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Mental Illness Stigma

Mental Illness: Talk About It More, Not Less

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 02.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peggy Drexler

When it comes to mental illness, the problem isn't how we describe those who suffer but how we as individuals ultimately choose to view them, which is just that: a choice. Instead of renaming the conversation, how about reframing the entire body of thought around the topic?

How Renaming Schizophrenia Could Help Patients And Combat Stigma

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.04.2016 | Science

The stigma that surrounds mental illness is not only insulting to the roughly one-quarter of the world's population that has one, it can also negativ...

Uprooting Social Discrimination

Brandon Staglin | Posted 02.03.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Brandon Staglin

Yes, I often have more to do than time to do it, and yes, chronological pressure can steal my civility, but I thank God that I can still recognize the things that matter.

A Surprising Number Of Teens With Depression Aren't Getting Treatment

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - Many teens diagnosed with depression don’t immediately receive needed follow-up care even when therapy is recommended or med...

An Open Letter to the President About Mental Health Care

Rachel Griffin | Posted 01.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Rachel Griffin

People are too ashamed to get care because of stigma. They wait far too long and then when they finally try and it's complicated and hard to access. They finally get it and it's low quality. It's rushed. This all needs to change.

In Most Gun Shootings, Mental Illness Does Not Play a Role

Pavita Singh, MPH | Posted 01.28.2016 | Media
Pavita Singh, MPH

As it turns out, only about 2 to 4 percent of gun crimes are attributable to mental illness. In making this claim, however, it is important to first distinguish between mass shootings and "everyday" shootings.

Lena Dunham Shuts Down Mental Illness Stereotypes In New Photos

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living

Can she live? Lena Dunham tackled the negative stereotypes surrounding women with mental illness in a series of Instagram photos Thursday night -- and...

Brief Psychotic Breaks Remain A Mystery

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living

Not all psychotic episodes signal the beginning of a long-term mental health disorder like schizophrenia. In fact, when patients experience one of th...

Is Bipolar Still in Disorder Really the Best We Can Do?

Tom Wootton | Posted 01.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Tom Wootton

A common refrain in the bipolar disorder community is, "I'm doing the best I can." Every time I hear this or a similar phrase, my heart weeps. I know ...

Here's What's Wrong With the Mental Illness Conversation

Chelsea Stephens | Posted 01.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Chelsea Stephens

For some people, it takes a personal connection to mental illness to take an interest in wanting to help those who live with it. But far more concerning than people who don't take an interest are those who go out of their way to shame or criticize those who are forced to live with an illness they would never choose for themselves.

12 Tweets That Prove No One Should Be Ashamed Of Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 01.12.2016 | Healthy Living

Every day, people with mental illness face judgment because of their condition. Given that one in four people will experience a mental healt...

Why Do We Fear Mental Illness?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 01.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Many, many people suffering from mental illness, including those who have experienced psychosis and hallucinations or who have lived through suicidal moments or even attempts, go on to live successful, productive lives. All we need to do is let them. Because it's not helping the mentally ill that we should fear. It's what happens if we don't.

The Strange Silence of Your Presidential Candidates (and What You Can Do About It)

Matthew Chapman | Posted 12.29.2015 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

Science will, in fact, determine our entire future. Do science and technology therefore deserve a presidential debate all to themselves?

Just One? Perspectives on Mental Illness and Dating

Emily Grossman | Posted 12.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily Grossman

As a single woman who writes and speaks openly about my mental illness, I'm often asked the question by friends and family: "Are you sure you want to write about your mental illness like that even though you are single?"

How My Dog Made Me a Better Psychiatrist

Alison E. Lenet, M.D. | Posted 12.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Alison E. Lenet, M.D.

My hope is that every person who walks through my door will feel as empowered to discuss the meaning of their illness openly with me, so we can work through the feelings together and create a common goal. Collaborative mental health care that acknowledges but surpasses stigma is the best treatment, and I wouldn't accept any alternative.

Countdown to the Solstice: Shining Stars in Oregon

Janine Francolini | Posted 12.21.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

This is the last blog in our series as we count down to the winter solstice -- the darkest day of the year. These past few weeks, we've featured some ...

13 Encouraging Tweets That Perfectly Sum Up Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 12.17.2015 | Healthy Living

When you think of mental illness, what's the first thing that comes to mind? It's likely not your best friend, a popular singer, your teacher or the n...

9 Reasons Why You Need To Stop Stigmatizing People With Mental Illness

Rachel Griffin | Posted 12.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachel Griffin

Here are nine reasons why you (and I, and every else) need to stop stigmatizing people with mental illness.

Melancholia, Without the Romance

Tricia McCallum | Posted 12.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Tricia McCallum

On those gray days when my despair is palpable it seems such a high price. But on my good days, oh, those glorious, delicious, good days, of which there are many, you will quite often catch me singing. Out loud.

The Girl in the Waiting Room

Anna Waletzko | Posted 12.15.2015 | College
Anna Waletzko

If there's one thing I've learned in the past six years, it's that I'm not alone. I used to think I was unique--going to a therapist, dealing with anx...

Time Spent in a Psych Ward

Erin Nugent | Posted 12.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Erin Nugent

One of my biggest fears is being isolated from others if anyone found out I had a mental illness, and thus I isolated myself, but these doctors and nurses were very understanding and I could tell sincerely wanted me to feel better.

My Life and Guns

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 12.07.2015 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

Writing about the arts seems light-weight at the time of extreme violence. I cannot sit silently anymore regarding the tragic events of the past few days in San Bernardino, Paris and elsewhere.

Touched With Fire

Paul Dalio | Posted 12.07.2015 | Impact
Paul Dalio

Out of all the poets who received the Pulitzer, 38 percent of them were bipolar. How can we simply label it a human disorder? Think how much more they could contribute to the human spirit if they knew it could be used as a gift to humanity, instead of something to hide from humanity?

What Happened When I Told My Boss I Was Struggling With Mental Illness

Joseph Rauch | Posted 12.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Joseph Rauch

It's a big part of who I am and I take pride in it, so feeling free to mention it at work makes me more comfortable and, ultimately, a better employee.

We Should Talk About Mental Health With Respect

Janine Francolini | Posted 12.03.2015 | Media
Janine Francolini

You wouldn't know it because of the way we talk about mental health in this country -- the way we shame and mock each disorder, each symptom, each call for help. As a society, we have made a serious health condition something that is easier to hide than to address.