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In recent years there has been an obvious increase in mental health awareness. In 2022, SAMHSA reported that 19.8% of Americans are experiencing a mental health illness and 4.9% of Americans are suffering from a severe mental health crisis. With this knowledge, the necessity of mental health services is vitally important.

As a nurse in the mental health field, you will treat patients who struggle with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and many other psychiatric illnesses. The nurses that work with this special population are referred to as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (MSN-PMHNP). These are advanced practice nurses who are experts in their field. MSN-PMHNP are required to undergo special training beyond an RN degree. Fortunately, there are opportunities to take mental health courses online to avoid the rigidity of classroom learning.

Becoming an MSN-PMHNP

An MSN-PMHNP is an advanced practice nurse who provides mental health services. This is a perfect career for someone who wants to provide holistic care to people who struggle with acute or chronic mental health disturbances. These professionals may work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, community mental health organizations, and in some cases, private practices. An MSN-PMHNP can provide psychiatric drug therapies, crisis intervention, psychotherapy, or case management services. With the growing need for mental health assistance, these professionals are a valuable commodity to our society. One of the greatest benefits of pursuing a career as an MSN-PMHNP is that it provides the flexibility to take online courses.

Obtaining a degree

Essentially, the MSN-PMHNP is an ARNP with a specialization in psychiatric mental health services. The first step to becoming an MSN-PMHNP is to have an unencumbered RN license. The next step is to complete an advanced nursing practice graduate program with a specialization in psychiatric mental health services. Like most ARNP programs, it could take between 2 to 4 years to complete a PMHNP degree.

There are many different class modalities when pursuing an MSN-PMHNP. In most cases, students will choose an online PMHNP program because it provides the flexibility to be mobile during the learning process.

Online PMHNP programs provide access for students who may not live near a physical institution that provides the required courses. Online degree programs make it possible for students who live in rural areas to receive the necessary training to become an MSN-PMHNP. One of the greatest advantages of taking a mental health course online is that you can learn all the essential skills of an MSN-PMHNP from the comfort of your own home. Online degree programs also provide the flexibility to continue working as an RN while you pursue higher education.


With an online MSN-PMHNP degree, you can individualize your learning process. Students can review lectures and complete coursework from anywhere in the world, all they will need is a computer and a stable internet connection. As an MSN-PMHNP you can make a real difference in your community. An online degree program provides many benefits for busy students in any part of the United States.


Anyone who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will know that it can have a huge negative impact on their lives in many ways. If you want to avoid the many pitfalls of this condition, you need to ensure you seek medical assistance and get the right treatment for you. This can help to minimize the impact of PTSD on your day-to-day life, and it can make a huge positive difference in terms of your life quality.

Of course, people respond to different treatments for their health issues, and the same is true of PTSD. A lot of people these days turn to ketamine therapy for PTSD, and this has proven to be an ideal and very effective treatment for many. When you seek advice from your healthcare provider, they will look at various treatment options after you have been assessed. Some people are not familiar with ketamine therapy and are unsure whether it is the right option for them. In this article, we will look at some of the benefits to help you reach an informed decision.

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The Benefits to Keep in Mind

In order to determine whether ketamine therapy for PTSD is the right option for you, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the benefits. Some of the main ones are:

Many People Achieve Success

One thing to keep in mind when it comes to this treatment is that many people have achieved success with it even after other treatments have failed. The response rate with this treatment is very good, and this means that you may find it is ideal for you even if you have tried other treatments and found them to be ineffective. The high success rate is one of the things that makes this treatment an appealing option for a lot of sufferers.

It Helps with Many Symptoms

There are many serious symptoms associated with PTSD, and these can prove to be debilitating and distressing. From hypervigilance and emotional detachment to sleep problems, aggressive behaviors, and self-harm, there are lots of negative ways in which this condition can affect your life. The right treatment can help to combat and control many of these serious symptoms, which means that you can get your life back on track. Ketamine therapy has proven to be very effective in helping those who experience symptoms such as these.

You Benefit from Greater Ease and Convenience

One of the other benefits to keep in mind is that ketamine therapy offers ease and convenience, as it can be administered at home. Many people who suffer from PTSD struggle to go out and get treatment at unfamiliar facilities with strangers. However, with this treatment, it can be administered in the safety, comfort, and security of your own home, which makes it a far better option for a lot of people with this condition.

These are some of the many benefits that you should keep in mind if you are still unsure about ketamine therapy.


In a video posted on her Facebook account, Sinead O’Connor has said she feels “suicidal”.

Sinead O’Connor is seen crying in the 12-minute video, which she said she was uploading in an effort to help people understand mental illness.

