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Tag: OCD

Types Of Medication

Some people are afraid that taking a medication will change their personality, but most find that medication allows them to take charge of their lives. Medications for mental health conditions fall into the following major categories: Antipsychotics Antipsychotics developed in the mid-20th century are often referred to as first-generation or typical antipsychotics, while antipsychotics developed more…
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The Messy Truth About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

By Ethan S. Smith | Mar. 05, 2018 ocdI hear comments all the time: “My place is so perfect. I’m so OCD.” “No, it has to be neat and clean. I’m so OCD.” “You should see how I organized my Star Wars collection. I’m so OCD.” I was born with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I struggled throughout my childhood,…
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Translating Lived Experience Into A Compelling Novel

“True terror isn’t being scared; it’s having no choice in the matter.” This quote from John Green’s new book, Turtles All the Way Down, is a simple but powerful insight into the book’s major theme: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Turtles All the Way Down is a detective story that shows how true “obsession” can impede detective work.

The Best Movies About Mental Health

It’s becoming increasingly more common for Hollywood to highlight mental health conditions in films. Because mental illness affects millions of Americans, it’s an extremely relatable theme. However, there are some movies that realistically show what it’s like to experience mental illness. Here’s a list of a few movies that get it right.

Personal Story: This Is Me And I’m Not Ashamed

Tomorrow will be a fresh start, another day to keep trying. Tomorrow there’s always a possibility of sunshine. Just keep trying.   I try to tell myself this every day. Most of the time while crying so much it physically hurts. It seemed to come out of nowhere, like an invisible raging storm. It’s so…
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Personal Story: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Is Not A Joke

OCD has made it difficult to be a teacher because I am so afraid of what the day will bring. That said I continue to teach and have not given up on getting better. I would like people to realize that there is so much more to OCD than just a few compulsions: It is a serious disorder that greatly impacts the lives of those affected.

Discovering New Options: Self-Help Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps many people with depression and anxiety although not everyone has access to the treatment. You might be able to “do-it-yourself” if you have mild to moderate symptoms and are generally able to function well.

Deep Brain Stimulation

What is Deep Brain Stimulation? This is from the Mayo Clinic Click here to see clip of a young woman’s persistent major depression being treated with deep brain stimulation. Deep brain stimulation involves implanting electrodes within certain areas of your brain. These electrodes produce electrical impulses that regulate abnormal impulses. Or, the electrical impulses can affect certain…
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Practicing What I Preach: #IAmStigmaFree

I have had mental health issues since I was in middle school, but I never understood the role of stigma in mental illness until I started interning for the NAMI HelpLine. I first exhibited obsessive compulsive symptoms when I was 13 and I kept it a secret for as long as I could. After a…
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NAMI-DAC reviews information sources every month and selects articles we think you will find informative and useful. If you want to know how others cope with their illness, what mental health research shows promise, or what is happening in the state or city that affects those living with mental health conditions, we hope you will…
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