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Memories Of Sergeant Rosado On 9/11

Margaret Spinelli, M.D. | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Spinelli, M.D.

Treatment with Nancy was complicated for me. I come from a family of police officers, detectives and first responders. I know how cops think. I was, in a way, kin to Nancy. It was as if I was helping my family or friends from my old neighborhood in Brooklyn. I wish I had accepted her invitation to her award ceremony. I would today.

Thomas Szasz, M.D.: Radical and Transformative Psychiatrist

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 09.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

None of my differences with Tom Szasz diminishes my regard for this great man. His insistence on rigorously examining our ideas and his admonitions about the unintended consequences of would-be good intentions are timeless and priceless. His polemical style was a means of stirring -- rather than lulling -- the minds of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals.

Human Masks and Mental Illness

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Depression can be treated if a person does not die by their own hands before they get better. That's possible when someone feels able to take off the mask that conceals their pain and their illness, and turn to others to seek life-saving help.

You, Me, And Depression

Shealagh Whittle | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Shealagh Whittle

What I've learned is that sometimes, actually, frequently, it's okay to ask for help. Life is long and can be almost unbearably tough at points, and it would be a terrifying journey to make alone. So I've learned to ask for help when I need it, to pick up on the triggers that can send me down a dark path, and I've learned to make a plan that involves staying healthy.

Remnants of a Life on Paper: A Mother and Daughter's Struggle With Borderline Personality Disorder

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 09.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

I knew the outcome of the Remnants of a Life on Paper, having heard it from the mother, Bea Tusiani, whom I met recently for the first time at a psychiatric meeting in NYC. Yet this book was still a page turner of a memoir -- written, compiled and told with utter candor and generosity by a mother who lost her 23-year-old daughter.

Privacy, Liberty And Another Mass Murder

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 07.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

My heart goes out to all those grievously impacted by this rampage, the latest in an unnerving series of horrific events. It is, sadly, only a matter of time before the next potentially avoidable tragedy. That means we need our heads and our will, not only our hearts, to do more right now.

Straws

Henry Boy Jenkins | Posted 07.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Henry Boy Jenkins

We are taught to believe that everyone thinks the same way, that everyone is in control of their own mind, and that free will operates under their command. This is the paradox of living with a chronic and disabling thought disorder. We know differently. Everyone knows differently.

Mental Health Wellness Critical to Nation's Well-Being

Michele Nealon-Woods | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Michele Nealon-Woods

This month, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology observes Mental Health Awareness Month. It is an occasion to highlight how critical mental health wellness is to our collective well-being, and the growing acknowledgement of the crucial interplay between emotional and physical health.

A Defining Moment For Mental Health In America

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 07.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Light appeared, and with it, some fire, when Congressman Tim Murphy authored "The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act." Rep. Murphy, has proposed a broad variety of actions aimed at improving the broken system of mental health care, not just adding more programs or money to the already fragmented and far too unaccountable services that now exist.

Pope Francis and People with Mental Disorders

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 03.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Francis' message is clear: as people and institutions, we need to be welcoming, not defer to the dogma of powerful, hierarchical authorities. This is more and more the lesson taking off in my field as well, where a powerful concept of recovery is spreading.

If Gambling, Games, and Sex Are Addictive, What Is Addiction?

Stanton Peele | Posted 06.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

DSM 5's announcement that the psychiatric diagnostic manual will, for the first time, call something addictive that doesn't involve substance abuse -- gambling -- has opened the floodgates.

Which State Has The Most (And Least) Mental Illness?

The Huffington Post | Amanda Chan | Posted 10.14.2011 | Healthy Living

Nearly 20 percent of Americans -- 44.5 million adults -- experienced some sort of mental illness over the last year, according to a new report from th...

Study Shows Living In Big Cities Makes You Crazy

AP | MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 08.22.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — This may come as no surprise to residents of New York City and other big urban centers: Living there can be bad for your mental healt...