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What is… paranoia

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term: paranoia Kind of like anxiety and depression, the word paranoia often gets tossed around fairly loosely in common parlance, but in a psychological/psychiatric sense it has far more significance. Google Dictionary defines paranoia as: "a mental condition characterized by … Continue reading What is… paranoia

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God Knows Where I Am: Death by mental illness

The disturbing documentary God Knows Where I Am tells the story of Linda Bishop, and her death after being released from a state psychiatric hospital. The film includes readings from Linda's journal, and commentary from people who knew her, including her sister and her daughter.  Their words powerfully captured the pain and frustration of a … Continue reading God Knows Where I Am: Death by mental illness

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TED Talks: Mental Health & Illness

Here are a few great TED Talks I've found on a variety of topics related to mental health and illness.   Eleanor Longden: The Voices in My Head A psychiatrist once told Eleanor Longden that she would be better off having cancer than a psychotic illness, because it would be more curable.  Having the … Continue reading TED Talks: Mental Health & Illness

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Medications That Can Make You Crazy (Literally)

We work so hard on our mental health, but sometimes we can get knocked down by an unexpected source: prescription medication.  Sure, we all know that some street drugs can adversely affect mental health, but there are also a number of prescription medications for conditions totally unrelated to mental health that can trigger symptoms of … Continue reading Medications That Can Make You Crazy (Literally)

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