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Mental Disorders

Diagnosis, Decisions, and Disorders of the Mind

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.25.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

One line of criticism holds that the DSM focuses too much on superficial symptoms of mental disorders, ignoring underlying dynamics. Instead of focusing on and naming clinical syndromes, critics say, the manual (and the field) ought to target the specific, disordered cognitive processes that underlie labels.

Finding Hope and Help in Tragedy

Kimberly Williams | Posted 06.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Kimberly Williams

Whenever a person with a mental disorder (or assumed to have a mental disorder), veteran or civilian, commits a violent act that makes headlines, there is a call to address the "mental health issue" in violent crimes. However, what is meant by the "mental health issue" is generally unclear. The fact is that killings and overall violence are extremely rare by people with serious mental illness.

The Time Is Now to Focus on Mental Health

Chris Underhill | Posted 06.07.2014 | Impact
Chris Underhill

Recognition of mental illness as a profound public health problem that affects productivity and, therefore, a threat to the economy of nations; and that in a world where economies are rapidly becoming "brain-based."

Violence and Serious Mental Disorders: Do Something, Don't Just Wait for a Diagnosis

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 06.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Answers to this puzzle are more known than is generally appreciated. Taking an approach that identifies and addresses risk and protective factors in violence, whether it be directed against the self or others, is one thing we can do right now.

Why We Need Increased Mental Health Resources to Combat the Economic Downturn

Christopher Holmberg | Posted 06.01.2014 | Impact
Christopher Holmberg

With the increase in organizational capacities utilizing social media, and the lessons learnt from the recent occupy movements, adolescents of today are in an excellent position to spur youth-led activism.

A Sin at the Intersection of Faith, Religion and Mental Health

Josh Rivedal | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Josh Rivedal

It's easier to help a person stay alive and open the dialogue on reasons to live slowly, with a delicate pair of pliers, rather than the sledgehammer of "suicide is a sin."

WATCH: Inside The Brain Of A Pedophile

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 02.06.2014 | Science

What makes a pedophile? Research has shown that pedophiles tend to be shorter and less intelligent than the average person, as well as more likely...

Why Depression And OCD May Be More Common Than We Thought

Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living

By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 01/09/2014 10:31 AM EST on LiveScience The true burden of mental-health disorders might be underesti...

Should Humans Be Allowed to Rot?

Freeman Osonuga | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Freeman Osonuga

I grew up to see mentally ill people live perpetually on the streets, walking in rags and sleeping in heaps of rubbish. In the nearly three decades of my life there has not been much difference to this very ugly sight.

Clutter

Carolyn I. Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Carolyn I. Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D.

You may be wondering, "I don't have hoarding disorder, but I do have trouble getting rid of things and some clutter. How can I break this habit?" Simply put, the best way to break a bad habit is to build a new habit.

Shining a Light of Hope on Depression

Kathryn Goetzke | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact
Kathryn Goetzke

Depression is treatable, yet less than half of those with depression worldwide are receiving treatment, due in part to the stigma associated with the disease. This misunderstanding about depression is what prevented my father from getting treatment.

The Search for Mental Illness and Addiction in the Brain, Part III: The DSM-5 War Over What Being Human Means

Stanton Peele | Posted 07.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

Insel represents a crucial American school of thought -- by far the dominant one in the U.S. today -- that equates the future of mental health with the brain, pure and simple. This school of thought is fundamentally wrong, has always been wrong, will always be wrong.

The Search for Mental Illness and Addiction in the Brain, Part II: Why Are the Human Psyche and Behavior So Complicated?

Stanton Peele | Posted 07.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

The very inconclusiveness of the Human Genome Project as detailed in part one is pushing us to conclude that we were only looking in the wrong place when we put a microscope to our DNA. Instead, we have determined to look to the brain directly.

Up To 20 Percent Of Kids In The U.S. Suffer From Mental Disorders

Reuters | Posted 07.16.2013 | Parents

By Atossa Araxia Abrahamian NEW YORK, May 16 (Reuters) - Up to 20 percent of children in the United States suffer from a mental disord...

NIMH: Neurology Trumps Psychiatry

DJ Jaffe | Posted 07.16.2013 | Healthy Living
DJ Jaffe

We still have to rely on DSM to diagnose illness, but thanks to Dr. Insel the end of that state of affairs is a step closer. The identification and treatment of mental illness is about to leave the realm of psychiatry and enter the science of neurology.

Mental Health Patients: Ending Stigma Must Come From Us

Simi Lichtman | Posted 07.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Simi Lichtman

If we had a chronic illness, no doubt we would tell our friends and welcome their support. If we were hospitalized for cancer, we would want our family by our sides to rally for our health. Mental health is no different, and deserves equal treatment.

Historic Decision Recognizing Right to Counsel for Group of Immigration Detainees

Esha Bhandari | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
Esha Bhandari

The ruling will begin to correct an unjust system by providing essential protections for an extraordinarily vulnerable group -- immigrants with serious mental disabilities whom the government imprisons while their cases remain pending.

Fatal Obsession

Suna Senman | Posted 05.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Suna Senman

My life seemed glamorous and promising: I was in my 20s, living in Paris and Normandy, spending my days training in ballet, modern dance, and jazz, and spending my evenings clubbing with VIP actors, models, and athletes. There was just one little problem: I was killing myself.

Real-Life 'Vampire' Is Addicted To Drinking Blood

Posted 02.11.2013 | Science

By: Megan Gannon, News Editor Published: 02/08/2013 03:46 PM EST on LiveScience In a chilling case report, doctors in Turkey have described what th...

The 'Other' for Too Long

Pacific Diversified Services | Posted 03.24.2013 | Impact
Pacific Diversified Services

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Imagine how hard it is to get a job when you have autism or Down Syndrome. It takes an incredible amount of tenacity to obtain and maintain employment for people with developmental disabilities. However, with the right work ethic, innovative thinking and optimism, meaningful employment can be a reality for almost anyone.

A Message on Sandy Hook and Mental Health Awareness

Glenn Close | Posted 02.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Glenn Close

A tragedy like Sandy Hook can tend to solidify people's fears and prejudices about mental illness. So it is of vital importance that we, as a community, re-dedicate ourselves to eliminating the stigma that affects 1 in 4 people in our country.

'Where Have All the Flowers Gone?': Thoughts After the Newtown Massacre

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Mesmerized by the coverage of the Newtown massacre, I could not get this tune (from my younger days) out of my head. More carnage. Only this time, even younger children -- not even young men, but innocents who would never come of age.

Better Living Through Empathy: A National Day Without Stigma

Tamar Chansky | Posted 12.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Tamar Chansky

Changing the conversation about mental health means making care for mental health as matter of fact as going to get treatment for asthma or a broken leg. What good sense that makes. But even those of us who aren't currently suffering from mental health problems stand to gain.

OC 87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 08.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Bud Clayman, the subject of a new movie about thriving with and despite mental illness, has given us a message of hope. But for those that look beyond Bud and his family, we are left with the inescapable task of making what was possible for him possible for everyone so afflicted.

Overcoming Stigma and Improving Mental Health in America

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

This May marks the 63rd anniversary of Mental Health Month, but the problem of mental illness requires greater attention as a major 21st-century public health challenge.