Types of Depression and How to Recognize Them

Types of Depression and How to Recognize Them

Most people recognize that depression is more than sporadic feelings of sadness or grief. Depression is a disorder that can be challenging to diagnose and treat because the symptoms often involve hopelessness, preventing sufferers from seeking the treatment they need and deserve. While only a psychiatrist can prescribe medication for patients diagnosed with a depressive disorder,…

Substance Use Awareness for Depression Awareness Month

Substance Use Awareness for Depression Awareness Month

October is Depression Awareness Month, meaning that behavioral advocates bring specific attention to depression, a mental health condition that impacts millions of people in the U.S. alone. Reducing the stigma surrounding depression is especially crucial, as it decreases the likelihood that someone with depression will turn to an unhealthy coping mechanism, such as substance use. The Importance…

Substance Use Awareness of World Suicide Prevention Month

Substance Use Awareness of World Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which draws attention to the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. for all ages. Suicide frequently stems from major depression and other mood disorders, meaning suicides can be prevented with the proper treatment. What Is National Suicide Awareness Month? September creates an open conversation about different…

Asian American Mental Health and the "Model Minority" Myth

Asian American Mental Health and the “Model Minority” Myth

Public discussions around topics of race, racism and discrimination have brought to light a decades-old narrative that continues to affect Asian Americans — the model minority myth. This racist stereotype implies that Asian minorities in the United States are more adjusted, more hardworking, more academically gifted and better integrated than other minorities into American society.…

Substance Use Awareness for Men's Health Month

Substance Use Awareness for Men’s Health Month

June is Men’s Health Month, highlighting the different precautions men can take to prioritize their health and prevent future issues. Throughout the month, there are different ways men can look after their health through screenings, outreach activities and health fairs. The Importance of Men’s Health Month While Men’s Health Month brings awareness to men’s physical…

substance use in the african american community

Substance Use in the African American Community

As with all people groups, African Americans can experience substance use disorders and can receive treatment to help overcome addiction. However, there are some cultural factors we should understand that lead to differences in substance use disorder between racial groups. Finally, we should celebrate the dedicated professionals who are making great strides in furthering research and…