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Mental Illness Stigma

Are We in the Emerald City, Dr. Oz?

Janine Francolini | Posted 04.23.2015 | Media
Janine Francolini

We look forward to his on-air response, and hope that Dr. Oz will be transparent and honest about his methods, intentions and future behavior.

Is Psychiatry Getting Kinky?

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 04.20.2015 | Healthy Living
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

So slip into those tight leather jeans. That dog collar would look fetching. Add a piercing in a place your mother wouldn't imagine. Or take your l...

In Oz We Trust?

Janine Francolini | Posted 04.21.2015 | Media
Janine Francolini

The Hippocratic Oath is an oath historically taken by physicians. It is one of the most widely known of Greek medical texts. It requires a new physician to swear, upon a number of healing gods, to uphold specific ethical standards.

The Way We Talk About Mental Illness Needs To Change

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living

Research by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy shows the loaded words used to describe drug addiction, such as "clean" vs. "dirty...

Star Light, Star Bright

Janine Francolini | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Attaining the goal of good mental health for all requires every single one of us to get involved and these remarkable young people give us hope.

Pilots, Patients and Public Peril: Framing Andreas Lubitz and the Germanwings Crash

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 04.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

These findings suggest that mental illness is neither a sufficient nor necessary cause of violence. Rather, like the rest of the population, a nexus of variables must be considered when attempting to predict something as complex as human behavior.

Changing the Culture of Mental Health Can Help Us Prevent Tragedies

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

While we may not all have a disorder, we all have mental health, and we all experience emotional pain and suffering at some point in our lives. Perhaps more important, we have all been touched by the consequences of unaddressed mental health concerns, either in ourselves or in our families.

There's a Hidden Dark Side to Being an Entrepreneur -- It Can Wreak Havoc on Your Mental Health

Amy Morin | Posted 03.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Morin

It's important to reconsider the romanticized notion that being your own boss is the key to happiness in life. Although there are many benefits to being an entrepreneur, for some, the psychological toll isn't worth it.

The Nightmare of Prison for Individuals With Mental Illness

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Dustin DeMoss

We need to do something about the failure of our prisons as a repository for the mentally ill. Through a series of unintended consequences we've sabotaged our mental health system and relegated the management of mental illness to a penal system designed to imprison and punish.

6 Tips to Help Live a Balanced Life With Mental Illness

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 03.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Dustin DeMoss

Living a balanced life is difficult for most people, but it is not impossible. Living a balanced life with a mental illness presents challenges that the "normal" (notice I used quotations) people of this world would not understand in a practical sense.

What We Should Do About Fears of Germs on the Subway

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 03.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

"They're finding bubonic plague on the subway!" a friend recently said to me. "How afraid should I be?" Some subway riders are scared. The disco...

People With Mental Illness Should Get What They Deserve

Liza Long | Posted 03.19.2015 | Impact
Liza Long

Like many people who become mental health advocates, I arrived in this role entirely by accident.

Combating the Stigma of Mental Illness

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 03.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Dustin DeMoss

Mental illness in the United States of America is an ever-increasing issue that affects millions of individuals in various ways and to varying degrees of severity. While it's true that mental illness can sometimes be treated with great success, including the near eradication of symptoms in certain patients, sometimes symptoms are so debilitating that the individual in question is unable to work or otherwise provide for themselves. For these individuals, symptoms may never fully disappear.

Depression Isn't Just A Health Crisis, It's An Economic Disaster

The Daily Beast | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living

Depression costs the United States $44 billion in lost wages every year, but it’s still not enough to change the perception of the disease....

11 Quotes That Perfectly Sum Up The Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living

The only shameful thing about mental illness is the stigma attached to it. A lack of understanding when it comes to these disorders can leave suffe...

Get Your Flawless On!

Janine Francolini | Posted 03.04.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Our core message at the Flawless Foundation is "Seeing the perfection in every person." Of course, this means different things to people. For some it means forgiveness and compassion.

'Institutionalizing' Recovery in Mental Health Care

Mona Shattell | Posted 03.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

We applaud the authors of the JAMA commentary, the NYT's op-ed, and the subsequent NYT's letters to the editor for bringing the issue of inadequate comprehensive psychiatric mental health care to the forefront and proposing an alternative.

Rebranding Hoarding: Choice or Affliction?

Ceci Garrett | Posted 02.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Ceci Garrett

Mental health disorders will likely never be "sexy," but our view of them can be more favorable, more open to conversation, understanding, empathy, and mutual respect. We must rebrand these challenges as the afflictions they are so that those who need help can readily access it.

Sunset ~ Sunrise

Janine Francolini | Posted 04.27.2015 | Media
Janine Francolini

I was very contemplative on my recent flight home from Colorado, traveling back from a week with my Mom as we try to manage some challenges that often go along with a vibrant life that is in it's eighth decade.

Harm-Related OCD

Debra Kissen | Posted 04.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Debra Kissen

What I enjoy so much about working with those seeking to overcome harm-related OCD is how rapid a recovery they can make -- once they begin to see their disturbing thoughts from a new vantage point.

Changing Our Tune

Liza Long | Posted 04.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Liza Long

Today, I am indeed grateful for my personal experiences with mental illness, because they prepared me to appreciate other people's struggles, especially my son's.

A Reason to Applaud Johnny Manziel

Ross Szabo | Posted 04.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

I may not be a big fan of Johnny Manziel on the field, but I am cheering for everything he is going through right now off the field.

A List to Love: 10 Mental Wellness Champions to Celebrate

Janine Francolini | Posted 04.11.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

It's raining effective advocacy and good news in the field of mental health. That is something to celebrate and love any week of the year.

Confessions of a Blue-Gened Blonde

Susan McCorkindale | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Susan McCorkindale

Unlike other people, I can't keep my depression in the closet. For one thing, I need the space for shoes. But more importantly, staying silent perpetuates the stigma that mental health isn't a topic for polite conversation. So might I propose we all stop being so polite?

Anna Almendrala

5 Real Ways To Combat The Stigma Around Mental Illness

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living

An estimated 43.7 million American adults -- 18.6 percent of all adults in the U.S. -- suffer from a mental illness. But only 13.4 percent of U.S. adu...