Stigma – and Other Factors – Affect Blacks’ Use of Mental Health Services

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Susan Weinstein, Editor in Chief
Care for Your Mind

Black History Month provides an opportunity to consider the lives of African-Americans and other Black people in the U.S. At Care for Your Mind, every week we look at issues of quality of and access to mental health care. That leads us to approaching Black History Month with the objective of recognizing barriers to care today, understanding why they exist, and seeking answers to the question of what can be done to improve both the quality of and access to mental health care.

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Advocacy Raises Awareness About Both PCOS and the Associated Mental Health Conditions

Anuja Dokras

Anuja Dokras, MD, PhD, Director, PENN Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Center, Medical Director, Reproductive Surgical Facility
Carmina Charles, MD, Endocrinologist, Florida Hospital Diabetes and Endocrine Center
Sasha Ottey, Executive Director of PCOS Challenge, Inc.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormone disorder in women. Some parts of the world report that close to one-quarter of their female population is affected by PCOS. The impact of PCOS is far-reaching and can lead to some of the most distressing, painful, uncomfortable, and expensive burdens on health and quality of life.

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The State of Research on PCOS and Mental Health

Dr. John Barry

Dr. John Barry, Honorary Lecturer in Psychology, University College London

What we know about PCOS and mental health
Women with PCOS are more likely to experience depression and anxiety than other women. This is likely due to the unwanted symptoms of PCOS, such as acne, body hair, menstrual problems, fertility problems, and weight gain.

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Andrea Braverman on the Mental Health Impacts of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Andrea Braverman

Andrea M. Braverman, PhD
Associate Director of the Educational Core, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University

Sasha Ottey
Executive Director of PCOS Challenge, Inc.

Mental and emotional wellness should be included in the health care and management of women and girls with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Having a chronic condition is challenging for anyone’s mental health, especially if battling a mysterious illness or one perceived to have established control over one’s body.

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Audrey’s PCOS Story: From Suicidal to Inspirational (and Loving Life!)

Audrey Holsclaw

Audrey Holsclaw and Dr. Gretchen Kubacky

CFYM developed this four-part series in collaboration with The National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association. According to the National Institute of Health, women with PCOS are more likely to have mood disorders.

Audrey’s story is a powerful testament to the ways in which polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)-related psychological issues can have a profoundly negative effect on quality of life – and of how taking action can dramatically change life for the better. The PCOS Psychologist, Dr. Gretchen Kubacky (“Dr. Gretchen”), comments throughout, and offers three action steps you can follow now. Here is Audrey’s story:

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Break Down the Silos, Work Together for Change

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
Helen Keller

The mental health care system is notoriously divided into silos of narrow interests. Not only is mental health seen as distinct from physical health, and distinct from substance use disorders, but there is little collaboration – or even conversation – between and among people living with mental health conditions and their families, mental health care providers, professional associations, advocacy organizations, researchers, community health centers, hospital systems, and so on. This division works against our ability to effectively and collectively advocate for improvements to the mental health care system.

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Healthcare Reform Readings from Care for Your Mind

Healthcare Reform: Selected Readings from CFYMEarlier this year, Families for Depression Awareness (FFDA) and the National Council for Behavioral Health held “The American Health Care Act: What’s at Stake for Our Mental Health?,” a webinar that provides an overview of access to mental health care prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and what the ACA accomplished for people with mental health conditions...

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Defining Value in Treatment of Mental Health and Co-Occurring Conditions

Allen Doederlein, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Among people who advocate for any health issue, there often exists a dynamic tension between championship of the perfect treatment scenario for each individual with a particular condition and, on the other hand, the desire to meet the most important and frequently occurring needs of as many people as possible within the total population affected by the same condition.

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