Mental Illness

A National Shame: The Mentally Ill Homeless

95 comments – Posted in: Opinion

One of our nation’s greatest shames is the number of homeless people adrift in the streets and parks of our cities. And of the estimated 744,000 people who are homeless on any given night, 40 to 45 percent of them have a serious mental illness. Most of these mentally ill people go untreated, and unable [...]

Evil Twins: Smoking and Mental Illness, Part 2

53 comments – Posted in: Anxiety

There are all sorts of reasons for people to quit smoking, and for people with mental illnesses, there are even more. Smokers with mental illnesses are at an accelerated risk of diabetes, heart attacks, and stroke. In addition, smoking has adverse effects on many of the most common psychiatric drugs. The negative effects of nicotine [...]

Evil Twins: Smoking and Mental Illness, Part 1

23 comments – Posted in: Anxiety

Smoking and mental illness are tightly bound together to a surprising degree. People with mental illnesses are up to 4 times more likely to smoke than the general populace. And people with mental illness smoke much more than other smokers.  Nicotine provides a long list of positive benefits for the mentally ill, which encourages them [...]

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