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Attitudes of Gratitude: Religious Friends Cultivate Thankfulness

David Briggs | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Keep your friends close, and your religious friends closer.

This is a Love Story

Marvi Lacar | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Marvi Lacar

Papa I suspected that my father was manic-depressive after I started dating X. Both men were unpredictable, at times violent, thrilling and volatil...

Influence of Culture on Brain-Based Conditions

Ilyana Romanovsky | Posted 11.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Ilyana Romanovsky

If we didn't have culture, we would be either dead or very seriously socially free. Humans are designed to live as cultural animals. Our brains ...

Rethinking Serotonin's Role in Clinical Depression

Teagan Wall | Posted 11.09.2014 | Science
Teagan Wall

Since the 1950s, clinical depression has been thought to be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, specifically an imbalance of the neurotransmitter serotonin. But a paper published in ACS Chemical Neuroscience last month suggests that no, depression is not cause by serotonin dysfunction.

One Thing We're Missing When We Talk About Suicide

Ross Szabo | Posted 11.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

In that moment I realized there was a huge part of me that I hadn't been working on in all of my years of therapy. It was an obvious piece of my cycles of dysfunction, but I was too consumed by my symptoms to see it. Through deep, heaving sobs I finally understood that I hated myself.

I Cry -- A Lot

Frank M. Hobson | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Frank M. Hobson

I have been depressed for so long that I simply do not know who I am not depressed. I don't remember a time in my adult life, adolescence, or childhood that I would consider myself not depressed. It is who I am.

Depression: An Unnecessary Stigma

S. L. Young | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
S. L. Young

Remember from the day we're born until the day we're buried, we don't do anything alone. Therefore, don't be afraid to disclose your struggles and ask for help. Being vulnerable to share your challenges isn't a weakness, but instead a strength. The challenge many times is convincing yourself otherwise.

Slowing Down

Nicole Scott | Posted 11.08.2014 | Women
Nicole Scott

Slowing down meant realizing it's OK to be tired but not to let myself settle into her embrace, but instead, into His. Slowing down meant giving myself grace and having the courage to share this with all of you.

Attachments and Connections to Ourselves and Our World

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Attachments and connections change throughout our lives. The quality of flexibility helps us adjust to our evolving selves and the world.

What Happened When This Rapper Was Forced To Face His Depression Head On

Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living

Donny Goines, 34, is a hip-hop artist from New York, New York. This is his story. The feeling of depression can only be described as a suffocating ...

Why Everything Is Not All About You (And Why That's Awesome)

Susie Moore | Posted 11.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Susie Moore

We all have a purpose, a reason we are here on planet Earth, and that is what it is about. We are not here to be endlessly interested in our superficial selves and obsess over what we want, what we have and what other people think of us.

Down the Rabbit Hole

Mackenzie Ellsworth | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Mackenzie Ellsworth

It was a long journey to pull me out of that dark hole. They say that admitting you need help is half the battle, and they don't really say much about the other half. Three therapists, a psychiatrist, dozens of arguments with my mother, millions more tears, countless apologies, many more days of darkness.

Can My Mood Weather the Weather?

Maria Senise | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Senise

I detest that I am so easily and drastically affected by the weather. I shouldn't be totally miserable because of a little rain. It makes me feel so delicate and fragile that my mood is dependent upon the weather. Of course, I resort to my tool box of resources to attempt to pull myself out of my funk, but more often than not, I simply have to ride it out knowing that it'll end sooner or later.

What Teachers Really Do, Really

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 11.05.2014 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

The Education in America series for HuffPost Live discusses what truly defines an amazing teacher and what challenges teachers are facing in the present-day.

Every 13 Minutes a Robin Williams

Holly Neiweem | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Holly Neiweem

It is our job to ask our friends and family if they are okay and to learn how to talk to someone when they are depressed. It is our job become educated and to know the warning sings of a mental illness. It's our job to advocate for our children. It is our job to reach out.

Ongoing Ignorance Surrounding Mental Illness

Chelsea Stephens | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Chelsea Stephens

And as time goes on and my depression has become better managed thanks to medicine and therapy, my reliance on other people as a support system has certainly lessened. But especially after my initial diagnosis, I received a series of somewhat shocking responses to my statement that I have depression.

The Dangerous Consequence Of Suicide Reporting

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living

Communing over a celebrity's death can feel crucial to our own understanding of what happened and an important jump start to the healing process. You ...

Spiritual Struggles of College Freshmen May Increase Risk of Addiction

David Briggs | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The more incoming students contended with issues such as doubting their faith or feeling punished by God, the greater risk they appeared to be for a variety of addictive behaviors, from gambling to recreational drugs, a new study indicated.

This Woman Lost Her Husband To Suicide. Here's The Message She Wants To Share

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 09.03.2014 | Healthy Living

This is the story of Kristi Hugstad from Dana Point, California. My husband Bill was a bodybuilder who outwardly seemed like he had the perfect lif...

10 Depression Myths We Need To Stop Believing

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 09.03.2014 | Healthy Living

In recent weeks, the global conversation surrounding death by suicide has taken center stage, and now more than ever, we're acknowledging the effects ...

Stigma Is What's Crazy About Depression

Linda Roy | Posted 11.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Roy

Depression is a real chemical imbalance in the brain. It's a condition shared by a large number of the population. It's treatable. The people living with depression are some of your favorite people. They are your friends and loved ones, and people you look up to and admire. They need and deserve compassion and understanding.

Ending the Stigma: the Marketing of Mental Illness?

Tom Fielder | Posted 11.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Tom Fielder

Think carefully the next time you are reading or writing an article about mental-health issues. Would the feelings and emotions the article evokes make you feel ashamed to be a victim, or inspired to believe in the solution?

Dancing Depression Away

Angela Vitaliano | Posted 11.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Angela Vitaliano

A month ago, my Uncle Roberto passed away after a very short illness that consumed him under our astonished eyes. I flew in Italy earlier than I usually do for my vacation, because I wanted to see him: I was hopeful and determined to "infuse" him with my positive energy and good vibes.

What Robin Williams Can Teach Us to Do for Each Other

Tamar Chansky | Posted 11.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Tamar Chansky

And we want to help. And we're afraid to. We're afraid of not knowing what to say. We're afraid of looking too closely into the deep and bottomless well of someone else's unhappiness, afraid of how those dark waters may beckon to us.

My Depression: From Darkness to a Safe, Healing Space

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 11.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

I recognize and understand that depression is powerful. But, by getting treatment, taking care of myself, and sharing my story I, too, have become even more powerful, courageous and strong. There is a collective responsibility to share the struggle or challenge that did not kill us, so that someone else who is struggling can become stronger and know that they do not walk alone.