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Breaking Barriers Wellness & Counseling

Hip-Hop, an Alternative Cure for Mental Illness

Psychiatrists from Cambridge University claim that hip-hop therapy – the purposeful use of Hip-Hop culture in a therapeutic relationship – can help people who are depressed or mentally ill cope with their corresponding conditions. In an article published in The Lancet Psychiatry, this team of researchers says that lyrics that speak of overcoming struggles and difficult conditions offer a form of refuge for the desperate.

Low Self-Esteem in Teenagers

It is normal for any teenage to lack confidence every now and then, however, people with self-esteem issues tend to have a different way of seeing things. Low self-esteem, especially for younger people, can be particularly difficult. This is because most of them are still looking for safe places to ground themselves, form trustworthy friendships and connections. Equipping your child with positive self-esteem is important as it gives them the confidence to try out new things, take healthy and well-calculated risks of their own accord, and solve problems with complete trust in their own capabilities.

Confronting the Mental Health Stigma in the Black Community

There is a negative stigma surrounding mental health existing in the black community. Instead of seeking help from a mental health counselor for conditions like anxiety, PTSD, and depression, many resort to self-medication, drug abuse, or isolation. This existing issue of masking one’s pain is especially rampant among black men who have been brought up in a society that believed “men are not supposed to cry” and that “men should deal with their problems on their own.”

What Is Happening to the African American Youth?

According to Dr. Jeffrey Bridge, a researcher at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, suicide rates among African American children aged 5 to 11 have increased since 1993 and arepersisting. Suicide was ranked as the 14th leading cause of death among African American youth in 1993, but as of today, it has risen in the 10th place with rates that nearly double compared to other races.

Spotting Suicidal Warning Signs on Social Media

One of the most challenging things about helping somebody with a mental health condition is recognizing whether their social media activity indicates suicidal intent or not. With one too many people using social media like online diaries, it can be difficult to differentiate normal sadness from disconcerting depression.

How You Can Help a Friend in Need

One of the most hard-hitting things a person can experience is hearing a friend or family member tell them they want to die. And while it can be tempting to write it off as attention-seeking, it is important to take all warning signs and suicidal ideation seriously.

What Blank Panther Is Doing for the Mental Health of African Americans

“Representation affects people’s identity.” – Dr. Ruth Shim, Director of Cultural Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis.

Different Treatments for Bipolar Disorder

If you or someone you know has a bipolar disorder, there is still hope. Some treatments can support the recovery of people with bipolar disorder

How Can I Eat More Mindfully?

Implementing a healthy diet plan can do a lot to improve your overall mood and sense of well-being. Breaking Barriers Wellness & Counseling, your trusted and responsible provider of mental health care in North Carolina is here to give you a few tips on how to start making positive changes in the way you eat.

How to Avoid Hampering Your Relationships

We all have our wounds and unresolved issues, and often we unknowingly drag these into our relationships. That is why Breaking Barriers Wellness & Counseling is here to provide you with top-quality mental health care in North Carolina, to help you put a stop to your self-sabotaging tendencies.