iOS app Android app

Mental Health Care

What Mental Health Looks Like for an Uninsured

Jeremy Johnson | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeremy Johnson

It was three weeks or more before I called. Each day I would wake up and think, "It's too late to call -- they're probably booked already -- I'll call tomorrow." During finals week I finally got an appointment for the first counseling session.

New Psychiatric Disorders and Their Social Side Effects

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Rubinstein

Frankly, every new version of the manual (beginning with the first edition) has had its critics. It's always been viewed by some as "cookbook psychiatry" while others have found it immensely helpful in sorting through the myriad signs and symptoms of mental and emotional disorders.

Culturally Sensitive Providers Will Help Bring Mental Illness Out of Shadows

Michele Nealon-Woods | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Michele Nealon-Woods

It is certainly good to see that the conversation about access to mental health services and removing the stigma of mental illness have moved out of the shadows and are now at the forefront of discussions within the White House and across the nation.

What's New From the White House Conference on Mental Health

Ross Szabo | Posted 08.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

On Monday, President Obama opened the second White House Conference on Mental Health with a meaningful plea to end the stigma surrounding mental illness and bring these issues out of the shadows.

Building and Strengthening Connectedness to Prevent Suicide Among Veterans

Kimberly Williams | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Kimberly Williams

As individuals and community members, we all have an important role in helping our veterans to feel more connected to their communities, their families, their work and play, in ways that bring some sense of worth and meaning to their lives.

Spirituality Is A Key Element Of Mental Health

Ingrid Peschke | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Ingrid Peschke

Everyone wants a piece of the future when it comes to health care. If only we could all peer ahead and find the golden key to better outcomes, cost cutting, and patient-focused care. What is this "golden key"? The power of a patient's spirituality and belief in God.

The Healthy Debate About Mental Health

Jordan Smoller | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Jordan Smoller

The most contentious debates circling the DSM-5 process are all tied to the fundamental question of how we define the boundaries of disorder and the lines between normal and abnormal.

Ending the Silence on Mental Illness

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Lynn R. Goldman

The truth is that from the college campus to the workplace, we are all members of a national and increasingly global community. We must all learn the signs of depression and other mental disorders and reach out to someone in trouble.

Trauma Survivors Deserve Therapy That Actually Works

Alan G. Kraut | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Alan G. Kraut

PE, CPT and similar treatment programs are relatively short-term, and have proven effective in a variety of settings. And studies suggest that providing these treatments for PTSD result in reduced health-care costs. So why aren't they being commonly delivered to the people who need them?

Psychological Distress Still High Despite Recovering Economy, Google Searches Reveal

Posted 05.13.2013 | Healthy Living

Even though the economy is showing some signs of recovery, America's psychological state is still in the slumps, if what we're searching for on Google...

Mental Health Patients: Ending Stigma Must Come From Us

Simi Lichtman | Posted 07.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Simi Lichtman

If we had a chronic illness, no doubt we would tell our friends and welcome their support. If we were hospitalized for cancer, we would want our family by our sides to rally for our health. Mental health is no different, and deserves equal treatment.

Listen to the Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The psychological and emotional toll of gun violence on bystanders, victims, and families can be overwhelming and leaves effects that last for years. What about the costs we can count? In addition to the trauma that is so deep and pervasive that it is harder to quantify, there are actual costs to gun violence that can be measured and are enormous.

The Painted Bird: Stigma and Mental Illness

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 05.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

At a moment when mental health is so much at the forefront of the minds of Americans and our media, it seems time, again, to try to understand the damaging views so commonly held about people with mental illness.

Prison Or Treatment For the Mentally ill

Allen Frances | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Allen Frances

The public revulsion over repeated mass shootings has placed mental health in the spotlight. This is both good and bad.

Colleges Can Do More to Help Students With Mental Health

Kim Siarkowski Amer | Posted 04.30.2013 | College
Kim Siarkowski Amer

How can we better assist students facing mental health problems in colleges the United States?

Mental Health Care Needs an 'Anytime, Anywhere' Model

Alan Kazdin, Ph.D. | Posted 04.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Alan Kazdin, Ph.D.

Many routine but important medical services today are far more convenient to obtain than they were a generation ago. So how could these types of conveniences transfer to mental health services?

Locking Mental-Health Patients Away in Prisons: Is There a Way Forward?

Nora Demleitner | Posted 04.22.2013 | College
Nora Demleitner

Gov. Jerry Brown's demands that a federal court relax the judicially mandated prison-population cap not only highlight California's outlier status in prison policy, but also underscore the need for President Barack Obama's initiative to increase mental-health services.

Alana Horowitz Satlin

Republican Support Of Mental Health Care Has Dubious Roots | Alana Horowitz Satlin | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

Last month, a bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill designed to improve mental health care in the United States in light of the recent mass s...

Guns and Mental Health

Gordon Livingston, M.D. | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Gordon Livingston, M.D.

Our under-funded mental health system is broken and many who require care are unable to receive it in a timely or affordable manner. As we confront the reality of these deficits, however, we ought not to do so under the illusion that we are responding to the problem of gun violence.

Time to Take Action in Schools and Communities

Michele Nealon-Woods | Posted 04.13.2013 | Chicago
Michele Nealon-Woods

If we are to evaluate our success as a nation based, at least in part, by our children's well-being, we ought to pay closer attention to what ails them emotionally, and to create a safe environment at home, at school and in the community they depend on to thrive.

Me and Newtown

May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. | Posted 04.08.2013 | Healthy Living
May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

There was basically no town in Newtown, as I remember it. We had to catch a ride into New York City if we expected much fun.

In Psychiatric Emergencies, Emergency Rooms Not Always Safe

Mona Shattell | Posted 04.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

Communities need specially-designed psychiatric emergency departments. Private insurance companies should provide more and better community care for persons with psychiatric problems, and more community alternative programs for persons in emotional distress should be developed.

New Mental Health Law: Future Sociopaths Required to Predict When They Will Kill People

Spencer Green | Posted 04.01.2013 | Comedy
Spencer Green

In a unanimous vote, Congress has passed The Criminal Clarity Act (CCA), a law requiring all U.S. citizens who plan on becoming mass murderers to identify themselves as such and to predict when they will kill people.

Protecting Our Military, Protecting Us: An Earnest Plea to Change Our National Perceptions About Mental Illness

Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick

These days, we talk incessantly about living well and achieving life balance, yet we wear masks to hide our pain. No matter who you are, true wellness can never be achieved behind these and without facing our pain and stressors.

A Word, a Number... Then What?

Catherine Clinch | Posted 03.24.2013 | Media
Catherine Clinch

Clearly, there is a gap in the mental health care that we are providing for those who serve in the military. Why has media the remained silent on this topic, rather than exposing the underlying root causes of this wide scale tragedy?