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May: Mental Health Awareness Month, Cancer and Mental Health

May 31, 2022

Written by Dr. Zev Nakamura, Assistant Professor   Approximately 1 in 4 patients with cancer are diagnosed with anxiety and/or depressive disorders. These mental health conditions can be exacerbated or precipitated by the psychological stress of a new cancer diagnosis, physical symptoms (e.g., pain, shortness of breath, nausea), and fear of cancer progression or recurrence. … Continued

May: Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month

May 26, 2022

Thomas D’Angelo, M.D.   Invasion is a structure not an event M. Jacqui Alexander is referring to colonialism, which we will definitely get into, but the double meaning is relevant to maternal mental health too. For most of human history(99%?)conception, pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period were communal projects. Hopi communities think about a coming … Continued

April: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Autism, Opening the Door

April 13, 2022

Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Autism: Opening the Door By Jessica Kinard 4/12/2022   “Yo siempre pensaba, tú entre más conozcas el problema, más puedes ayudar…” “I always thought, the more you know about the problem, the more you can help…” –Mother of a child with autism (Kinard, 2015)   This quote comes from a … Continued

March: Self-Harm Awareness Month

March 8, 2022

Written by Rebecca V. Taylor, MD, MA, Assistant Professor , Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry SIB and the Intersection of Race, Culture, and Ethnicity When most of us think of self-injurious behavior, we think of those who intentionally cut themselves. The typical person who comes to mind as engaging in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is … Continued

February: National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

February 22, 2022

An Examination of Anorexia Nervosa in Black Women by Dani Coan Dani is a rising senior social work major at NC State and a CEED Summer Intern. She is also a Research Assistant in Dr. Goode’s Living F.R.E.E. Lab   Black women represent 6.4 percent of the U.S. population. Managing the interlocking impacts of racism and … Continued

January: Mental Wellness Month

January 31, 2022

Nadia E. Charguia, MD  Associate Professor Executive Medical Director (interim), Integrated Well-Being Program for UNC Healthcare Director, Taking Care of Our Own Program Medical Director, UNC Psychiatry Outpatient Services   Where we are and where we are going cannot exist without embracing our own well-being. Working in the realm of wellness and well-being at UNC has been … Continued

January: Mental Wellness Month

January 20, 2022

Matt Ballard, MSW, MDiv Program Manager, Farm at Penny Lane, which houses the Center’s innovative mental health recovery programs such as Horticulture Therapy, Brushes with Life Arts program, UNC PAWS and wellness programs.   Many of us who work with psychiatric patients or clients with serious mental illness (SMI) are familiar with overall health outcomes … Continued

January: Imposter Syndrome

January 12, 2022

By Laura Ornelas, Ph.D.   As a junior investigator in academia, I understand firsthand the significant impact imposter syndrome can have on one’s mental health and well-being. While academia has been a place where I have matured as a research scientist and experienced many achievements, it is also an environment that is comprised of pressures … Continued

December: Eating Disorders During the Holidays

December 21, 2021

Written by Dr. Jean Doak, Clinical Director, UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (CEED)   The holiday season is a time accompanied by celebrations, observances, religious, family, and cultural traditions, and increased time with family and friends. While it can be a time of excitement, anticipation, and joy, it can also be a time … Continued