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Mental Illness

10 Stories That Capture What It’s Like To Struggle With Depression

The Huffington Post | Kyli Singh | Posted 05.05.2016 | Healthy Living

Approximately 350 million people will experience depression in their lifetimes, but not everyone will experience depression in the same way. We rounde...

There's Been A Startling Rise In Suicide Rates In The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 04.22.2016 | Healthy Living


My Mental Illness and Explaining the Inexplicable

David Toussaint | Posted 04.20.2017 | Queer Voices
David Toussaint

There was a pattern developing. I began to realize that any obsession took over for a few weeks, clogged my brain like red-horn-blaring cement, took away freedom of mind, and then dissipated, like when a fever breaks.

Walk This May, Please: NAMIWalks NYC For Mental Health May 7

NAMI-NYC Metro | Posted 04.19.2017 | New York

"If you look at how mental illness has been addressed over the years, you see a lot of broken promises. You don't see a concerted, holistic effort to ...

Living With... Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Rachel Hawkins | Posted 04.20.2017 | Healthy Living
Rachel Hawkins

I simply did not have the tools nor the strength to get a hold of this irrational worrying. This in part, is what led to me reaching my lowest point at the very beginning of this year.

Lesser Known Signs of Depression: Can You Feel the Music?

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 04.20.2017 | Healthy Living
Samantha Rodman PhD

Here is a list of some other "symptoms" of depression that you won't see in a diagnostic manual, but that may resonate more with you.

The Monster You Can't See: A Young Woman's Struggle With Depression

Sarah Klegman | Posted 04.19.2017 | Healthy Living
Sarah Klegman

So let's skip off into the doom-full sunset together, my fellow depression having friends. Or we can walk slowly, and not speak to each other. Maybe even pause to sit down halfway and revel in the awfulness of it all -- that's fine too.

Severing The Ties That Bind

Patrice Bendig | Posted 04.18.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Patrice Bendig

A few days later on my birthday, I will not be left wondering if my mother will offer to make me a cake this year or get me a present. Nor will there be a birthday dinner made in my honor in which I spend a few hours in baited breathe to see if there will be an outburst.

3 Benefits of Embracing the Truth About Your Mental Health

Alissa Lastres | Posted 04.18.2017 | Healthy Living
Alissa Lastres

Focusing on our mental health is simply about setting an intention to move the notch on that proverbial continuum toward a healthier mind; to understand that no matter where we currently fall on this continuum -- we all have room to become mentally healthier.

Fighting Stigma: Why the Depiction of Illness Matters

David M Kirby | Posted 04.15.2017 | Entertainment
David M Kirby

The media collectively wields an important power to impact public perception of illnesses like HIV / AIDS and depression. According to an American Tre...

Trudeau and the Charter: How the Federal Government Has Fallen Short on Physician-Assisted Dying

Dennis Curry | Posted 04.16.2017 | Politics
Dennis Curry

Admittedly, the new liberal government has made strides that we would likely not have witnessed under a Conservative version of this law. But as to whether or not the legislation really holds true to the spirit of the Supreme Court's decision, there exists no compelling argument against the assertion that the Trudeau Liberals have fallen short.

Dealing With Depression -- From the Friend's Perspective

Aziza Kasumov | Posted 04.15.2017 | College
Aziza Kasumov

I asked Conover, who has a Ph.D. in counseling, clinical and school psychology, about what you can say or do once you notice a friend or classmate is showing symptoms of depression. Here are some of her tips.

Bipolar Recovery: How to Survive a Mauling

Kerry Neville | Posted 04.13.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Kerry Neville

Note: The contents of this post may be sensitive for readers. My psychiatrist has a life-sized stuffed tiger in his waiting room. At the big cat's...

Is Boston University Bold Enough to Listen?

Ibrahim Rashid | Posted 04.12.2017 | College
Ibrahim Rashid

Mental health clearly matters at BU. But does it to our administration? Recently students have gone as far as to say that they felt neglected by the university.

My Bipolar Mindset: Always Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop

Dyane Leshin-Harwood | Posted 04.12.2017 | Healthy Living
Dyane Leshin-Harwood

Before I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, none of those logistics would've frightened me to the extent that I felt paralyzed to act. Now that's no longer the case, and my progress feels good.

5 Things To Know About My Mental Illness -- Before You Say You Love Me

Ravishly | Posted 04.12.2017 | Healthy Living

But before you love me, there are some things I need you to know. My deepest and darkest secrets -- my scars from long, long ago -- that I think you should know before you say those three words, before you get in too deep.

How I Tackle Anxiety

Rachel Hawkins | Posted 04.08.2017 | Healthy Living
Rachel Hawkins

If you're suffering from anxiety, the most unhelpful piece of advice anyone could ever give you (especially if you have OCD too) is "just don't think about it" or "think about something else." Wouldn't it be amazing if it were that easy?

Adjusting My Lens: Shifting Out of Survival Back Into Life

Christine Suhan | Posted 04.08.2017 | Healthy Living
Christine Suhan

When I was arrested and taken to jail, I thought my life was over. But what I found in that cell saved me. What I found was hope. It was the smallest little speck of hope at first, so small I didn't recognize what it was.

Sympathy Pains: Are You Feeling Your Partner's Depression?

Kristi Hugstad | Posted 04.08.2017 | Healthy Living
Kristi Hugstad

Looking back, I wish I had understood that my sympathy pains reflected the seriousness of the situation. I hope that sharing these signs will help you identify a loved one's depression, and get both of you the help you need to end the cycle of sadness.

Breast Is Best....But At What Cost?

Rachel Hawkins | Posted 04.06.2017 | Women
Rachel Hawkins

One thing that many women picked up on in my blog post was my mention of my experience with my community Midwife a few days after my son was born. Here, I'd talked about how after trying to persevere with breastfeeding, I'd decided to abandon my endeavours and turn to formula on Day 6.


Dwight Brown | Posted 04.06.2017 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

When a loved one dies the normal dynamic is that the friends and family left behind go through a grieving process, each in their own way. The premise ...

The Sleepless Cycle of Depression

Madeline Wilkerson | Posted 04.06.2017 | College
Madeline Wilkerson

There were days when all I wanted to do was sleep, but I'd hit the bed and be unable to. It was torture. And yet, the doctors could not do anything for me.

Integrating Fitness With Mental Health Services Provides Holistic, Preventive Care for Individuals With Mental Illness

David F Brand | Posted 04.05.2017 | Healthy Living
David F Brand

Poverty, mental illness and poor physical health weave a lethal web that can ensnare an individual and prompt premature death (not to mention exorbitant medical spending).

This Project Is Shutting Down OCD Stereotypes In A Beautiful Way

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 04.04.2016 | Healthy Living

A global initiative is working to erase negative perceptions around obsessive compulsive disorder, one creative statement at a time. The Secret Illnes...

Kehlani, Chris Brown, and Suicide

Tyler Payton | Posted 04.02.2017 | Black Voices
Tyler Payton

People with mental illness suffer in silence every day. They can post photos on Instagram, be part of a sports team, get great grades in school, and still be depressed, suicidal, or anything else. You can't tell just by looking at your friend, your sibling, your coworker, your colleague, or your favorite celebrity.