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Can We Embrace the Complexity of Mental Health?

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Justine Brooks Froelker

As a survivor of mental illness I have been paralyzed by the depths of depression. The kind that hurts your whole body. The kind that leaves you exhausted in every way imaginable. The kind that destroys friendships. The kind that hurts your schooling or work.

Why We Get Depressed At The Holidays, And How To Deal

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living

It's the most wonderful time of the year... well, not for everyone. While images of love and joy fill storefronts, TV screens and magazine pages, ...

National Survey Finds Troubling, Persistent Mental and Emotional Health Issues among College Students

Kevin Eagan | Posted 12.16.2014 | College
Kevin Eagan

The percentage of graduating seniors in this sample who report feeling overwhelmed and depressed underscores some of the emotional health issues confronting students throughout their college years.

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...

The Mind: Your Life's CEO

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

The mind is very much like the CEO of our life. It has almost total control of how we feel, our emotions and how we respond to the stimuli around us. This naturally spills over onto our personal relationships and overall health.

'Pocatello' Is a Significant Work in the Tabernacle of American Plays

Isa Freeling | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts
Isa Freeling

Award winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter speaks tombs of heartbreaking truth about isolation and the vanishing distinctiveness of American life in his new play, Pocatello. Samuel D. Hunter's Pocatello is a play very much worth the price of admission at Playwrights Horizons!

When Broken Wind Healed My Broken Heart...

Dan Duffy | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

Today, as I look at the most ridiculous Christmas card I've ever seen, I can't help but smile and think about the deeper meaning of what my friend actually pulled off. He purposely set out to make himself look as bad as humanly possible, and we love him for it.

Holidays for a Foreigner

Axel Schlossberg | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Axel Schlossberg

Friends pack up excitedly, telling me about the kosher stuffing their moms use or the gluten-free apple pie they stuff their soul with during the holi...

5 Ways to Fight Loneliness Over the Holidays

Lisa Firestone | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

It's a universally meaningful time for millions of people, and I would argue that this sense of connectedness is a large part of what makes the season seem sort of magical. Yet for many people, the winter months don't always live up to their heartwarming reputation.

Street Drug May Offer New Hope For People With Treatment-Resistant Depression

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 12.13.2014 | Healthy Living

A hallucinogenic drug known on the street as "Special K" offers new hope to those suffering from severe, treatment-resistant depression. Ketamine,...

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.

Rescuing the Dog Who Rescued Me

David Toussaint | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices
David Toussaint

I turned 50 this year, which makes me officially two years younger than DJ, the dog who came into my life when he was three-months-old. It isn't watching our dogs grow older that brands our heart with the stamp of melancholy; it's that we watch them grow older than us.

Zen and the Art of Writing an Obituary

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 12.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Like so many other people I know, the holiday season is by far he most difficult time of the year for me. Seeing the stores and promenades decked and...

Scientists Are Using Twitter Data To Track Depression

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.10.2014 | Science

Computer scientists at Johns Hopkins have built an algorithm that uses Twitter to gather information about mental illness trends. Researchers combe...

One Phone Call Changed My Holiday Depression

Joseph Hill | Posted 12.10.2014 | Divorce
Joseph Hill

I want to tell you all a story, and I'm going to tell you that at first is a bummer, but that is not my intention. Stick with me on this, and I think that it will encourage you. It's just that my history is not that bright around the holiday season, but that is changing for the better.

8 Ways to Raise Kids With Grit

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

When I was in graduate school we were taught that individuals are either born with the magical quality of resiliency or not. These days we have learned that resiliency or the ability to bounce back from difficult situations and even how to handle tricky situations can be taught. Here's how...

Alone With Pie (From Fat Kids: Truth and Consequences)

Rebecca Jane Weinstein | Posted 12.10.2014 | Women
Rebecca Jane Weinstein

For reasons I will never understand, I was made to sit about halfway up the stairs. Or maybe I chose that spot. Out of pie reach, but still able to watch the consummation of the event.

Give a Gift to Yourself This Holiday Season

MotherWoman | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

By Annette Cycon The Holidays. What comes up for you when you hear those words? Joy and excitement? Dread and avoidance? Most moms we speak to feel ...

10 Reasons to Make Singing Your Happiness Drug!

Tania de Jong | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Tania de Jong

Our brains developed with singing and music as a survival mechanism. Before there were governments or nations, tribes and groups used songs and dance to build loyalty to the group, transmit vital information and ward off enemies. Those who sang survived.

Do I Need to Leave My Boyfriend Because of His Debt?

Steve Rhode | Posted 12.09.2014 | Money
Steve Rhode

Huffington Post Reader Question Dear Steve, Where do I begin.... Well first this question is about my boyfriend more so than me. My boyfriend just ...

Grace

Francesca Milliken | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Francesca Milliken

She wanted us to call her Grace. She was worried that if the hospital found out her real name, they might fire her for what she had done. Before the a...

The Miracle On 34th Street- 1 Year Later

Patrice Bendig | Posted 12.09.2014 | Good News
Patrice Bendig

The most appropriate thing I can do to commemorate Weston's transplant anniversary is to urge others to be part of a miracle for a family waiting for the life-saving gift of organ and tissue donation.

You Don't Need Empathy to Support a Depressed Person

Karen Zainal | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen Zainal

One thing I've come to realize over a few cycles of depression is this: depressed people don't need you to empathize; they just need you. A depressed person would rather have you say all the worst possible things, rather than not have you at all.

Compassion: Who Needs It Most Over the Holidays?

Catherine Zinger | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Catherine Zinger

And again I found myself guilty of having made false assumptions and was reminded that all is not what it appears to be -- that because a person is successful and admired deeply by so many, doesn't mean he doesn't suffer his own demons.

Are You Reacting Rather Than Responding to Your Life?

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Justine Brooks Froelker

For years I have talked with clients about choosing to not live their lives from a place of fear. Fear is often something we suffer through, push dow...