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The Pressure to Parent Perfectly

The coming of a new baby can be a joyous occasion. The gifts to the mom-to-be and baby roll in. Blankets, binkies, bottles and baby booties – all are an effort to help the new mom care for her baby. There are also the unwanted gifts given by well-intentioned people such as unsolicited advice, patting the “baby bump” and comments on how big the expectant mom has gotten. Mothers are also given a unique gift that is quietly and sometimes quiet unknowingly bestowed upon them from the moment they announce a pregnancy. This gift isn’t wrapped; there’s no bow on top. Fathers may also receive...

How Investigators Can Work With Victim’s of Sexual Trauma

There is a vast array of events that can fall under the definition of trauma. Some are, for the most part, unavoidable such as natural disasters. Trauma experienced after a natural disaster can affect anyone within the scope of the disaster regardless of age or gender. Then there are traumas that happen because of abuse. Like with natural disasters, trauma because of abuse can affect anyone of any age or gender. But these are largely preventable, though not usually by the victim. And then there is sexual trauma. “Sexual violence and aggression are some of the most stressful of all human life experiences” (Shors et...

Are Complementary and Alternative Medicines Effective in Treating Mental Health Disorders?

When someone experiences pain or discomfort, whether physical or mental, the instinct is to do something to remedy it. Throughout the history of human existence, people have tried different approaches to relieve physical and mental pain, some more successful than others. The successful ones have developed over the centuries to what at times is known today as home remedies or traditional medicine. Clinical medicine has proven to be effective most of the time, but sometimes it’s not enough, or the side effects of a medication outweigh the benefits. What other options are there for situations like this? Scientific knowledge is slowly acknowledging the benefits of complementary...

Migraines and Mental Health: Is There a Connection?

Headaches are a pain. They interfere with functioning in daily life and engaging with others. Migraines are worse. Every sound is amplified to a roar; dim light is as piercing as staring at the sun after standing in the dark; the pain is so intense that it can bring nausea and dizziness. Anyone who has experienced a migraine would gladly do anything to stop the pain. Migraines are caused by changes in the nervous system (Migraine, 2017). The pain they cause can last for a few hours to a few days. Many times there are warning signs a few days before the onset of a...

Postpartum Depression Affects the Baby Too

For many, the birth of a baby is a joyous occasion. It is a time to celebrate life and new beginnings. But it is also a time of change. The new mother and family must adjust to having a demanding, though cute, addition. For some women, the process of birth can be traumatic, which requires time to process mentally. Birth is also something that the mother needs to physically recover from. In western society a woman is sent home from the hospital with her baby two days after the birth. For many that is the end of the external support. There is an unexpressed, but...

Immigrant Anxiety

Moving is stressful. Moving to a new country is even more stressful and produces a lot of anxiety. So many questions and concerns race through one’s mind. How do people live in this new place? Where do people buy food? How do people who speak different languages communicate? Will there be a support system for people moving in? How does one navigate government issues? The list goes on and on. Having a support system to aid assimilating immigrants is vital to reducing their stress, but it’s rarely available to the millions who entered the United States. In 2016, 1.18 million people became legal permanent residents...

Support through Depression

It is not uncommon for people to feel down or sad after the excitement of the holidays have passed; the dark winter that seems to last forever can draw mood down; a recent loss or uncertainty about the future can also bring on a feeling of depression. These kinds of depression can be temporary. But for some people depression sticks around (Depression, 2016). Depression can affect anyone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), depression “is one of the most common disorders in the US” (Depression, 2016). The World Health Organization also reports that depression is one of the most common mental health...

Are Screens Harming Mental Health?

Electronic devices have become a staple of modern life. But that has not always been the case. Children used to play outside more frequently with other children; they formed personal connections through face-to-face interactions rather than virtual interactions via the Internet. Since the advent of computers and with that, videogames, life has changed. Is it possible to imagine life without technology? Especially after considering the number of devices to choose from: laptops, smartphones, tablets, e-readers, gaming systems and smart watches. Technology has even seeped into education. Schools use smart boards in place of projectors and some have started administering online homework which students complete using...

The Important Role of Support in Child Mental Health Cases

Many often assume mental health problems can only affect adults. While it’s true adults are older and, therefore, have generally had more interactive experiences, children are equally as susceptible to mental health disparities. The United States has undeniably seen an increase in mental health cases over the last decade. “Today, mental health care represents 38 percent of children’s Medicaid spending, which is used by just 10 percent of juvenile Medicaid patients. But the benefits far outweigh the costs. Today’s investments help to heal children and produce resilient adults. In the long term, effective treatments not only save lives but have significant economic benefits, including savings...

The Increase of Mental Health Cases in Healthcare Facilities

Every year thousands of people seek help for mental health. Yet, hospitals and emergency rooms are understaffed and underprepared for the plethora of mental health patients waiting to be seen. Opinions on mental health vary widely and often exist on a gray scale. Some believe we are living in an age stricken with a mental health epidemic that only continues to grow while others believe the rise of the mental health diagnoses stems from laziness and fear of facing problems head on. The stigmatism surrounding mental health is dangerous on all sides--often times because it avoids the true core factors that cause mental health instability....