Should mental health stigma still have an impact of those suffering? Statistics show that almost everyone dealing with mental health has been, and still is, impacted negatively by the stigma surrounding it. Is it right that already vulnerable and isolated members of society should be made to feel more alone?
Alzheimer's is not the only dementia. Alcohol dementia, is also known as alcohol-related brain damage (ARBD) and alcohol-related brain injury (ARBI), and is linked with Wernicke's encephalopathy and Korsakoff's syndrome. With all these complex names, it's perhaps not surprising that the direct link between alcohol consumption and dementia isn't clear.
No man is an island. All of us need to ensure that we have a good diversity of friendships in our lives, it is essential to our mental health. In order to promote this we need to change the negative, hardening messages our boys receive from an early age. 'Be strong, boys don't cry, tough it out, don't show pain, be brave my little soldier, man up, you wuss!'
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Should women be doing more to support each other? Why should they? These are questions that have been batted back and forth for years. And while the focus has, rightly, shifted away from blaming women for a lack of progress to senior positions, there is still a sense that some women could be doing more to build each other up individually.
Sadly many spouses or partners faced suddenly with the realisation that their loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson's, bolt for the door. Unfortunately statistics show that women are more likely to stick around due to our maternal nurturing instincts. Sorry guys, no disrespect meant to the male population, this is simply fact.
An interview with Nadine Dorries aired on Day Break on Monday 3rd June, sent a shiver down my spine. Initially I thought great, here we have a public figure who is willing to share her story about alopecia. But alas no. The interview was far from positive on any level and did not promote the condition to be something that one can face in order to live a normal life.
When someone has an appendicitis or breaks their leg, family and friends immediately rally around, visiting them in hospital, laden with chocolates, flowers and cards wishing the person a speedy recovery. When one is suffering from mental health problems, receiving visitors or gifts is a very different story.
The growing number of young people being diagnosed every day with Young Onset Parkinson's is astonishing. I was diagnosed at age 44 and at the time I thought this was very young, but since then I've been in contact with many fellow sufferers, some of whom were diagnosed in their twenties! Suddenly 44 doesn't sound so young!