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Mental Illness

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?

Signs Someone You Know Is a Psychopath in Disguise

Thrillist | Posted 02.05.2016 | Healthy Living

It's easy to call someone a psychopath. You probably do it on a weekly, or even a daily basis. That dude who banged you and never called even though he PROMISED? Psychopath. Your boss who emails you about meeting Friday at 5:30pm? Psychopath. The new guy at the party who eats the last piece of pizza all willy-nilly without even asking? CLEARLY a psychopath.

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...

10 Thoughts That Happen During A Panic Attack

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 02.04.2016 | Healthy Living

If you've never experienced a panic attack before, allow us to give you a little spoiler alert: They're the absolute worst. For many of the 40 million...

Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse, Addiction, Racism, Just Another Day: Humans, We Need To Talk

Jamie Scanlon | Posted 02.03.2016 | HuffPost Home
Jamie Scanlon

Another day goes by, another mainstream media report about domestic violence, mental health, substance abuse and the statistics. The big-ticket items ...

5 Tips that Improve Mental Fitness

Karan Nijhawan | Posted 02.03.2016 | Education
Karan Nijhawan

Talking is the first step towards meaningful change and building greater awareness, acceptance, and action. Today, I want you to break the silence and talk. Here are 5 tips that I recommend that might help you improve your MENTAL FITNESS!

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...

Managing Mental Illness and Depression

Quora | Posted 02.02.2016 | Healthy Living

These Questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. ...

Joy After Anorexia: The Marie Kondo Method

Kerry Neville | Posted 02.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Kerry Neville

Last night, I saw a picture of myself at CrossFit on a friend's Facebook page: I am mid-deadlift and my growing muscles strain at the weight. My expression is one of intensity and fear. Will I die? Not anymore. I'm certain that after I set the bar on the ground, as always, my muscles trembled with the righteous fatigue of joy.

How To Travel With Mental Illness

Shanny Matterson | Posted 02.01.2016 | Travel
Shanny Matterson

Here's a scary statistic for you: Around 450 million people currently suffer from [mental illness], placing mental disorders among the leading caus...

Mental Health in the Black Community

Matthew Gates | Posted 01.29.2016 | Black Voices
Matthew Gates

Mental health is something that is widely disregarded amongst the black community. If someone of color is facing mental uncertainties, we only seem to label them as the "crazy" family member or friend, gossip about their "craziness," and ask everybody in the church to pray for them.

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.

Mental Illness Gets the Celebrity Treatment. That's a Good Thing

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 01.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Back in 2014, Dunham's memoir, Not That Kind of Girl, included a list of things that keep her up at night. Meanwhile, a realistic, yet not overly dramatized depiction of OCD gets a good amount of screen time on Girls in the form of Dunham's character. But is there such a thing as too revealing?

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.

Our (Severely Depressed) Child Was Left Behind

Amy Aves Challenger | Posted 01.28.2016 | Parents
Amy Aves Challenger

For the last four months, my son has been severely depressed, buried in a down comforter desiring only to attach to a computer or snuggle with a pillow. I've feared losing him. He's rarely been willing to leave the house or often his room.

This Is What Mental Illness Looks Like

Alexandria Montgomery | Posted 01.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Alexandria Montgomery

I am 26 years old, and I currently live at home. I flunked out of university my freshman year as a basketball player on a partial scholarship, and I w...

7 Ways To Make Therapy More Affordable

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 01.26.2016 | Healthy Living

There's no denying therapy is a huge financial burden: Affordability was the number one reason people avoid mental health services acco...

Climbing Out of the Postpartum Well -- 7 Steps in My Recovery

Quenby Schuyler | Posted 01.25.2016 | Parents
Quenby Schuyler

I was the picture perfect prego -- glowing, wide-eyed, anticipatory, awaiting the arrival of my mini me who bounced and flitted around in my big beautiful belly. But then I found myself hurled down into the unfamiliar well of postpartum depression.

Long-Term Opioid Use Linked To This Mental Health Problem

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.25.2016 | Healthy Living

People who take prescription opioids, which are used for treating pain, for longer than a month may have an increased risk of developing depression, ...

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...

How Do Entrepreneurs With Anxiety Succeed?

Williesha Morris | Posted 01.21.2016 | Business
Williesha Morris

My cell phone with the bulky, pink cover was shaking a little in my hand. I was staring at my calendar app and crying. I was 30 minutes late f...

Falling in Love With My Father Now That It's Almost Over

Riva Greenberg | Posted 01.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

Photos courtesy of Riva Greenberg My father began to leave us, mentally, two years ago. We were looking at photos on my mother's computer when he ...

Son's Mental Illness Leads to Life of Advocacy

The Stepping Up Initiative | Posted 01.20.2016 | Impact
The Stepping Up Initiative

Our youngest son, David, became ill at 16. He started having psychotic episodes, was hospitalized, and could no longer attend high school, so we quit our jobs and moved back to Montana from California, where we were living at the time. We thought we could give him a more stable life there.

Let's Stop Treating Mental Illness Like It's A Crime

Octavio N. Martinez, Jr. | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Octavio N. Martinez, Jr.

Here are two unfortunate things we know: 1. Jails and prisons are where too many people with mental illness are receiving, or rather not receiving, treatment. 2. A jail cell is unlikely to be a place of healing. Here's one more thing we're starting to realize: There's a better way.