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Manic Depression

Touched With Fire

Paul Dalio | Posted 12.07.2015 | Impact
Paul Dalio

Out of all the poets who received the Pulitzer, 38 percent of them were bipolar. How can we simply label it a human disorder? Think how much more they could contribute to the human spirit if they knew it could be used as a gift to humanity, instead of something to hide from humanity?

Mental Illness Is a Laughing Matter... If You Want

Michael C. Bryan | Posted 10.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael C. Bryan

Mental illness is a superpower. I wish my mother had lived long enough for me to have told her that.

My Mother's Suicide

Jamison Vann | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Jamison Vann

Even still, talking about these things allows everyone to be on the same page. If I had known that my mother was actually suffering from a mental illness then I may have been better able to recognize the signs she was clearly showing before she took her life. I may not have been able to stop her, but I would have been given the opportunity to try.

How I Learned to Manage Bipolar Disorder

Dan Seider | Posted 05.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Dan Seider

Five years ago I was going into the second year of my undergrad at the University of Guelph. The semester was going well. I was living with friends an...

The Two Most Important Days in Your Life

Caroline Giegerich | Posted 05.19.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Caroline Giegerich

As you enter the world and strive to figure out your why, know that it will come to you when it comes, not when you want it to. It will come and it will be the second most important day of your life. Give me a call. I want to hear all about it.

Rapper Scarface Opens Up About His Battle With Depression

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 04.24.2015 | Healthy Living

Rapper Brad "Scarface" Jordan opened up to HuffPost Live about being diagnosed with manic depression, which is detailed in his memoir Diary of a Madma...

What You Should Know About Bipolar Disorder

Dr. Victor Schwartz | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Victor Schwartz

Environmental factors such as stress, sleep disruption, and drug or alcohol use may also trigger manic-depressive episodes, so maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important -- proper nutrition and sleep, handling stress, finding a support network and psychotherapy can all help manage bipolar disorder.

Taming the Lion: Getting Past Manic Episodes on My Journey to Mental Health

Kate Lynch O’Neil | Posted 11.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Kate Lynch O’Neil

I was living in New York City when my manic mind told me it was imperative that I journey through a winding mid-town scavenger hunt. I was listening to the voices in my head and had no control over my racing thoughts or actions.

How Does Depression Really Feel?

Laurence White | Posted 10.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Laurence White

If depression is more insidious -- and more misunderstood -- than other disorders, it is because its core symptoms are mental and emotional. This can make it difficult to distinguish the person from the disease, as our thoughts and emotions define who we are.

It's Time To Have A Real Conversation About Mental Health

Lindsay Holmes | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Lindsay Holmes

According to the CDC, only 25 percent of people who suffer from mental health symptoms feel that people are caring and sympathetic toward people struggling with mental illness. If so many people are battling these issues, why should they be a secret?

Yeah, It's "Too Soon" With Robin Williams

Rebecca Jane Weinstein | Posted 10.15.2014 | Entertainment
Rebecca Jane Weinstein

We feel pain when a celebrity dies, not because of their celebrity, but because we feel like we know them through their work. It's like a friend has died, or multiple friends. In the case of Robin Williams, some of our very best friends.

How Art Can Save a Life

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

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.

10 Warning Signs Of Depression (And What To Do About It)

Amandah Blackwell | Posted 04.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Amandah Blackwell

Do not allow "shame" to hold you back. You have nothing to be ashamed about. Depression affects millions of people each year and is treatable. But you must be willing to ask and accept help.

In Response to Candy Chang's TEDTalk

Kerry Hudson | Posted 06.21.2013 | TED Weekends
Kerry Hudson

I often create over-spilled lists of all the things I absolutely need to do and need to do right now. Ideas from nowhere pile up on top of each other, like a game of "thought genga". I guess it's similar to creating a bucket list but one that needs the lot ticking off by the end of the day.

DSM-5 for Dummies

Francis Levy | Posted 02.27.2013 | Comedy
Francis Levy

Even without having looked at the new DSM-5, here are some of new redefinitions that might run through the mind of a layperson who has followed some of the controversies surrounding diagnosis.

Ill. Woman Competes In Beauty Pageant To Fight Stigma Of Mental Illness

Lemont Patch | Posted 03.01.2012 | Impact

When Lemont resident Tammy Timm competed last year in the Mrs. Illinois America pageant, everything had to be perfect—the dress, the hair and even h...

I Have A Mental Illness. So What?

New Harbinger | Posted 10.15.2011 | Black Voices
New Harbinger

How do African Americans begin to eliminate the stigma of mental illness so that we can get the help we need sooner rather than later, and support those who need it?

What Should We Call People with Mental Illness?

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
DJ Jaffe

Like ''diabetics,'' ''alcoholics,'' and epileptics,'' ''schizophrenics'' can usefully indicate a group of people with a common condition, and some individuals with schizophrenia refer to themselves this way.

Mental Illness Awareness Week Diverts Attention from Serious Mental Illness

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
DJ Jaffe

Whether one believes that there is stigma to being mentally ill; or discrimination against the mentally ill, the answer remains the same: let's help the most seriously ill.

People With Mental Illness Shunned by Alternatives 2010 Conference in Anaheim

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
DJ Jaffe

During the first week of October, mental health advocates around the country will gather to celebrate Mental Illness Awareness Week by shunning the seriously mentally ill.

"Mad Max" Gibson: Violent, Not Mentally Ill

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Robert David Jaffee

We all know what comes next. It is just a matter of time before Mel Gibson enters rehab, again. That is the obligatory step for any celebrity who has behaved badly.

Attention Parents: Sleep Problems May Trigger Manic Depression in Kids

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

If you're a parent, don't panic - now is the time to instill good sleep habits in your family. A healthy sleep life makes for a healthy life in general, regardless of the risk for any single illness or condition.

(Manic) Depression Confessions: Christina Ricci and Mel Gibson

Liz Spikol | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Liz Spikol

Celebs who come out of the crazy closet are saying to kids (and adults) that it's all right to talk about this stuff, that there's nothing to be ashamed of.

The Benefits Of Depression

BBC | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Earlier this week British researchers made headlines with their report that antidepressants are for the most part ineffective. Read our coverage of t...