Mental Health, Disease, and Illness- S2.5 Ep 1
In this discussion, Lebaron and Dave are joined by special guest host: Rachel DeRIta! We tackle the really intense, important, and under discussed topic of Mental Health, Illness, and Disease. This topic is under discuss due to the stigma and personal nature of the topic. However, we want to bring it up so that it can be normalized and allow people the opportunity to discuss this more openly without feeling shame. We begin the discussion with some basic statistics about the prevalence of Anxiety, Depression, and Bipolar disorders in the general population. The discussion then turns to the Graduate Student Crisis in this country and across the world due to the high stress field that we are in.
Next, we discuss the pharmacological aspects of treatments, psychiatric take on the diseases, and therapeutic options such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). We give statistics, mechanism of action, and efficacy on drugs such as SSRI’s/SNRI’s (Selective Serotonin/Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors), MAOI’s, and mood stabilizers such as Lamotrigine. We talk about the need for both therapy and medication for certain populations as a holistic approach to treatment of mental illness.
Finally, we take a look at yoga, mindfulness, and other techniques people have in their toolkits to help with mental health. Here, we want show that there are day-to-day techniques people can use to help get through their anxiety, depression, etc. We want to give as much information to people so they can help themselves through their struggles. These are not cure-alls, but they can be utilized in order to help people.
This is an important topic. Please, be respectful, but share it so there can be more awareness. Keep on keeping on to those who are suffering. You are worth it.
I will provide suicide hotline numbers below and a link for my fellow Jefferson family to the Thomas Jefferson University Counseling Center below as well.
National Suicide Hotline- available 24 hours a day: 1-800-273-8255