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

Allen Frances | Posted 04.05.2015 | 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.

This Is What Mental Illness Actually Looks Like

HuffPost France | Talia Lavin | Posted 03.27.2015 | Healthy Living

Photographer Anne Betton, 37, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2009. After an arts-focused education, she had moved on to a career in business c...

Justice for All?

Emily Grossman | Posted 03.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily Grossman

On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character, or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others ...

What A Man's Hands Say About His Risk For Schizophrenia

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 03.18.2015 | Science

Could a simple finger test screen for schizophrenia? Maybe so, at least in men. New research suggests that the ratio of the length of a guy's inde...

The Death of Anthony Hill: Something Is Rotten in the State of America

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 03.11.2015 | Black Voices
Robert David Jaffee

There have been too many funerals of late, too many funerals for people of color and people with mental illness.

Eating And Sleeping At The Same Time Each Day May Ward Off Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.24.2015 | Science

When life gets hectic and stressful, our daily routines can be the first thing to fall by the wayside -- early bedtimes become late nights and instead...

A Tribute to Tanisha Anderson: African-American, Schizophrenic and Lost on the Streets

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 04.22.2015 | Black Voices
Robert David Jaffee

Now, she is gone, another lost soul in our country's failure to deal humanely not only with people of color but also with those diagnosed with severe mental illness.

My 'Top 10' Facts to Know About Schizophrenia, and How You Can Make a Difference

Marc Rabinowitz | Posted 04.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Marc Rabinowitz

Before my son's diagnosis with schizophrenia, I knew very little about mental illness. Here are 10 important facts that I think everyone should know and one way to help those who are suffering from mental illness.

Our Failure to Understand Mental Illness Has Debilitated Nearly 60 Million Americans

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 04.04.2015 | Healthy Living
The University of Central Florida Forum

Our country was founded on the principles of liberty and justice for all, but our failure to understand mental illness and provide assistance facilities for families and the ill has ripped away the liberty and justice deserved for nearly 60 million Americans.

Who Has Late Abortions -- And Why?

David A. Grimes | Posted 03.30.2015 | Women
David A. Grimes

The last-minute decision by Congressional Republicans not to vote on a 20-week abortion ban on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade stemmed from disagreement about rape victims. Missing from the discussion were other women who have abortions later than 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The State of Colorado vs. James Holmes: Why the Death Penalty?

Dr. Xavier Amador | Posted 03.14.2015 | Denver
Dr. Xavier Amador

I don't know the details of James Holmes' state of mind at the time of the tragic shootings, but I do know there is an evolving standard of decency in this country when it comes to exposing seriously mentally ill citizens to the death penalty.

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.

Remembering Artist Julian St. John, 24, With New Details on His Life, Death and Poetry

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 02.09.2015 | Los Angeles
Robert David Jaffee

"Rest, rest, perturbed spirit," says Hamlet to the ghost of his father. I could not help but think of that line when I heard that Julian St. John, a gifted artist and poet, who suffered from schizophrenia, had passed away on Nov. 23, roughly two weeks shy of his 25th birthday.

19 Numbers That Prove We Can Do More For Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 01.14.2015 | Healthy Living

Whether you're aware of it or not, chances are you know someone who has been personally affected by a mental health disorder. Depression is one of ...

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...

What If People Treated Physical Illness Like Mental Illness?

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 01.01.2015 | Healthy Living

It's no secret there's a serious stigma attached to mental illness. According to the CDC, only 25 percent of people with mental health issues feel tha...

The Brain Makes Its Own Ghosts

The Atlantic | Julie Beck | Posted 11.10.2014 | World

When I was little, whenever I climbed a flight of stairs in the dark, the climbing quickly turned to running. About halfway up the steps, every time, ...

Let's Stop Using Mental Illnesses As Figures Of Speech

Rebecca Fuoco | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Fuoco

Using names or acronyms of mental illnesses to hyperbolize innocuous idiosyncrasies and experiences has become pervasive in our cultural dialogue. It is important we end this trend, because making these flippant references trivializes how devastating the illnesses can be and perpetuates myths and misunderstandings.

Recovery From 'Schizophrenia': One Man's Journey From Patient to Therapist

Allen Frances | Posted 12.29.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

"Schizophrenia" is a name, not a disease. It presents in many different ways and has many different outcomes. There is certainly not one cause of "sch...

An Actor, Writer, Law Student and Genius Award Recipient

Janine Francolini | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week so let's get to work on rewriting the script with a happier ending of a world with early detection, effective treatment, and open conversations about mental health.

Suicide Is A National Epidemic

Rep. Tim Murphy | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Rep. Tim Murphy

We can save lives and help families in mental health crisis but only if we, as a nation, have the courage to confront mental illness and address the suicide epidemic head on. We can no longer ignore it because too many lives are at stake.

'This Disease Has A Great Potential To Be Fatal. Fighting Is Important And Very Real'

Posted 09.05.2014 | Healthy Living

Suzanne Greif, 51, of Athens, Georgia, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 14. This is her story. When I was 6, my mother was institutionalized....

My Michael Brown and Ezell Ford Moment

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

We need much more humane tactics in dealing not only with unarmed, young men, particularly those of color; we also need much more humane tactics in dealing with the mentally ill.

Depression, Psychosis and Psychopathy

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 10.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

I hope that there will come a time when those with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other severe mental illnesses will feel comfortable enough not to worry if anyone sees them leaving a therapy session out of a back door. I hope there will come a time when those who do not suffer from mental illness will have more compassion for those of us who do.