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Mental Illness

A Note to Self: You Are Not Defined By Your Depression

Minaa B | Posted 09.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Minaa B

Keep fighting for that life of yours, yes you still struggle with depression till this day, but you are operating as your best self. You are healing. You are thriving. You are living in light, not being ashamed of your identity or hiding yourself from the world.

To Put It Simply: 'I Am Mentally Ill'

Seamus Kirst | Posted 02.05.2017 | Healthy Living
Seamus Kirst

I was recently at a dinner with two friends, when we began discussing mental illness and mental health treatment.All three of us have openly had perio...

A National Mental Health Policy Agenda: Recommendations for the Presidential Candidates

Kimberly Williams | Posted 09.08.2016 | HuffPost Home
Kimberly Williams

Mental health is critical to human well-being, but for far too long most Americans with mental and/or substance use disorders have not been able to get the help they need. Improving the mental health and substance abuse systems (the "behavioral health" system) is a vital need in today's society and should be a priority item on the next President's agenda for immediate action.

I'm Fighting Stigma Around Mental Illness, But I Want To Turn It Into A Job

The GroundTruth Project | Posted 09.08.2016 | Healthy Living
The GroundTruth Project

This essay is one of 35 selected by a panel of judges for “Ambitions Interrupted,” a series from The GroundTruth Project and YouthVoices, its stor...

Suicide Is Not About Statistics. Here's My Story.

Michael Darer | Posted 09.07.2016 | College
Michael Darer

For me, especially, seeing fatal self-harm discussed purely as a disturbing wall of figures is disheartening, perhaps because I know I am among those statistics, as a survivor, and that I could have been as a casualty.

How to De-Escalate a Mental Health Crisis in Prison

Linda Rosenberg | Posted 09.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Linda Rosenberg

The yard at the State Correctional Institution at Benner Township is much like any other prison - an outdoor space where general population inmates ex...

Mother-Daughter Team Up To Empower Women in Recovery with "She Recovers"

Alicia Cook | Posted 09.06.2016 | Women
Alicia Cook

As September rolls along and many do their part to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover, Nickel wants those still in the dark trenches of addiction to know one thing.

My Depression Is A Gift

Carly Schwartz | Posted 09.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Carly Schwartz

Maybe even one person will read what I have to say and feel a tiny bit better. Maybe she'll start to understand that she's not on this journey by herself. That help is out there if she can bring herself to ask for it. That she might be battling depression, but she's winning the battle simply by waking up each morning and continuing to live her life.

11 Comics That Nail What It Feels Like To Live With Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 09.07.2016 | Healthy Living

Mental illness is nobody’s fault. And because it affects one in five Americans during a given year, we should feel especially free to talk about how...

Artists With 'Invisible' Disabilities Use Tattoos To Talk About Health

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.06.2016 | Arts

“I have chosen a surreal art approach to represent my invisible disability, due to the surreal nature of mental illness,” tattoo artist Lindsay Ca...

Compelling Alternatives -- 'Outside Mental Health' -- To Mainstream Psychiatry

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 09.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Bruce E. Levine

Outside Mental Health's collection of interviews and essays include scientists, journalists, and doctors who, like myself, came to rethink a good part of what we had been taught in our professional training.

Hush: the Documentary -- Hubris and Hypocrisy about Abortion

David A. Grimes | Posted 09.02.2016 | Women
David A. Grimes

A recently released Canadian documentary on abortion purports "to find the truth for the sake of women's health." Regrettably, the slickly produced film quickly degenerates into hubris and hypocrisy. Having donated my time and expertise to appear in the film, I found the outcome disappointing -- if not unexpected.

Donald Trump’s Latest Tweet Doesn't Just Insult Mika Brzezinski

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 09.12.2016 | Healthy Living

Donald Trump is once again using mental health terms as insults on Twitter, this time targeting his insensitive language toward MSNBC “Morning Joe...

Mental Illness Stigma: Risky Business

Emily Grossman | Posted 09.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Emily Grossman

Dear Manager at a NYC Pennsylvania Station Coffee Shop: I’m not sure if you remember, but the other day, a homeless woman came to th...

Young Woman Loses Three People In One Year To Heroin

Alicia Cook | Posted 08.30.2016 | Healthy Living
Alicia Cook

Within a six-month span in 2012, Lindsey lost three people to drug addiction. That's three dreaded phone calls, three worst nightmares, three funeral ...

Man Defends Himself Against Wife’s Poisoning, Molestation Accusations, Says She’s Delusional

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 11.28.2016 | Entertainment

Pat claims for the last nine months, her husband, Mira, has been injecting her with poison while she sleeps as well as poisoning her food, so he can m...

The Heart of Order

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.25.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

He'd left the water running, flooding neighbors' apartments. He'd been running around outside naked. By the time police arrived, he was standing in th...

23-Year-Old Describes What It’s Like To Live With Multiple Personalities

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 11.28.2016 | Entertainment

Twenty-three-year-old Dillon claims that he has a mental illness and may have as many as 20 different personalities that come out at any time. Some of...

Searching For Myself In Sobriety

Seamus Kirst | Posted 02.05.2017 | Healthy Living
Seamus Kirst

Three years ago today, I stopped drinking.Yesterday, I spoke to my dad -– who is also in recovery –- about the upcoming anniversary. He wanted to ...

All I Want For My Birthday Is To Help End The Stigma of Mental Illness

Ally Del Monte | Posted 08.22.2016 | Teen
Ally Del Monte

Just think about a world where someone is treated the same for a broken arm as having a broken spirit, and all that mattered was to get them the help they needed. That's the world I want to grow up in.

Let’s Talk About Medicating Mental Illness The Same Way We Do Other Diseases

Pamela Brill | Posted 08.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Pamela Brill

I love medicine. I believe in medicine.I’ve seen when medicine transforms life and when medicine fails miserably. The science is absurdly fascinatin...

The Eternal Beauty Of Depression

David S. Simon | Posted 08.19.2016 | GPS for the Soul
David S. Simon

I am one of the lucky ones. Year ago, after a torturous 8 month bout of out-of-nowhere SCREECHING Tinnitus, my brain, which up to that point had been...

Why Employers Need To Talk About Mental Illness In The Workplace

Joseph Rauch | Posted 08.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Joseph Rauch

Employees are afraid of discussing it with co-workers and bosses. They don't want to lose their jobs, damage relationships or risk future employers learning of illnesses and judging them. The stigma of mental illness keeps them silent.

Part III. The Psychological Meltdown of Donald Trump: A Clinical Perspective

Michael J. Tansey | Posted 08.19.2016 | Politics
Michael J. Tansey

The continuous torrent of bigotry, rage, personal attacks, and delusional thinking spewed by DT over the last two years has provided far more clinical data than any possible battery of tests. Our proximity to around-the-clock news--in which DT dominates the headlines he craves--has given us a massive reservoir of exposure to the man's inner psychological workings.

Defending Robin Williams' Death and Leveraging Facebook Helped Me to Rediscover My Light

S. L. Young | Posted 08.19.2016 | Healthy Living
S. L. Young

The world was shocked to learn about Robin Williams' death and the manner in which he died two years ago. Mr. Williams death-by-suicide led to bewild...