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Mental Health Care

Why Mental Health Reform Is Failing At The Federal Level

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 09.04.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Virginia state senator Creigh Deeds would've preferred to not be in his own position as he became the face of mental health reform in his home state. ...

Out of the Deepest Abyss: My Journey Understanding and Coping With Depression and Anxiety

Claude DiDomenica | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Claude DiDomenica

Depression is like being in the deepest abyss or cave, while above you, the light of the world goes on its merry way. Anxiety can range from a feeling of general nervousness to a full-blown panic attack. I hope that what I write about today will help others who also suffer from mental illness, as I do.

Mental Health Reform Should Also Help Families

Kenneth J. Dudek | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Kenneth J. Dudek

Two separate mental health reform bills are now on the table, and both have fallen prey to the same old mental health politics. The limited research on the efficacy of various proposed treatment approaches brings the issue back to questions of ideology.

A Mission to the Mind

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 06.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

In the 21st century, with one out four Americans affected by mental illness, our country urgently needs a mission to the mind; after all, the brain is the last unchartered territory on earth.

Fighting the Beast: Is The Cost Of Getting Sane Driving You Crazy Too?

K | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
K

I am writing anonymously to protect my daughter. She is mentally ill at the moment and suffers from, among other things, depression. I take no chances. I also won't name the corporation that is driving me insane. I am afraid of it. I'm sure it's much the same as all the others anyhow. I'll call it "The Beast."

'Greyhound Therapy' and America's Mental Health Crisis

Dan Rather | Posted 07.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Rather

By some estimates, one in four Americans suffers from a diagnosable mental illness. Yet conversations on mental illness are uncommon. That was until last year, when a schizophrenic man disembarked from a Greyhound bus in Sacramento, California.

Mentally Ill and Poor: What to do?

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

In Brazil, the government ensures that mental health is understood as a fundamental part of overall well-being, and therefore promotes diagnosis and treatment in coordination with other health services, never in isolation.

The Future of Mental Health Care

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 06.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

What makes today, right now, opportune for realizing the hopes of 50 years ago is that states and counties no longer can afford to sustain the dysfunctional and costly medical, social and correctional services that have evolved.

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.

7 Questions To Ask When Choosing A Life Coach

Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD | Posted 04.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD

In the United States, there is no governing body overseeing the life coach training industry. People can claim to be a life coach but may have done so by watching videos or reading self-help books.

Containing Health Costs Is Good But Not at the Expense of the Mentally Ill

Howard Dean | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Howard Dean

A proposed rule would make significant changes to the availability of antidepressants and antipsychotics. Implementing these changes will bring additional risk to an already vulnerable population.

Breaking Down The Silos: A Collaborative Answer to Mental Health

Carolyn Reinach Wolf | Posted 03.12.2014 | New York
Carolyn Reinach Wolf

What are we waiting for? We know the issues, the studies, the conversations and the best practices. Let's bring those together now. Waiting any longer hasn't worked.

In Reaching Budget Deal, Congress Turns its Back on Those Who Have Served

Christina Brown | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Christina Brown

When Congress returns from its holiday vacation in 2014, following an historic unproductive session, waiting for them should be a thunderous voice demanding results, not excuses, from the 23.2 million strong American veteran population.

Obamacare Will Improve Mental Health Care For Hispanics

VOXXI | Hope Gillette | Posted 11.20.2013 | Latino Voices

While there has been much debate regarding the costs associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), informally known as Obamacare, few can debate the ...

First Step Toward Mental Health

Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D.

Mental health parity will amount to significant savings in overall health care costs. Earlier intervention in mental health care will save taxpayers billions of dollars and could save the lives of an untold number of young people -- including many among our returning military forces.

The Meds for PTSD Are No Match for the Effect in My Mind

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Victor M. Feraru

As anyone who is tormented would say, PTSD is anything but benign. It is essential that the public understand the need for those affected to have access to treatment. Anything less is re-victimizing those who have already experienced detrimental pain.

World Mental Health Day

Curt Goering | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Curt Goering

October 10 commemorates World Mental Health Day and is observed, in part, to raise public awareness about mental health issues. One matter that deserves critical attention is better integrating mental health care in global humanitarian responses.

Mental Health Solutions Need Coverage, Too

Kenneth J. Dudek | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Kenneth J. Dudek

It is much easier to avert our eyes from the smaller daily tragedies of mentally ill individuals and their loved ones struggling to make their way in an inhospitable world with little or no help. But that help does exist. As a society, we must decide whether we will prioritize making it available.

Revolution in Brain Science Offers Optimism Following Latest Mass Shooting

Chantel Garrett | Posted 11.30.2013 | Science
Chantel Garrett

Lost in the noise and partisan debates, a rare cause for optimism has gone nearly unnoticed and should be universally embraced. Revolutionary therapies aimed at prevention and recovery for the 'big three' mental illnesses are being actively pursued today.

Psychotherapy: Increasing in Poor Countries, Decreasing in the United States

Myrna M. Weissman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Myrna M. Weissman, Ph.D.

The increased use of psychotherapy in low-income countries has been based on evidence for its effectiveness for depression, the most prevalent of the mental conditions and one that produces great emotional and economic burden.

Three Steps to Better Mental Health

Jennifer Nagy | Posted 11.25.2013 | Divorce
Jennifer Nagy

One of the hardest parts about divorce is picking up the pieces after it's all over. Even the friendliest divorce (like mine) leaves you with all sorts of lingering issues related to relationships, love and commitment.

Here's How Grandparents And Grandkids REALLY Impact Each Other

LiveScience | Bahar Gholipour | Posted 08.12.2013 | Fifty

Grandparents and their grown up grandchildren play important roles in each other’s health, a new study finds. The two-decade study found the quality...

Vidiot Syndrome -- Is Your Teen Infected?

Todd Kestin | Posted 09.23.2013 | Comedy
Todd Kestin

Parents, welcome to the world of Vidiot Syndrome. Due to high exposure rates, Vidiot Syndrome rates are increasing, and it's highly contagious amongst those in certain age brackets and as likely to hit your teen as the common cold.

The Cost of Not Caring for People With Serious Mental Illness

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 09.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

When a health plan, especially with its own delivery system, as Kaiser has, carries the responsibility for a population of people, working or poor, young or old, healthy or sick, they can't pick and choose.

9 P.M. on a Saturday Is When I Received the Call

Todd Kestin | Posted 09.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Todd Kestin

Jimmy talks about the pressures to drink and smoke pot to be part of a specific group. Though he would do it, he would often wonder why he would hang out people that he does not feel comfortable with.