Check out NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania’s Weekly Roundup, a list of interesting blog posts and online content relating to mental illness and mental health, picked by our staff.
The articles and blogs included on this list do not necessarily represent the views of NAMI.
A study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine showed evidence that computerized cognitive behavioral therapy (CCBT), a form of CBT that is computer led instead of therapist led, is an effective form of treatment for people who experience depression or anxiety when done alone or combined with participation in internet support groups. – Nicole
Around the Internet
“‘I’m Not a Good Enough Dad.’ Men Get Postpartum Depression Too” by Amanda MacMillan for TIME (Link)
When we think of Postpartum Depression (PPD), we often think of mothers experiencing it, but evidence shows that men can develop it as well. Having a baby is a major life change and societal pressures for fathers to be stoic can be overwhelming. In this article, you can find a young father’s journey from experiencing PPD to becoming a mental health advocate, as well as research about PPD in men. – Nicole
“To Those Who Choose Not to Openly Share Their Mental Health Struggles” by Colleen Berge for The Mighty (Link)
I have been open about living with mental conditions for almost 5 years after overcoming internalized stigma, but many people have completely valid reasons for why they don’t share that part of their life. This is a great piece for anyone who isn’t open about their condition because it acknowledges their unique experiences. – Nicole
“How to Talk to a Veteran” by David Barno and Nora Bensahel for War On The Rocks (Link)
As a veteran, I was excited to come across this article as it offers a fresh approach to an often contentious topic. Many civilians are often deterred from speaking to veterans because they cannot relate to who we are, our experiences, or they simply don’t know what to say. This quick guide offers some excellent ice breakers and can open the door to fostering better relationships between civilian and veteran populations. – Nikki, intern and Army veteran
“‘The Promise of Ecstasy for PTSD” by Khaliya for The New York Times (Link)
In this piece, a woman shares her experience with MDMA (commonly referred to Ecstasy) as a treatment for her PTSD as well as the science behind it. Her op-ed explains in relatively simple terms how MDMA positively changes brain activity in people who live with PTSD and why FDA approval of MDMA research is so vital. – Nicole
“Colouring books for adults benefit mental health, study suggests” by Eleanor Ainge Roy for The Guardian (Link)
People tend to either love or hate adult coloring books, but New Zealand researchers found evidence that they do have “therapeutic mental health benefits”, such as “reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety.”- Nicole