July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
July isMinority Mental Health Awareness Month - a campaign that shines a light on the unique struggles of underrepresented cultures with regard to mental illness. Good Therapy has excellent suggestions for therapists on deepening cultural diversity in treatment practices. Spend time educating yourself on multicultural and diversity issues nationally and locally. Read books about racism by authors such as Derald Sue, Michelle Alexander, and Tim Wise. Look for seminars on diversity and cultural competence and attend whenever possible.Check your own unconscious biases. Harvard has a wonderful res...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - July 2, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: awareness campaigns multicultural Source Type: blogs

June is PTSD Awareness Month
June isPTSD Awareness Month. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur inchildren and adults who've experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. This can include a natural disaster, accident, physical/sexual/emotional abuse, terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other types of violent personal assaults.Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a treatable mental health disorder. Symptoms of PTSDIntrusive memories: Upsetting dreams or reoccurring flashbacks about the event.Avoidance: Avoiding the memory of the event, or places and people that remind you of the event.Negative changes in thinking or mood: Feeling numb...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - June 24, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: awareness campaigns PTSD. Source Type: blogs

May is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month. 2 in 10 women will struggle with a maternal mental health disorder in the United States and only fifteen percent of women will receive treatment for a maternal mental health disorder.Unrealistic expectations and myths about what it means to be a good mom often prevent mothers from getting treatment postpartum mental health disorders. Here are some of the most common ones:To be a good mom you have to love being a mom all the time.Moms never need help.If I don't breastfeed, I'm not a good mother. I am not a good mom because my baby ’s birth didn’t...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - May 2, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: maternal mental health postpartum pregnancy Source Type: blogs

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month is observed in April in the United States, and is dedicated to making a concerted effort to raise awareness about and prevent sexual violence. In the time it takes to read this paragraph, 3 individuals somewhere in the United States will have become a victim of sexual violence. The first observation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month occurred in 2001, where theNational Sexual Violence Resource Center provided resources to advocates nationwide to help get the word out about sexual assault. This awareness day has gained momentum over the years, especially at high school and colleg...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - April 19, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: assault awareness campaigns crime victims PTSD sexuality trauma. Source Type: blogs

April Is Autism Awareness Month
April is Autism Awareness Month. Every day, the millions people living with autism and their families face unique and daunting challenges that many of us will never fully appreciate. During National Autism Awareness Month, we renew our commitment to better understand autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and improve the lives of individuals living with it.A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 68 children in the United States has been identified with ASD. This latest estimate makes it clear that autism affects the lives of millions of Americans – our friends, neighbo...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - April 1, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: autism awareness campaigns Source Type: blogs

Spring Ahead - Daylight Savings Time and Your Health
Sunday, March 12th we time travel forward one hour for Daylight Saving Time. This means the sun will rise later in our day and daylight will stream a bit longer into our evenings. DST was first proposed in 1895 by New Zealand entomologist George Hudson, based on his theory that doing so would maximize the use of the sun ’s light. Canada was the first to use DST in 1908, followed by Germany and Austria in 1916 and then in 1918 in the United States.Research on Daylight Saving TimeDaylight Saving Time (DST) was used as a tool to conserve energy. However, research on the effects of DST on energy savings ha...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - March 8, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: well-being Source Type: blogs

" Psych Up Live " Segment on Postpartum Depression
Postpartum Depression is suffered by 20% of women; but it is misunderstood and overlooked by many new mothers who suffer, as well as those who love them.In this episode, Dr. Deborah Serani, psychologist, author and renowned expert in Depressive Disorders, clarifies Postpartum Depression in both a professional and personal way.She discusses the causes of Postpartum Depression, the difference in symptoms between “ Baby Blues” and the other types of Postpartum Mental Health Disorders - and the reasons they are so often overlooked. She addresses the physical and psychological impact on the new mother and draws upon...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - February 11, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: postpartum pregnancy Source Type: blogs

January is National Mentoring Month
." Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic and professionally situations. Mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, as well as social and economic opportunities. " ~National Mentoring Parternship                 &...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - January 21, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: awareness campaigns mentoring volunteering well-being Source Type: blogs

Self-Care Tips for Winter Months
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Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - December 30, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: self-care well-being. Source Type: blogs

November 17th is International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
In 1999, Senator Harry Reid, a survivor of his father ’s 1972 suicide, introduced a new resolution into the US Senate. With its passage, the US Congress designated the Saturday before Thanksgiving as National Survivors of Suicide Day - an awareness day that reaches out to thousands of people who have lost a loved one to suicide.National Survivors of Suicide Day has evolved into a global awareness day called International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day thanks to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. Sometimes called " Survivor Day, " this November 17th will find chi...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - November 17, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: awareness days grief loss suicide Source Type: blogs

November is National Family Caregivers Month
November is National Family Caregivers Month, honoring all those who care for loved ones with physical and mental health issues. Here are some statistics for caregivers: There are more than 65 million people in the US alone who spend an average of 20 hours a week caring for a loved one.1.4 million children ages 8 to 18 provide care for an adult relative.Approximately 66% of family caregivers are women. 14% of family caregivers care for a special needs child with an estimated 16.8 million caring for special needs children under 18 years old. Stress of family caregi...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - November 6, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: awareness campaigns caregiving facts and figures. Source Type: blogs

