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The Downside Of Treating Mental Illness Like A Physical Problem

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living

One of the most established arguments in the fight against mental health stigma is a biological one. Those struggling with mental illness deserve the ...

The Religious Tension Behind The Boston Bombing Suspect's 'Faith-Based' Treatment

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 11.20.2014 | Religion

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one half of the sibling duo suspected to have orchestrated the Boston Marathon bombing, reportedly showed signs of schizophrenia be...

Go Ahead, Label Me

Elizabeth Barnett | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Barnett

My labels aren't what make me who I am or how I experience my mental health or lack thereof. My labels just give my treatment team an idea of where I fall on the spectrum and help them to decide various strategies for recovery.

Finding a Middle Ground Between Psychiatry and Anti-Psychiatry

Allen Frances | Posted 12.20.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

Mental-health services in the U.S. are a failed mess: underfunded, disorganized, inaccessible, misallocated, dispirited, and driven by commercial interest. The current nonsystem is a shameful disgrace that won't change unless the various voices who care about the mentally ill can achieve greater harmony.

Fixing the Broken Mental Health System

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 12.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

It has been said that measure of a society is its humane attention to the sick and vulnerable. When real reform, transformation, comes to mental health and addiction services we will meet that moral and ethical standard -- and we will be able to serve so many in need.

Out of the Deepest Abyss: My Journey Understanding and Coping With Depression and Anxiety

Claude DiDomenica | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
Claude DiDomenica

Depression is like being in the deepest abyss or cave, while above you, the light of the world goes on its merry way. Anxiety can range from a feeling of general nervousness to a full-blown panic attack. I hope that what I write about today will help others who also suffer from mental illness, as I do.

Global Health Must Include Mental Health

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.23.2014 | Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Mental health challenges are a significant barrier to economic and social development around the world. Resources and expertise are extremely limited, creating a huge gap between the need and the ability to treat.

5 Important Reasons to Stop Ignoring Your Mental Health

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 03.05.2014 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

Why should you prioritize your mental health? Because caring for your mind as well as your body means you'll not only live longer but better. Just as we have effective treatments for physical illnesses, there are therapies, medications and lifestyle interventions that can ease mental suffering, especially if you get help at the earliest signs of a problem.

Rate Of Mental Health Treatment Increasing Faster For Kids Than Adults

Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 11/27/2013 04:53 PM EST on LiveScience The use of mental health treatments in children has increased...

When Mental Illness Hits Home

Linda Rosenberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Rosenberg

When a loved one has heart disease or cancer, families rally around -- they cook, clean, drive their loved ones to doctor's appointments, give pep talks, and much more. But when someone is struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, or other mental conditions, family members are not sure what to do.

It's Time to Move Beyond the Clichés

Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D.

These men and women deserve treatment now when they need it. It is available if the government and medical professions commit to smartly managing the risk and benefit of promising treatments.

What Is Cognitive Remediation in Psychiatric Practice and Why Do We Need It?

Isabelle Amado, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 10.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Isabelle Amado, M.D., Ph.D.

It is time for psychiatric programs to include cognitive remediation as a standard part of the array of services needed for the comprehensive and quality treatment of persons with serious mental illnesses, especially schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders.

Depressed? Treatment Not Working? Be Careful What You Do Next

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 10.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

If you are taking an anti-depressant but are still depressed, the ad says, ask your doctor about adding Abilify (originally approved as an anti-psychotic medication). This is, at best, misleading medical advice.

The Barriers to Mental Health Care for Kids and How to Overcome Them

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 07.01.2013 | Parents
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

In the wake of the Newtown shooting, President Obama called for a national conversation about mental health. But that conversation really begins in your home and your community, and it doesn't start and stop with individual tragedies.

Things You Want To Know About Psychiatric Medications But Didn't Know Who (Or How) To Ask

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

I asked more than a dozen expert psychiatric colleagues, and myself, the questions they most frequently receive about psychiatric medications from people who take them or their families. Here are a dozen of those many questions; the responses are mine.

Television Rehab: Treatment or Trauma?

Reef Karim, D.O. | Posted 05.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Reef Karim, D.O.

Why expose these individuals to a "faux" rehab experience chock full of dramatic television experiences that favors ratings over treatment?

Biomarkers for Depression: Promise or Prime Time?

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 04.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

When I saw the journal article, I wondered if there was something new that could better explain how depression comes on in a person (called pathogenesis -- or how a disease process is born). Might there be new information about how to improve depression treatment?

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?

We Need More Than Dialogue About Mental Illness

Ross Szabo | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

I have spent half of my life as a mental health advocate, and it's really refreshing to see how many people understand the need to talk about these issues. However, these problems won't be changed with conversation. They will be changed with action.

We Are the Lucky Ones

Cristy Gallagher | Posted 02.20.2013 | Parents
Cristy Gallagher

I am speaking out because I want others to know that there are so many families like ours who are suffering. The system must change

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.

How Trauma Is Impacting Our Culture And What We Can Do To Help

Lisa Firestone | Posted 10.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

It's important for people who suffer with trauma to get the treatment that's appropriate to their unique experiences and that is sensitive to the specific symptoms they are struggling with at the moment.

Are These Drugs Over Prescribed And Under Delivering?

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 05.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

When it comes to benefits, psychiatric medications hold their own when compared with general medical medications in the treatment of a great number of diseases that affect so many people.