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My Psychosis Doesn't Define Me

Nikki DuBose | Posted 09.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Nikki DuBose

“I prance down the runway like a queen, my body dripping with jewels. Like a lioness, I sway from side to side, moving to entice all who look my way...

HR 2646: The Families Of The 4 Percent Speak Out

Jessica Gimeno | Posted 06.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Jessica Gimeno

HR 2646 is a bipartisan bill, first proposed by Congressman Tim Murphy (R) and Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D). Murphy is a clinical psychologist and Johnson is a psychiatric nurse. HR 2646 is designed to help "families of the 4 percent," a title given by Congress denoting families suffering from severe mental illness that often includes psychosis.

The Power of Imagination in Taming Mental Illness

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 05.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

Einstein famously said that, "Imagination is more important than knowledge." He was of course correct, but when Einstein made that statement, he had ...

A 'Heavy' Side of Bob Dylan at 75

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 05.16.2016 | Entertainment
Robert David Jaffee

He has been called the voice of a generation, but it may be more accurate to dub Bob Dylan, who turns 75 on May 24, as a voice, if not the voice, of the generations.

Refugees Are At Terrifyingly High Risk Of Developing Psychotic Disorders, Study Says

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 03.16.2016 | World

As if fleeing one's war-ravaged home and searching for a new one wasn't traumatic enough, new research suggests that refugees are at an elevated risk ...

Psychiatry And Anti-Psychiatry

Allen Frances | Posted 02.24.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

Psychiatry used to be a biopsychosocial profession that allowed time to get to know the person, not just treat the symptom. But drastic cuts in the funding of mental health services have dramatically reduced the quality of the service they can provide.

This Gene May Predict How You React To Marijuana

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.18.2016 | Science

We've long known that pot can affect different people in various ways -- some smokers only experience a slight "buzz" while others can become paranoid...

The Paradoxical Effects Of LSD, Explained By Scientists

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.18.2016 | Science

Psychedelic drugs like LSD have the power to radically alter consciousness, giving rise to a number of psychological effects that are positive, negati...

How Renaming Schizophrenia Could Help Patients And Combat Stigma

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.04.2016 | Science

The stigma that surrounds mental illness is not only insulting to the roughly one-quarter of the world's population that has one, it can also negative...

Do Antipsychotics Help or Harm Psychotic Symptoms?

Allen Frances | Posted 02.01.2017 | Science
Allen Frances

This is the latest, and perhaps last, of several debates with Bob Whitaker on the role of antipsychotics in treating psychotic symptoms.

Mobile Zombie Apocalypse

Chris Corbett | Posted 01.13.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Chris Corbett

We've all seen zombies walking the streets. They've got that glazed look, faces lit with an unhealthy glow, stumbling into people on the sidewalk and ...

Psychiatric Medicines Are Not All Good or All Bad

Allen Frances | Posted 01.15.2017 | Science
Allen Frances

Far too many people who need drugs don't take them -- either because treatment is unavailable or because they don't realize or accept the fact that they need it. So we are trapped in the cruel, dumb, and sometimes tragic paradox that the wrong people often take meds, while the right ones don't.

Healing Voices: Intriguing Documentary, Innovative Release

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 12.16.2016 | Entertainment
Bruce E. Levine

The soon-to-be released documentary Healing Voices goes a long way to healing our fear of people commonly labeled as "schizophrenic," "bipolar," and "...

Washington's Horrible Mental Health Legislation

Leah Harris | Posted 11.23.2016 | Politics
Leah Harris

There is no question that America's mental health care system is in dire need of an overhaul. But the "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act" (H.R. 2646), introduced by Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA), represents the worst, most regressive possible direction for reform.

Why We Can't Afford To Ignore 'Stage 1' Psychosis

Chantel Garrett | Posted 11.18.2016 | Good News
Chantel Garrett

Twenty years later, a lot has changed for the nine million Americans like my brother who are living with serious brain health challenges, but not nearly enough.

'Game-Changer' Study Says There's A Better Way To Treat Schizophrenia

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics

A groundbreaking new study adds to a growing body of evidence that people with schizophrenia can do much better if they get the right treatment at the...

Trump l'oeil, Virginia Tragedy Edition

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 08.27.2016 | Crime
Robert David Jaffee

It seems that whenever a tragedy like the Roanoke one takes place, many of us resort to the most simplistic views, the basest arguments.

Work and Love: A Psychotic's Recipe for Recovery

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 07.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

Schizophrenics like to work. And fall in love too. This may seem surprising to some people, but Freud had it right a century or so ago when he said ...

The Incredibly Strange Case of the Sleep-Talking Bus Driver and His Gaslighting Wife

Van Winkle's | Posted 06.25.2016 | Weird News
Van Winkle's

He broke into chatter most nights, within 10 minutes of falling asleep. Even worse, his subconscious mind seemed stuck on his exes: He detailed having sex with previous girlfriends and even recited one former flame's phone number.

The Day My Psychosis Changed

Ross Szabo | Posted 05.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

As I talked about how I felt about psychosis, my anxiety lessened. I could breathe. My chest wasn't tight. My body was less tense. I stopped crying. Things started to come back into focus. I was still obviously shaken, but things weren't as threatening.

Scientists Trick People's Brains Into Sensing The Presence Of 'Ghosts'

Reuters | By Matthew Stock | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living

By Matthew Stock Lausanne, SWITZERLAND - Neuroscientists have succeeded in creating 'ghosts' in the laboratory by tricking the brains of...

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

Allen Frances | Posted 06.05.2015 | 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.

I Never Asked His Name

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Diriye Osman

My bus came into view and I said goodbye. As I got on the bus and sat down, the young man smiled and waved at me. I waved back and wondered what his life would have been like if he had received the kind of support and opportunities I was lucky enough to have obtained.

Pro and Con: The British Psychological Society Report on Psychosis

Allen Frances | Posted 02.14.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

I agree that it is crucial to attend to the psychological and emotional meaning of all experiences and understand the social context in which they occur. But I do worry that the report creates its own set of unintended problems and may inadvertently perpetuate rather than dispel confusion and stigma, especially for those who have the most severely impairing of psychotic experiences.

Abilify Is Top-Selling U.S. Drug -- But New Reports Question Long-Term Antipsychotic Use, Cite Need for Personalized Services

Art Levine | Posted 02.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Art Levine

The fresh attention to alternative and "evidence-based" therapeutic approaches, along with the new questions about the value of lifelong antipsychotic medications for people with schizophrenia, can potentially strengthen the way mental health providers respond to this often-devastating illness.