Don’t Push Away but Help the Mentally Vulnerable
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Post No.: 0444   Furrywisepuppy says:   Whenever there’s a murder case involving a suspect with a speculated mental health problem, some news outlets start to spew out unverified conjectures that are emotive, fear-mongering and stereotypical. They don’t even always … Read More

The Responsibility of Society as a Whole
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Post No.: 0421   Furrywisepuppy says:   Whenever we see lots of people experiencing the same problems in or around the same places at the same time – it’s logical and sensible to primarily look for the systemic reasons behind … Read More

Don’t Dismiss What Someone is Going Through
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Post No.: 0409   Furrywisepuppy says:   When someone is trying to express their feelings of depression, generalised anxiety, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder or to other people, one of the worst attitudes and responses they can receive is, “Yes but…” … Read More

Being ‘Different’, ‘Weird’ or ‘Strange’
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Post No.: 0383   Fluffystealthkitten says:   In any kind of context, people tend to call any person whom they don’t quite understand or isn’t following the current social norm as ‘crazy’ or similar, even when a person isn’t genuinely … Read More

Prevention, Care and Understanding the Local Culture
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Post No.: 0369   Furrywisepuppy says:   Public mental health care includes the promotion of healthy lifestyles, the direct prevention of particular diseases, case identification, providing a satisfactory level of standard treatment, the maintenance or long-term care of patients to … Read More

Fighting and Overcoming Addiction
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Post No.: 0359   Furrywisepuppy says:   Sufferers of both substance-based/drug addictions (e.g. cocaine, heroin, nicotine, alcohol) and behavioural addictions (e.g. gambling, pornography or sex, shopping, eating, working) feel unbearable cravings, feel out of control, can get into financial dire … Read More

Don’t Assume Everyone Experienced the Same Things When Young
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Post No.: 0341   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Most of all cases of adult mental illness have their roots before the age of 14 hence it’s important that children are appropriately diagnosed and treated early. Stressors or risk factors during this … Read More

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

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