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Mental Health Care

The Real Conversation About Mental Health

Alison Malmon | Posted 02.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Alison Malmon

I fear that the conversation about mental illness as it relates to the Connecticut tragedies will cause people who may have been on the verge of reaching out for the support they need to retreat. I fear that people who are struggling on the inside will struggle even more so alone.

I Could Have Been a Killer's Psychiatrist

Suzan Song | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Suzan Song

In the past five years, I've had two severe clients who could have been one of the mass murderers that have disrupted America recently.  Thankfully, the school, police, family, social workers, case managers, and myself all worked together to ensure the safety of themselves and others.

'Where Have All the Flowers Gone?': Thoughts After the Newtown Massacre

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Mesmerized by the coverage of the Newtown massacre, I could not get this tune (from my younger days) out of my head. More carnage. Only this time, even younger children -- not even young men, but innocents who would never come of age.

Speculating About Adam Lanza's Mental State

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

At this point, any comment on the psychiatric profile of Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old man responsible for these murders, is complete hearsay. By themselves, these traits do not indicate any diagnosis at all, although we have been quick to dissect them in the search for meaning.

Free Mental Health Services Now

Mike Amato | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Mike Amato

If the tragedy in Connecticut spurs the reform of gun laws, that would be a small blessing. But just as important is the change that should happen before a potential killer picks up his gun.

Becoming More Aware of Depression and Bipolar

Tom Wootton | Posted 02.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Tom Wootton

Increased awareness results in deeper understanding, better functionality, more comfort for all involved, and recognition of value in what was once seen only as a disorder. It can literally be the difference between a diminished life and a great one.

Depression in Black

Jeremy Johnson | Posted 02.04.2013 | Black Voices
Jeremy Johnson

Depression doesn't give a f**k what you look like or how intelligent or creative you are. Or even if you're a young athletic black man, poised and well-spoken.

Mental Health: The Big Elephant in the Room

Eduardo Garcia | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Eduardo Garcia

Experts believe that mental health issues should be no different than other chronic conditions, and as such should receive the same level of importance.

Therapeutic Conversations: A Shameless Future for Mental Health

Oren Frank | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Oren Frank

"Mental health" needs a new narrative -- a fresh, contemporary point of view about our daily lives and challenges.

Recognizing Mental Health as Public Health

Neal L. Cohen, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Neal L. Cohen, M.D.

While 21st century approaches to public health have increasingly focused on healthy living with diet, exercise, smoking cessation, and access to preventive health care, there is a growing evidence base to incorporate mental health into our nation's public health agenda.

Making Therapy Affordable: The Open Path Psychotherapy Collective

Paul Fugelsang | Posted 12.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Paul Fugelsang

What if psychologists, psychotherapists, and social workers working privately could band together on the Internet -- and make themselves available for low-cost sessions in their local area?

Today's Greatest Mental Health Need: Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Programs

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 10.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Instead of persisting in pushing psychiatric drugs, health professionals and organizations around the world would do far more good by developing and supporting programs for psychiatric drug withdrawal.

New Hope for Mental Health

Dr. Herbert Pardes | Posted 12.17.2012 | New York
Dr. Herbert Pardes

Psychiatric disorders have long been viewed as secondary to general medical illnesses, and despite the clear need, there are significant clinical and organizational obstacles to the treatment of mental health problems in general medical setting.

New Guide: A Sane Approach to Psychiatric Drugs

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 11.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Bruce E. Levine

Millions of people believe that psychiatric medications have saved their lives, while millions of others report that their psychiatric medications were unhelpful or made things worse. All this can result in mutual disrespect for different choices.

All Hands on Deck: How We Can Help Someone Who's Suicidal

Lisa Firestone | Posted 10.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Taking an "all hands on deck" approach to suicide prevention can truly save lives. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and the helper tasks that can prevent a suicide equips us with powerful tools for assisting those at risk.

It’s Past Time To Make Room For Spirituality In Mental Health Care

Christopher Gordon, M.D. | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Christopher Gordon, M.D.

It's a rare case when a person's problems are satisfactorily resolved by a prescription alone. Much more commonly, anxiety or depression or other symptoms are part of a larger picture, requiring a more complex solution.

What About the Human Infrastructure?

Toni Raiten-D’Antonio | Posted 09.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Toni Raiten-D’Antonio

Still stigmatized in our culture, mental health care is so tightly controlled by insurers that great numbers of people are denied treatment by corporate gatekeepers who, using the vague but official-sounding term "medical necessity," deem it not worthy of payment.

That Shooting In Aurora

Randi Davenport | Posted 09.22.2012 | Parents
Randi Davenport

That shooting in Aurora? Just one more of a growing list of catastrophes that better care for someone who clearly has a mental illness could have prevented.

'Random' Acts of Violence Are Not So Random

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 09.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

In mental health, we need to be wary of short-term, reactive "fixes" stimulated by agonizing events that may have emotional appeal but are no substitute for an ongoing resolve to apply proven means of systematically improving care and accountability.

Unmet Health Care Needs for Aging Baby Boomers

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 09.12.2012 | Fifty
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Baby boomers will likely face an array of health conditions as they grow older but, in many cases, will find only insufficient treatment options.

Compassionately Dealing With Mental Illness in America

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 09.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

When it comes to mental illness, we need more tolerance, empathy and compassion. We need to remove the barriers to help, and remember that if it were our family member or friend who had such problems, we would view things with a lot more compassion.

Supreme Court Decision Benefits People With Mental Illness

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 08.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

It is good news for people with mental illness and their families that the Supreme Court has ruled that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.

Disruptive Doctors: Changing Psychiatric Practices

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 08.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

My recent trip to Japan allowed me to witness true leaders in action and to participate in a group that has carefully but insistently been disrupting the mental health care status quo in its country.

OC 87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 08.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Bud Clayman, the subject of a new movie about thriving with and despite mental illness, has given us a message of hope. But for those that look beyond Bud and his family, we are left with the inescapable task of making what was possible for him possible for everyone so afflicted.

Glenn Close: Let's End The Stigma Around Mental Illness Now

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald | Posted 07.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald

With all of the incredible advances in care for mental illness, there is a huge roadblock between people and the treatment they need: the stigma and shame that pervade our culture regarding mental illness.