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Bipolar Disorder

Robin Williams' Depression and Suicide

Tom Wootton | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Tom Wootton

I have often heard that we should process the pain so that it eventually goes away. But I don't think it actually works that way. I think we become comfortable with the pain while it gets covered over by recent experiences, yet it remains for the rest of our lives.

The Night I Almost Took My Life

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 10.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Our society must take mental illness seriously and not desperately reach for alternative explanations to our plight. We are an oppressed faceless minority.

How I Manage My Bipolar Disorder

Krystal Reddick | Posted 10.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Krystal Reddick

A stable life is highly doable. You have to take stock of your life and shape one you'd be proud and happy to live. It is a lot of work. But what in life isn't?

Affordable, Quality Psychotherapy in America: Open Path Psychotherapy Collective

Paul Fugelsang | Posted 10.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Fugelsang

It's been about a year and a half since I first introduced my idea for making mental health care more affordable for more people. I blogged about it r...

Sleep and Mood Disorders

Krystal Reddick | Posted 10.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Krystal Reddick

Safeguard your sleep. It influences so much of your day-to-day functioning. For instance, if I don't sleep, I can potentially become manic or depressed. I am very protective of my sleep. You should be too.

Mood, Food and Bipolar Disorder: A New Prescription

Dr. Pamela Peeke | Posted 09.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Pamela Peeke

For those with bipolar disorder, it's an empowering message: No longer are you a prisoner of your genetics, thought to play a key role in the disorder. And through healthier lifestyle choices, you may be able to decrease your reliance on medication to manage your illness.

How Art Can Save a Life

Diriye Osman | Posted 09.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

As I sit here and write this, feeling scratched and worn -- a vinyl record that has seen better days -- I know all is not lost. I know I will wake up in the morning, make a cup of tea and sit at my studio desk.

Why Forcibly Medicating the Mentally Ill Is Dangerous

Melody Moezzi | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
Melody Moezzi

We must also take the high risk of misdiagnosis and bad medicine into account when considering legislation that would forcibly medicate innocent individuals who represent no immediate threat to themselves or others.

Mental Health in the Black Community

Krystal Reddick | Posted 05.26.2015 | Black Voices
Krystal Reddick

There is stigma in every racial and ethnic community around mental health, but especially so in the black community. But there is nothing more important than self-care. It is not a sign of weakness to ask for help. We were not meant to soldier on alone. We are part of communities for a reason.

A Letter to My Younger Self

Krystal Reddick | Posted 09.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Krystal Reddick

Life is not over. You just hit a bump in the road. No one plans on getting sick. You cannot account for how an illness might derail your life.

How I Came to Embrace My Mental Illness

Rachel McKibbens | Posted 09.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel McKibbens

I realize now, I never wrote about living with mental illness because I wasn't living with mental illness. I was running from and fighting with and stumbling through and barely surviving the shame of it.

When the Doctor Says 'You're Bipolar'

Jessica McNeill Azar | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Jessica McNeill Azar

At that moment, I began to realize that while managing Bipolar II was not going to be easy, doing my best to do so was the key to living out an amazingly fulfilling life. I had what I needed to truly survive inside of me -- my determination, faith in God, and a thirst for knowledge.

Coming Out of the Bipolar Closet

Danielle Hark | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Danielle Hark

At the moment of diagnosis, you went from being that person -- the eccentric-but-sometimes-sad creative -- to that person: the crazy one.

How Mental Illness Fed My Creativity

Diriye Osman | Posted 08.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

Ultimately, it's about keeping despair at bay, and sometimes simple things like running, taking up a hobby, doing charity work, painting or, in my case, writing can be a galvanizing part of the recovery process. Keeping the brain and the body active can give life a semblance of pleasure and hope. This is what writing has done for me.

Do the Mentally Ill Have to Be Extraordinary to Be Accepted?

Natasha Tracy | Posted 08.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Natasha Tracy

Why do people with a mental illness have to be only killers or geniuses? Why is it that being a regular human being isn't enough? What about all the rest of us who aren't artists, poets, musicians or world-class anything?

I Am Not Elliot Rodger: A Crazy Person's View on Mass Shootings

Elad Nehorai | Posted 07.28.2014 | Crime
Elad Nehorai

I am insulted when people lump people with mental health issues together like this. As if "being crazy" is some sort of umbrella term, a way to explain away any inhuman act a person does.

#YesAllWomen Includes Mothers Of Children With Mental Illness

Liza Long | Posted 07.28.2014 | Parents
Liza Long

As a single mother of a son with mental illness and former Mormon, I know a thing or two about misogyny. But I would respectfully suggest that hatred of women has very little to do with what happened in Santa Barbara.

A Personal Guide to Healing From a Loss

Joan E. Childs | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Joan E. Childs

A life that ends from any cause is horrific and a tragedy for the family left behind. I believe everyone grieves in his or her own way. There is no right or wrong. Losing a child to suicide is unnatural. Parents are supposed to die before their children.

"These Days, You Have to Rob a Bank to Get Mental Health Treatment"

Allen Frances | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Allen Frances

This is the cruel paradox haunting our mental health non-system -- we deliver way too much care to basically normal people who don't need it, while providing way too little care to the really sick people who desperately do.

Anna Almendrala

Hollywood Celebs Get Personal About Family Struggles With Mental Health | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.09.2014 | Parents

Some of Hollywood's most elite storytellers are raising awareness about mental health issues and battling the stigma the way they know best -- by crea...

A New Smartphone App Could Detect Mental Illness Just From Hearing Your Voice

The Huffington Post | Meredith Melnick | Posted 05.09.2014 | Healthy Living

Those diagnosed with bipolar disorder have notorious difficulty adhering to their medications. Not only do mood modulations require medication adjustm...

Actress Kelly Reilly Lets Loose About Her Very Controversial Character

Elizabeth Luisi | Posted 07.05.2014 | Entertainment
Elizabeth Luisi

As a person with bipolar disorder, it is difficult to watch my illness portrayed on television. So when I saw the promos for ABC'S Black Box, starring Kelly Reilly, I was skeptical. Instead, what I found was surprisingly familiar; the series, and its star, are insightful and heartbreakingly honest.

Building a Transmedia Project for Young Adults With Mental Illness, Their Families and Their Health Care Providers

Mona Shattell | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Mona Shattell

Telling stories across multiple media forms, tapping the strengths of each, offers the potential to develop meaningful stories in much deeper and more engaging ways.

How Video Games Can Improve Dialogue on Mental Illness

Mona Shattell | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

While there are strong arguments for the games' unique potential as vehicles for a deep, experiential understanding, it is our experience that these kinds of mental health games tend to polarize.

Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder? You've Got This

Natasha Tracy | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact
Natasha Tracy

"You've Got This" aims to do for people with bipolar disorder what "It Gets Better" has done for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. It aims to create community and provide advice and hope to those going through the difficult time of bipolar diagnosis.