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Mental health professionals who have experienced mental illness have much to offer to their patients. Bulat Silvia/iStock/Getty Images Plus via Getty Images

Psychologists are starting to talk publicly about their own mental illnesses – and patients can benefit

Psychologists have mental health difficulties and illnesses at the same rate as the general population – but the profession has long stigmatized talking about them in public.
The cognitive difficulties that accompany mental health disorders can potentially lead to misdiagnoses and improper treatment. Elva Etienne/Moment via Getty Images

Mental health problems come with an added ‘cost’ of poorer cognitive function – a neuropsychologist explains

While only about 20% of people would qualify for a formal diagnosis of a mental disorder, more than 60% express symptoms of those disorders – and those symptoms can lead to cognitive difficulties.
Psychedelics have been the subject of a recent surge of interest in their potential therapeutic effects. metamorworks/iStock via Getty Images

AI maps psychedelic ‘trip’ experiences to regions of the brain – opening new route to psychiatric treatments

Pinpointing the molecular targets behind the subjective effects of psychedelic drugs could help clinicians and researchers better treat psychiatric conditions.
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Early intervention for psychosis might cost more initially but delivers a greater return on investment

Early intervention programs for young people with psychosis might cost more initially, and require more intensive support for longer periods, but they’re worth the investment.
More time spent on social media can leave young adults feeling worse about their bodies. Leo Patrizi/E+ Collection via Getty Images

The COVID-19 pandemic increased eating disorders among young people – but the signs aren’t what parents might expect

Boys, LGBTQ youth and people with normal body mass index are often overlooked when it comes to recognizing eating disorders, a physician and psychotherapist explain.
People with mental illness face stigmatization because of three things: the creation of stereotypes, the internalization of prejudices and acts of discrimination. (Shutterstock)

We still stigmatize mental illness, and that needs to stop

In any given year, one in five people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness. Despite this number there’s still massive stigmatization.

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