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Schizophrenia

Pro and Con: The British Psychological Society Report on Psychosis

Allen Frances | Posted 12.15.2014 | 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 12.12.2014 | 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 12.10.2014 | 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 12.17.2014 | 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 11.22.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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 10.29.2014 | 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.

How To Help Your Teen Sleep As School Begins

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 10.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

School starts for John in a few weeks. He is now in a position to excel. It is my heartfelt hope that all children and teens will get the attention and support they need to sleep better and be at their best.

David Lohr

Alleged Kidnapping Victim Sent To Jail To Ensure That She Testifies

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 08.04.2014 | Crime

In an extraordinarily rare legal move, a Pennsylvania judge ordered an alleged kidnapping victim held behind bars to make sure she shows up at the sus...

Around The World, Schizophrenia Isn't Always Seen As Debilitating

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 07.31.2014 | Healthy Living

In the course of her most recent research project, Stanford professor Tanya Luhrmann came across a Hindu woman who claimed to hear messages from God. ...

Mysteries Of Schizophrenia Revealed In Breakthrough Study

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 07.22.2014 | Science

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia, casting light on the mystery of wha...

Why Forcibly Medicating the Mentally Ill Is Dangerous

Melody Moezzi | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
Melody Moezzi

We must also take the high risk of misdiagnosis and bad medicine into account when considering legislation that would forcibly medicate innocent individuals who represent no immediate threat to themselves or others.

Teen Charged In Stabbing Death Of Foster Mom

The Huffington Post | Clarke Reilly | Posted 07.10.2014 | Crime

A Hawaii woman is dead after her foster son allegedly stabbed her to death on Saturday. Fifty-two-year-old Jolyn Kipapa was found dead by police af...

Redefining Success

Lynda Freeman | Posted 09.06.2014 | World
Lynda Freeman

I have learned that there are many definitions of success. Sometimes it is accepting what is. Sometimes it is letting go. There are so many aspects to love. Love, to me, is the most important thing we are here to learn.

Portuguese Police Question 4 In Madeleine McCann Disappearance

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 07.02.2014 | Crime

Portuguese police taking a fresh look at the Madeleine McCann case are reportedly questioning four men about the 3-year-old kidnapped from her British...

Do the Mentally Ill Have to Be Extraordinary to Be Accepted?

Natasha Tracy | Posted 08.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Natasha Tracy

Why do people with a mental illness have to be only killers or geniuses? Why is it that being a regular human being isn't enough? What about all the rest of us who aren't artists, poets, musicians or world-class anything?

Heart-Wrenching Photos Capture One Man's Struggle With Schizophrenia

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 05.24.2014 | Arts

Photographers are often praised for the visual acuity -- their ability to capture both the subtle and sensational beauty living amongst us. But it's n...

"These Days, You Have to Rob a Bank to Get Mental Health Treatment"

Allen Frances | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Allen Frances

This is the cruel paradox haunting our mental health non-system -- we deliver way too much care to basically normal people who don't need it, while providing way too little care to the really sick people who desperately do.