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Mental Illness

Parents of Addicts and Their Unexpected Change in Citizenship

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 08.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

Parents of children who suffer from addiction are a special group. They're members of a club nobody wants to be a member of. In this case, membership doesn't really have any privileges.

Your Homework Assignment

Jason Wahler | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Jason Wahler

In order for these headlines to stop and for people to stop taking their own lives, we can't just bat our eye at the subject anymore -- and we certainly cannot continue to perpetuate a negative stigma around both mental illness and addiction.

I Have a Stomach Virus and General Anxiety Disorder

Cassie Delaney | Posted 08.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Cassie Delaney

We compare notes on our physical health. We share tips on eradicating migraines, we recommend doctors and we review hip replacements. Yet we can't bring ourselves to talk openly about depression, anxiety and mental health disorders.

How One Man Helps Others Suffering From Mental Illness

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

One man's struggles with bipolar disorder inspired him to help others suffering from mental illness -- by finding a way to connect with them directly....

What Robin Williams' Death Means To Those Suffering From Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 08.20.2014 | Healthy Living

Robin Williams’ passing has ignited a national conversation around mental illness. Jenny Harmon, who’s been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, j...

'If I Could Just Smile And It'd All Go Away, I'd Do It, But It's Not That Easy'

Posted 08.21.2014 | Healthy Living

This is the story of Sarah Hannah, 23, from Glasgow, Scotland. I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis at 16.I had a lot of joint pain, a lot of s...

Game Changer: My Bipolar Journey

Marisa Lancione | Posted 08.19.2014 | 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.

The Ivy League, Mental Illness, And The Meaning of Life

The Atlantic | Posted 08.19.2014 | College

The former Yale English professor William Deresiewicz stirred up quite a storm earlier this month with his New Republic essay “Don’t Send Your Kid...

When a Film Star Dies

JD Gershbein | Posted 08.19.2014 | Entertainment
JD Gershbein

Robin Williams infused genuine pathos into complex characters. He could split your gut with laughter in one movie, then cross the comic chasm and mercilessly tug on your heartstrings in the next. Williams was both a worthy hero and a convincing villain.

Changing Our Response to Behavioral Health

American Anthropological Association | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
American Anthropological Association

Robin Williams's death has saddened and shocked many of us, and as the many displays of mourning through social media indicate, Williams's death has deeply touched so many and brought to the fore much needed conversations about mental illness.

12 Steps to Help You Talk With Your Children About Suicide

Wendy Silvers | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Wendy Silvers

Death, dying, and grieving brings up fear and anxiety for many children and adults. Sometimes adults aren't sure how to talk about death, or, in this case, suicide with their children and the children in their lives.

The Struggle to Belong

Tim McDonald | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Tim McDonald

Our society allows us to talk about depression openly when a celebrity or well-known person's struggle with it is revealed. That same society does not create a welcoming environment for an average person to talk about depression.

Robin Williams, Connectedness and the Need to End the Stigma Around Mental Illness

Arianna Huffington | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Arianna Huffington

The first response most of us have to news of a suicide is: Why? And certainly the tragic death of Robin Williams was no exception. How could a man who brought so much joy and brightened the day for so many fail to feel the same thing for himself? Robin Williams' talent, his warmth, his energy, his generosity of spirit and his bigheartedness might have been singular, but his sad decision to take how own life was, unfortunately, all too common. And it's a heartbreaking decision that more and more people are making every year. So as we ask "why" about Robin Williams, we should also broaden the question. Why tens of thousands of people? What is happening that so many people make this irrevocable choice? What are we missing in our culture? How can we open up the conversation on this issue to make other choices seem more realistic and appealing?

It's Time To Have A Real Conversation About Mental Health

Lindsay Holmes | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Lindsay Holmes

According to the CDC, only 25 percent of people who suffer from mental health symptoms feel that people are caring and sympathetic toward people struggling with mental illness. If so many people are battling these issues, why should they be a secret?

Depression: The Everywhere And Everyone Illness

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Some day we will look back and wonder how we did not measure and treat depression, and other behavioral health disorders more effectively. We are on the transformation road now. It will be uphill and bumpy. So is all change.

Why Robin Williams' Passing Is a Reminder to Bring Mental Illness Into the Spotlight

Nicholas Covino | Posted 08.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicholas Covino

Silence should not be the legacy of a man who caused entire theaters to burst into laughter. In the wake of this tragedy, we must find the strength for an ongoing conversation about mental health, a topic that is too often addressed in whispers.

This Is What It's Really Like To Suffer From Panic Disorder

Debra Kissen | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Debra Kissen

At the time, I was able to "white knuckle" my way past panic disorder and push myself forward despite the discomfort. I only wish that someone had informed me that I was suffering from panic disorder and it is one of the most treatable mental health conditions.

Robin Williams ... a Familiar Farewell

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 08.15.2014 | Los Angeles
Kimberly Cooper

I've had my fair share of encounters dealing with people close to me struggling with the disease. When I hear of yet another suicide, it eerily hits home for me as I'm sure it does for countless others affected by a very dark reality that exists in our world today.

Imagining The Pain: Robin Williams

Lauren Cahn | Posted 08.15.2014 | Impact
Lauren Cahn

Try to imagine for a moment that you're rich, successful, talented and loved. But it feels hollow. Perhaps some relationship that you really care abou...

In the Corner Office, You're Not Allowed to Cry

Lisa Chau | Posted 08.15.2014 | Business
Lisa Chau

Professional and material rewards blind society to those who need help. We equate a great resume and large bank account with happiness. Casual observers don't register anything wrong; sufferers are too conflicted about the emptiness they feel.

Depression Is No Laughing Matter

Nicole Luongo | Posted 08.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Luongo

The world is in shock over Robin Williams' death. It's hard to believe he committed suicide. Or, is it? The brilliant actor and comedian candidly disc...

A Tale of Two Suicides and a Story of One

David Toussaint | Posted 08.15.2014 | Gay Voices
David Toussaint

None of my own experiences combined with what I know of my father's life make me think any less of a person who chooses suicide. In this week of unhappy reflection, I've found myself repeating that phrase a lot. Who are any of us to understand what pain another is going through, or to what depths?

Shining a Light on Our Dark Secret

Janet M. Neal | Posted 08.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Janet M. Neal

On my 11 hour drive home from vacation yesterday, I listened to about three hours of analysis, commentary, and dialogue on the horrors currently occur...

A Better Way to Remember Robin Williams

Melody Moezzi | Posted 08.15.2014 | 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.

An Intimate Portrait of Depression and the Desire to Commit Suicide

Marie Marley | Posted 08.15.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

The news of Robbin Williams' tragic death by suicide caught me off guard. It took me far back into my own life and my experience with severe depression.