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Washington's Horrible Mental Health Legislation

Leah Harris | Posted 11.23.2015 | 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 11.18.2015 | 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 ...

Trump l'oeil, Virginia Tragedy Edition

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 08.28.2015 | 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 07.29.2015 | 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 06.26.2015 | 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 05.12.2015 | 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 04.19.2015 | Gay 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.

The Religious Tension Behind The Boston Bombing Suspect's 'Faith-Based' Treatment

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 11.20.2014 | Religion

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one half of the sibling duo suspected to have orchestrated the Boston Marathon bombing, reportedly showed signs of schizophrenia be...

Trump l'oeil: The Donald Masquerades as Mental Health Expert

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

President Obama, as I have written before, may possess a naïve, almost absurd, belief that the law and diplomacy can settle everything. But President Obama is not psychotic.

Let's Stop Assuming People Know What Mental Health Is

Ross Szabo | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

Mental health is not having a problem. It's how you address all of the challenges in your life. It's how you handle stress, break-ups, rejection, lack of sleep, loss and everything else. We need a clear definition of mental health as a baseline.

Mad With Power?

Peter T. Coleman, PhD | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Peter T. Coleman, PhD

Vladimir Putin appears steadfast in his determination to reclaim large sections of Ukraine -- in particular its industrial heartland -- through intimidation and violence, while denying any but humanitarian involvement there. This raises the question: Is Putin psychotic?

Listening to Depression and Suicide

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 10.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

While I have been heartened by the overwhelming compassion that people have shown for the late Robin Williams and his family, I have been a bit concerned by comments such as "I hope he is at peace now."

Robin Williams, Hamlet and the Undiscovered Country

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment
Robert David Jaffee

Harold Bloom wrote a book some years ago, titled Hamlet: Poem Unlimited. The book might also have been titled, Hamlet: Character Unlimited, for the Prince of Denmark, like Shakespeare's tragedy itself, cannot be reduced to anything.

The Psychopathology of Genius

Ilyana Romanovsky | Posted 10.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Ilyana Romanovsky

This fine-tuned connection helps us understand the pedigree isolated to the genius. Evidently, inheriting just the right amount of psychotic and manic proclivity can enhance the odds of the creative.

All Psychiatry Is Personal

David Blistein | Posted 06.18.2014 | Science
David Blistein

Last week I went to a presentation by Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America. Having spent a lot of time in the pharmaceutical trenches, I think my perspective on psychiatric meds is a little different from his, but there were two things in particular that impressed me.

Gateway to Curing Mental Illness

Chantel Garrett | Posted 05.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Chantel Garrett

When we can see the millions of young people and adults among us who live with brain disorders through a lens of compassion, radical shifts in innovation and funding will undoubtedly unfold. My family is ready for action. Are you?

Beyond Beds and Meds: Accepting Nothing Less Than Transformational Change

Chantel Garrett | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Chantel Garrett

We must collectively take urgent action -- as the road ahead for people living with serious mental illness and their families is still a long one, riddled with obstacles on all fronts: social, scientific and political.

State of the Union of My Brain and Mental Health Policy

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 03.22.2014 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

Overall, I am heartened by the improvements in recent years that I have seen in public policy and media coverage of mental illness. But there is still a great deal of stigma against the mentally ill.

NIMH Director Rethinks Standard Psychiatric Treatment for Schizophrenia

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce E. Levine

NIMH director Insel now agrees with treatment reform activists that many people diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychoses could be better served by a more selective and limited use of drugs and more diverse treatments.

My Miriam Carey Moment: A Cry for Help

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

I realize that the nation, in particular D.C., has been on edge of late, following the massacre at the Washington Navy Yard and the government shutdown. But there has got to be a better way for police and Secret Service to handle unarmed, psychotic people, short of killing them.