October in Prenatal Loss Awareness Month
Many people are not aware that 1 in 4 pregnancies ends in loss. That statistic feels even more staggering when you look at the yearly number: that approximately one million pregnancies in the United States and Canada end in early pregnancy loss, SIDS, miscarriage, stillbirth, or the death of the newborn child. Pregnancy and Infant Loss are deeply painful experiences that many families face daily, but they receive little attention. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month can reach and teach others about the needs of bereaved parents.Here are 7 ways to help a loved one or friend deal with early pregnanc...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - October 15, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: awareness campaigns parenting pregnancy loss Source Type: blogs

World Mental Health Day is October 10th
October 10th 2018 is World Mental Health Day.This campaign began in 1992 to being awareness about the importance of mental health.This year's theme is mental health in youth and young adulthood.  " Adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes occur, for example changing schools, leaving home, and starting university or a new job. For many, these are exciting times. They can also be times of stress and apprehension, however. In some cases, if not recognized and managed, these feelings can lead to mental illness. The expanding use of online technologies, while und...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - October 6, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: awareness campaigns awareness days mental health Source Type: blogs

September is National Service Dog Month
Originally known as National Guide Dog Month, " National Service Dog Month " was first established in 2008 by actor and animal activist, Dick Van Patten. Inspired by what was a life-changing visit toThe Guide Dogs of the Desert in California, Van Patten launched a fundraising drive to benefit guide and service dog training schools throughout the country  - and create an awareness month for the campaign.Service dogs provide companionship, inspire confidence, and live to serve, protect, and assist their handlers. There are different kinds of trained animals, including guide dogs, ...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - September 17, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: awareness campaigns service animals. Source Type: blogs

September 10th is WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY
Did you know that over 1 million people die by suicide each year? That's a death by suicide very 40 seconds.Suicide is THE most preventable kind of death. Education, resources, intervention and outreach can help children and adults who struggle with staggering sadness, hopelessness and despair.One of the most far-reaching campaigns is World Suicide Prevention Day. This health education program is sponsored by The International Association for Suicide Prevention, The World Health Organization, The United Nations and many grass root organizations and agencies every year on September 10th.To learn about th...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - September 3, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: awareness campaigns awareness days suicide suicide prevention Source Type: blogs

August is National Make A Will Month
Studies show that nearly 75% of parents do not have a will. While many may think they are too young, don't have enough money or that their property will automatically go to their next of kin, all three common assumptions are wrong.Life can end unexpectedly in an instant and, without a plan in place, grieving relatives can be tied up in court for years in the process of acquiring and dividing an estate's assets.In honor of National Make-A-Will Month this August,LegalZoom suggests three reasons why everyone over 18 should prepare a will:Children. If you have minor children, you need to specify guardians so tha...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - August 10, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: awareness campaigns parents Source Type: blogs

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July isNational Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.Every year, the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health will join partners at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels to help raise awareness about mental illness and its effects on racial and ethnic minority populations. According to theSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):Over 70% of Black/African American adolescents with a major depressive episode did not receive treatment for their condition. Almost 25% of adolescents with a major depressive episode in the last year were Hispanic/Latino. As...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - July 10, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: awareness campaigns mental health Source Type: blogs

Understanding Bullycide and Tips for Prevention
Bullying and suicide, more commonly called " bullycide, " is defined as a death by suicide where bullying is the causative factor. Bullycide was coined in 2001 by journalist ,Neil Marr, and anti-bullying specialist, Tim Field, in the book, Bullycide: Death at Playtime. Bullycide often occurs with children who cannot cope with the chronic abuse of bullying, and seeing no other way to escape it, die by suicide to end the suffering.Read more here... (Source: Dr. Deborah Serani)
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - June 5, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: adolescents bullying children parenting suicide tips. Source Type: blogs

May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health Awareness Month,which began in May1949, is highlighting the connection between mental and physical health as this year's theme. When we consider well-being, we must look atnot just physical health, but emotional health as well. Researchshows how a healthy lifestyle may help prevent onset of or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic problems. It can also help people recover from many mental illness disorders. Eating healthy foods, managing stress, exercising, and getting enough sleep can go a long way in making you both physically and mentally ...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - May 7, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: awareness campaigns awareness days mental health Source Type: blogs

May is Maternal Mental Health Month
The firstWorld Maternal Health Day was launched in 2016, and is commemorated on the first Wednesday of May every year.This year'stheme on May 2nd is “Listen to Mothers.”Together with organizations from around the world – including Australia, Argentina, Canada, France, Germany, Malta, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, UK, and the US – Maternal Mental Health will be given a worldwide stage to raise awareness about the mental well being of mothers. You can learn more about the your local, in-country events, global initiatives and social media drives by che...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - May 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: awareness campaigns awareness days maternal mental health parenting well-being. Source Type: blogs

