choose.
One way you can improve your mental health is by taking action to decrease loneliness. Though meeting new people can be difficult in a pandemic, there are many ways to stay connected, such as reaching out to friends you’ve lost contact with or friends-of-friends on Facebook.
Stress and anxiety are the result of physiological responses triggered by hormones in your brain. What is the goal? Protecting you. They are reflexive survival mechanisms, and it is important to remember that they are mandated by the constantly evolving brain.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have experienced profound changes to our daily routines. We find ourselves unable to engage in activities we enjoyed and, in many cases, unable to be with our family and friends. Perhaps one of the most drastic changes has been the transition to working from home.
Most of what you worry about will never happen. Or, if it does happen, it probably won’t happen the way you worried it would. So, for better or for worse, worrying is more of a time suck from the present than a time saver for tomorrow. But, this is all relatively old news, and we all probably know that we should try and worry less. So, how do we actually do it?