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Mental Illness

America, What Do We Do After Charleston?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I am a native South Carolinian. Charleston is my maternal ancestral home. My great grandmother was born during slavery. My great grandfather I have been told was a plantation overseer. Never have I been more proud and more ashamed of my dueling ancestral heritages than right now.

More Than a Feeling: The Importance (and Necessity) of Pixar's Inside Out

Alaina Baker | Posted 07.01.2015 | Entertainment
Alaina Baker

Inside Out is an extraordinary creation that is both heart-wrenching and so very real; if you see one movie this summer, let it be this.

July Is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

NAMI-NYC Metro | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
NAMI-NYC Metro

To celebrate Minority Mental Health Month the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC Metro) is hosting its first #IWILLLISTEN Community Mental Health Fair on Saturday, July 25th.

"Racism As a Mental Illness": A Mainstream Media Production

Sumaia Masoom | Posted 06.30.2015 | College
Sumaia Masoom

Even after audible calls for a race war and an attempt at genocide, the FBI still refuses to call the terrorist what he is, and instead falls back on its favorite time-tested explanation: mental illness.

The Child Who Could Become a Monster

Michelle Matthews | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Michelle Matthews

It seemed to happen overnight. Just like that, a tidal wave swept through our lives and all the light drained from his eyes, that little boy was gone, a soulless being was left in its wake. I'll never know when or how it happened, just that it did and we'll forever deal with the fallout.

How an Alternative High School Saved My Life

Alana Saltz | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Alana Saltz

North Hills Prep was the perfect place for me to recover. I know other students felt the same way. So many of us believe that North Hills Prep saved our lives. I'm not sure I would have made it through high school anywhere else.

Suza Scalora

Eckhart Tolle on Embracing Life's Challenges

HuffingtonPost.com | Suza Scalora | Posted 07.05.2015 | Healthy Living

Eckhart Tolle discusses embracing the limitations life presents to us, instead of resisting the present moment. Challenges and difficulties are a natu...

My Depression Is Not an Accessory

Jacob Hood | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Jacob Hood

Not only do statements such as, "I'm so depressed," or, "I swear I'm bipolar," diminish the reality of mental illness, but they also reduce the experiences of true victims to "just emotions." Depression isn't a mask you can slip on at your leisure to validate negative feelings.

Getting Beyond Tragedy: A Call for Compassion and Commitment

Dr. Amos C. Brown | Posted 06.24.2015 | Religion
Dr. Amos C. Brown

A white man's unconscionable killings of nine people at a historically significant African American church in Charleston, South Carolina has yet again exposed our nation's desperate need to address racial divisions in our culture and our relationship with guns.

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Sometimes artistry and insanity are so intertwined you can't distinguish them. That was the challenge for singer Nina Simone; dealing with worldwide fame and a madness she couldn't shake.

Crying Crazy

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Sarah Griffith Lund

What can we make of Dylann Roof's motivation for turning a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, into a bloodbath? Many have speculated about his mental health and wondered, "Is this the kind of thing only a crazy person could do?"

What 'Orange Is The New Black' Gets Right About Depression

Alana Saltz | Posted 06.23.2015 | Entertainment
Alana Saltz

When I saw Brook Soso fall apart on Season 3 of Netflix's Orange is the New Black, I knew exactly what was happening to her. I know, because like Soso's character, I've also been locked in an institution and forced to deal with mental illness without the support that I needed.

Reclaiming My Dad On Father's Day

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 06.21.2015 | Fifty
Dawn Q Landau

When life throws you a 100 mph curve ball, that hits you in the face ... and then another, and another, there are lots of things you can do. If you're a child, set on survival, you block it out and move on.

Violence: A Normal Day in America

Charlotte Robertson | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Charlotte Robertson

It was a normal day in Charleston. It was a normal day in Florida, in Baltimore, in Staten Island, and in Ferguson. That's precisely what makes the racial violence that takes place in this country so horrifying -- it happens on a normal day.

It's Time to Talk About Fear and Love

Liza Long | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Liza Long

In the wake of mass shootings, I used to write about the need to provide treatment before tragedy. My new message is this: enough about tragedy. Let's focus on treatment. Treatment provides hope, and love overcomes fear.

Keeping Ourselves Honest In The Aftermath Of The Charleston Massacre

Cameron Blazer | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Cameron Blazer

As a white, nearly lifelong resident of Charleston, I feel obligated to say in defiance of my usual self-censorship. While they may and often do dwell together, hatred and mental illness are not the same. Hatred is not a mood disorder. Hatred is inert violence. And we are all susceptible to its intrusions.

Julia Craven

Racism Is Not A Mental Illness

HuffingtonPost.com | Julia Craven | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics

An act of terrorism unfolded on American soil last night when Dylann Roof allegedly killed nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, ...

Looking At Angry Faces May Reveal Risk For Depression

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 06.19.2015 | Science

Relapse is a common but troubling symptom of depression, with anywhere from 50 to 80 percent of people who experience one or more depressive episodes ...

The Extended Release 'Drug' -- Why Therapy Works

Liv Raimonde | Posted 06.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Liv Raimonde

Many people in the world who struggle from mental illness struggle alone in silence. People hesitate to seek help because they fear it will label them...

Lindsay Holmes

24 Spot-On Illustrations That Combat Mental Health Stigma

HuffingtonPost.com | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 06.18.2015 | Healthy Living

Sometimes simplicity is the best way to make a point. After seeing firsthand how mental illness can take a toll, Marissa Betley decided to sketch o...

Fountain House Gallery Honors Boosters of Artists with Mental Illness

Jim Luce | Posted 06.17.2015 | New York
Jim Luce

I've come to know this yearly event as an effervescent evening of cocktails, music, and a splendid array of more than 100 original artworks exhibited for sale by Gallery artists.

(W)right It Out

Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D. | Posted 06.16.2015 | Women
Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D.

I always knew I had a story to tell, but just didn't know when I could tell it without severe consequences.

More College and University Students Facing Mental Health Challenges

Constance Scharff, Phd | Posted 06.16.2015 | College
Constance Scharff, Phd

There is a quiet crisis brewing on college and university campuses across the United States. Increasingly, the mental health needs of students are more complicated than in the past and cannot be adequately met by overwhelmed mental health services.

Attention Hipsters: OCD Is Not a Joke

Maru Gonzalez | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Maru Gonzalez

As someone whose life was once consumed by OCD, I cringe every time I see such quizzes because they relegate my experience -- and those of others with OCD -- to nothing more than an idiosyncrasy, a quirk, something that warrants laughter and ridicule.

Gifts From the Father I Hardly Knew

Lisa Goodman-Helfand | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
Lisa Goodman-Helfand

On Father's Day, if you are fortunate enough to have been raised by a great dad still here on earth, celebrate him with an extra dose of gratitude. If you've lost your dad, I know this day totally sucks.