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Mental Illness Stigma

Another Peek Behind the Curtain: How a Psychiatrist Diagnoses and Treats Bipolar Disorder

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

One of the most important things is understanding the difference between mental illness and wellness. The more we talk about mental health the way we talk about physical health, the more we can decrease the stigma and shame that often impedes those in our communities from getting the help that they need. Please share your stories, join the discussion and stay tuned!

The Case For Dropping The Word 'Mental' From 'Mental Health'

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living

There are many polarizing words that are used when it comes to describing mental health: "Crazy," "insane," "nutcase." All of them are wrong and perpe...

The Sticky Stigma of Mental Illness

Patrick Vaughn | Posted 05.19.2015 | Religion
Patrick Vaughn

In the summer of 1986, I had the opportunity to work as a chaplain in a large trauma hospital. That's where I met Jim. He was about my age at the time, 24 years old. The previous evening, he had attempted suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping medication.

Warrior Moms of Mental Health Advocacy

Janine Francolini | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

via Stockvault.net "Perhaps it takes courage to raise children." -John Steinbeck, East of Eden Advocates. Partners. Heroes. Brave. Fierce. Hones...

Obsession With Confined Space

Marwa Azab | Posted 05.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Marwa Azab

Why are we so fascinated with walls? Tall, thick and soundproof? For the longest time, isolation has been a method of shunning a person who has tran...

Mental Illness Means You Need to Reinvent Yourself

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 05.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Dustin DeMoss

Managing a serious mental illness is a lifelong endeavor. The main proponent for doing so is the incredible benefit of not being on the streets or in ...

'Fight Stigma' Web Shorts Lampoon Stigma Surrounding Mental and Behavioral Health

Logan Lynn | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact
Logan Lynn

May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States, and to celebrate, my team at Trillium Family Services -- Oregon's largest provider of men...

Why I Chose Anti-Anxiety Medication

Elli Thompson Purtell | Posted 05.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Elli Thompson Purtell

Anxiety can make you a prisoner to your own mind. It exhaustively beats your spirit to a pulp. It doesn't go away no matter what you try and how badly you want to change. When decided upon thoughtfully and responsibly, medication can be a lifesaver.

Behind Dr. Oz's Curtain: What's Really 'Nuts or Normal'?

Liza Long | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Liza Long

The way we fail to treat children and adults with mental illness in this country is what is really crazy. It's also expensive, not only in financial terms, but also in lives lost, in dreams shattered. Dr. Oz could rebuild his credibility by focusing his attention on this public health crisis, by providing help -- and hope -- to millions.

Unmasking Mental Illness in Beirut

Emily O'Dell | Posted 05.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily O'Dell

Witnessing these four young mental health advocates share the highs and lows of their healing journeys, it was clear to all present that telling one's story openly and honestly is a sign of strength -- not weakness and shame.

How to Foster Good Mental Health in the Workplace

Amy Morin | Posted 05.01.2015 | Business
Amy Morin

The way employees think, feel, and behave can impact everything from productivity and communication to their ability to maintain safety. Promoting goo...

May Means Hope for Mental Health!

Janine Francolini | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

People often ask me what my dream is in my work at The Flawless Foundation and my answer is always the same: a world where the cause of mental health is celebrated and where every person living with these challenges is embraced by society.

Mental Illness and Identity: Would I Shed My Bipolar Disorder Skin?

Melissa Miles McCarter | Posted 04.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Melissa Miles McCarter

Lately I have been asking myself: What would I do if I could shed myself of my bipolar disorder? Is it part of the core of my identity, even if it is ...

I Can't Get Out of My Sweat Pants: An Essay on Depression

Marisa McPeck-Stringham | Posted 04.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Marisa McPeck-Stringham

Despite all social stigmas to the contrary or people accusing me of being "crazy," I'm not ashamed to admit that I have depression. Just like I'm not ashamed to admit that I have asthma.

#IWILLLISTEN: NAMI-NYC Metro's Mental Illness Stigma Fight Goes to the Midwest

NAMI-NYC Metro | Posted 04.30.2015 | Healthy Living
NAMI-NYC Metro

Most mental health campaigns ask those with mental illness, one out of five Americans, to speak up and tell their story. #IWILLLISTEN asks people who do not have mental illness, four out of five Americans, to listen with compassion and patience when a friend or family member talks about his or her condition.

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 05.14.2015 | 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 05.23.2015 | 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.