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My thread from early 2018 popped up on my TL. Even more relevant today. #COVID__19 #MentalHealthMatters

Thread on #MentalHealthAwareness

Approximate number of psychiatrists in Pakistan is around 400 (yes. That's not a typo). 70-80% of these live in or around large cities.
It works out to about 1 psychiatrist/500K people. International standard is 1 psychiatrist for 10-15K people. There are almost no recognized Psychiatry sub-specialty training programs in Pakistan in psychiatry which means we are not training
We are not training any child/geriatric/addiction/forensic psychiatrists. In addition, many psychs are over 55 or 60 meaning they will retire soon. @WHO
has predicted a sharp rise in the incidence of depression and mental illness over the next decade (this is Pre-COVID)
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So you wanna know more about #therapy while #BlackInAmerica :
[A brief #MedEd 🧵] 🛋
Kick back and read along while I answer some common questions about therapy for #mentalhealth and #wellbeing :
[#medtwitter #BlackTwitter #MentalHealthAwareness #bipocmentalhealthmonth ]➡️
Questions addressed in this 🧵:
📌Wait therapy? I thought you were a psychiatrist?
📌Therapy, isn’t that just for rich white people?
📌How can I be sure they ain’t just putting my business in the street?
📌 Okay, I may be interested, but how do I find one? #psychtwitter ➡️
✅All psychiatrist are therapist, but not all therapist are psychiatrist.

Okay, this is a very general statement, but true.
All graduates of medical residency programs in General and Child/Teen Psychiatry have been trained in different types of psycho-therapy. Psycho like 🧠➡️
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President Trump holds a roundtable with Americans whose lives were positively impacted by law enforcement. @POTUS @realDonaldTrump
"...our officers have been under vicious assault & hundreds of police have been injured, several murdered. You’ve been reading about it, just like I’ve been seeing it. Reckless politicians have defamed our law enforcement heroes as the enemy." #NeverForget
"They call them the enemy. They actually go and say that 'they’re enemy' and even call them an 'invading army'. These radical politicians want to defund and abolish the police from our nation." -President Trump
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Many not only make themselves wretched in this way, but they sacrifice health and happiness to a morbid imagination. There are things in their surroundings that are not agreeable, and their countenances wear a continual frown

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that more plainly than words expresses discontent. These depressing emotions are a great injury to them healthwise, for by hindering the process of digestion they interfere with nutrition. While grief and anxiety cannot remedy a single evil, they can do great harm;

but cheerfulness and hope, while they brighten the pathway of others, "are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh"

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“I was asked last week, ‘who is your best friend?’ I don’t know. I don’t use language like that anymore. It doesn’t fit. I have friends that hold the keys to different doors of my personality. Some open my heart. Some my laughter. Some my mischief. Some my sin. Some my civic
urgency. Some my history. Some my rawest confusion and vulnerability.

“Some friends, who may not be ‘the closest’ to me, have the most important key for me in a moment of my life. Some, who may be as close as my own skin, may not have what I need today. It’s ok if our spouses or
partners don’t have every key. How could they? It isn’t a failure if they don’t open every single door of who you are. The million-room-mansion of identity cannot overlap perfectly with anyone.
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This is a #Thread of all the #BestDialogues from the movie #PerksofbeingaWallflower !
Do read.Excellent movie and insights. Excellent depiction of sensitive issues.
Was very relatable for me.
I do identify as a Wallflower around Superficial people.Small talk doesn't interest me.
I have often felt like a black sheep amongst my extended family get togethers.
I do believe I'm a little weird🤣but I embrace it.😁
Shout out to all the people that think outside the box!!😊

Yes, pretty much my life.
I feel what I feel extremely.
I have only now learned to control my reactions, but I do feel things immensely.
And I'm no longer ashamed of being sensitive to others' or my emotions. 😊

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Why does this loss feel like a personal one to a lot of us?!
My personal opinion on this.

It's been a week. Last Sunday at around 2.30 PM, my best friend sent me a SS and I was stunned to see this heartbreaking news about this exceptional human. 1/n
I absorbed it quite quickly. As a Doctor, I'm used to hearing such news and then I went numb. My sister was literally in tears.I was consoling her.Trying,with little success.She kept saying it's a conspiracy.Still does.We weren't huge fans but we've been following his journey 2/n
Since he was in Pavitra Rishta.This jolly, always smiling,humble,as he seemed,had that vibes or aura around him. He seemed like a good human. And he was extremely cute. His smile ❤
And after he came to Bollywood with Kai Po Che, his talent was visible on the big screen. 3/n
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Who is a psychologist? Why do we need one? I'm not crazy, why should I visit a psychologist? I would rather talk to a friend instead of talking to a psychologist. Approaching a psychologist puts my honour at risk, and also my family's.
Several questions of such kind always occur in our mind, when it is suggested to us to visit a psychologist. We need to understand why it is important to talk to a psychologist when in need. We need to understand the importance of being aware, and taking care of our mental health
And before that, it is important to understand what a psychologist is and how he or she can help us when in need.
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THREAD: #RIPPrekshaMehta

Preksha was only 25, an actress, and severely depressed, let that sink in.

