FEP Part 3: Recovery After Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE)

[For part 2 in this series, click here] The National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) is leading a charge towards reforming our nation’s current mental health system with a two-part study named “RAISE” (Recovery After Initial Schizophrenia Episode). RAISE has implemented a coo
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FEP Part 2: New Treatments for Psychosis

[For part 1 in this series, click here] As Discussed in Part 1, those suffering from First Episode Psychosis (FEP) need to rely heavily on a support system. Without support, it becomes much more difficult for one to receive the treatment they need. Support starts first and foremost wi
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FEP Part 1: The Problem with Psychosis

The stories we hear from those suffering psychosis are nothing short of nightmarish. Some describe physical sensations, as though their skin had been lit on fire, or that their brain was melting out of their skull. Some lay in bed for days at a time, frozen in fear by visions so terri
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The Hype On Ketamine

Ketamine is an old drug (first synthesized in 1962), but may have an extremely auspicious future. On the street, this dissociative hallucinogenic is commonly referred to as “Special K”. It was the most commonly used anesthetic in the Vietnam War, and is still frequently used in hospit
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Suicide Prevention

  Mental health professionals are well versed in suicide prevention, but they aren’t always the first to be informed of someone’s suicidal intentions. Suicidal concepts are pervasive in our culture, and anyone can find themselves face to face with someone who is having thou
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How to Use Online Health Resources

To some, the only thing separating a medical website from a medical doctor is a degree. It’s true, the internet is being consulted more and more for health advice. At Mainstream we’ve worked with people who use the internet to self-diagnose, to self-prescribe, to research the so
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One Man’s Journey

Following is a transcript of speech that a friend of the agency has prepared and read at recent NAMI speaker meetings and other mental health related events.  It is presented with his explicit permission and encouragement – he wants his story heard and hopes that it can help oth
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Understanding Your Millennial

In my last post, I argued that the “failure to launch” epidemic was not to be blamed on parents. There are so many young people finding themselves in a prolonged adolescence that can be best explained by cultural and generational shifts. Parents could not be prepared for t
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The Surprising Reasons for the “Failure to Launch” Epidemic

We are in the midst of a mammoth sized shift in our culture that has left one half of the twenty-something millennial generation adrift, says Kay Hymowitz, author of the book Manning Up, How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men Into Boys. This shift is happening at the political, economic
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Recognizing the Symptoms of “Failure to Launch” Syndrome

Peter Pan lives in our collective mythology as the boy who never grew up. Along with his lost boys, he wasted endless amounts of time with fairies, pirates, and mermaids while flying around Neverland in his iconic green tights and hat. If Peter was a millennial, we would be saying he
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