May 2nd is Maternal Mental Health Month
The firstWorld Maternal Health Day was launched in 2016, and is commemorated on the first Wednesday of May every year.This year'stheme for is “Listen to Mothers.”Together with organizations from around the world – including Australia, Argentina, Canada, France, Germany, Malta, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, UK, and the US – Maternal Mental Health will be given a worldwide stage to raise awareness about the mental well being of mothers. You can learn more about the your local, in-country events, global initiatives and social media drives by checking o...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - May 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: awareness campaigns awareness days maternal mental health parenting well-being. Source Type: blogs

The Best Depression Blogs 2018
Healthlinehas scoured the blogosphere for the best blogs that address issues regarding depression.They have carefully selected blogs that actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information. Remember, depression is a serious, but treatable disorder. There is hope. And there is healing.Thank you, Healthline, for including me in the list of the Best Depression Blogs for 2018. (Source: Dr. Deborah Serani)
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - April 28, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: depression mental health treatment Source Type: blogs

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day
In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted April 2 asWorld Autism Awareness Day, with the goal of bringing the world ’s attention to autism. World Autism Awareness Day helps celebrate the unique talents of children and adults with autism, and helps bring light to relevant issues children and adults with autism experience. This year's theme is aboutempowering women and girls with autism. In a world where gender imbalances are pervasive, women and girls with disabilities experience gender-base violence, abuse and socio-economic marginalization at disproportionately higher rates. World Autism Aw...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - April 2, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: autism awareness campaigns Source Type: blogs

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
March isBrain Injury Awareness Month. An acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury to the brain that is not hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or induced by birth trauma. Essentially, this type of brain injury is one that has occurred after birth. The injury results in a change to the brain's neuronal activity, which affects the physical integrity, metabolic activity, or functional ability of nerve cells in the brain. There are two types of acquired brain injury: traumaticandnon-traumatic.1) Atraumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as an alteration in brain function, or other evidence of brain patholo...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - March 27, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: awareness campaigns brain traumatic injury Source Type: blogs

13 Films that Accurately Portray Mental Illness
In honor of the 2018 Oscars, here a list of movies that feature mental illness - and really get the illness, stigma and experience spot-on. Many of these movies have won Oscars, while others should have, but didn't. As we roll out the red carpet and honor this year's best films, keep in mind that there's no shame in having a mental illness. 1. Ordinary People (Depression, PTSD, Suicide)This is my absolute favorite movie of all time because it portrays the human experience of loss so well and it also features psychotherapy in a realistic way.  This was Robert Redford's directorial debut, w...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - March 4, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: cinema mental health Source Type: blogs

March 1st is International Self Injury Awareness Day
What do these high profile individuals have in common? Singer, Fiona Apple; Comedian, Russell Brand; Actress, Drew Barrymore; Actor, Johnny Depp; Actor, Colin Farrell; Actress, Megan Fox; Actress, Angelina Jolie; Singer, Demi Lovato and Princess Diana....Before finding emotional health, they struggled with self-injury.Self-Injury is a deliberate, non-suicidal behavior that inflicts physical harm on one's body to relieve emotional distress. Self-injury has a paradoxical effect in that the pain self-inflicted actually sets off an endorphin rush, relieving the self-harmer from deep distress. It's important...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - March 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: awareness campaigns awareness days non-suicidal self-injury Source Type: blogs

February is Eating Disorder Awareness Month
Canada, The United Kingdom and The United States use the month of February to raise awareness about Eating Disorders.Generally, eating disorders involve self-critical, negative thoughts and feelings about body weight and food, and eating habits that disrupts normal body function, and daily life activities.What causes eating disorders is not entirely clear, though a combination of psychological, genetic, social and family factors are thought to contribute to the disorder.Types of Eating DisordersAnorexia Nervosa ~ Essentially self-starvation, this disorder involves a refusal to maintain a minimally normal body weight. ...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - February 22, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: awareness campaigns awareness days eating disorders Source Type: blogs

February 11-17 is Random Acts of Kindness Week
Observed every February, and celebrated this year from February 11-17, 2018,#RAKWeekis an annual opportunity to connect with others through kindness. Led by theRandom Acts of Kindness (RAK) Foundation, this seven-day celebration demonstrates how kindness starts with just a simple act. It ’san opportunity for you to do something in this world that will inspire others to do the same.Acts of kindness needn't be complicated or involved. A simple smile, holding a door open, putting a shopping cart back in its place, leaving a generous tip you can afford, holding an elevator, doing something special for a loved o...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - February 6, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: awareness campaigns kindness well-being. Source Type: blogs

January is National Mentoring Month
 - where we celebrate mentors. The 2018 campaign reflects on the incredible growth of the mentoring movement, recognizing the real life mentoring relationships that form and thrive each day, and offer opportunities to thank the mentors who inspired us. There are few relationships in life that are more influential than those between a mentor and a young person. I know this from both sides of the coin. I've had many mentors in my life growing up. A person who took a unique interest in me, fostered my growth and guided me onward.I've also been a mentor to many. The experience has been so rewarding and mean...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - January 10, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: blogs