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Mental Illness

'Why I'll Tell My Son About My Suicide Attempt'

Kelley Clink | Posted 05.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Kelley Clink

I've always known that I would tell my son the truth about his uncle -- both how he lived and how he died. I've always known I would tell him the truth about me. I want to tell him the truth about everything -- even the scary, complicated stuff. Especially the scary, complicated stuff.

How I Learned to Manage Bipolar Disorder

Dan Seider | Posted 05.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Dan Seider

Five years ago I was going into the second year of my undergrad at the University of Guelph. The semester was going well. I was living with friends an...

Kaiser Permanente Is Retaliating Against Mental Health Whistleblowers

Sal Rosselli | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Sal Rosselli

Last month, the Oakland-based health care provider fired a respected psychologist, Dr. Alex Wang, who had reported to state regulators a pattern of illegal and unnecessary delays in providing mental health care.

Removing the Invisibity Cloak: A Conversation on Mental Illness

Ryley Rubin Pogensky | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
Ryley Rubin Pogensky

Are you ok? How often do we ask those words without any real weight or backing? For the millions of us who deal with mental illness we often find ourselves lying every time those words are pitched to us.

Brilliant, Beautiful and Bipolar

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Jessica R. Dreistadt

I feel most comfortable in a classroom. Whether I am the instructor or sitting in a chair soaking up intellectually tantalizing ideas, I love to be su...

Breaking the Silence: Mental Health Awareness Month in Beirut

Emily O'Dell | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily O'Dell

While on the surface our mental health awareness work in Lebanon looks like an innovation, it's more like a reclamation -- since the first mental hospitals in the world appeared in the Middle East.

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month -- Here's Why Companies Should Care

Amy Morin | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Morin

Most people spend the majority of their waking hours working. During those long hours, the office setting either promotes good mental health or contri...

Man Says Voices In His Head Are Because Microchip Was Implanted In His Body -- Not Mental Illness

Posted 05.26.2015 | Dr. Phil

Nick, 35, says he started being tormented by voices in his head about five years ago. "A friend of mine drugged me ... I woke up in a hotel room. I wa...

It's Outrageous: Jails and Prisons Are No Place to Treat Mental Illness; Just Ask Paton Blough

Mary Giliberti | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Mary Giliberti

There is no one solution to the horrors presented in the Callous and Cruel report, but the prescription includes getting people living with mental illness the right help in their communities before the criminal justice system ever gets involved. It includes providing the right kind of treatment and supports in jails or prisons.

Dear Chris Brown, Mentally Ill Black Women Need Counseling, Not A Good Lay: An Open Letter

Nicole Moore | Posted 05.21.2015 | Black Voices
Nicole Moore

Not too long ago, Mr. Brown, you were in a similar place as Ms. Ayeb when the media aimed to make you feel ashamed and small, so I'm sure you can understand when I say to you that your remarks on TMZ were damaging, ignorant and unnecessarily part of this unhealthy cycle of mocking the mentally ill.

Fountain House Symposium Takes On Schizophrenia

Jim Luce | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Jim Luce

I'm interested in mental health issues, but I'm not a physician and have no medical training. That's why I look forward to the annual Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon, where cutting-edge information is presented by top-drawer experts in terms accessible to a lay audience.

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...

From Germ Theory to the Microbiome: Why Microbes Still Rule Our Lives

Alanna Collen | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Alanna Collen

We now have an opportunity to shift the focus from simply diagnosing and treating ill health to understanding, curing and preventing it. Caring for our microbes gives us a chance to conquer this new wave of illness, and live healthier, happier lives.

14 Common Misconceptions About People Who Go To Therapy

Sahaj Kohli | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Sahaj Kohli

I periodically hear questions or comments that remind me going to therapy is not as normalized or as acceptable as I had hoped. So in an attempt to shed light on the truth about seeing a therapist and raise awareness, here is a list of 14 things you shouldn't assume about people who go to therapy.

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.

5 Reasons Why Facebook Can Be Dangerous for People With Depression

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Lorne Jaffe

Last week I fell into panic mode. It started with intense chest pains each time I logged onto Facebook to check the groups I belong to as well as scro...

The College Transition: Navigating the Deep End of the Pool

Janine Francolini | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

via Stockvault.net It's that time of year again. The universal reply date for colleges has just come and gone, so students are dealing with the afte...

When You Can't Find Your Rose-Colored Glasses

Molly Shalz | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Molly Shalz

I'm not trying to guilt anyone into feeling remorse for walking away from me. The truth is, I don't really want to be your friend if you don't really want to be mine. I know I've hurt people. I've know I've made mistakes. I'm not a perfect person.

Childrens Mental Health Awareness Month: No One Is Untouched By Mental Illness

Gene Beresin | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Gene Beresin

In May each year we celebrate Children's Mental Health Awareness Month. I say "celebrate" because we all need to rejoice in a child's mental health. We also need to be aware that no individual or family is untouched by mental illness. Despite ongoing and pervasive stigma, the facts speak for themselves.

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 ...

Mental Illness Doesn't Predict Violence. Here's What Does.

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 05.15.2015 | Healthy Living

In the aftermath of the recent plane crash in the French alps, much was made of Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz's history of depression. Since it was...

This May, Speak Up for Kids Who Have Mental Illness

Liza Long | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Liza Long

Why was my alleged oversharing potentially damaging to my son's future? Because we should be ashamed of his illness? Or because the writers who criticize me are ignorant about mental illness? Would you like to know what is actually damaging to my son and his future?

Should You Be Ashamed Of Your Mental Illness? This Chart Will Tell You

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living

Here's a sad reality: Approximately 31 percent of people with mental illness say they choose to not seek treatment for their disorder due to fear of j...