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Mental Illness

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 01.27.2015 | 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...

We Need to Talk About Suicide Prevention

Lynn Keane | Posted 01.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Lynn Keane

Talking about suicide prevention begins with understanding mental illness. The majority of people who take their lives have an unidentified mental health disorder. Many of those people were unable to share their emotional pain because of the stigma associated with the disease.

Coming Out About My Mental Illness

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Dustin DeMoss

One of the core values of the Air Force is integrity. I've always viewed integrity as something you either have or don't. Society doesn't, especially when it comes to admitting mental illness. I tried living my life under the veil of inauthenticity for years, and it achieved nothing for me.

Suicide Isn't Contagious; We Need to Talk About It

Marisa Lancione | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Marisa Lancione

It's not that we shouldn't talk about suicide because we're afraid it'll be contagious, but we need to know HOW to talk about it. We need to be sensitive to our audience. We need to be considerate of other people's experiences. We need to be kind and understanding.

11 Statistics That Will Change The Way You Think About Depression

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living

Depression has a way of tricking even the happiest of people into thinking that life isn't worth experiencing. Their energy is evaporated, what once w...

Voodou Priests And Doctors Are On The Frontline Of Haiti's Mental Health Care

Reuters | ANASTASIA MOLONEY | Posted 01.14.2015 | Religion

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Five years after a massive earthquake rocked Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people and reducing homes ...

People of Color Deal With Mental Illness, Too

Dior Vargas | Posted 01.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Dior Vargas

There is a stigma that is rampant in our society towards mental illness. Yet it is worse for communities of color. I want my community to know that this is not something to be ashamed about. This is not a white person's disease.

What Caused This to Happen?

Thomas R. Insel | Posted 01.13.2015 | Science
Thomas R. Insel

The scientific answer to the question of "what caused this to happen?" is to cite a mixture of genetic and environmental factors, often expressed as a gene-environment interaction. The honest answer to the question of cause is that we don't know.

The State of Colorado vs. James Holmes: Why the Death Penalty?

Dr. Xavier Amador | Posted 01.13.2015 | Denver
Dr. Xavier Amador

I don't know the details of James Holmes' state of mind at the time of the tragic shootings, but I do know there is an evolving standard of decency in this country when it comes to exposing seriously mentally ill citizens to the death penalty.

Why Kaiser Mental Health Workers Are on Strike in California

Sal Rosselli | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Sal Rosselli

These clinicians have an ethical obligation to advocate for their patients to ensure that they get the care they need in Kaiser's increasingly corporatized and impersonal health care system.

Depression as a Mnemonic

S. L. Young | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
S. L. Young

Nobody has to struggle alone, as there's always someone who is willing to provide assistance. The challenge -- many times -- is to be willing to identify assistance and give someone an opportunity to help.

The Bearable Lightness of Being Earnest

Farsh Askari | Posted 01.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Farsh Askari

I will eternally detest everything about OCD, but it brought me to McLean and there I met Will. Consequently, I not only gained the tools to live free of OCD's constant grip, but also to just live.

The State of Yoga Service: Looking Forward Through 2015

Rob Schware | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Rob Schware

In my Huffington Post blog series "Yoga: How We Serve," a number of yoga teachers on the front lines of outreach to underserved and unserved populations have offered valuable answers to the question, "What are some of your ideas about, or hopes for, the future of "service yoga" in America?"

Not Beaten, Bound or Broken

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 01.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

To those of you in the throes of your own depression I offer this: You may be cracked and chipped on every side but your depression has not crushed or conquered you. Do not despair, you will not be defeated. You are at a turning point and victory is close at hand. As always be encouraged, empowered, and emboldened to courageously communicate your truth!

Does Having Bipolar Disorder Equate to an Early Death?

Muffy Walker | Posted 01.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Muffy Walker

Our son refuses to tolerate 20 years loss of life expectancy. If more people with serious mental illnesses were aware of the risks, maybe they would make changes and refuse as well.

11 Habits of People With Concealed Depression

Lexi Herrick | Posted 01.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Lexi Herrick

The problem is that the world becomes darkest when we all stop being able to understand each other. We tend to believe that hardship is worn openly upon one's chest like a battle scar, but many of these wounds do not easily reveal themselves to those that do not take the time to look.

The Childhood Trait That Could Predict Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.07.2015 | Healthy Living

Excessive guilt is a known symptom of adult depression, but a new study finds that such feelings in childhood can predict future mental illness, inclu...

This Project Could Help Scientists Create Better Antidepressants

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.06.2015 | Science

An estimated 350 million people around the world, and 3.3 million American adults, suffer from depression. In the U.S., 10 percent of adults (and ...

Depression Summarized in Three Panels

Karen Zainal | Posted 01.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen Zainal

Below is a three-panel cartoon depicting what it means to recover from depression. What do you think? Is this an accurate depiction? Does this he...

Depression Can Be a Limiter: Willpower a Liberator

S. L. Young | Posted 01.14.2015 | Healthy Living
S. L. Young

It's been approximately nine months since I almost made a fateful decision to end my life. However, by fighting and willing myself to move forward, share my story, and not to give up on myself or my dreams, my life has led to positive unexpected outcomes. Today, I'm a better, stronger, and a more positive man than I ever thought I could be.