Can You Accurately Self-Diagnose a Mental Health Condition?

How can you know if a distressing state of mind you’re experiencing is a sign of a mental health condition or is something within the parameters of so-called ‘normal’, non-pathological human experience? This is an extremely thorny question – and for any individuals asking themselves it, in such times of distress, no solid, unwavering answers…View Post

The Stigmatisation of Mental Illness in Hollywood Films

Mental illness is often highly stigmatised in movies and television. People who have legitimate mental health conditions are unfairly portrayed in many Hollywood films. One particular example of the harsh depiction of someone with mental illness is M. Night Shyamalan’s movie Split. In the movie, James McAvoy plays a villain who has 24 distinct personalities,…View Post

Where Mental Health Campaigns Go Wrong

Mental health campaigns have been able to achieve a great deal in terms of reducing stigma and encouraging people to have honest conversations about their mental health. This has to be applauded. A culture of openness and non-judgement helps people living with mental health issues to feel less alienated, ashamed, and embarrassed about their suffering,…View Post

The Benefits of Social Interaction for People Living With a Mental Illness

Socialising is key when it comes to living a healthy life, especially for people who suffer from a mental illness. People who have depressive tendencies may feel like they do not belong anywhere, that they are not worth anyone’s attention and might even refuse the care and love of family and friends. Even though research…View Post