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Vote Like The Affordable Care Act Depends On It (It Does)
Health care is on the ballot this year, in more ways than voters may realize. Full repeal of the Affordable Care Act remains a very real possibility if Republicans get through the midterm elections with their congressional majorities intact. But even if the law stays on the books, its future will depend heavily on who wields power at the state level as governors, insurance commissioners and members of state legislatures. These officials have always had a l ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 13
Stop Casually Throwing The Word 'Phobia' Around
Exhibiting some level of fear toward spiders is pretty common. But when the mere thought of the creature makes you excessively anxious and gets your heart racing, you may be experiencing signs of a phobia . A specific phobia is described as a strong, irrational fear of certain places, events or objects , according to the National Alliance on Mental Health. Phobias can keep you from enjoying activities with loved ones, job opportunities and possibly even ca ...
Huffington Post - Sat. Aug 4
How To Know If Your Baby Blues Are Actually Postpartum Depression
Each person s body and mind react to pregnancy, childbirth and its aftermath differently. As with any major life change, adjusting to motherhood can be difficult, especially when other factors may affect how you cope. It s important to know when certain behaviors should be addressed with therapy or medical attention. Postpartum depression is one of these factors that can affect your adjustment to motherhood. The condition affects 1 in 9 women, according to ...
Huffington Post - Sat. Aug 4
In Detention, Troubling Cases Of Self-Harm Among Migrant Youth
Under the Trump administration, hundreds of migrant children have allegedly languished in custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement ORR for months . But detention, child experts warn, can put kids at great risk, including for a well-known concern in juvenile detention Self-harm. A spate of recent lawsuits and case files have surfaced troubling evidence of young migrants self-harming in federal custody, particularly in the secure facilities that house k ...
Huffington Post - Sat. Aug 4
An Immigrant Community Haunted By Suicide
By Tim Henderson BALTIMORE It started in this southeast neighborhood last fall, not long after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers raided Baltimore and other sanctuary cities. In October, a popular 16-year-old Mexican-American boy died by suicide at home. The next month, a 42-year-old mother from El Salvador told her husband and two daughters to go Christmas shopping without her a puzzling request for a family who liked to shop together. When ...
Huffington Post - Sat. Jul 21
How To Talk About Your Mental Health When No One Wants To Listen
According to the American Psychiatric Association, people from racial and ethnic minority groups are less likely to receive mental health care than the rest of the U.S. population. Communities of color often lack adequate access to medical treatment for mental illnesses. They also face challenges like higher levels of stigma, misinformation and language barriers . While an individual may have their own [mixed feelings] toward how they think about mental he ...
Huffington Post - Sat. Jul 21
Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams Reveals She's Seeking Mental Health Help
Destiny s Child legend Michelle Williams candidly discussed her mental health on Tuesday and revealed to her fans that she is seeking help from professionals. The singer tweeted on Tuesday that she has encouraged others with mental health issues to seek help, and now she s taking her own advice. For years I have dedicated myself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to recognize when it s time to seek help, support and guidance fro ...
Huffington Post - Sat. Jul 21
The U.S. Has A Long History Of Drugging Distressed Kids In Its Custody
Among the most disturbing allegations against privately operated shelters publicized last week by a Reveal and Texas Tribune investigation was the charge that the Office of Refugee Resettlement routinely administers children psychotropic drugs without lawful authorization, according to court filings. The allegations focus primarily on the Manvel, Texas-based Shiloh Residential Treatment Center, a federally funded multi-use facility that houses detained imm ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Jul 2
As A Mental Health Crisis Sweeps Across Colleges, Students Step Up To Fix It
For Sara Valente, the transition from high school to her freshman year at Harvard was rocky. She was homesick, anxious about making new friends and, as she puts it, obsessively comparing myself to my classmates. The stress of Harvard quickly overwhelmed me, the computer science major explains. I felt I had nowhere to turn. After a year, the teen reached out to the Ivy League school s on-campus mental health providers and began attending weekly therapy sess ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Jul 2
New York, Virginia Become First States To Mandate Mental Health Education
New York and Virginia are the first states to enact laws that require schools to include mental health education in their curriculums. The New York legislation, which was written in 2015 and enacted on Sunday, directs all K-12 classrooms to get instruction about mental health as part of the overall health curriculum. Virginia s law, which is set to take effect this fall, is less wide-reaching, requiring mental health education for the first two years of hi ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Jul 2
Why This Man Crusades For Mental Health After Nearly 30 Years In Prison
America s corrections system locks away a staggering number of people with mental health issues. An estimated 20 percent of people in jails and 15 percent in state prisons have a serious mental illness , according to a paper compiled by the Treatment Advocacy Center. Resources for these conditions aren t always available during incarceration or upon release and lack of access to care can cause a worsening of symptoms or adjustment issues after a former inm ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Jun 25
How To Tell If You're In A Co-Dependent Relationship With A Friend
Vanessa Hannah Bright , a therapist based in New York City, often sees a troubling pattern play out in her office. A client will come in to discuss what s going on in their life and unknowingly describe what appears to be a co-dependent friendship. A friend let s call her Diane with some unhealthy or self-destructive aspects as part of her personality often due to childhood trauma reaches out to another friend let s call her Violet for support. If Violet i ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Jun 25
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