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Creativity, Mental Illness, and Addiction: What’s the Connection?

Creative people sometimes worry that their spark will go away if they seek chemical help for their depression and anxiety. Are you a creative person? Does this sound like you? After all, it is often emotions that drive the creative endeavors we engage in. What happens when that spark is diminished? The Connection between Mental . . . . Continue Reading


Student Startup SafeSpace Aims to Promote Mental Health Awareness and Treatment

A new mobile app aims to help students who are experiencing mental health issues connect to each other. UC Berkeley students are developing a website and mobile app that will help students connect with other students with similar mental health issues. The startup, called SafeSpace, placed first in the Improving Student Life category of UC . . . . Continue Reading


Lena Dunham Reveals Battles With Anxiety, Depression And Mental Health Stigmas

Whether you are a fan of Lena Dunham or not, you have to commend her for speaking out about her struggles with anxiety. Although Dunham has been the focus of controversy since she entered the industry, Dunham is using her voice to spread the message of hope for those struggling with debilitating anxiety. Who is Lena . . . . Continue Reading


Gov. Chris Christie Debuts Television Ad To Raise Awareness of Opioid Crisis

The news up north regarding the opioid crisis is continually frightening. New Jersey’s numbers continue to concern residents. As a response, Gov. Chris Christie is doing everything possible to highlight new addiction services in the state of New Jersey. The ad campaign will help promote the telephone hotline, 1-844-REACH-NJ and a website, www.reachnj.gov, that Christie . . . . Continue Reading


5 Herbs and Supplements for Depression

Antidepressants are so commonly discussed and prescribed that we often lose sight of natural alternatives that can be just as effective for treating depression and anxiety. Many people fear taking antidepressants because of potential side effects they may endure from using them. Other people are completely against prescription drugs and prefer utilizing holistic treatments over . . . . Continue Reading


Blackouts: A Lesson on Alcohol, Memory, and the Brain

Those who struggle with alcohol dependency may be all too familiar with blackouts. Suddenly, you wake up with absolutely no recollection of what happened the night before. What exactly IS a blackout? A blackout is a drug-related amnesia. Chances are you know someone who has had one, or you have had your share of blackouts. . . . . Continue Reading


What True Emotional Strength Looks Like

What are the signs of emotional strength? When most of us think of the word “strength,” we think of power and force. Therefore, emotional strength might be perceived as being cold and detached from the harsh realities of life. However, this is far from an emotional strength. Emotional strength has more to do with being . . . . Continue Reading


5 Things You Should Know About Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is one of the most stigmatized mental illnesses out there. The media has depicted schizophrenia in a very dramatic way in television shows, movies, and talk shows. The stigmas perpetuating schizophrenia make someone with the condition even less likely to seek treatment for the disorder. Here are five things you should know about schizophrenia. . . . . Continue Reading


Spice Girls’ Mel C Explains Why She Said No To Reunion

In the 90s, Spice Girls were the hottest girl group out there. Growing up, I had quite the obsession. I collected all the Spice Girl Collectibles (remember those lollipops with the stickers tucked into the wrapper?) and watched The Spice Girls movie hundreds of times. Therefore, when I heard about the possibility of a reunion, . . . . Continue Reading


Nearly 10 Million U.S. Adults Seriously Considered Suicide Last Year

  September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and to mark the occurrence, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a comprehensive report on suicide statistics from 2015. The report revealed that a high amount of American citizens contemplated and even seriously planned a suicide attempt. During just one year, 9.8 million . . . . Continue Reading