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Mental Health System

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.

Don't Miss the Chance to Impact Justice

Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren

In my experience as a lawyer in the public interest sector and as a judge working on behalf of persons with mental illness in the criminal justice system, I can attest that social reform and progress comes hard, if it comes at all.

A Conflicted, Fractured Mental Health System: What to Do?

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living
SaraKay Smullens

Yes, meds are important. For instance, those that change the chemistry of the brain through use of serotonin can help one to feel better. But turning to this drug exclusively without talk therapy does not address what in an individual life may very likely be causing the depression.

America's Mental Health System Needs Improvement, But Gains of the Past Give Hope for the Future

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 05.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

When a leading mental health advocate says, "The infrastructure for the public mental-health system is in the worst shape it's been in 40 years," I wonder what he's thinking. Maybe it's just rhetorical flourish, but it is false and counterproductive.

Of 'Monsters' and Brothers: Three Steps to Fix Our Mental Health System and Prevent Violence

Chantel Garrett | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
Chantel Garrett

Although Max expressed fear of being lumped together with violent murderers, he asked me to share our family's story as a means of bringing focus to a long list of potential solutions to events such as the Newtown tragedy.

We Need to Talk About Mental Health

Elaine Vilorio | Posted 02.26.2013 | Teen
Elaine Vilorio

With the recent Newtown shooting, debates about lax gun control have flared up. It isn't necessarily about the guns.

Jason Cherkis

Mitt Romney Massachusetts Health Care System Inadequacy 'Glaring,' 'Shocking' | Jason Cherkis | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the past few months, Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has argued that repealing President Ba...

Learning From the Fort Hood Tragedy: Comments from an Expert on Suicide and Violence

Lisa Firestone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

This misfortune points toward major flaws in our mental health system for military personnel, including the mental health of psychiatrists, psychologists and counselors treating our troops.