Mental Health MondayMay is Mental Health Month and in honor of the occasion, our executive director Stella Kalfas was on VOCAL OVERDRIVE of vocalo 89.5 FM Chicago, on May 2nd 2011- 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
She gave insights on how the Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago are seeking to raise awareness about mental health. She also spoke about how to spot depression in children and dispel some common misconceptions about mental health disorders and treatment.
The Dark Side of the Rainbow of Food Dyes Being Used to Color Your Food:The bright colors of grocery store foods are often the result of artificial food dyes, which are now being applied not just to candies and snack foods, but also to products such as pickles, salad dressing and even oranges.
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Teen Girls' Body Burden of Hormone-Altering Cosmetics Chemicals
Laboratory tests reveal adolescent girls across America are chemicals commonly used in cosmetics and body care products. Environmental working group (EWG) detected 16 chemicals from 4 chemical families - phthalates, triclosan, parabens, and musks - in blood and urine samples from 20 girls aged 14-19. Studies link these chemicals to potential health effects including cancer and hormone disruption, also resulting in key changes to brain structure and function.
The link between financial trouble and mental illness:
The recent surge in staggering mental illness statistics reflects two types of economic side effects. First, the rise in mental health disorders has increased as economic certainty has deteriorated: joblessness, crippling debt and home foreclosure. Second, the problem is only exacerbated when those with newly-developed or pre-existing illnesses can't seek treatment because they don't have health insurance due to unemployment.
Dan Savage On Bullying:
Dan Savage has done it once again. He and his husband Terry Miller have filmed a truly inspirational YouTube video directed to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth. The main message: no matter how bad you think your life is going right now, hang in there and stay strong; it will get better. Read more about the story and watch the video here
Digital Overload: Your Brain on Computers:
Is technology rewiring our brain? What does the digital age hold in store for adolescent brains?
Faith in New Brain Research:
The Chicago Tribune reports advancements in science technology and psychology are allowing bipolar disorder to be diagnosed earlier and treated more effectively. This is giving renewed hope to children who have a family history of bipolar disorder.
We Are What We Eat?
Soy products are marketed as a health food, but as Dr. Mercola shows, it is only the fermented soy products (tempeh, miso, soy sauce) that are good for you. Unfermented soy products (tofu, soy burgers, soy milk, soy yogurt, soy cheese) pose serious health risks, having been linked to breast cancer, brain damage, kidney stones, thyroid disorders, and more. Dr. Mercola shares the alternative view here.
Book Review: Crazy Like Us:
Ethan Watters describes his 2010 book Crazy Like Us: The Americanization of Mental Illness as "an intellectual travelogue," one that takes the reader around the world with Watters as he investigates cultural interpretations of mental illness and finds that "we may indeed be far along in homogenizing the way the world goes mad."
What Makes Us Happy?
Joshua Wolf Shenk got an unprecedented look at the longitudinal study of America's "Best and Brightest." His resulting June 2009 article has become the most read article in the history of TheAtlantic.com. Here is an excerpt:
Designing a Video Game on Depression:Gambit, MIT's game research lab, is currently developing prototypes of Elude, a video game based on depression. For those who suffer from depression, the game is designed to elevate their mood. The game is also designed to give friends and family a window into what depression feels like. Furthermore, the researchers hope, the game will be compelling enough to be played by the video gaming public at large.
Child Mental Health: 7 Myths Debunked
Child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Harold Koplewicz discusses 7 commonly held misperceptions about the mental health of children. Read the article here.