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Mental Illness

Book Review: Psychiatry Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform

DJ Jaffe | Posted 04.24.2015 | Books
DJ Jaffe

Psychiatry Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform by Robert Whitaker and Lisa Cosgrove aspires to be an important book, but is a misleading one that covers little new ground.

Are We in the Emerald City, Dr. Oz?

Janine Francolini | Posted 04.23.2015 | Media
Janine Francolini

We look forward to his on-air response, and hope that Dr. Oz will be transparent and honest about his methods, intentions and future behavior.

Age and Disability: Know Your Rights

Jeb Harrison | Posted 04.23.2015 | Fifty
Jeb Harrison

Where does that leave the battle-worn boomers that are still tasked with bringing home the bacon? Have the first forty, fifty, sixty years of life left you with scars that might qualify as disabilities, and if so, will it help or hurt your chances for gainful employment? Will claiming a disability make it easier to keep the job you already have?

Bully For Ancestry: The Upswing to the Mood Swing of Personal Growth

Greg Archer | Posted 04.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg Archer

We are never handed a "Growth Manual" when we enter this life. We often learn by observation and tend to integrate things from there--or try to. Of...

Is Psychiatry Getting Kinky?

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 04.20.2015 | Healthy Living
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

So slip into those tight leather jeans. That dog collar would look fetching. Add a piercing in a place your mother wouldn't imagine. Or take your l...

15 Things Anyone Who Loves A Woman With Anxiety Should Know

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 04.21.2015 | Women

During the years my mother was still putting me to bed, I would ask her one question before she left my room each night: “Can you give me so...

ICYMI: An Infuriating History Of Breast Cancer And The Psychological Depth Of ‘YOLO'

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 04.18.2015 | Healthy Living

ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. This week, we took a closer look at psychology across disciplines. We were fascinated that 18t...

The Way We Talk About Mental Illness Needs To Change

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living

Research by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy shows the loaded words used to describe drug addiction, such as "clean" vs. "dirty...

Pilots, Patients and Public Peril: Framing Andreas Lubitz and the Germanwings Crash

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 04.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

These findings suggest that mental illness is neither a sufficient nor necessary cause of violence. Rather, like the rest of the population, a nexus of variables must be considered when attempting to predict something as complex as human behavior.

I Have a Mental Illness, and I am More Than the Same Single Story

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

The problem with the same story about those suffering from mental illnesses is that it keeps us shrouded in secrecy and shame.

My Long Short Road to 50, in Gay Years

David Toussaint | Posted 04.09.2015 | Gay Voices
David Toussaint

If you're fortunate enough to live half a century, you'll understand that it isn't that youth is wasted on the young, it's that youth has no bearing on happiness.

Preventing Murder-Suicides: How the Germanwings Tragedy Offers Us a Global Opportunity

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 04.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Rappaport

The Germanwings tragedy can further stigmatize those with mental illness and make people with suicidal thoughts frightened that they'll be linked to a horrific crime. Yet this is also an opportunity to educate the world about the warning signs of suicide.

Kerry Washington Just Summed Up What We're All Thinking About Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living

First Lady Michelle Obama and actresses Kerry Washington and Sarah Jessica Parker are here to drop some knowledge on Hollywood and the rest of the wor...

Is It Right To Blame Depression For The Crash Of Germanwings Flight 9525?

David Feldman | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
David Feldman

Countless media outlets have speculated strongly that mental illness -- particularly depression -- may have been the cause of the Germanwings tragedy. Here's why this troubling: It highlights the media's -- and by extension our society's -- tendency to view mental health difficulties as permanent.

Taking Sleep Aids Could Potentially Harm Your Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living

In today's "always on," high-stress world, it has become commonplace to turn to over-the-counter sleep aids for a little help with drifting off into d...

What I Wish We Talked About More

Rachel Levy Lesser | Posted 04.06.2015 | Parents
Rachel Levy Lesser

I don't want to control all of the conversations in the world, I'd just like shift them a bit. Do you? If so, let's talk.

Can We Replace Misleading Terms Like 'Mental Illness,' 'Patient,' and 'Schizophrenia'

Allen Frances | Posted 04.05.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

I don't trust clinicians who restrict themselves to reductionistic diagnostic interviews, but I also don't trust clinicians who can't make an accurate diagnosis. Diagnosis and empathy are necessary partners in any therapeutic relationship, fully complementary and in no way incompatible.

The Freedom and Pathology of Risky Sex

Matthew Terrell | Posted 04.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

I see the need for raw sex as a manifestation of the self-hatred many gay men have. We are emotionally stunted as men and stigmatized as homos, and it is hard to love ourselves; so instead we do things that harm ourselves.

The Germanwings Tragedy, Depression and Stigma

Mary Giliberti | Posted 04.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary Giliberti

In the case of Flight 9252's co-pilot, the fact is that we don't know his full history yet. We may never know every relevant fact. His precise history of depression, whatever it may have been, may ultimately be seen as unimportant compared to other issues in his life.

Changing the Culture of Mental Health Can Help Us Prevent Tragedies

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

While we may not all have a disorder, we all have mental health, and we all experience emotional pain and suffering at some point in our lives. Perhaps more important, we have all been touched by the consequences of unaddressed mental health concerns, either in ourselves or in our families.

When a Community Comes Together, There is Hope

Kelly Posner | Posted 04.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Kelly Posner

In the end, the experience of suicide, which has defied language in the Native American communities for so long, was transformed into a dialogue using a set of simple questions in human and nontechnical terms. Communication is our key to resilience and prevention.

Why We Must Not Fear Depression in the Wake of the Germanwings Tragedy

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

In the wake of the Germanwings crash, questions abound about what happened, what was going through the mind of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, what his motiv...

The Cross of Mental Illness

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion
Sarah Griffith Lund

For contemporary Christian artist Mary Button, the cross is the key to connecting Jesus' ethics to modern day suffering.

What We're Getting Wrong About Suicide

Lindsay Holmes | Posted 03.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Lindsay Holmes

It's a huge misgiving to solely place blame on "suicidal tendencies" during horrendous events like the Germanwings crash, because it conflates suicide with the intention to hurt other people.

Andreas Lubitz: Narcissism, Not Depression

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

When I read about the crash of the Flight 4U 9525 in the Alps, particularly, about the 8 minute long ominous silence from the cockpit and that even br...