“I am now living in a motel in New Jersey. I’m all by myself,” the singer said.

“Mental illness, it’s like drugs, it doesn’t [care] who you are, and equally what’s worse, the stigma doesn’t care who you are.”

“There’s absolutely nobody in my life except my doctor, my psychiatrist – the sweetest man on earth, who says I’m his hero – and that’s about the only thing keeping me alive at the moment… and that’s kind of pathetic.

“I want everyone to know what it’s like, that’s why I’m making this video.”

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Sinead O’Connor criticized her family for not taking better care of her over the last two years.

“I am one of millions… people who suffer from mental illness are the most vulnerable people on earth, we can’t take care of ourselves, you’ve got to take care of us,” she said.

“My entire life is revolving around not dying, and that’s not living. And I’m not going to die, but still, this is no way for people to be living.”

Sinead O’Connor was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2003, but she later said she had been misdiagnosed and actually suffered from depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ​(PTSD).


Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is an anxiety disorder which can develop after a very stressful, frightening or distressing event, or a prolonged traumatic experience.

People naturally feel afraid when in danger, but the legacy of some traumatic events is a change in perception of fear.

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They may feel stressed or frightened in day-to-day life.

PTSD can be caused by any traumatic event – including military conflict, serious road accidents, natural disasters, assaults, and muggings.

Patients typically tend to re-experience the event in flashbacks, avoid talking about it, have trouble sleeping, or experience a change in mood.


Lady Gaga has revealed she has been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since being raped at the age of 19.

The pop star talked about her mental illness during a visit to a homeless shelter for young LGBT people last month.

In a TV interview about the visit, Lady Gaga said: “I suffer from a mental illness – I suffer from PTSD. I’ve never told anyone that before.”

The 30-year-old singer first spoke publicly about the rape two years ago.

Lady Gaga has since admitted she blamed herself and did not tell anyone about it for seven years.

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She made the revelation during an interview with the Today Show, which was broadcast on NBC on December 5.

It is the first time Lady Gaga has talked about having PTSD.

During her visit to the Ali Forney Centre in New York, Lady Gaga told the homeless LGBT teenagers that her trauma helped her understand others.

She said: “The kindness that’s been shown to me, by doctors as well as my family and my friends, it’s really saved my life.”

“Meditation helps me to calm down,” the singer said, adding that she was struggling with her mental illness “every day”.

The pop star brought presents to the teenagers at the center.

Lady Gaga later tweeted: “Today I shared one my deepest secrets w/ the world. Secrets keep you sick w/ shame.”

A tearful young person from the center she visited said: “Lady Gaga’s act of kindness today was a reminder that love still exists – and that there’s still some for me.”

On social media, Lady Gaga’s fans opened up with their own experiences in response.

She is one of the world’s most successful contemporary artists, with a string of hits across her first five albums. Her sixth album, Joanne, was released two months ago.

Lady Gaga has long been an advocate for the LGBTQ community; campaigning for Hillary Clinton during the election and protesting outside Trump Tower when the results were announced.


According to researchers, evidence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be traced back to 1300BC – much earlier than previously thought.

The team at Anglia Ruskin University in the UK analyzed translations from ancient Iraq or Mesopotamia.

Accounts of soldiers being visited by “ghosts they faced in battle” fitted with a modern diagnosis of PTSD.

The condition was likely to be as old as human civilization, the researchers concluded.

Prof. Jamie Hacker Hughes, a former consultant clinical psychologist for the UK’s Ministry of Defense, said the first description of PTSD was often accredited to the Greek historian Herodotus.PTSD in history

Referring to the warrior Epizelus during the battle of Marathon in 490BC he wrote: “He suddenly lost sight of both eyes, though nothing had touched him.”

Prof. Jamie Hacker Hughes’ report – titled Nothing New Under the Sun – argues there are references in the Assyrian Dynasty in Mesopotamia between 1300BC and 609BC.

In that era men spent a year being toughened up by building roads, bridges and other projects, before spending a year at war and then returning to their families for a year before starting the cycle again.

A diagnosis and understanding of PTSD emerged after the Vietnam War. It was dismissed as shell shock in World War One.

Potential triggers for post-traumatic stress disorder:

  • Military conflicts
  • Natural disasters
  • Serious road accidents
  • Assaults
  • Muggings

Oscar Pistorius has been greatly affected by his disability, a sports doctor has told his murder trial.

Dr. Wayne Derman told the court in Pretoria that Oscar Pistorius suffered “significant stress and anxiety”.

Oscar Pistorius, 27, says he shot Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder in their house last year.

The prosecution argues that the Paralympic champion killed his girlfriend deliberately after a row.

