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Mental Illness

In the Gun Debate, Mental Illness Doesn't Predict Dangerousness

Paul Heroux | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Paul Heroux

We should be asking: Is the person is a danger to him or herself or to others if he or she had a gun? That is the question. The notion that we can use mental illness as a way to determine that someone is somehow more dangerous is just ill-informed.

These 12 Incredibly Successful People Will Change The Way You Think About Depression

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living

In a world where 350 million people suffer from depression, it's hard to fathom why the illness could be brushed under the rug. But for public figures...

The Faint Line of Sanity

Pamela Brill | Posted 07.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Pamela Brill

Years ago, when I was doing a psychiatry rotation at Bellevue, I learned a valuable lesson. One that has stayed with me since. Sometimes, it whispers ...

Life After Prozac: New Fronts in the Fight Against Depression

Christopher King | Posted 07.18.2014 | Science
Christopher King

The year 1988 saw the U.S. release of the antidepressant Prozac. Within two years, the compound became not only the most prescribed drug in the world ...

The Lesson of the Dandelion

Greg O'Brien | Posted 07.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Greg O'Brien

The best of runners in life have partners. My prayer is that we partner up from Capitol Hill to California to make Alzheimer's a fading memory.

Gynecomastia and My Traumatic Day at the Beach

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 07.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Lorne Jaffe

It took 10 years post-gynecomastia surgery for me to go to the beach and take off my shirt because I still felt those now phantom breasts and stares.

Psychologists Prescribing Medication Is a Bad Idea

Scott Mendelson, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Scott Mendelson, M.D.

Psychiatrists are often criticized for a reductionist approach to mental illness. We are accused of "throwing pills" while ignoring the social, cognitive and spiritual aspects of our patients. However, the use of medications by psychologists with only rudimentary understanding of physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology is another form of reductionism that should be soundly criticized.

Jails Struggle With Rising Number Of Mentally Ill Inmates

AP | ADAM GELLER | Posted 07.14.2014 | Crime

CHICAGO (AP) — The numbers, posted daily on the Cook County sheriff's website, would be alarming at an urgent care clinic, let alone a jail: On a We...

How Art Can Save a Life

Diriye Osman | Posted 07.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

As I sit here and write this, feeling scratched and worn -- a vinyl record that has seen better days -- I know all is not lost. I know I will wake up in the morning, make a cup of tea and sit at my studio desk.

Why Forcibly Medicating the Mentally Ill Is Dangerous

Melody Moezzi | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Melody Moezzi

We must also take the high risk of misdiagnosis and bad medicine into account when considering legislation that would forcibly medicate innocent individuals who represent no immediate threat to themselves or others.

When Survivor's Guilt Takes Over

Virginia Sullivan | Posted 07.10.2014 | Divorce
Virginia Sullivan

It takes courage to see people you love fail. Every day I was looking in the mirror and telling myself to be brave about being a single Mom. And now I had another thing I had to be brave about every day.

Teen Charged In Stabbing Death Of Foster Mom

The Huffington Post | Clarke Reilly | Posted 07.10.2014 | Crime

A Hawaii woman is dead after her foster son allegedly stabbed her to death on Saturday. Fifty-two-year-old Jolyn Kipapa was found dead by police af...

Ramadan Reflection Day 10: I vs. We, Illness vs. Wellness

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In Ramadan you're going to find a lot of people who are coming to terms with certain things about themselves. In order to move forward, they will be taking on obstacles that have existed within themselves for years but they're only starting to see now.

Redefining Success

Lynda Freeman | Posted 07.07.2014 | World
Lynda Freeman

I have learned that there are many definitions of success. Sometimes it is accepting what is. Sometimes it is letting go. There are so many aspects to love. Love, to me, is the most important thing we are here to learn.

A Chilling Reminder Of The Nation's Dark History Of Treating The Mentally Ill

AP | JONATHAN J. COOPER | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — They were dubbed the "forgotten souls" — the cremated remains of thousands of people who came through the doors of Oregon's sta...

Behind The Yellow Door, A Man's Mental Illness Worsens

The Washington Post | STEPHANIE MCCRUMMEN | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living

The man in the house, a 42-year-old who once earned six figures working on Capitol Hill and was a devoted husband and father, tells his family that he...

When the Doctor Says 'You're Bipolar'

Jessica McNeill Azar | Posted 06.26.2014 | Parents
Jessica McNeill Azar

At that moment, I began to realize that while managing Bipolar II was not going to be easy, doing my best to do so was the key to living out an amazingly fulfilling life. I had what I needed to truly survive inside of me -- my determination, faith in God, and a thirst for knowledge.

Art, Mental Illness and Frances Bean Cobain

Michael Darer | Posted 06.24.2014 | Arts
Michael Darer

To turn Kurt Cobain into a symbol of something -- to hold up his tragic passing as something other than personal tragedy -- robs his loved ones of their personal truths. It means that the discussion isn't about the fact that Frances Bean Cobain will never know her father but about some other capital-letter themes that become about art or figurehead outside humanity.

Depression and Anxiety: An International Perspective

Kathryn Goetzke | Posted 06.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathryn Goetzke

Until some years ago, there was a common understanding that when people talked about depression or anxiety, they were talking about exclusively Western problems. Unsurprisingly, in recent years, this myth has been seriously debunked.

Should Cryonics, Cryothanasia, and Transhumanism Be Part of the Euthanasia Debate?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 06.23.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The medical field of preserving the dead for possible future life is quickly improving every year.

Could a LA-Style Threat Assessment Team Have Thwarted the Isla Vista, Seattle or Oregon Shooting Sprees?

Art Levine | Posted 06.22.2014 | Crime
Art Levine

the department still grapples with the reality that at least half of seriously mentally ill people receive no treatment at all, a situation of possible danger to the entire community and, far more often, to themselves.

Is the Boy Next Door the Next School Shooter?

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Crime
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

The bar for having someone placed on a mental-health hold for more than a few days is very high. As a society we are predisposed to making it extremely difficult to remove a person's rights. I certainly don't want my rights removed, but where should that standard be? Lately I'm not sure that we've set the bar correctly.

Coming Out of the Bipolar Closet

Danielle Hark | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Danielle Hark

At the moment of diagnosis, you went from being that person -- the eccentric-but-sometimes-sad creative -- to that person: the crazy one.

Mental Health Reform Should Also Help Families

Kenneth J. Dudek | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Kenneth J. Dudek

Two separate mental health reform bills are now on the table, and both have fallen prey to the same old mental health politics. The limited research on the efficacy of various proposed treatment approaches brings the issue back to questions of ideology.

How Mental Illness Fed My Creativity

Diriye Osman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

Ultimately, it's about keeping despair at bay, and sometimes simple things like running, taking up a hobby, doing charity work, painting or, in my case, writing can be a galvanizing part of the recovery process. Keeping the brain and the body active can give life a semblance of pleasure and hope. This is what writing has done for me.