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Receiving a diagnosis of Schizophrenia can feel more than overwhelming. It can be downright frightening.]]>
Tue, 05 Jan 2016 20:42:00 +0000 http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/someone-whos-just-been-diagnosed-schizophrenia http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/someone-whos-just-been-diagnosed-schizophrenia 0
What's so funny about mental illness?

Diseases of the body garner sympathy, says comedian Ruby Wax — except those of the brain. Why is that? With dazzling energy and humor, Wax, diagnosed a decade ago with clinical depression, urges us to put an end to the stigma of mental illness.]]>
Tue, 29 Sep 2015 19:46:00 +0000 http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/whats-so-funny-about-mental-illness http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/whats-so-funny-about-mental-illness 0
A tale of mental illness - from the inside

"Is it okay if I totally trash your office?" It's a question Elyn Saks once asked her doctor, and it wasn't a joke. A legal scholar, in 2007 Saks came forward with her own story of schizophrenia, controlled by drugs and therapy but ever-present. In this powerful talk, she asks us to see people with mental illness clearly, honestly and compassionately.]]>
Tue, 29 Sep 2015 19:37:00 +0000 http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/tale-mental-illness-inside http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/tale-mental-illness-inside 0
One more reason to get a good night's spleep

The brain uses a quarter of the body's entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body's mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients? New research suggests it has to do with sleep.]]>
Tue, 29 Sep 2015 19:31:00 +0000 http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/one-more-reason-get-good-nights-spleep http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/one-more-reason-get-good-nights-spleep 0
The Voices in my Head

To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn't know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive.]]>
Tue, 29 Sep 2015 19:27:00 +0000 http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/voices-my-h http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/voices-my-h 0
Brene Brown on Blame

You are probably a bit of a blamer - most of us are. But why should we give it up? In this witty sequel to our most watched RSA Short, inspirational thinker Brené Brown considers why we blame others, how it sabotages our relationships, and why we desperately need to move beyond this toxic behaviour. ]]>
Tue, 29 Sep 2015 19:25:00 +0000 http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/brene-brown-blam http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/brene-brown-blam 0
Brene Brown on Empathy

What is the best way to ease someone's pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities. ]]>
Tue, 29 Sep 2015 19:16:00 +0000 http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/brene-brown-empathy http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/brene-brown-empathy 0
Listening to Shame

Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.]]>
Tue, 29 Sep 2015 19:13:00 +0000 http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/listening-shame http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/listening-shame 0
The Power of Vulnerability

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.]]>
Tue, 29 Sep 2015 18:38:00 +0000 http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/power-vulnerabil http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/power-vulnerabil 0
Why Youth Mental Health Is So Important

According to the World Health Organization, mental disorders are the single most common cause of disability in young people. In North America, approximately 15%–20% of children and adolescents are suffering from some form of mental disorder.[1,2] Furthermore, 70% of mental disorders onset prior to the age of 25,[3] making the adolescent years a critical window in which mental health can be promoted, and mental health problems can be addressed.]]>
Tue, 08 Sep 2015 22:45:00 +0000 http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/why-youth-mental-health-so-important http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/why-youth-mental-health-so-important 0
Protecting the Mental Health of Homeless Children & Youth

Among the most vulnerable of persons without a safe and dependable place to call home are those who have not yet reached physical or emotional maturity. The following articles focus on mental and behavioral health issues for homeless children and youth living with one parent or none — doubled up with relatives or friends, in emergency shelters, in foster care or group homes, or on the street. A brief review of the recent literature summarizes mental health risks and service needs of homeless minors and young adults, and highlights recommended strategies to prevent the developmental delays and major behavioral problems that are associated with prolonged homelessness. Eight homeless service providers discuss the challenges they face in working to protect the mental health of growing numbers of rootless young people in Daly City, California; Seattle, Washington; San Antonio, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; and Baltimore, Maryland.]]>
Tue, 08 Sep 2015 22:40:00 +0000 http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/protecting-mental-health-homeless-children-y http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/protecting-mental-health-homeless-children-y 0
Youth Homelessness: The Relationships among Mental Health, Hope, and Services Satisfaction

Adolescence is a time when youth need a strong support system and a feeling of hopefulness to face the complex and often troubling developmental tasks of creating a stable identity and becoming productive and autonomous adults (Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development, 1995). Yet, an increasing number of adolescents find themselves dealing with an unrealistic test of independence—that of homelessness. Living on the margins of homelessness is challenging at best. Those affected are as diverse as the rest of the Canadian population (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2006) but share in common precarious living conditions and face extreme alienation and disadvantage (Covenant House, 2006), particularly if they also experience poor mental health. Youth comprise the fastest growing age group within the homeless population (Ringwalt, et al., 1998). In fact, estimates suggest that every day in Canada 150,000 youth are living on the streets (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2006).]]>
Tue, 08 Sep 2015 22:26:00 +0000 http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/youth-homelessness http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/youth-homelessness 0
An Inside Look At The Mental Health Epidemic Plaguing Homeless Youth

