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Mental Illness Awareness Week

What You Should Know About Bipolar Disorder

Dr. Victor Schwartz | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Victor Schwartz

Environmental factors such as stress, sleep disruption, and drug or alcohol use may also trigger manic-depressive episodes, so maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important -- proper nutrition and sleep, handling stress, finding a support network and psychotherapy can all help manage bipolar disorder.

What It's Like To Be In High School With An Anxiety Disorder

Samantha Goodyear | Posted 12.06.2014 | Teen
Samantha Goodyear

My anxiety told me that I was a failure, and I would never get the grades I wanted. It told me that I was annoying and that none of my friends wanted to hang out with me. I started to believe that part of my brain.

In Defense of 'Crazy'

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Sarah Griffith Lund

Crazy is not a bad word. Crazy people are not bad. So I'm reclaiming crazy in public discourse as a way to de-stigmatize mental illness. I stand on the shoulders of many others who repurpose words to empower people whose power has been taken away.

I Will Listen!

Janine Francolini | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

She wanted me to be informed and to learn more about these issues. To be perfectly honest, I was not listening. I heard Gayathri talking about the stigma of mental illness in India, but I was not listening well enough.

Rooting for Recovery

Linda Rosenberg | Posted 12.10.2012 | Impact
Linda Rosenberg

The first full week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week. Chances are, you have a friend, family member or colleague living with a mental illness. Their goal is not a championship, but recovery.

A Silent Public Health Crisis

Linda Rosenberg | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
Linda Rosenberg

Mental Illness Awareness Week is an opportunity to stop the whispering and speak up about mental illness to our friends, co-workers and legislators. We cannot afford to wait for the next national tragedy.

Memoirs On Depression: Autobiographical Writings On The Illness That Affects Millions (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

No walk of life, level of education, or career path makes one immune to the potentially crippling effects of this illness. Here, we've collected the memoirs of a few who have shared their struggles in an effort to raise awareness.

Mental Illness Awareness Week Is Nothing to Celebrate -- In Fact, It Doesn't Even Exist

DJ Jaffe | Posted 01.14.2012 | Healthy Living
DJ Jaffe

Right now, well meaning mental health advocates are busy hosting events to reduce the "stigma" of mental illness. Except that there is no 'stigma' to having a mental illness. There is discrimination.

Survivors Use Their Voice to Help Others Heal

Michelle Renee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michelle Renee

In a family driven system of care, where the voices of survivors are heard, valued and shared with other survivors, we can listen, understand and stand by one another.

Listening to Depression

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

Recently, I was invited to be a panelist at a conference on recovery from addiction and mental illness. In anticipation of this event, I will answer one question, which surprisingly has never been asked, and that is: What is depression actually like?