At issue is Oscar Pistorius’ state of mind at the time of the shooting.

Oscar Pistorius has a lifetime vulnerability as a result of his disability

Oscar Pistorius has a lifetime vulnerability as a result of his disability

On Monday, the court heard he was not suffering from a mental disorder when he shot Reeva Steenkamp.

According to a psychiatrists’ report, Oscar Pistorius is capable of distinguishing between right and wrong and so should bear criminal responsibility for his actions.

The court also heard a psychologist’s assessment on Wednesday which found that Oscar Pistorius had PTSD since the shooting and could be a suicide risk.

It found he was mourning Reeva Steenkamp, a model and law graduate.

Oscar Pistorius’ lawyer, Barry Roux, has argued that his client would react more sharply to fear than an able-bodied person would because of the anxiety caused by his disability.

Wayne Derman, a professor of sports and exercise medicine at the University of Cape Town, was the final witness called by the defense.

Dr. Wayne Derman said Oscar Pistorius had had a “lifetime of real and learnt vulnerability” as a result of his disability. Disability, he said, had a “knock-on” effect through one’s entire life.

“Disability never sleeps.”

Oscar Pistorius, the professor added, also had a “profound fear of crime”.

The athlete, Wayne Derman said, had developed an “exaggerated fight response” and this was responsible for the “horrific tragedy” of Reeva Steenkamp’s death.

Oscar Pistorius says he fired multiple shots into a toilet cubicle where Reeva Steenkamp was, while in a state of panic.

The athlete and Reeva Steenkamp, 29, had been dating for about three months before the shooting.

Oscar Pistorius has often displayed his emotions during the trial, including breaking down in tears in court.

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According to a psychologist’s report submitted at Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial, the athlete has post-traumatic stress disorder and could be a suicide risk.

The report, read by Oscar Pistorius’ defense lawyer, said he was mourning his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

On Monday, the court heard that Oscar Pistorius, 27, was not suffering from a mental disorder when he shot Reeva Steenkamp.

The Paralympic champion denies murder, saying he killed Reeva Steenkamp by mistake when fearing there was an intruder in the house.

Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental disorder when he shot Reeva Steenkamp

Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental disorder when he shot Reeva Steenkamp (photo EMPICS)

The prosecution says the Olympic athlete deliberately killed Reeva Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, after the couple had an argument.

Both prosecution and defense have accepted the findings of the psychologist’s report.

Two reports – one by a psychologist and another by three psychiatrists – were drawn up after a month of tests to evaluate the athlete’s state of mind.

The prosecution on Monday noted that the psychiatrists’ report said Oscar Pistorius, 27, was capable of distinguishing between right and wrong and so should bear criminal responsibility for his actions.

Defense lawyer Barry Roux on Wednesday quoted the second evaluation as saying that Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee, has a history of feeling insecure and vulnerable, especially without his prosthetic legs.

It said he was likely to react more sharply to fear than an able-bodied person would.

“Should he not receive proper clinical care, his condition is likely to worsen and increase the risks for suicide,” Barry Roux quoted the report as saying.

It also said he did not show signs of narcissism or explosive rage, which is usually seen in men who are abusive to their partners.

The court has previously heard that Reeva Steenkamp had sent the athlete a message saying: “I’m scared of you sometimes.”

Final defense witness Wayne Derman, professor of sports and exercise medicine at the University of Cape Town, said Oscar Pistorius was an anxious individual, with hand tremors and chronic problems with the stumps of his legs.

Earlier, Oscar Pistorius’ manager was cross-examined, with prosecutor Gerrie Nel concentrating on the sprinter’s reported rows with roommate Arnu Fourie and his love life.

On Tuesday, Peet van Zyl said Oscar Pistorius had become a “global icon” at the 2012 London Olympics and could have increased his income five or six times.

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Chris Brown has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, severe insomnia, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the singer’s rehab facility confirmed during a court appearance in Los Angeles.

According to TMZ, the facility said in a letter: “Mr. Brown became aggressive and acted out physically due to his untreated mental health disorder, severe sleep deprivation, inappropriate self-medicating and untreated PTSD.”

The letter continued: “Mr. Brown’s attitude has been beyond exemplary in regard to his community service responsibilities.”

Chris Brown has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, severe insomnia, and PTSD

Chris Brown has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, severe insomnia, and PTSD

The document also stated that Chris Brown, 24, has tested negative for drugs during his stay, and has been put on medication for his conditions.

Chris Brown voluntarily checked himself into rehab on October 29 after allegedly assaulting another man, Christopher Hollosy, in Washington D.C.

Chris Brown has completed 95 days of anger management therapy and was ordered Friday to stay in rehab for two more months.

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