NAMI Blog

Mental Health Conditions are Legitimate Health Conditions

By Ryann Tanap | Mar. 28, 2018

It's widely accepted that if you have a health problem, you would see a medical professional who specializes in that problem’s proper treatment. But if you're faced with a mental health problem, is your first instinct to see a mental health professional? Society has taught many of us to answer no.

Substance Use Carries Mental Health Risks—Yes, Even Marijuana

By Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz | Mar. 26, 2018

"We know serious mental illness and substance use disorders often co-occur. And I believe there is room for researching the medical potential of marijuana’s components. But pretending that marijuana is a harmless substance is not the way to help our loved ones."

Understanding the Spectrum of Bipolar Disorder

By Cheryl Cranick | Mar. 21, 2018

Beyond occasional reference to Types I and II, bipolar disorder is usually viewed as one condition. Ignoring the spectrum breeds confusion and prevents the public from better understanding the complexity of this illness.

5 Myths We’re Taught About Relationships

By Larry Shushansky, LICSW | Mar. 16, 2018

There are many widely-believed myths about relationships, and because they are so important to our well-being, keeping these myths alive can worsen depression, anxiety or other conditions and symptoms we may have. Here are five of the most common relationship myths we should stop following. 

Why Some People Harm Themselves

By Hilary Jacobs Hendel, LCSW | Mar. 14, 2018

Some of the myths about self-harm include: thinking the person is doing it just to be trendy or edgy; or that the person must have a chemical imbalance, personality disorder or intractable mental illness. But understanding self-harm requires us to understand what it means to be emotionally overwhelmed.

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