The heartbreaking suicide of Preksha Mehta is proof that not everyone can understand the pain behind a smile. We need to talk about mental health more.
A smile can be misleading, just because someone seems to have their life together, is seldom the case. No matter how lavish someone’s life may seem on social/mainstream media, there’s more than what meets the eye!
We also need to stop being dismissive by saying things like, “You’re being over dramatic” or “Don’t think too much” or “It’s okay, others have it worse. You’re privileged.”

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The frontal lobe of the brain is responsible for our behaviour, consciousness, emotions, judgement, planning, self-control, and our will-power. It is the control centre of our being. 1/3 #MentalHealthAwareness
Damage or compromise in this part of the brain can result in depression, addictions, loss of sexual inhibitions, indifference to rules or consequences for actions, and a lack of concern for others. The frontal lobe wields extensive control over our mental health. 2/3
Could you be engaging in something that is damaging or compromising your frontal lobe? Find out by taking the Comprehensive Depression Assessment @ 3/3

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Quick piece of #MedEd #MentalHealthAwareness given the recent discussion around #PTSD
Q. What is PTSD?
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
It's defined as a complex set of responses to a traumatic event which persists for more than a month -- it lasts a while and this time can vary
Q. What is a traumatic event?
ANY event that causes you to feel stressed, threatened or traumatised. People perceive these differently. Incl but not limited to: sexual or physical abuse, accidents, natural disasters, war, diagnosis of a terminal/severe illness, witnessing death
Anyone who has witnessed or survived a traumatic event is at risk of developing PTSD.
Q. What puts people at risk?
Having an existing mental health illness, lower socioeconomic status, younger age when exposed to the trauma, LACK OF SOCIAL SUPPORT, prior traumatic events
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1/ Little Thread about all The Misleading Medical Information still floating around about #Hydroxychloroquine & #Chloroquine & #Azithromycin & #ZelenkoProtocol - by 1 doctor - @zev_dr & #Remdesivir & more

Despite #TrumpIsNotADoctor has stopped saying "What do you have to lose?".
2/ #TrumpIsTheWORSTPresidentEVER

First, why it has been political all the way, suspected from day one:

"Trump had been touting HCQ for weeks, sparking worldwide shortages of HCQ & prompting negotiations with Indian PM Modi to lift export restrictions"…
3/ #Trump2020

Indian PM Modi and Trump held a rally together.

"Mr Trump wanted to show people in the US that he was hugely popular abroad and that he was capable of negotiating good deals out of a country he once described as the king of tariffs"…
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Emerson, my 11 year old, is on a bit of a wild ride with the @USPS and our local mail carrier, Doug.

And, I think there’s a deeper message to it all.

First, the backstory...
Em has a serious letter writing habit. She maintains active correspondence with over a dozen of her favorite people. And, if you’ve been the lucky recipient of one of Em’s hand decorated letters and envelopes, then you have a pretty good idea of the joy they bring.
A letter from Emerson is likely to include some art, a joke or two, a mention of her younger brother, confessions of her love for Taylor Swift and enough questions to guarantee a response.
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Is this police officer in his right mind? Even if this is a joke (made in bad taste), I cannot stand this kind of mentality from our police. I am extremely appalled. @commrguanzon
@pnppio Hello, is this behaviour tolerated by the PNP? Making distasteful jokes about mental health issues and shooting people? His bio also says "I'm a FORCE to be reckoned with". @chrgovph
His demeanor may be an outlier from the dignified and law-abiding ranks of the PNP, but it is alarming to see a uniformed officer issue statements like these online. It does not elicit public trust at all.
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Thread....1. If like me you have had a diagnosis of CPTSD then please don’t be alarmed if any of those symptoms return or are heightened during this period of uncertainty especially hyper vigilance as we face the gauntlet of leaving the house to exercise or food shopping for
2. essential items, if the feelings of loneliness are heightened, if you are feeling fearful and can’t explain why, if your past coping mechanisms have returned,if your sleep is disturbed, if your appetite has changed, if you feel a sense of foreboding,if your having vivid dreams
3. If you are emotional, if you feel angry, if your feeling profound sadness, if you feel your security has been ripped from underneath you....For many of us,some, or all, of these things are completely normal reactions to abnormal circumstances, don’t be afraid to voice it as
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Just wanted to share with you an experience I had yesterday. Many of you won’t know me, or my story, or much less care. But I’m gonna tell you what happened anyway. A massive row took place between me and those supposedly closest to me. After many battles
against my demons, and issues with my living situation, this was my tipping point. I drove away with every intention of ending my life. As ‘luck’ would have it, it was @andysmanclubuk day. I decided to drive there, and see if I could be dissuaded from going
ahead with my plan. I arrived very early so I sat in my car and cried my eyes out. I then texted my mental health advocate out of desperation and told her what I was going to do. She then sent the police over. When they arrived they put me in the police van
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Here's my latest* update to my vetted collection of Twitter Disability and Chronic Illness hashtags. Please share it!

