#Fighting Stigma

Ep 1: The Intro

Do people find it easy to talk about their mental problems with their friends or family?
Do people find it easy to drop by a psychiatrist or a psychotherapist when they’re in pain?
Watch the First Episode of our series of videos aiming at Fighting Stigma

 

Ep 2: The Magnificent Brain

There’s no better way to fight mental health stigma than learning about the organ in question itself… Our Brain. This magnificent organ in your skull that’s the seat of all the development that the human race has undergone in the past 2 million years.

 

Ep 3: Every thought you make

Ever wondered why do we think? that whispering sound in our head sometimes commenting or planning, other times blaming or digesting painful memories. like any other function in our body it malfunctions sometimes resulting in diseases like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Schizophrenia. So next time you come across a person with a thought disorder don’t be reluctant to say Hello.

 

Ep 4: Emotions will keep us alive

How can you define Emotions? This atmosphere that engulfs us in specific situations, changing our perception of our bodies and the world around us! No wonder Emotions are seated in the very center of our brains, specifically in the Limbic system. It’s disturbance leads to several psychological problems, from Anxiety to Depression and Traumas. Watch this video to find out more.

Ep 5: A Little Brain

How do our children’s brains work? How can we tell if they are having emotional problems? What can we do to help? Watch this video to learn more about the Little Brain!

 

Ep 6: The Addicted Mind

Whenever you start commenting/criticizing a person’s use of alcohol or a drug.. they’ll get very defensive and you’ll be faced with denial.

Talking to a person about his addiction can be very tricky.. here are a few tips:
– Don’t start by criticizing their behaviour, instead let them talk about the pros and cons of abuse
– Encourge them to voice the problems that will arise if they continue using at this rate
– Ask them how often have they used in the last 2 months.. and don’t criticize again
– Be assertive when they try to convince you that they’re “USERS” and that their rate of use is not problematic

If we make an effort to better understand the Addicted mind we might be able to help efficiently. Talking to a person that has an addiction can be life saving!

Ep 7: What You Are

Most people who visit a psychiatrist/psychologist get the often misleading label of Anxiety or Depression.

Most of their family members and friends will confirm this label by telling this person that they indeed have been looking depressed lately.

I personally find that this word “Depression” is more misleading than useful to the extent that i rarely use it with my patients.

Depression = Psychological Pain. How useful is it to tell a person in pain that they are in pain now? What they want to know is what is this pain, why has it emerged now, and how can they recover from it. I have come to realize that on many occasions knowing the underlying PERSONALITY of the person, along with the timeline of their life has helped me answer the real questions and actually help this person recover from their pain. I have also come to realize that many people who jump from one therapist to the other without a real recovery have actually received the tag of “Depression” in the very beginning, which may have possibly mislead them and lead to more hopelessness and Stigma!