For mental health educators, starting a psychiatry blog is one way to help their students learn more about the medical specialty without reading it from a textbook. Of course, all information that will be included is based on related literature and public scholastic references regarding the field of psychiatry.
“There’s a lot of science grounding expressive language writing and journaling as being an extremely helpful piece for maintaining mental wellness. You don’t want patients just to use their 50-minute sessions to process what’s going on in their lives. Instead, we should be helping them create a toolbox of ways to express themselves that they can use not only outside of therapy but in place of therapy at some point.” – Deborah Serani, PsyD,
If you are planning to develop your psychiatry blog, read more on the following.
Start with History
As the elders say, we are not here today without our history. It is always nice to know part and parcel of what the old psychiatry was and how it evolved. You can start by describing the different ages of mental health and illness continuum until the present time:
The Ancient Times. Also known as The Dark Ages of Psychiatry where inhumane treatment of persons with mental illness is described.
Period of Enlightenment. This era paved the way for the creation of mental institutions where the mentally ill persons are admitted and taken care of. This is the beginning of reform in psychiatry.
The Period of Scientific Study. Different theories were presented to discuss and rationalize human behavior, both in regular and abnormal perspectives. Famous psychiatric personalities were introduced together with their theoretical frameworks.
Development of Psychopharmacology. The use of medicines in treating and managing the symptoms of mental illness started.
The Age of Deinstitutionalization. The premise that persons with mental illness can recover fast and avoid relapse if they are treated in their communities rather than in a mental health institution. This has shifted the gear of mental health treatment towards community mental health.
Of course, just like any history lessons, it will also include the present times. Discussions on ongoing reforms concerning mental health and eradicating stigmatization are still hot topics today.
Discussion on Mental Illness
To date, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders, 5th edition is the latest reference to all mental disorders. Using this text and other relevant recommendations, you can include in your blog-specific discussions on the many types of mental disorders. You can present statistics, causes, symptoms, available treatment, and complications.
Treatments and Therapies
Either you include this in the mental disorder category, or you can have a separate category for therapies and treatments only. This will consist of specific medications, applicable psychotherapies, and support systems.
Psychiatry and mental illness are sensitive issues to handle. It is proper to present topics on laws affecting the treatment of persons with mental illness and other legal implications that help your readers if they are having some problems with the legal aspect.
Management of Mental Illness
This is going to be the core and heart of your blog. People turn to the internet to find solutions to their problems. Gather all critical information, specifically evidence-based practice information on the latest and accepted treatments concerning a mental health disorder. If you can include data coming from personal accounts or sharing stories of real people with mental health concerns, then this is most appealing to your readers.
Lastly, don’t forget to write a disclaimer that all information in your blog does not substitute a personal consultation and evaluation with a mental health professional. This will protect you from any possible legal actions that a reader may take against your blog.