Depression may be our brain's way of telling us to stop and solve a problem
Posted on Feb 15 2017
As fascinating as evolutionary explanations are, it's hard to prove they are correct, especially if they haven't yet been reinforced by other research. The idea that depression might be a biological adaptation rather than a mental disorder is not the consensus of the mental-health community. And even if the hypothesis is correct, it's likely incomplete and doesn't explain all facets of depression.
Medicaid: A vital lifeline for mental health care
Posted on Feb 14 2017
NAMI CEO Mary Gilibart's commentary warns that Congress is considering changes to Medicaid that could set back the cause of improving mental health care and deny care to millions of Americans with mental illness. Medicaid is the most important funder of services for people with mental illness. About one-third of people added to Medicaid in the states that have expanded the program live with a mental illness or substance use condition.
The ACA Debate: Move Forward, Not Back
Posted on Feb 07 2017
Lives are at stake. CEO Mary Giliberti's HP blog quotes residents of California, Michigan and Pennsylvania. NAMI’s position is non-partisan and simple. We want to keep what works and make the mental health care system even better than it is today.
Mental illness advocate weighs in on gun regulation repeal
Posted on Feb 04 2017
“The intent is good to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill but the process of just allowing the Social Security to sorta willy nilly decide who that is.. Is probably not the best way to handle that," said Paton Blough, a member of the NAMI South Carolina board.
Dating & Mental Illness: 5 Ways to Deal
Posted on Feb 01 2017
The growing number of undiagnosed mental illnesses—specifically in the Black community —is a nagging concern. According to NAMI, “a good relationship provides valuable social support during difficult times..”