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Mental Illness

I Was Strong Enough to Ask for Help

Toni Hammer | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Toni Hammer

I don't plan on taking medications for the rest of my life, but at this time, I know I need them to allow me to get back to the mental place where I can think about things in a realistic way. Where my kids refusing to nap doesn't send me into a dark, spiraling tunnel of despair.

Being Depressed Did Not Make Me an Innocent in Hell

Karen Zainal | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen Zainal

Yes, maybe it was never my fault that I was depressed, but I am in many ways flawed, just as you are. I am not innocent, just as you're not. The only difference is that the depressed feel the weight of their flaws far more intensely than those who are not depressed.

Two Stalled Mental Health Bills Are Essential for All of Us

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

Can a single piece of legislation really save our country millions every year, and at the same time improve the care of those with mental illness? It sounds too good to be true, but it is not.

6 Tips For Recovery From Mental Illness

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Dustin DeMoss

Schizophrenics and those with severe mental illness are strong individuals, because they've had to face the worse, beat the odds, which were mightily stacked against them, and have come out on top in some cases.

Can People Recover From Mental Illness?

Emily Grossman | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Emily Grossman

In my estimation, recovery from mental illness, as I personally define it, is definitely possible. However, it takes a lot of work and perseverance. With the proper treatment and support, people can and do get well, contribute to society, and live highly productive, fulfilling lives.

Two Years to Nowhere

Liza Long | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Liza Long

What changed for my family in the two years since Newtown? One word: treatment. Before Newtown, I was afraid to speak up and demand help for my son. After Newtown, in large part because I shared our family's private tragedy, my son, unlike Adam Lanza, got the help he needed.

Childhood Psychological Abuse Has Long-Lasting Impact

Douglas LaBier | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Douglas LaBier

The findings of a recent study from the American Psychological Association are right on target. The study confirms that childhood psychological abuse has lasting, significant damage, equal to or exceeding the long-term consequences of physical abuse.

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.

In Newtown, Mental Health Problems Still Emerging

AP | PAT EATON-ROBB | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Anxiety, depression, guilt, sleeplessness, marital strife, drug and alcohol abuse — two years after the massacre at Sandy Ho...

A Mother's Perspective On Her Child's Bipolar Disorder

Muffy Walker | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Muffy Walker

Today, our son is 21 and he will tell you the worst part of his illness is the stigma. Why do we as a society stigmatize our friends, family, and others by branding them with a mark of disgrace?

Fountain Gallery Wows Crowd at "Mad About Art"

Jim Luce | Posted 12.10.2014 | New York
Jim Luce

This gifted and prolific group perpetually produces works in a dazzling array of mediums, and on this evening I saw oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, collage and mixed media pieces, pen and ink and pencil drawings, digital art and photographs and more. Simply fantastic!

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...


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...

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.

Our Collective Soul

Janine Francolini | Posted 12.05.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

We know that judgement is a slippery slope and that love and forgiveness are always the safer choices.

The Day I Almost Committed Suicide

S. L. Young | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
S. L. Young

The morning of my mental health emergency, I knew something wasn't normal shortly after opening my eyes.

12 Years Since My Father Ended His Life

1in20 | Posted 12.04.2014 | Healthy Living

Twelve years since my father ended his life and after making every possible mistake, I have found my way back to happiness through love and forgiveness. For myself, for my father, for those who loved me but were unable to connect to my grief.

3 Startling Facts About Mental Illness Stigma and 3 Ways You Can Fight It

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 12.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

The more we talk about mental illness the same way we talk about physical illness the faster the perception and stigma will change. Your story, or a loved one who has had a victory over mental illness or addiction can inspire others.

A Life With OCD

Farsh Askari | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Farsh Askari

Saying it feels odd calling home as a patient in a mental institution is an understatement. Yet not long ago, that's what I found myself doing.

5 Tips for Mentally-Healthy Holidays

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Griffith Lund

We can easily lose touch with the joy of the holiday season when negative feelings creep into our minds. Be proactive about your mental health. Minimize the hectic and stressful aspects of the season so that your mind and heart can be touched by moments of delight, awe, and hope.

Texas' Mental Health Fail

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Griffith Lund

Let's not lose sight of the real problem: people with severe mental illness and criminal behavior need treatment and recovery from organic brain diseases, not punitive institutionalization and execution.

Kaiser Mental Health Clinicians Call for Board Member's Resignation

Sal Rosselli | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Sal Rosselli

For four years, she has failed to even acknowledge much less resolve a crisis in Kaiser's psychiatric services that is nearly identical to the scandal that engulfed the Veterans Affairs Administration earlier this year.

Amanda Terkel

Rick Perry Silent Under Pressure To Delay Execution Of Severely Mentally Ill Man | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Scott Panetti is just about out of options. On Wednesday at 6 p.m. CST, the state of Texas will end his life, even though his lawyers sa...

Killer Christians in Texas: The Next Victim Is Scott Panetti

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

With Christians comprising a stunning majority of people who live here in Texas, there is no ability to blame what is happening in my state on any other faith except my own. Christians are killing people.

How a Psychiatrist Treats Depression: A Peek Behind the Curtain

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

If you are suffering from depression, or know someone who is, my goal of writing these articles on depression is to spread a message of hope. Psychiatry is a field of medicine that specifically focuses on diseases of the mind including depression. Even a single consultation can help to clarify the diagnosis, treatment options and can begin the healing process.