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Schizophrenia

Candles Are Lit for Keith Vidal

Janine Francolini | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

On New Years eve, I celebrated the tremendous breakthroughs we witnessed in mental health in the blog, Dreams Came True in 2013. Now, a week later, the nightmare of this public health emergency wakes us up once again.

Teenager With Schizophrenia Allegedly Shot, Killed By Officer

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

A North Carolina teenager suffering from a schizophrenic episode was shot and killed by an officer only seconds after arriving on the scene, the man's...

My Brother Can't Pay His Student Loans Because of His Mental Illness

Steve Rhode | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business
Steve Rhode

Huffington Post Reader Question Dear Steve, My younger brother has been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. He has fought bouts of depression, ha...

America's Mental Hospitals: Where Smoking Buys You Sunshine

Melody Moezzi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Melody Moezzi

While I've never been convicted of a crime, I have spent my fair share of time in private mental hospitals, wherein I've witnessed what may well be our nation's last great bastion of tobacco, tar and nicotine.

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.

Living With Schizophrenia

ReadWave | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
ReadWave

I learned that the opposite of selfish is selfless. I could no longer be selfless; I had to do something to save myself -- to make selfish a priority. I had to start taking care of me. I'm important too, and no one will take care of me if I don't.

The Real Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 12.23.2013 | Science
Scott Barry Kaufman

The romantic notion that mental illness and creativity are linked is so prominent in the public consciousness that it is rarely challenged. So before I continue, let me nip this in the bud: Mental illness is neither necessary nor sufficient for creativity.

Mental Health Solutions Need Coverage, Too

Kenneth J. Dudek | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Kenneth J. Dudek

It is much easier to avert our eyes from the smaller daily tragedies of mentally ill individuals and their loved ones struggling to make their way in an inhospitable world with little or no help. But that help does exist. As a society, we must decide whether we will prioritize making it available.

Crazy Every Day: America's Mental Illness Epidemic

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Victoria A. Brownworth

How many families have to be devastated by the impact of this disease before we make mental illness a priority in this country? One in four is sick. If it were influenza, it would be an epidemic.

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

Given that my talk was on "Men, Mental Illness and Suicide," it struck me as a sad yet predictable irony that only one man attended the event.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Psychosis: A Highly Valuable Contribution Despite Major Flaws

Ron Unger | Posted 11.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Ron Unger

I hope to see future versions of ACT which acknowledge this and which help people find value in, rather than just tolerate, the experiences they once felt compelled to avoid at all costs.

'Hiccup Girl' Murder Trial Underway In Florida

AP | TAMARA LUSH | Posted 09.19.2013 | Crime

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- A woman who gained fame because of her uncontrolled hiccupping as a teenager set up a robbery that went bad and ended in murder, F...

Common Parasite Has Bizarre Effect On Rodents' Brains

natureheader | Eliot Barford | Posted 09.19.2013 | Science

A parasite that infects up to one-third of people around the world may have the ability to permanently alter a specific brain function in mice, accord...

Reconciling Recovery and Psychiatry: Response to an Open Letter

Allen Frances | Posted 11.16.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The signers of a new open letter are concerned about excessive psychiatric treatment, excessive dosing, careless polypharmacy, and unnecessary hospitalizations. And so am I. But I am equally concerned about inadequate funding of mental health care and lack of access to treatment for people who need it.

Creating Dialog on Approaches for 'Psychosis' in New Jersey

Ron Unger | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Ron Unger

What would happen if professionals opened their minds about the nature of madness? What new possibilities might be created if they questioned labels ...

Increase of Schizophrenia in Homeless Youth: Interview with a Youth Therapist

Mark Horvath | Posted 10.31.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

In 2009, on my very first road trip, the State of Utah contacted me and asked me to visit Salt Lake City. Invisible People is not your conventional ho...

Eleanor Longden's TEDTalk: "The Voices In My Head"

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 08.26.2013 | TED Weekends
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

She would not be victim to her condition but rather become a survivor of it. The turning point, as she describes it, was catalyzed by three things: her search for meaning, not going it alone, and finding hope.

Mind Wide Open: Listening to Disturbing Voices, Thoughts and Feelings

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 10.25.2013 | TED Weekends
Dr. Gary Trosclair

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWe all have many parts to our personalities and getting those parts to work in harmony is the essence of emotional health. Leave out certain voices and you're in for strikes, rebellions, hypocrisy, and, eventually, brutal attacks.

Psychiatry and Recovery: Finding Common Ground And Joining Forces

Allen Frances | Posted 08.24.2013 | TED Weekends
Allen Frances

The social context of care for schizophrenia is often at least as important as its medical treatment. The obvious question is why has it been so difficult to translate the brilliant basic neuroscience into dramatic clinical breakthroughs?

Realize Your Mind's Intrinsic Power

Marie Pasinski, M.D. | Posted 08.24.2013 | TED Weekends
Marie Pasinski, M.D.

Over time, like Eleanor Longden, you can redesign the infrastructure of your brain. That's the beauty and the miracle of her story. Nothing will have a greater impact on the quality of your life than discovering your brain's intrinsic power.

Madness, Revolution, and Making Peace

Ron Unger | Posted 10.23.2013 | TED Weekends
Ron Unger

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgMost current mental health treatment is based on labeling those disruptive parts as being "symptoms" of a disorder or illness, and then attempting to suppress them by any means possible, especially with drugs. Unfortunately, this can backfire in a number of ways.

The Hope Within

Ashley L. Smith | Posted 08.23.2013 | TED Weekends
Ashley L. Smith

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI knew my friends were laughing at me, at least that was my perception at the time. This belief led to extreme suspiciousness that tortured my peace of mind daily. I struggled to understand how could this seemingly godly gift be so ugly?

"Learning" Our Way to Mental Healing

Patric K. Stanton | Posted 08.23.2013 | TED Weekends
Patric K. Stanton

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhen should society (namely us) view this form of internal experience as a disease, instead of a rare, but acceptable, part of life?

The Real Dangers of Self-Stigmatization

Katy Gray | Posted 08.23.2013 | TED Weekends
Katy Gray

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgBeing sectioned and locked in a hospital ward wasn't on my bucket list, but it's something that has happened to me twice. The first time, I was 20 and in the middle of my studies at university. I had been hearing a voice for two years, a voice I believed was the devil.

WATCH: Why I Thank The Voices In My Head

Eleanor Longden | Posted 08.23.2013 | TED Weekends
Eleanor Longden

2013-08-22-EleanorLongden_stageshot.jpgOver the years, my voices have changed, multiplied, terrorized, inspired, and encouraged. Today they are an intrinsic, valued part of my identity, but there was also a time when their presence drove me to delirious extremes of misery, desperation, and despair