Life in a shelter, exposure to violence, poverty, and inadequate health care all take a toll on homeless children — putting them in greater need of mental health services compared to their counterparts who live in more stable environments, a new study has confirmed. Researchers at North Carolina State University compiled data on more than homeless 300 children between the ages of 2 months to 6 years who lived in 11 Wake County, NC-based shelters.]]>
Tue, 08 Sep 2015 22:17:00 +0000 http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/inside-look-mental-health-epidemic-plaguing-homeless-youth http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/inside-look-mental-health-epidemic-plaguing-homeless-youth 0
Depression in Teens

It’s not unusual for young people to experience "the blues" or feel "down in the dumps" occasionally. Adolescence is always an unsettling time, with the many physical, emotional, psychological and social changes that accompany this stage of life. Unrealistic academic, social, or family expectations can create a strong sense of rejection and can lead to deep disappointment. ]]>
Tue, 08 Sep 2015 22:03:00 +0000 http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/depression-teens http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/depression-teens 0
Having Friends Helps Teens Avoid Depression

A study of US high school students has found that having friends who suffer from depression doesn't affect the mental health of others. In fact, having friends appears to play a profound role in helping teenagers recover from depression or even avoid becoming depressed.]]>
Tue, 08 Sep 2015 21:59:00 +0000 http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/having-friends-helps-teens-avoid-de http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/having-friends-helps-teens-avoid-de 0
Perspectives on the Psychiatric Care of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People

Lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people seeking mental health treatment are likely to present with problems common to many patients such as mood and anxiety disorders, psychological conflicts, and maladaptive behaviors. Many of our treatment interventions do not significantly vary by the sexual or gender identity of our patients. ]]>
Tue, 08 Sep 2015 21:53:00 +0000 http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/perspectives-psychiatric-care-lesbian-gay-bisexual-and-transgender-people http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/perspectives-psychiatric-care-lesbian-gay-bisexual-and-transgender-people 0
Mental Health During Youth Influences Adult Success

Emerging research underlies the importance of detection and treatment of mental illness during youth as investigators find children who experience even mild behavioral issues may be challenged in adulthood. Investigators from Duke University discovered children with even mild or passing bouts of depression, anxiety, and/or behavioral issues were more inclined to have serious problems that complicated their ability to lead successful lives as adults. ]]>
Tue, 08 Sep 2015 21:49:00 +0000 http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/mental-health-during-youth-influences-adult-succe http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/mental-health-during-youth-influences-adult-succe 0
From Youth to Adulthood: Offering Help

Two months before Michelle's 18th birthday, the therapist she had been seeing for her bipolar disorder told her she was about to “age out” of Utah's publicly funded children's mental health system. As a result, she would soon be too old to see him or participate in the youth group where she had made strong bonds. She didn’t connect with a new therapist and soon fell into a depression that resulted in a suicide attempt. When Michelle emerged from a state hospital after nine months of residential treatment, she wasn’t ready to be the adult the mental health system insisted she was.]]>
Tue, 08 Sep 2015 21:38:00 +0000 http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/youth-adulthood-offering-help http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/youth-adulthood-offering-help 0
Can speech patterns predict psychosis in young adults?

A computer analyzing speech has correctly identified five individuals who would later experience a psychotic episode against 29 who would not among a group of high-risk patients in a proof-of-principle study The findings raise the prospect of a clinical tool to aid the diagnosis and prognosis of severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia. The researchers, publishing in the journal NPJ Schizophrenia, also believe there may be potential for monitoring treatment. They also say early identification through speech could help to delay, mitigate or even prevent the onset of serious mental illness. Computerized analysis provided a more accurate classification than clinical ratings, found the researchers from Columbia University Medical Center, New York State Psychiatric Institute and th e IBM TJ Watson Research Center]]>
Tue, 08 Sep 2015 21:32:00 +0000 http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/can-speech-patterns-predict-psychosis-young-adults http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/can-speech-patterns-predict-psychosis-young-adults 0
14 Common Misconceptions About People Who Go to Therapy

No one ever hears a friend say "I have a doctor's appointment" and immediately thinks that they must be rich or weak or crazy. It's generally the right and less stubborn thing to see a professional when our body is injured or feels "atypical." But if someone wants to see a therapist for their mental health, people aren't as uncritical. I talk very openly about the fact that I see a therapist. While my friends and family are mostly supportive, they, along with the general population, still ask questions or make comments that remind me that going to therapy is not as normalized or as acceptable as I had hoped.]]>
Tue, 08 Sep 2015 21:23:00 +0000 http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/misconceptions-about-therapy http://oknowisthetime.org/blog/misconceptions-about-therapy 0