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How Video Games Can Improve Dialogue on Mental Illness

Mona Shattell | Posted 04.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

While there are strong arguments for the games' unique potential as vehicles for a deep, experiential understanding, it is our experience that these kinds of mental health games tend to polarize.

How an Interdisciplinary Transmedia Project Can Address Mental Illness Stigma

Mona Shattell | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Mona Shattell

How does one go about an interdisciplinary project spanning art and science? How might this look? we set out to explore how mental health advocacy, video game design, and documentary filmmaking could come together to enhance understanding and fight stigma about mental illness.

Most Active Kids Don't Have ADHD

Allen Frances | Posted 03.11.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

We are ADHD in kids and giving many of them stimulant drugs they don't need. Some kids, especially boys, are more active than others; most of what passes for ADHD these days is really no more than normal variation or developmental difference.

One-screen Guy in a Two-screen World

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.04.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I came to a realization on Monday morning, after the Oscars: I don't think I have what it takes to be part of the two-screen world. Which, increasingly, is what we seem to be living in.

'Based On What My Grades Say, I'm Destined To Be A Failure'

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 01.23.2014 | Teen

"Minimum Max" is the title of this short film and its leading fictional character, but it was inspired by the real life of a teenage director named Jo...

Spilled Milk: Why Julie Andrews Is Better Than Ritalin

William Lucas Walker | Posted 02.22.2014 | Comedy
William Lucas Walker

Julie Andrews calms me. She just does. Talks me down, orders my thoughts when I get rattled. And I get rattled a lot during these hellish days Julie so warmly and merrily refers to as "the holiday season."

Addressing the ADD/ADHD 'Epidemic'

Maria Rodale | Posted 02.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc, integrative medicine pioneer The holiday season brings a buzz of excitement and activity, but for those ...

The Alarming Rise Of Adderall In 2 Charts

Quartz | Roberto A. Ferdman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

Quartz: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder—ADHD—is big business these days. It has become the most-diagnosed long-term disorder after ast...

CDC Estimates 6 And A Half Million U.S. Kids Have ADHD

AP | MIKE STOBBE | Posted 11.22.2013 | Parents

ATLANTA (AP) — The number of U.S. children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder continues to rise but may be leveling off a bit, a new surv...

Don't Expect Much

Olivia Rosewood | Posted 11.06.2013 | Parents
Olivia Rosewood

As the parent of a differently abled child, this release of expectation has changed the way I parent, and it has released me from the shackles of expectation -- shackles I didn't even know I had. Every day is a new day, every day is a surprise.

A Study In Seasonal Summer ADD

Felice Shapiro | Posted 09.04.2013 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

There's a reason I cannot seem to get my blog finished in breathable time -- inevitably I back myself into an adrenalized writing frenzy to finish bef...

DSM-5 Writing Mistakes Will Cause Great Confusion

Allen Frances | Posted 08.11.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

We were told prior to its publication that DSM-5 would be a 'living document' subject to correction. It turns out that this correction needs to begin right now -- DSM-5 in its current form is unacceptably imprecise and cries out for an immediate and thorough re-editing.

Swimming Upstream

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 08.03.2013 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

"Asperger's" is not a dirty word to be whispered. It is part of my son's makeup, the same as his brown hair and his hazel eyes.

DSM-5: Where Do We Go From Here?

Allen Frances | Posted 07.16.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

My recommendation for clinicians is simple. Don't use DSM-5 -- there is nothing official about it, nothing especially helpful in it, and all the codes you need for reimbursement are already available for free on the Internet or in DSM-IV.

Crazy on You

Tom McNichol | Posted 06.17.2013 | Comedy
Tom McNichol

DSM-V, the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is due for publication in May. Here's a sneak preview of some new mental disorder categories.

The Obama Plan -- Spending Mental Health Money in All the Wrong Places

Allen Frances | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Allen Frances

This well-meaning program is a serious mistake for two reasons. First, it is no more than a politically correct, cosmetic solution that distracts attention from what really needs to be done. Second, it will likely wind up doing much more harm than good.

Obama Needs to Roll Boulder for Mentally Ill

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

On Friday I attended an exhibit opening for a young artist who has schizophrenia. If only President Obama could have attended, because events like these would go a long way toward decreasing the stigma surrounding those with mental illness.

WATCH: Could ADHD Give You A Career Edge?

Posted 01.23.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Studies have shown that individuals with attention deficit disorders have difficulty focusing at work, but could ADD or ADHD actually be good for your...

One Last Chance for the APA to Make the DSM-5 Safer

Allen Frances | Posted 02.16.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

Is there a last-minute way for the DSM-5 to restore some of its lost credibility? A great deal of irrevocable damage has been done, but I have four simple suggestions that would help reduce the harm done by the DSM-5 and demonstrate that the APA has regained its integrity.

The Syndrome Syndrome and the Rise of the New World Disorder(s)

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 02.03.2013 | Comedy
Mitch Ditkoff

Here's my guide to 14 of the most recently identified medical conditions, like PID (Premature Intervention Disorder): the hallucinated belief by war-mongering politicians that invading other countries for ridiculously long periods of time will increase national security.

DSM-5 Is a Guide, Not a Bible: Simply Ignore Its 10 Worst Changes

Allen Frances | Posted 02.02.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

My best advice to clinicians, to the press, and to the general public -- be skeptical and don't follow DSM-5 blindly down a road likely to lead to massive over-diagnosis and harmful over-medication. Just ignore the 10 changes that make no sense.

School Nurse Stole Kids' ADD Drugs, Replaced With Prescription Painkillers

Posted 12.25.2012 | Education

Dallas school nurse Rebecca Baily-Long is on paid administrative leave after allegedly stealing prescription drugs from students. Bailey-Long is ac...

Sometimes ADHD Is Real

Zinnia Jones | Posted 12.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Zinnia Jones

Regardless of what anyone else may think, this is a personal decision to be made by the family based on their situation and their needs, and I don't find it at all appropriate to issue blanket condemnations of medication for ADHD when this may be exactly what someone's child needs.

Think of Children as an Investment, Not an Expense

Michael Piraino | Posted 12.11.2012 | Education
Michael Piraino

When government spending for education is heading down, what are people who care about children's success supposed to do?

Give Me My Adderall!

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

There's certainly a place for these medications in the treatment of ADD. But I think we've done too good a job of "selling" ADD and Adderall as the answer to many teenagers who are in a normative struggle toward maturity.