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Fun? Apps, games simulate disabilities

There are dazzling phone apps, Xbox games and computer software that can give users a sense of what it’s like to fly, fire weapons at zombies and aliens, steal cars, and make millions of dollars managing businesses. There are also an increasing number of digital simulations that can give the non-disabled some idea of what it’s like to have a disability.

Memory study a step toward better helping those with depression

Depression can really take over a person's life. For some, getting out of bed in the morning can be one of the most challenging tasks of the day. For others, their depression can leave them unable to function to their full capacity in the workplace. 

Study: Diabetes risk for young people on atypical antipsychotics

For those living with a mental illness, taking an atypical antipsychotic is a regular part of their day. Most even look to these prescribed medications to maintain or improve their quality of life. However, a recent study points to the fact that there are health risks associated with many of these needed medications. 

Social stigma of mental illness far from reality

It seems only right for a CBS News report on the social stigma attached to mental illnesses to include commentary by the director of the Mental Health Peer Connection. In this news report she talked about how the organization she works for is helping to keep people out of the hospital and in the community. 

Those with mental illness may qualify for disability

According to the National Institute for Mental Health, among those between the ages of 15 and 44, mental illness is the leading cause of disability. These illnesses range in type and severity from bipolar disorder to depression and everything in between.

How accurate or helpful is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual?

The latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is set for reveal at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting later this month. This text is meant to assist health professionals in determining diagnoses for individuals struggling with mental illness. There are some notable changes to the new version, but largely the criteria for diagnoses continue to rely heavily on clusters of symptoms. Accordingly, the National Institute of Mental Health feels that this it is time to rely on other data beyond the DSM in diagnosing individuals with mental struggles.

An unseen struggle can mean an insidious inability to work

There are all kinds of debilitating illnesses and conditions in New Jersey that can prevent an individual from being able to work. Additionally, there are conditions that are not always apparent. In many instances, it is impossible to simply look at an individual and discern whether he or she is able to work. It is far more complicated than that. In many instances, it takes more than an able body for an individual to work and provide an income for him or herself.

Hope for those suffering with major depression in New Jersey

According to a survey sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, almost half of the individuals desperately struggling with major depression do not get the help and medical attention that they need. In many instances, individuals in New Jersey that are desperately struggling with major depression can barely get out of bed, much less go to work.

Stigma surrounding mental illness can stop some from seeking help

According to a survey sponsored by the National Institute for Mental Health, almost half of the individuals that are suffering with major depression do not receive the medical treatment they need. With other illnesses that inhibit the ability of an individual in New Jersey to work, there are more obvious symptoms and tests that can point to an individual's inability to work. There are not blood tests or scans that can indicate an individual with major depression is unable to work. However, mental illness can take a profound toll and absolutely prevent an individual from being able to work.

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