NAMI Blog

Understanding Dual Diagnosis

By Laura Greenstein | Oct. 04, 2017

As intuitive as the term “dual diagnosis” may seem, it actually doesn’t mean having two mental health conditions. Dual diagnosis is a term used when someone experiences a mental illness and a substance use disorder simultaneously. Learn more here.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is Not a Joke

By Jennifer Parr | Oct. 02, 2017

"A lot of people claim that they are 'OCD' about things. However, nobody can be OCD about something. 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."

Can Social Media Save a Life?

By Ryann Tanap | Sep. 29, 2017

As you scroll through your social media feeds, be mindful of what others post. It’s up to us to look out for mental health warning signs so we are better prepared to assist a friend in need.

FDA Approves Medications for Tardive Dyskinesia

By Ken Duckworth, M.D. | Sep. 28, 2017

Tardive dyskinesia (TD) had no effective treatment options until this year. The FDA fast-tracked two medications through their approval process, given the unmet medical need for treatment. If you have TD, these medications might be worth a fresh conversation with your prescriber.

It’s Time to Talk About Suicide in LGBTQ Communities

By Madeline Hannan-Leith | Sep. 27, 2017

Many in the LGBTQ community experience bullying, violence, discrimination and social rejection due to their sexual or gender identity. Even worse, many can endure discriminatory or ignorant attitudes from doctors or counsellors when trying to seek help. Targeted prevention strategies are needed if we are ever going to reach those in need.

Learning More About Suicidal Ideation

By Jill Harkavy-Friedman, Ph.D. | Sep. 26, 2017

A person thinks differently when in a suicidal state, but that doesn't mean they aren't motivated to live and be productive. Learn more about suicidal ideation and how to help someone who's feeling suicidal. 

We Don’t Talk About Grandma

By Shannon Donnick | Sep. 22, 2017

"I look back on myself as a young girl, stunned by the sudden loss of my wonderful grandma who had been so full of life, and with no outlet or guidance to help me through my experience, and I am so glad to have found my way here now."

How to Help Someone in Crisis

By Laura Greenstein | Sep. 20, 2017

It can be intimidating talking to someone who is going through a mental health crisis or seriously considering suicide. However, sometimes all a person needs in that situation is one person being there, helping them access the help they need. You can be that person.

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