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

Greg Archer | Posted 10.15.2014 | 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 10.13.2014 | 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 10.10.2014 | 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 10.01.2014 | 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 10.02.2014 | 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 09.25.2014 | 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 09.23.2014 | 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 09.19.2014 | 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.

Off Center: Life With Bipolar Disorder

Alexandra Nyfors | Posted 09.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Nyfors

This is one of the things that is hardest for people to understand: how different these diseases can be. As a bipolar, I can more or less think clearly, but I am almost never in control, mood wise.

What Bipolar Disorder Really Feels Like

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 09.18.2014 | Healthy Living

About 2.6 percent of American adults -- nearly 6 million people -- have bipolar disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)....

My Medicated Case For Psychiatrics

Brett Gleason | Posted 09.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Brett Gleason

Some of my friends brag about how little sleep they get, as if depriving oneself of the ability to function fully is something to be proud of. Perhaps I could survive without my meds, but would I have been able to graduate college? I don't just want to survive, I want to thrive.

Insensitive Comments About Mental Illness

Krystal Reddick | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Krystal Reddick

You never know what another person is going through. I do recognize that sometimes the comments are very well meaning. And let's be honest, it is hard to know what to say all the time. Sometimes you don't need to say anything. Your presence can be enough.

Thoughts on Suicide From This Bipolar Chick

Wendy K. Williamson | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Wendy K. Williamson

Today, we give priority to discussing suicide after tragedy strikes, but then we yank it away weeks later. The light fades and progress goes on the back burner until next time. I can't be the only one to recognize this pattern.

One Thing We're Missing When We Talk About Suicide

Ross Szabo | Posted 09.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

In that moment I realized there was a huge part of me that I hadn't been working on in all of my years of therapy. It was an obvious piece of my cycles of dysfunction, but I was too consumed by my symptoms to see it. Through deep, heaving sobs I finally understood that I hated myself.

'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....

Life With Joe, Before And After His Bipolar Diagnosis

Kathleen Maloney | Posted 09.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Maloney

The sad fact is that you don't have control over what someone else does. You can't force someone to do something they do not want to do. My husband refused to believe he had bipolar disorder. And in 2011, when he was diagnosed with stage IV cancer, he refused to believe that.

Taming the Lion: Getting Past Manic Episodes on My Journey to Mental Health

Kate Lynch O’Neil | Posted 09.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Kate Lynch O’Neil

I was living in New York City when my manic mind told me it was imperative that I journey through a winding mid-town scavenger hunt. I was listening to the voices in my head and had no control over my racing thoughts or actions.

Mental Illness: How the Victim's Families Suffer A Similar Faith

Olayiwola A. Alara | Posted 09.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Olayiwola A. Alara

While there is no known cure for a psychological disorder, there are a few medications that can assist to subdue the illness so the victims are not ...

How Realizing Her Bipolar Was A Medical Condition -- And Not A Spiritual Failing -- Helped This Woman Heal

The Huffington Post | Amanda L. Chan | Posted 09.02.2014 | Healthy Living

This is the story of Holly S., of Atlanta, Georgia, and her experience with bipolar II disorder. My whole world growing up was Southern Baptist. My...

After An Arrest, A Student With Bipolar Disorder Realized She Needed Help

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 08.26.2014 | Healthy Living

Mary Lynn R. is a journalist in Rome, Georgia. After being arrested over an Internet comment, she realized that she needed help managing her bipolar d...

Stop The Stigma: 'Bipolar' Is Not A New Word For Just Darn Unpleasant

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

There are many people with bipolar disorder who are highly creative, high-functioning people. They can have lives that are not governed by their illness and live happy, loving, productive lives. But there's no cure. And there are some that are not so lucky.

How A Friend's 'Betrayal' Saved This Woman's Life

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 08.21.2014 | Healthy Living

Helping a friend who doesn’t necessarily want your help is tough. But sometimes it’s the only option. Marisa Lancione, a mental health advocate...

Game Changer: My Bipolar Journey

Marisa Lancione | Posted 10.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Marisa Lancione

Mental illness is insidious. It's a monster that buries itself deep in your brain and rears its ugly head when you least expect it. And just when you think you've gotten to know the game it plays, the rules change.

This Coupon Entitles You to One Free Hug

Jenine Durland | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Jenine Durland

With a great deal of bipolar disorder in my immediate family, I've watched depression's dark tentacles wrap themselves around our hearts in the most insipid and life-altering ways.

A Better Way to Remember Robin Williams

Melody Moezzi | Posted 10.15.2014 | Arts
Melody Moezzi

Instead of turning to entertainment journalists analyzing a publicist's statement about the actor "battling severe depression" to confirm some sick curiosity, we ought to look where Mr. Williams wanted us to look, where he left so many astounding gifts and treasures, where he lived and where he still lives -- in his art.