Suicide Prevention

There is hope. If you or a loved one is suffering from suicidal thoughts in the United States, call 988

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ADHD vs. Anxiety

While they may seem very different on the surface, ADHD and anxiety share similar features, and can often be difficult to differentiate. It is also not uncommon for someone to meet criteria for both these diagnoses, but it is important to understand them in order to...

Does Social Media Cause Eating Disorders?

9% of the US population will experience an eating disorder in their lifetime, although statistics of subclinical rates of disordered eating are significantly higher. Next to opioid overdose, they are among the most lethal mental illnesses, responsible for one death...

How Radical Acceptance Can Dramatically Improve Your Mental Health

Radical acceptance refers to fully and wholeheartedly accepting every moment for what it is. The concept comes from the idea that attachment to pain causes suffering- rather than the pain itself. By letting go of self-judgment and unrealistic expectations, you can...

Lesser-Known OCD Themes: Subtypes You May Be Surprised to Know Exist

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is often thought of as a disorder of extreme cleanliness and organization. While contamination and perfection are common obsessions, OCD encompasses a wide variety of themes.  In this article, we’ll go through some of the...

4 Types of Dissociation & Their Coping Strategies

Dissociation refers to a sense of disconnect from yourself, your surroundings, and your external experiences. It’s often associated with trauma, and it can occur at any point in your life. Dissociation itself is not a mental illness, however, it can be a hallmark...

What is Motivational Interviewing?

Motivational interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based therapeutic approach that helps ambivalent people make changes. When used appropriately, MI can help people decide how they want to proceed moving forward- even if they experience fear or resistance.  MI is...

OCD in Kids: Myths, Signs, & Treatment Options

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a specific anxiety disorder consisting of recurrent, obsessive thoughts and repetitive, compulsive behaviors. OCD symptoms can range from mildly distressing to severely debilitating.  Understanding OCD in Children Many adults...

What to Know About the Dark Empath

New research has identified a term known as the dark empath, which some refer to as the most dangerous personality type. Note this is not a recognized personality disorder. Let’s explore what the term means, and what you need to know....

Signs of Self-Harm & How to Help

Self-harm (also known as self-injury) refers to intentionally harming oneself on purpose. Anyone can self-harm, but it’s particularly prominent among adolescents and young adults. One study found that 8% of people between ages 12-17 and 1 in 4 of all young people have...

How to Help a Teenager With Anxiety

Today’s teenagers are facing unprecedented levels of anxiety, and it can be difficult to know how to help. Read on to learn some key points to keep in mind when helping the teens in your life.  What does anxiety look like in teenagers? When it is formally diagnosed,...

Have a Life-Saving Conversation

With the rates of completed suicide are rising, (it is currently the 10th-leading cause of death), it’s more important than ever to get properly educated on the topic and understand options for help.

“Are you having thoughts about hurting yourself or others?”

Asking a loved one if they are struggling with thoughts of self-harm or suicidal ideation can be a difficult topic to bring up, but it can save a life. Practice compassionate questioning, listen openly and offer support free from judgment. In an emergency, call 911. You can learn more about how to have this life-saving conversation.

Causes of Suicide

It is estimated that 30% to 70% of suicide victims suffer from major depression or bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder. Source

Suicide in Males

Suicide is 4X higher among men compared to women, accounting for nearly 80% of all US suicides. Source

Create a Safety Plan

Leveraging support systems, access to care, and education all contribute to preventing suicide. Start your safety plan with “Patient Safety Plan Template.” 

Watch In-Depth Educational Series

MedCircle is proud to provide in-depth series covering a variety of mental health topics. Access our video library here or on the MedCircle app.

Understanding suicidal ideation

Session 1 – Suicidal Ideation 101: The Stages and When to Seek Help

In our first session, triple-board certified forensic and neuropsychologist, Dr. Judy Ho explains the nature of suicidal ideation and why it can evolve to something more serious. She also shares when you or your loved one should seek immediate help.

Session 2 – Risk Factors & Causes of Suicidal Ideation: A Breakdown

Dr. Judy provides a comprehensive breakdown of the biological, environmental, and psychological causes and risk factors of suicidal ideation.

Session 3 – How to Recognize the Signs of Suicidal Ideation

The signs of suicidal ideation are not obvious. Dr. Judy shares the physical, behavioral and emotional signs and how you can recognize them in this session.

Session 4 – How to Approach Talk to Someone with Suicidal Ideation

Understanding how to approach someone experiencing suicidal ideation is difficult. In this session, Dr. Judy breaks down how to handle this delicate situation.

Session 5 – Treatment Options and Long-Term Management of Suicidal Ideation

In our final session, Dr. Judy shares effective treatments and interventions for suicidal ideation. She also shares what life can look like in the long-term for someone who has suffered from suicidal thoughts.

Dianne Grossman cyberbullying

Session 1 – What to Know About Cyberbullying & Why It’s So Widespread in Schools

Dr. Domenick Sportelli is a double-board certified child & adolescent psychiatrist and father of three boys. Dianne Grossman lost her 12-year-old daughter, Mallory Grossman, to suicide. Diane is now a brave and strong voice in anti-bullying. In our first session, Dr. Dom and Dianne break down what parents and loved ones absolutely need to understand about cyberbullying in today’s generation of children and teenagers. They reveal the key differences between “traditional” bullying and cyberbullying. Dianne shares her daughter, Mallory’s story and why cyberbullying can lead to such drastic mental health outcomes like self-injury and suicide.

Session 2 – How to Spot Symptoms from Cyberbullying & Handle the Situation Sensitively

Dr. Dom, Dianne, and Kyle explain the neurological impacts of cyberbullying on children, and why it affects them more deeply than it would an adult. They also discuss why kids bully in the first place, and how to teach empathy to children. They also shed light on the telltale signs that a child or teenager is a victim of online harassment—even if that child or teenager is trying to hide it—and how to communicate with them once you spot those signs.

Session 3 – How Parents, Schools, & Peers Can Help Victims of Cyberbullying

Spotting the signs that your child or loved one is a target of online harassment is one thing. Understanding how to combat cyberbullying, and ensure a positive mental health outcome for your child or loved one, is another. This session walks through how both siblings and parents can best support victims of cyberbullying in the short- and long-term. Kyle, Dianne and Dr. Dom also share how the educational and online landscapes need to change in order to fight the destruction of cyberbullying.

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