Thank you :-) Graffiti background. Foreground in black letters on a  white background to the left reads “Twitter Disability and Chronic Illness Hashtags”<br />
This collection is current as of 01.30.20, previous Twitter update 09.11.19.

There's a PDF version coming up this weekend, to be posted to my Kofi profile. I'll add the link toward the end when it goes up, after the questions, where you can also sign up for email updates.
This version has added

- community suggestions,
- mental health hashtags,
- Medical crowdfunding hashtags,
- and a section for cancer-related hashtags.
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I have struggled a lot with depression this week. In the spectrum of my depression, this episode has been very mild but long lasting. It feels like I’m in slow motion with the world whizzing me by. I try to talk about my mental health here but everything
sounds so stupid. I went to my doctor today and got a medication adjustment so we’ll see how that goes. But let me tell you what a fun ride struggling with bipolar disorder AND anxiety is— I complained about how since I have been medicated for anxiety, I feel no emotion.
Because of the bipolar disorder, I’m limited on what medication I can take for general anxiety (the usual antidepressant medication strategy triggers manias). I was basically given the choice between being anxious or feeling numb. #ComorbidityOnFleek
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I want to plead in the spirit of the yuletide that all hostilities towards @KemiOlunloyo should cease. You will recall that despite all she did back then, we still championed the appeal and advocacy towards her release in port harcourt. We should give people a chance to change.
We all have something to contribute and society heals when we help direct the gift of others towards common good. There are no pyramids in social work. It is not in my place to give permission, validate, venerate, verify or vilify anyone. We need more active citizens no doubt.
We are not better than what we criticize if we fail to forgive. I understand a lot of vile things & lies are still out there which she will clear up in due course but please give her a chance to turn a new leaf for the sake of all. She has the potential & Nigeria needs more hands
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'Meet the depressed' should be trending as an effort to help #EndTheStigma of depression and mental illness in America. I'm ignoring the real reason it's trending in order to share some facts.
'Meet the depressed'
1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year
1 in 25 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34
'Meet the depressed'

19.1% of U.S. adults experienced mental illness in 2018 (47.6 million people). This represents 1 in 5 adults.

4.6% of U.S. adults experienced serious mental illness in 2018 (11.4 million people). This represents 1 in 25 adults.

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‘Moderation’. What does that mean to you? How do you define it? Are you comfortable with how much, how often and the state you get in when you drink? If you’re curious why not read on. I’ll relate where I started from. #AlcoholAwarenessWeek #MentalHealthAwareness
I’m going to cover this in ‘5 Ages of Man’. That’s because I look back and think some of this is tied up in quite a toxic version of ‘masculinity’. It’s important to note that like many issues for me this was pre-mortem to the Army.
The Teenager. Like many my age I started drinking at about 14. Pubs, going out and at home. ‘Moderation’ in my house was a relative term and I look back now and alcohol was a problem from here on in. Lack of boundaries, lack of realisation and I built a BIG tolerance.
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So I wanted to give a little insight about my mental illness. I mulled it over because I was kind of scared to talk about something I suffer with for fear of lack of understanding. Then last night I watched a documentary that hit something on its head. /1
I was diagnosed with schizophrenia officially in 2003. At the time I was 26 going on 27. But I had shown symptoms earlier than that I choose to ignore until I could not. Yes sadly some of the tropes of schizophrenia happened to me. /2
Including from what I was told but dont really recall an incident of leaving my home with nothing on whatsoever. Something as a rape survivor scared the mess out of me. I was fortunate someone who cared about my well being got me home. /3
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Tomorrow marks my 6th week and final day in outpatient treatment for depression as part of my #bipolar disorder. It is also the day I start a new journal so I’m going to do a thread using a journal prompt, known as GLADS+1, that I was taught in treatment. (1/10)
G. I am GRATEFUL to have the resources (insurance, employment, family support) to have sought the help I needed during a really dark time in my life. (2/10)
L. I LEARNED that while I have a mental illness, it does not make me any less capable of thriving in this world. Getting on the right medication combination taught me a whole array of new emotions that I am learning not just to live with, but to love. (3/10)
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It's #WorldMentalHealthDay2019 & I want to say that mental health issues can be big or small, they can happen any time. So here's a THREAD about something that happened to me this year. You know I'm gallus af, right? I don't really feel shame - I mean, as an emotion, BUT .../1
I had been on the road a few days doing events & I'd been booked for this festival. So I turned up & it was *cool* - like it was full of folk with tattooes & everyone was super talented. Disarmingly goodlooking people were left and right. So I did something I don't normally do .2
I got nervous. To the point I considered just jumping in the car & driving straight home without telling anyone.I was going on in about an hour. Then I spotted this tent which was called the 'Mental Health tent'. I loitered for a bit. Then plucked up the courage to go over but /1
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