Depression & Grief

Depression Is Not a Weakness in Character   [dropcap]Millions[/dropcap] of Americans — almost 19 million, or 10 percent of our population, according to 2012 statistics — suffer from depression. An estimated 11 percent of adolescents, 30 percent of college students, 14 percent of new moms and 10 percent of adults 65 and older have been affected…

Eating Disorders

Recognizing an Eating Disorder By Rebecca F. Ward, LCSW, MSW & Angela E. Thomas   [dropcap]In[/dropcap] my profession, there are few diagnoses that have a mortality risk. Eating disorders are one of them. Eating disorders affect up to 30 million people of all ages and genders in the United States. Theses disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia and…

Mental Illness Stigma

The stigma of having a mental illness has improved over the years.   [dropcap]Mental[/dropcap] illness affects 1 in 5 Americans, a fact that may surprise you. You may hear that a friend, neighbor or family member is ill, but it likely will be discussed in hushed tones as if this kind of illness could have…