Spotting Those Suffering in Silence
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Post No.: 0239   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Some people remark about those with depression who’ve suffered in silence, “Why didn’t you just say so?” Not understanding that for many sufferers of the condition, depression precisely involves the problem of not … Read More

Mental Health Problems and Comorbidity
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Post No.: 0222   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Comorbidity is the co-occurrence of one or more additional diseases or disorders with a primary disease or disorder of interest; or to simplify the definition for the purpose of this post – comorbidity … Read More

Self-Stigma and Mental Health
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Post No.: 0209   Furrywisepuppy says:   Stigma, when it relates to mental health, can be in the form of ‘social stigma’ (the stigmatising attitudes of society/other people) and it can be in the form of ‘self-stigma’ (an internalised or … Read More

Does Receiving a Diagnosis Always Help?
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Post No.: 0204   Furrywisepuppy says:   The diagnosis of depression has increased over the past few decades (in the ‘West’ at least). Is this due to an over-diagnosis or due to better awareness of the disease? And is there … Read More

More About the Symptoms of Depression
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Post No.: 0198   Furrywisepuppy says:   This follows on from Post No.: 0122 on our all-important journey towards understanding depression better…   The symptoms of depression may include – having what feels like low energy, a down or erratic … Read More

Medications Aren’t the Only Forms of Treatment
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Post No.: 0187   Furrywisepuppy says:   Some people with mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, don’t want to take pharmaceutical medications – as in drugs – for various reasons, including fears that they could be addictive, they … Read More

Some Types of Help Available from Mental Health Services
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Post No.: 0175   Furrywisepuppy says:   The first step to recovery can often be realising that something is an illness rather than one’s normal or immutable personality or inevitable life trajectory. And like most health problems or diseases – … Read More

Self-Harm, Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphia
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Post No.: 0168   Furrywisepuppy says:   People who self-harm do so for various individual reasons. One reason why some people self-harm is to assert some control over their own feelings or to use the physical pain to mask out … Read More

The Diathesis-Stress Model of Mental Health
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Post No.: 0156   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Inheritance matters when it comes to mental health i.e. both genetic and environmental inheritances, although (apart from in a limited number of cases i.e. Huntingdon’s disease, which is just about completely genetically penetrant … Read More

Men Need to Talk Openly About Their Feelings Too
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Post No.: 0146   Furrywisepuppy says:   Although recurrence rates and durations are similar, far more women than men become depressed in the first place, possibly because women face many more potential stressors in life. Globally, the peak incidence for … Read More

Shame, Feeling Like a Burden on Others and Suicide
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Post No.: 0129   Furrywisepuppy says:   This is a very sensitive topic so please read on only if and when you are comfortable to…   Someone can be passively suicidal (i.e. the symptoms are mostly only the suicide ideation … Read More

Don’t Ignore the Potential Signs of Depression
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Post No.: 0122   Furrywisepuppy says:   The signs of depression are sometimes not easy to detect and sometimes easy to misread – these signs can seem like ‘normal behaviours’ to many observers (and sometimes they are if they’re only … Read More

Mental Problems are Ultimately Physical Problems
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Post No.: 0108   Furrywisepuppy says:   At what point does a ‘crazy’ thought or feeling of sadness (that we all feel at least every once in a while in our lives) become a mental health problem? Depression, for instance, … Read More

The Brain is the Most Complex Organ in the Body
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Post No.: 0101   Furrywisepuppy says:   Despite mental health being related to one of the, if not the, most complex enclosed machines we currently know of (i.e. the brain) and therefore mental health problems being far more common than … Read More

Suffering From Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
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Post No.: 0095   Furrywisepuppy says:   Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common type of anxiety disorder. It involves obsessions, which are recurring unwelcome thoughts, concerns, doubts or urges; and compulsions, which are repetitive behaviours that one does to reduce … Read More

You Won’t Truly Know What It Feels Like Unless You’ve Felt It Too
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Post No.: 0080   Furrywisepuppy says:   Following on from Post No.: 0069, depression is not a trivial condition. Different sufferers can describe it in different literal or metaphorical ways. But for many, it’s like a really low, off day, … Read More

All Mental and Physical Injuries are Real
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Post No.: 0069   Furrywisepuppy says:   Like most, if not all, things concerning good health, it’s about achieving some kind of balance and moderation and not venturing into any extremes or being faced with extreme conditions for too long … Read More

Some Common Mental Health Conditions
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Post No.: 0047   Furrywisepuppy says:   Mental health conditions affect the way we think, feel and behave. ‘Neurotic’ symptoms are severe or extreme forms of normal emotional responses (a little of something – or rather neither too little nor … Read More

Please Support Mental Health Research
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Post No.: 0041   Furrywisepuppy says:   One cannot ever look good, moral, big or clever mocking someone as mentally ill or because they are mentally ill – by using simple logic, either they aren’t mentally ill and so you’re … Read More

Change the Culture, Not Necessarily the Person
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Post No.: 0028   Furrywisepuppy says:   Good mental health is arguably not merely about the absence of a mental illness. Likewise, people with certain mental illnesses can live productive and satisfying lives (but do be aware that how a … Read More

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