The “Spoon” Theory: Living with Chronic Illness

Spoon Theory - Chronic Illness

The “Spoon Theory” is an extended metaphor describing the existential difficulties faced by people living with chronic illnesses or disabilities. Introduced more than 20 years ago, by Christine Miserandino in her essay “The Spoon Theory,” this metaphor is Miserandino’s attempt to explain her emotions concerning her daily struggles with lupus, a chronic autoimmune condition. Miserandino […]

How Drugs and Alcohol Can Increase the Risks of Cancer

How Drugs and Alcohol can increase risk of cancer

When cells begin dividing rapidly and uncontrollably, they may form tissue masses called tumors. This abnormal cell growth usually comes from genetic mutations that regulate cellular reproduction and death. Tumors can be harmless (benign) or malignant (cancerous). Who develops an increased risk of cancer depends primarily on that person’s lifestyle choices, severity of exposure to […]

7 Mental Health Tips for Dementia/Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Mental Health Tips for Dementia

For dementia caregivers, mental health is essential. As the number of individuals experiencing dementia and Alzheimer’s continues to skyrocket, caregiver wellness is increasingly a priority. Challenges Faced by Caregivers of Individuals with Dementia/Alzheimer’s Dementia caregivers’ mental health is often overlooked due to the rigorous challenges of caring for individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Yet, while […]

Mental Health with Albinism and Other Skin-Related Disorders

Mental Health and Ilbinism

Albinism is one of a number of visible skin disorders that can create unique mental health challenges. In this article, we’ll explore some of these skin disorders, their potential psychological impact, and coping strategies and resources that support mental health. Albinism and Other Visible Skin Disorders Albinism is a genetic condition characterized by a deficiency […]

Patton Oswalt: Hard Lessons in Grief and Mental Health

Patton Oswalt - Experiencing Grief and Mental Health

In 2016, the actor Patton Oswalt lost his wife of 11 years. In the months and years that followed, Oswalt was open about his experience with loss and grief, creating opportunities for conversations about what it means to mourn. Introduction: Overview of Patton Oswalt’s Career and Public Persona Best known for his roles in The […]

Common Mental Health Issues Among Wheelchair Users

Wheelchair Users and Mental Health

The treatment of disabled individuals in the United States before World War II was cruel and heartless. Forced sterilization of mentally or physically incapacitated people occurred with little pushback from society at this time. In his book Eugenic Nation: Faults and Frontiers of Better Breeding in America, author Alex Stern states: “…supported by legislators, social […]

Common Mental Health Issues Among Stroke Survivors

Mental Health Issues among stroke survivors

A stroke is a life-threatening condition that can be devastating and debilitating. Not only do stroke survivors face ongoing physical limitations, but they also must contend with psychological constraints. Wheelchair users’ mental health can also be severely compromised. With more than 80 million stroke survivors worldwide, the need for post-stroke care and ongoing support continues […]

How Teletherapy Can Improve Patient Outcomes

How Teletherapy can improve patient outcomes

One of the biggest obstacles in managing mental health problems is the lack of access to treatment. In many areas, the average person simply doesn’t have many options for counseling. Sometimes, they may not have any accessible therapists. However, that is changing thanks to a massive increase in telehealth services. Now, rather than having to […]