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Mental Illness

It's Brave to Help

Linda Rosenberg | Posted 09.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Rosenberg

Suicide prevention is all of our responsibility. As we work together with the Trevor Project and others to spread the message that it's okay to ask for help, let's not forget about the equally important message that it's okay to reach out with a helping hand even before someone works up the courage to ask for help.

Dealing With Anxiety On A Daily Basis

Chelsea Stephens | Posted 09.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Chelsea Stephens

Even though anxiety is still an ongoing issue in my life, it's something that, like my depression, I have been able to get a better grasp on. Mental illness is different for every person, but these are some ways that I have found to be effective in helping to manage my anxiety.

What We Can Do As A Community To Address Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 09.22.2014 | Healthy Living

After tragic incidences, the national conversation around suicide always becomes more prominent -- but we often feel helpless to address mental health...

Mentally Ill And Locked Up Alone For Months

AP | ADAM GELLER | Posted 09.21.2014 | Crime

Day or night, the lights inside cell 135C of central New Mexico's Valencia County Detention Center were always on. Locked inside, alone, for months...

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.

Why Do People Develop Anxiety and Depression Problems?

Todd Kashdan | Posted 09.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Todd Kashdan

When we attempt to divorce ourselves from pain, we end up feeling nothing pleasurable or meaningful at all. When we better understand, tolerate, and harness distressing thoughts and feelings, and become aware of the situations when they are helpful, we become empowered.

Is Being a Bad Parent a Crime?

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Eliot Borenstein

Holding parents criminally responsible would constitute bad legislation, even worse public policy, and a distressing sign that we as a country have completely failed to understand the relationships among individuals, families, and public institutions.

Redefining Philanthropy: A Documentary Review of Art and Craft

Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D. | Posted 09.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D.

Art and Craft bears witness to the stigma of mental disorders and the difficulty individuals with these illnesses experience in receiving treatment by others that is respectful, without blame for their condition or judgment of the way in which they present themselves.

Unplugged With Liza and Janine -- Part One

Janine Francolini | Posted 09.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

We decided that in order to melt down shame and fear around mental health, we needed to have real, open conversations together. We talked about many topics, including our own personal histories of mental health challenges, the civil rights components of this cause, and some of our "secrets."

#IWillListen: Conversations About Workplace Mental Health

NAMI-NYC Metro | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living

Although 1 in 4 of us, or more than 60 million American adults, experiences a mental health condition each year, it is often taboo to talk about mental illness in the workplace, forcing employees with mental health issues to hide their condition.

3 Reasons Greek Life Is a Great Place to Address Mental Health

Ross Szabo | Posted 09.18.2014 | College
Ross Szabo

Members of fraternities and sororities know that their organizations are a lot more than what they are perceived to be. Fraternities and sororities aren't perfect, but they have the potential to equip their members to handle mental health challenges better than other parts of a college campus.

Suicide Awareness Is Not Just A Depression Problem

Evelyn Attia, MD | Posted 09.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Evelyn Attia, MD

Most discussion about suicide focuses on depression. Major depression accounts for many suicides, and the need for improved identification of, and optimized treatment services for, depression is an important message during a week dedicated to preventing suicide. Yet, it is not the only message.

A Psychiatrist Haunted By A Patient's Suicide

Harold I. Schwartz, M.D. | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Harold I. Schwartz, M.D.

While an oncologist may struggle with a patient's death from terminal cancer, the struggle is framed by the inevitability of the patient's death. The psychiatrist, on the other hand, is left wondering, "If only I had listened more carefully or thought to ask the right question."

Suicide Is A National Epidemic

Rep. Tim Murphy | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Rep. Tim Murphy

We can save lives and help families in mental health crisis but only if we, as a nation, have the courage to confront mental illness and address the suicide epidemic head on. We can no longer ignore it because too many lives are at stake.

Depression: The Word That Must Not Be Named

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 09.16.2014 | Black Voices
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

Growing up, I learned that African Americans do not publicly discuss or "put our personal business in the street." Depression has traditionally been an unmentionable subject in the African-American community. I have experienced debilitating bouts of depression since I was about 15 years old.

Thank You, Henry Rollins, For Your Offensive Comments About Depression and Suicide

Arlene Malinowski, Ph.D. | Posted 09.16.2014 | Entertainment
Arlene Malinowski, Ph.D.

The concept that mental illness is a disease which twists reality and affects the way one thinks, perceives and remembers is one that is not often discussed. Blame towards the victim and a lack of understanding is what keeps so many alone with their secrets.

A Light in the Dark: How Suicide Can Open Our Eyes for Good

Alaina Baker | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Alaina Baker

Though my brother's death was a tragedy, it opened my eyes to a world I barely even knew existed. It allowed me to realize that below their outer shells every single person is fighting a battle that you know nothing about.

WATCH: Wendy Davis Opens Up About Her Childhood Horror

HuffPost Live | Ishita Singh | Posted 09.10.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

In her new book Forgetting To Be Afraid, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis revealed that her mother once tried to kill herself and her children, including ...

It's Not A Scarlet Letter, It's Just Depression

Gage Cass Woodle | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Gage Cass Woodle

It took many years and many slips back into the darkness, but I eventually met a friend who had suffered the traumatic effects of others who had lashed out violently, more tragically than I ever had. Together, we found a way to pursue our artistic dreams and strive to prevent the kind of adolescent rage we had seen from opposite sides.

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Do you know someone who died by his or her hands, or tried (including perhaps you)? If you do, whether near or far from your heart, we hope you will join New York State and The Huffington Post in our campaign to help prevent deaths that need not happen.

This is a Love Story

Marvi Lacar | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Marvi Lacar

Papa I suspected that my father was manic-depressive after I started dating X. Both men were unpredictable, at times violent, thrilling and volatil...

Influence of Culture on Brain-Based Conditions

Ilyana Romanovsky | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Ilyana Romanovsky

If we didn't have culture, we would be either dead or very seriously socially free. Humans are designed to live as cultural animals. Our brains ...

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.

It's Time to Raise the Age, New York: There Are Better Alternatives for Teens

Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D. | Posted 09.10.2014 | New York
Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D.

We need to constantly remind ourselves that these are not "bad" kids, but many of them are kids to whom bad things have happened. With help, these fragile teens can and will succeed -- but not by locking them up with adults.

The Real Importance Of World Suicide Prevention Day

Lynn Keane | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Lynn Keane

As a survivor of suicide I feel that it is our time to lead the conversation around suicide prevention. Those of us who have been impacted by suicide have a unique perspective, to put it mildly. We have information we need to share.