This blog has been created to introduce you to mental health issues around the world, many of which are unique to particular cultures. While most of you already have some knowledge about mental health, I encourage you to read some of the articles, watch some of the videos, and think about some of the dilemmas presented here. The consequences of mental illness for the sufferer, their family, and society are staggering when left untreated.
Here you get a glimpse of Antonio Lambert's life story with an accompanying video.
Antonio Lambert has a combined diagnosis: a mood disorder
and drug addiction, among the scariest diagnoses in psychiatry. Each problem ‘inflames the other,’ in a
vicious cycle. Antonio is an ex-convict
who has had several run-ins with the law.
He has used a combination of coping strategies, medication,
and spirituality to combat his illness. However, he still has tendencies of relapsing,
but is able to detect the lurking ‘monster’ and seek help when needed.
He has become a ‘peer counselor’ to help others with similar backgrounds.