It’s time to take pets seriously as mental illness support, say scientists FIONA MACDONALD Pets can provide incredible value to our lives, but a new study suggests that it’s time doctors and mental health services started considering them more seriously as a source of mental health support. The research shows that not only are pets great for our general wellbeing, they can also greatly help people READ MORE

Mystery of schizophrenia Dr. Paul Latimer Schizophrenia is one of the most frightening psychiatric diagnoses. It is a chronic condition affecting about one per cent of the population and is associated with some of the most notorious symptoms of mental illness – hallucinations and delusions. Schizophrenia is troubling because it often begins when a person is in READ MORE

Recognizing mental illness in children Hello Sehat Like adults, children can also experience mental health problems, which could affect their growth and development. It is not easy to identify mental health issues in children. Some cases of mental illness in children are genetic. Parents must understand what kinds of mental illnesses can affect children, as well as the causes READ MORE

A New Look at Mental Disorders by Robert Gallon, PhD Although I’ve written a long book focused on mental disorders, I don’t really believe in them. At least, I don’t believe that mental disorders are quasi-diseases that cause people’s problems and that doctors can diagnose. Nor are mental disorders discrete biological abnormalities like chemical imbalances that can be cured by READ MORE

How YouTube Videos Help People Cope With Mental Illness Rachel Star Withers runs a YouTube channel where she performs goofy stunts on camera and talks about her schizophrenia. Since 2008, when the then 22-year-old revealed her diagnosis online, tens of thousands of people have seen her videos. Some of them have a psychotic disorder or mood disorders themselves, or know people who do. READ MORE

Do you inherit your parent’s mental illness? In the battle to find what causes mental illness, scientists are increasingly looking at genetic factors. For James Longman – whose father killed himself after suffering from schizophrenia – it’s a very personal question. I’m often told I look like my dad, that I have his mannerisms and some of his habits. It’s something READ MORE

SSO forum in Oakville to feature variety of mental health experts The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) is hosting a free community forum in Oakville next Thursday (March 31). Titled, Strategies That Work: Building Balance, the forum is open to the public and will feature a variety of mental health experts and a panel discussion. “We are excited to present this community forum to the READ MORE