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Schizophrenia

Mental Illness: The New Cancer

Zander Sherman | Posted 07.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Zander Sherman

My brother was a music student, outdoor leader, and president of his school's student union. Creative and ambitious, he dreamed of continuing our fath...

This Woman Is Documenting The Reality Of Life With Schizophrenia

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 07.01.2016 | Healthy Living

Those without Schizophrenia may never completely grasp what it's like to struggle with the mental disorder, but one woman is giving us the chance to t...

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.

Here's Proof Mental Illness Is Not Someone's Fault

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 03.21.2016 | Healthy Living

You wouldn't tell someone with cancer to just "get over" their illness, so why aren't people with mental health disorders afforded the same courtesy? ...

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 ...

Why The 'Disease Model' Fails To Convince Americans That Addiction Is A Health Issue

The Influence | Posted 03.16.2016 | Politics
The Influence

In America, the D-word in the context of addiction has come to mean something much different from the word "disease" used for any other condition -- something that unfortunately is more moral than medical.

Bernie Sanders Should Apologize For His Mental Health Joke

Max Baumbach | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Max Baumbach

Mental illness was not among the main topics discussed by Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders at the most recent Democratic debate in Flint. Nevertheless, the instances in which it arose were the two moments I remember best.

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.

Mental Illness Rears Its Beautiful Mind and Goes Wide

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 02.18.2016 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

Over the past decade or so, the climate has improved for people with mental illness, and that is true whether or not a person has a beautiful mind.

Setting the Record Straight on Antipsychotics

Allen Frances | Posted 02.16.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

Patients with chronic psychotic symptoms usually do quite well on meds and quite badly off them. The decision to stay on or go off antipsychotics has tremendous significance in a person's life -- and is sometimes a matter of life and death.

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 02.01.2016 | 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.

Scientists Take Major Step Toward Understanding Schizophrenia

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.28.2016 | Science

A landmark new study sheds some light on how certain genes may influence the development of schizophrenia, a complex psychiatric condition that scient...

My Academy Award Nominations for Best Health-Themed Movie of 2015

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 01.04.2016 | Entertainment
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Although there is no Oscar for the best health-themed movie, each year I nominate films for the year that have the best health themes. I select the w...

My Two Cents About 'Unseen' Disabilities

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 12.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Shayna A. Pitre

Disability is real. Unseen and unfelt by others, it still exists if it affects at least one person's life. The unseen disability fights fiction, how...

Healing Voices: Intriguing Documentary, Innovative Release

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 12.16.2015 | 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 "...

This Photographer Documented Her Sister's Life With Schizoaffective Disorder

Refinery29 | Posted 12.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Refinery29

Jen, the second-oldest of four sisters, had her first major breakdown at 15 years old. Since then, Jen's mental illness has had a profound effect not only on her life, but on her family as well.

The Human Rights Crisis We Ignore

Melody Moezzi | Posted 12.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Melody Moezzi

At the heart of the American mental health crisis today lies the highly flawed, dangerous and unspoken assumption that people with mental disabilities are somehow less than human.

Hope for Healthier Minds Through Science and Compassion

Brandon Staglin | Posted 12.11.2015 | Impact
Brandon Staglin

Thanks to the compassionate scientists, clinicians, and policy advocates who are creating, providing and promoting all these better brain health tools and programs, there is much cause for hope for the future of mental health care.

Laurel House Makes Higher Education Possible for the Mentally Ill

Katherine Du | Posted 12.03.2015 | Teen
Katherine Du

Gregg Pauletti, Laurel House's Thinking Well Coordinator and Education Counselor, in Thinking Well's program space in Stamford, Connecticut. Credit: K...

The Greatest Danger

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
G. Benjamin Bingham

A great candidate would face what others ignore, boldly illuminating any self-destructive agenda that fosters investments that are driven by short-term greed, and proliferates terrorism and war based on fear. They would call for compassion and model confidence that humanity can find a course toward mutual benefit.

How Community Involvement Has Helped Me Thrive With Schizophrenia

Brandon Staglin | Posted 11.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Brandon Staglin

One sunny afternoon early this month, I took my dog Cooper for a walk around the meadow behind my wife's and my home. As Cooper and I followed the tra...

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.

Congress Won't Act On Guns, But It Might Help Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics

Remember all that empty political talk about improving mental health care? It may not be so empty after all. Responding to the outrage over gun violen...

Like It or Not, Mental Health Is Everyone's Issue

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

I cannot adequately describe the pain. I can only pray that you are spared it and that the rest of us will one day find you in our corner, delaying no longer, but rather changing with sensitivity, intelligence and courage that which can be changed.