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By On August 8th, 2017

Sinead O’Connor reveals a harsh truth about mental illness

The loss of two popular public figures in recent months has shone a spotlight on the risks of mental illness. Following the deaths of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, there was a massive outpouring of support and encouragement for those with mental illness to be unafraid to seek help and…

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By On March 30th, 2017

Depression Is Now The Leading Cause of Illness and Disability Around The World

The World Health Organization (WHO) released a “wake-up call” this week, saying depression is now the leading cause of illness and disability around the world. In ten years (from 2005 to 2015) worldwide depression rates surged 18 percent, now affecting more than 300 million people globally. However, approximately half never receive the treatment they need…

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By On February 7th, 2017

Orange is the New Psychiatric Hospital

Between 1960 and 1980, 80% of the long-term psychiatric beds in the U.S. were eliminated. We all applauded that as a productive move towards de-institutionalization and in supporting people with mental health problems in the community. The reality is that the state hospital of the 1960’s has been replaced with prison. Conservative research indicates that…

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By On September 16th, 2016

Bruce Springsteen Opens Up About His Struggles With Severe Depression

Often, I hear people talk about depression as if it is just a natural response to going through a rough patch in life. I hear people say things like “everyone gets depressed,” or “you just need to shake it off.” If only that were true. Depression is frequently confused with normal and even healthy periods…

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By On July 26th, 2016

Demi Lovato Gives Powerful Speech About Mental Illness At DNC

The Democratic National Convention kicked off this week to much fanfare and controversy. The event is marked by several high-profile and usually bombastic speeches from celebrities and politicians, but one speaker last night opted instead to give tell a more personal story. Demi Lovato has been open about her struggles with mental illnesses- including bulimia…

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By On May 5th, 2016

Mental Health Association Oklahoma’s Fashion and Talent Showcase

Tomorrow on Friday, May 6th, is an event you will not want to miss: the Thirteenth Annual Fashion and Talent show hosted by the Mental Health Association Oklahoma. The Mental Health Association Oklahoma hosts many worthwhile events throughout the year. This event, though, as Chief Executive Officer, Mike Brose, will tell you, represents the heart…

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By On January 5th, 2016

Video Explains The Difference Between Depression and Feeling Depressed

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, impacting the lives of up to 10 percent of the population in their lifetimes. However, it is still poorly understood by most. For those who haven’t experienced depression it can be difficult to understand the difference between feeling down and clinical depression, which may be a…

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By On July 8th, 2015

Schizophrenia Linked To Decreased Volume In Regions Of The Brain

A new study may offer clues into how schizophrenia develops in the brain and how it may respond to treatment, according to findings published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. The collaborative international study shows individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia may have smaller brain regions than individuals without mental illness. For the study, scientists from over a…

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By On May 7th, 2015

It’s Just Us!

Last Friday night, May 1st,   I attended the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma’s 12th Annual Fashion and Talent show. The various mental health organizations around Tulsa were represented and the models for fashion and talent were drawn from their consumers. The audience was huge and the hall was filled to the rafters. The tone…

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