You’re Not Alone in Feeling Alone

A spreading health problem: loneliness.
Rahman Mohamed

In the UK Prime Minister Theresa May created the “Minister of Loneliness”.  Studies suggest that loneliness can be as unhealthy as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.  Loneliness can be not being with another person.  For some loneliness is a way of life, working from an apartment and living without a roommate.

Others experience loneliness because of isolation – cut off from other people.  Some who is around or with other people but is separated and feels loneliness.  It can be physical isolation, not having anyone to be with because of where you are.  Even though you’re in a packed office you’re cut off from everyone because you’re in a cubicle.  Because the bathrooms are private the only place you talk to co-workers is at the water fountain or while you’re in line for the bathroom.  When commuting anywhere you’re on public transit and not with someone you know.

Isolation loneliness is also experienced because of exclusion, not with others because they don’t want you with them, aka the high school popularity effect that leaves you alone to suffer loneliness.  Someone who lives in Canada but doesn’t drink and know how to play hockey is left out of the weekly Saturday bar night when people talk about their week, plans, and themselves, not just Nazim Kadri and how he’s playing against Montreal. Continue reading

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Bipolar Disorder: Extreme Changes

Bipolar disorder: not just anger and smile
Rahman Mohamed

Bipolar Disorder: Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) defines it as a mood disorder.  A mood disorder is a condition when a person feels a certain way for a long time.  Everyone has that time when they feel as if they’re on cloud nine; or that time when they’re sitting in the dumpster and nobody could be feeling worse.  The difference between that and a mood disorder: how long you feel a certain way and the intensity.

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Answers to the Mental Health Crossword

Rahman Mohamed

Read the answers and learn more about mental health

Read the answers and learn more about mental health

Here are the answers to last week’s crossword.  Read the clues below to learn more about mental health. Continue reading