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Mental Illness

What It Really Feels Like To Have A Panic Attack

Janelle Ann McCarthy | Posted 02.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Janelle Ann McCarthy

It's like one by one, each and every stimulus around you takes over your mind and body. One by one, a sound or a feeling or a visual will become so engulfing that that one stimulus becomes your entire reality. That one thing becomes every thought that goes through your mind and every physical and emotional feeling you have.

Eating And Sleeping At The Same Time Each Day May Ward Off Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.24.2015 | Science

When life gets hectic and stressful, our daily routines can be the first thing to fall by the wayside -- early bedtimes become late nights and instead...

A Tribute to Tanisha Anderson: African-American, Schizophrenic and Lost on the Streets

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 02.20.2015 | Black Voices
Robert David Jaffee

Now, she is gone, another lost soul in our country's failure to deal humanely not only with people of color but also with those diagnosed with severe mental illness.

Changing Our Tune

Liza Long | Posted 02.19.2015 | 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.

I Never Asked His Name

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

My bus came into view and I said goodbye. As I got on the bus and sat down, the young man smiled and waved at me. I waved back and wondered what his life would have been like if he had received the kind of support and opportunities I was lucky enough to have obtained.

A Flawless Valentine!

Janine Francolini | Posted 02.12.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

On this day of sweetness and love, let's expand our hearts to include forgiveness, compassion and self-acceptance as values to celebrate -- and put into practice every day of the year.

President Obama's Plan to Address Our Nation's Urgent Mental Health Needs

Pamela Hyde | Posted 02.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Pamela Hyde

The president has taken important steps to increase the capacity of the mental health system in the U.S. With the support of Congress, SAMHSA can build on its leadership and success to help all Americans -- including those with SMI -- lead healthy, full, and productive lives in their communities.

A Reason to Applaud Johnny Manziel

Ross Szabo | Posted 02.13.2015 | 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.

Vloggers Changing the Dialogue on Mental Health

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 02.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Dustin DeMoss

Vlogging has become an art form, an expressive sphere of thinking on matters of importance, and sometimes the unimportant. Vloggers the world over are...

A List to Love: 10 Mental Wellness Champions to Celebrate

Janine Francolini | Posted 02.10.2015 | 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 02.06.2015 | 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?

My 'Top 10' Facts to Know About Schizophrenia, and How You Can Make a Difference

Marc Rabinowitz | Posted 02.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Marc Rabinowitz

Before my son's diagnosis with schizophrenia, I knew very little about mental illness. Here are 10 important facts that I think everyone should know and one way to help those who are suffering from mental illness.

Measuring This Brain Region Could Predict Depression And Anxiety Years Before It Hits

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.04.2015 | Science

We all encounter challenges and obstacles in life, such as divorce, death, illness and unemployment. But while some people are highly resilient and ab...

Davos 2015 Wrap-Up: Get Ready for Breakthroughs About the Brain

Don Tapscott | Posted 02.02.2015 | Science
Don Tapscott

One conclusion from all the panels is that because the brain is so complicated and we know very little about its actual workings, we need to catalogue it before there can be important breakthroughs. With its billions of cells and neurons, the brain is a big-data exercise, and we now have the tools needed do so.

When You Know Your 'Good Days' Are Numbered

Karen Zainal | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen Zainal

I believe there are few things more important to how we live our lives than contemplating the temporality, and fragility, of life on this side of eternity. Accepting the vanity of our present pursuits is the beginning of discovering our true purpose, and the true meaning of our lives.

Seeking Sobriety in the New Year: The Real Dope on the Imperfect Process of Recovery

Robert Weiss | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Robert Weiss

Yes, some addicts do walk into a treatment center or a 12-step support group and find that they are suddenly "struck sober," with the desire to drink/use/whatever swiftly and permanently removed. However, that is not the usual pathway to healing and a better life.

Our Failure to Understand Mental Illness Has Debilitated Nearly 60 Million Americans

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
The University of Central Florida Forum

Our country was founded on the principles of liberty and justice for all, but our failure to understand mental illness and provide assistance facilities for families and the ill has ripped away the liberty and justice deserved for nearly 60 million Americans.

A Matter of Inches: Clint Malarchuk's Lifelong Battle With Mental Illness

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 01.30.2015 | Sports
Brian DAmbrosio

Besieged throughout his life by dread, anxiety, insecurity, resentment, depression, suicidal thoughts and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Clint Malarchuk reached the NHL and played parts of 11 seasons.

5 Reasons We Should Stop Talking About 'Recovery' For Mental Illness

Liza Long | Posted 01.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Liza Long

Let's keep talking about behavioral health for everyone. But let's stop talking about recovery for serious mental illness and start celebrating people whose brain disorders cause them to live with health challenges comparable to those experienced by cancer patients. The word we need, in the face of so much loss, is hope. Mental illness is not a choice. But hope is. Even in the face of tragedy, today I choose hope.

Jack Harries On Mental Illness: 'We Sweep It Under The Rug'

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 01.28.2015 | Teen

Thanks to trending topics on Twitter like #BellLetsTalk and celebs like Demi Lovato sharing their stories, mental health awareness is starting to gain...

The 5 Million Non-Jewish People Killed By The Nazis

HuffPost UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion

Six million Jewish people were murdered during the genocide in Europe in the years leading up to 1945, and the Jews are rightly remembered as the grou...

The 6 Blessings Of Mental Illness

Jonathan Friesen | Posted 01.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Friesen

Within the mental health community, we too have discovered that our storms have silver linings. Our "weaknesses," like battlefields, create in us the realization that we can more than survive mental illness.

Fear and Loathing: Setbacks in Recovery From Depression

Shawn Henfling | Posted 01.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Shawn Henfling

My desire is to never lose that ability, that I never admit defeat, or become another name on the list of those who've lost the war on their minds. I hope that, as time goes on, and if the setbacks continue to occur, I seek not an exit but a welcome embrace. Until it is over, for better or worse, I will continue to chronicle my struggles, making them public in an effort to let you know you are not alone.

Suicide and Its Unrelenting Stigma

Kristina Cowan | Posted 01.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

Our society does a good job of saddling suicide with stigma. In an effort to make sense of it, perhaps, we label the person who ended his or her life. He was selfish. She was crazy. They took the easy way out. These sorts of things couldn't happen to us. Statistics say otherwise.

'There's No Shame' In Talking About Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living

For the millions of people who have been touched by some form mental illness, Pete Wentz has a message for you: It's OK to open up. The Fall Out Bo...