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Jaclyn Yared Grand Rapids' Blog

Why Mental and Physical Health Are Equally Important

“Just be a man and suck it up.” “Women are too emotional and overact.” “Well, if you have a bad attitude…” “Well, have you even tried not feeling depressed?” For far too long, we have hand waved away the seriousness of mental health. Can you imagine if we did the same...

Is Technology the Future of Mental Health Care?

We all know someone facing mental health challenges. That isn’t an idle platitude, but a near-certain statistical probability. For example, as many as one in four Brits suffer from mental health-related issues in some form. Mental illness is a huge aspect of modern...

Do We Interfere with Our Own Mental Health Care?

Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint is framed as a joke, and one centered around the idea of a traditional Yiddish schlemiel-style character recounting their sexual exploits to a psychiatrist in a way that sears and satirizes American society. Dated sexual politics...

How to Speak to Your Employer about Mental Health

Few things have the potential to fill employees with fear quite as much as the prospect of telling their employer about a mental health condition. This is extraordinarily tragic and unfair, not least because it exposes a double standard born of ignorance regarding...

How Coaches Are Protecting Kids from Concussions

In recent years, the NFL has been forced to finally get serious about concussion avoidance, and for good reason. A lack of action on this subject left countless football players subject to the ravages of CTE, a devastating condition that leaves the brain with severe...

How Technology Is Making Sense of the Human Memory

One of the most enduring tropes in science fiction is to reimagine and reexamine the human brain through the context of robotic ones. In Star Trek: The Next Generation, for example, Data has “a positronic brain,” which, for plot and story purposes, functions much like...

How Does Bullying Impact Adolescents’ Brains?

Bullying has received added attention in recent years, and for a good reason. We are, unfortunately, living through something of a “golden age” of bullying. Social media harassment has come to complement traditional means of bullying in such a way as to allow bullies...