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Fighting Stigma One Story at a Time

Elizabeth Barnett | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Barnett

My mental illnesses are diseases, just like my cancer, and need to be treated in a similar way. If I, myself, can't share my story then it indicates that I also have stigma so I discuss my mental health issues openly just like I do anything else. I have found that when I share my story, I have an impact.

The 3 Things People With Bipolar Disorder Want for Christmas

Natasha Tracy | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Natasha Tracy

This holiday season, try to remember not only to give others something wrapped up beautifully under a Christmas tree, but also to give others who are not as fortunate as you are, with a healthy brain, a bit of your compassion.

The Real Connection Between Ambition And Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.16.2014 | Science

We're a culture that tends to define success in terms of money and power. But finding other ways to measure self-worth isn’t just intrinsically wort...

To Accept or Reject Mental Health Labels, That Is the Question

Krystal Reddick | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Krystal Reddick

My therapist was concerned. He didn't want me to identify with a mental illness. He didn't want it to define me. But I disagreed with him. Just as I am black and a woman and an American, I too also have bipolar disorder. It does have an impact on my life: my choices, my thoughts, my actions.

A Mother's Perspective On Her Child's Bipolar Disorder

Muffy Walker | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Muffy Walker

Today, our son is 21 and he will tell you the worst part of his illness is the stigma. Why do we as a society stigmatize our friends, family, and others by branding them with a mark of disgrace?

The Brains Of Bipolar Disorder Patients Look Different

Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living

By Nathan Collins While people with Type I and the less-severe Type II bipolar disorder share some of the same symptoms, there are significant di...

5 Things Movember Taught Me

Ross Szabo | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

This month has taught me to be more proactive, more careful about my decisions and more open to the advice of the people who care about me. It helped me build more bridges in conversation to have more men open up in everyday situations. Movember has shown me that I'm not alone.

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 ...

How to Rebuild Your Life After a Mental Illness Hospital Stay

Krystal Reddick | Posted 11.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Krystal Reddick

It may seem like your life is turned upside down. But trust me: it's not. In seven years I've been hospitalized three times for a total of 32 days. Each hospitalization has taught me more about myself. And luckily, each hospital stay has gotten shorter. Meaning, I'm recovering at faster rates.

'Mommy, I'm Just Not That Kind Of Girl'

Judy Hall | Posted 12.01.2014 | Parents
Judy Hall

Sammy is her own young woman. She knows who she is. She knows what she wants. She is only 12, and we have lots of decisions to make about hormones, etc. -- but in the end, we need to follow her lead. Like any woman, she will define who she is. And I couldn't be more proud.

My Bipolar Anniversary

Subrina Singh | Posted 11.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Subrina Singh

The anniversary of my life-changing date that Hallmark lacks a card for reminds me of all of the obstacles being bipolar has thrown my way but I have persevered. Having reminded myself this over and over, I look back at my journey and think of that terrified and lost 16-year-old girl.

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...

These Are The Two Sides Of Mental Illness We Don't Often See

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.06.2014 | Arts

"Whenever I was depressed, I always felt like I had two separate lives," photographer Liz Obert explained to The Huffington Post. "One that people saw...

Taking My Body Back From Bipolar, One Bite at a Time

Emily Grossman | Posted 10.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Emily Grossman

The hardest part has been the self-esteem blow that gaining 100 pounds has given me. I am learning, slowly, to be kinder to myself, and not beat myself up. I was taking that medication in the hopes that I could become better.

A New 'Ice Bucket Challenge' -- Share Your Mental Illness Story (and Why I Share Mine)

Emily Grossman | Posted 10.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Emily Grossman

While the mental illness recovery movement has yet to come up with such a clever way of raising awareness that reaches millions of people, we do have one powerful tool: our own stories.

Go Ahead, Label Me

Elizabeth Barnett | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Barnett

My labels aren't what make me who I am or how I experience my mental health or lack thereof. My labels just give my treatment team an idea of where I fall on the spectrum and help them to decide various strategies for recovery.

5 Amazing Reasons Not To Care About Renée Zellweger's Face Today

Greg Archer | Posted 12.22.2014 | Women
Greg Archer

Admit it: You're a tad disappointed. There's not one photo of Oscar-winner Renée Zellweger here. Not one. Tragic. Or, as the hipsters say: tragiq...

Agents of Change: 5 Inspiring Women Worthy Of Your Attention Right Now

Greg Archer | Posted 12.15.2014 | Women
Greg Archer

They walk among us -- those agents of change. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they actually are. Take note of five enterprising women who generate a powerful ripple effect and emerge as some of the finest agents of change this fall.

Retreat Not Defeat: Self-Stigma and Mental Health

Marisa Lancione | Posted 12.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Marisa Lancione

I haven't surrendered to my illness, I've just retreated. No general would continue when the battle is surely lost. A general would regroup, tend to the wounded, gather reinforcements, and re-strategize. And that's all I'm doing. I may have lost this battle, but there's still a war to win.

What You Should Know About Bipolar Disorder

Dr. Victor Schwartz | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Victor Schwartz

Environmental factors such as stress, sleep disruption, and drug or alcohol use may also trigger manic-depressive episodes, so maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important -- proper nutrition and sleep, handling stress, finding a support network and psychotherapy can all help manage bipolar disorder.

Mental Illness Stigma: Overcoming the 'Scarlet Letter' of Our Times

Emily Grossman | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Emily Grossman

People with mental illness are some of the most marginalized and stigmatized people in our society. And as a result, many people are forced into silence about their illness. Many don't seek out help even though they are suffering, sometimes with dire consequences.

The Real-Life Experiences Of Those Who Suffer From Bipolar Disorder

Alexandra Nyfors | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Nyfors

I'm settled into the first stability I have ever had as an adult. I have been living in the same place for the longest time since I left my childhood home. I am mostly glad I decided to live, and vastly grateful that I managed to pay into Social Security every year from the age of 15 to the age of 53. Most of all, it is good to live without hiding.

Let's Stop Assuming People Know What Mental Health Is

Ross Szabo | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

Mental health is not having a problem. It's how you address all of the challenges in your life. It's how you handle stress, break-ups, rejection, lack of sleep, loss and everything else. We need a clear definition of mental health as a baseline.

You're So Dramatic!

Elizabeth Barnett | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Barnett

The problem with using the word dramatic to describe my own expression of emotion is that I am not intentionally seeking out to attract attention. I have been consistently feeling emotions in an intense way for 35 years of my life. So it may be a jolt to you, but to me it is what it is like to live inside my brain every day. It's exhausting.

Mental Health Stigma

Krystal Reddick | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Krystal Reddick

Instead of shrinking from the stigma of having bipolar disorder, I have embraced it. I don't know why I don't feel the stigma. But I just don't. But I want to be the voice for those who do feel the stigma and are silenced.