The Common Causes of Mental Health Problems
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Post No.: 0326   Furrywisepuppy says:   The causes of mental health problems can be social causes e.g. a traumatic life event such as a bereavement, job loss, being a victim of fraud, sexual harassment, severe trauma due to a … Read More

Stigma and Seeking Treatment
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Post No.: 0313   Furrywisepuppy says:   A large proportion of individuals across the world with mental health illnesses still do not seek (professional) treatment or help, or seek it only after long delays, hence there’s a huge unmet need … Read More

Our Childhood Affects Us Deeply
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Post No.: 0299   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Some people profess, “You’re a grownup now so can think and do whatever you like and forget about your childhood or upbringing” – not understanding how development works (or even more fundamentally causality … Read More

Designing a World to Render ‘Disability’ Meaningless
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Post No.: 0287   Furrywisepuppy says:   People who are born physically and/or mentally disabled can be perfectly satisfied about the way they are in an intrinsic sense, but only have a disability relative to the human-built environment and/or culture … Read More

Mental Health, Alleles and Assumptions
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Post No.: 0270   Furrywisepuppy says:   There are so many different types of mental health disorders or illnesses with many different types of symptoms. So prejudging all mentally disordered or ill people as having, for instance, impaired intelligence, is … Read More

Mental Health Disorders, Crimes and Criminality
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Post No.: 0254   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Stigma arises within a social interaction when an individual’s actual social identity (the attributes she/he can be proved to possess) does not meet society’s normative expectations of the attributes an individual ought to … Read More

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

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