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Mental Illness Stigma

How Having OCD Affects Me As A Mother

Rachel Joyce | Posted 11.10.2013 | Parents
Rachel Joyce

Victory is in the little battles, and I have no idea what someone else's struggle may be. I've always known that. The freedom, though, has been in learning to be awake to my own depression and anxiety and move them from the shadows into the light.

Suicide Prevention Is a Community Conversation

Alison Malmon | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Alison Malmon

All of us who struggle, all of us who care for people who need support, and all of us who have experienced this loss, need to know that other people have been where we are, and have our backs.

Eleanor Longden's TEDTalk: "The Voices In My Head"

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 08.26.2013 | TED Weekends
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

She would not be victim to her condition but rather become a survivor of it. The turning point, as she describes it, was catalyzed by three things: her search for meaning, not going it alone, and finding hope.

The Hope Within

Ashley L. Smith | Posted 08.23.2013 | TED Weekends
Ashley L. Smith

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI knew my friends were laughing at me, at least that was my perception at the time. This belief led to extreme suspiciousness that tortured my peace of mind daily. I struggled to understand how could this seemingly godly gift be so ugly?

Will You Be Our Heroes? Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz and Mr. Williams

Janine Francolini | Posted 10.07.2013 | Media
Janine Francolini

While I have raised my 12-year-old son with language around brain health that is proactive and enlightened, he still uses slang and terms that are offensive. Media and culture have won out over my endless efforts to be a role model and educate him on the importance of words.

Laugh It Off: The Stigma of Living With Mental Illness

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 10.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

So you laugh. It's funny. Because it's a joke anyway, right? People like you are funny, comic relief. People to make fun of and to brush off. Silly germophobia. Silly handwashing and rituals and constant unwanted thoughts. You laugh because it's easier than facing the fact that you've lived your whole life with this.

Looking for Attention: Passing Judgement on the Mentally Ill

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 09.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

Mental illness may be "all in your head," but that doesn't make it less real than having cancer or diabetes. And if someone you know is "vaguebooking" or posting a depressed status, they might be just trying to reach out, to feel less alone in the battle against their own mind.

9 Famous Women Who Are Erasing The Stigma Of Therapy

The Huffington Post | Julie Zeilinger | Posted 07.31.2013 | Women

“In Hollywood if you don't have a shrink, people think you're crazy,” Johnny Carson once commented. Quippy as he was being, of the 1 in 5 American...

Auctioning Off Patty Hewes

Glenn Close | Posted 09.16.2013 | TV
Glenn Close

Ms. Hewes is the mighty litigation lawyer that I had great fun playing over five seasons of Damages. I decided to auction off pieces of her wardrobe in order to raise money for an organization that is very close to my heart -- Bring Change 2 Mind.

Let's End the Stigma of Mental Illness

Melissa Thompson | Posted 09.01.2013 | Impact
Melissa Thompson

Look to your left. Look to your right. Look behind you. Look in front of you. One of the people you just saw has been diagnosed with a mental illness.

Improving Breastfeeding at Work: Is it Possible?

MotherWoman | Posted 08.31.2013 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Jessica Avery I never felt that I was meant to be a mother. Growing up, I changed career interests as often as my friends were changing th...

Losing My Religion

Julie Gray | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Julie Gray

Know that someone who is feeling suicidal is not thinking straight right now; their judgment is very impaired. They have a condition that medication and therapy can and will help and it won't take long until they begin to again feel hopeful.

I Lost My Wife: Our Team Was Not There Anymore

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Jonathan Polgar I'm a husband and a father, 2 jobs I've looked forward to my whole life. My wife, Jennifer Dorfield is self-possessed and funny a...

Brought to You by the Mentally Ill

Melody Moezzi | Posted 08.12.2013 | Media
Melody Moezzi

As one of the roughly 60 million Americans living with a mental illness, I was happy to hear President Obama highlight the issue at last week's National Conference on Mental Health. But that's not what many of my colleagues in the media picked up on.

Shouldn't Mothers With Mental Illness Have The Chance To "Have It All," Too?

Joanne Nicholson, Ph.D. | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Joanne Nicholson, Ph.D.

For some slice of American women who are mothers, "having it all" conjures up notions of marriage, a family, a professional position, a home in a safe neighborhood with a decent school system and opportunities to live a better life down the road. For women with psychiatric conditions, life is a different struggle. But with the right support, mothers and almost every person with mental illness can succeed.

The One Thing All New Mothers Need

MotherWoman | Posted 08.11.2013 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Jennifer Shiao Page "We're in This Together, Yo!" That's the name we gave to our group. We met as new parents, wandering into a hospital conferenc...

Culturally Sensitive Providers Will Help Bring Mental Illness Out of Shadows

Michele Nealon-Woods | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Michele Nealon-Woods

It is certainly good to see that the conversation about access to mental health services and removing the stigma of mental illness have moved out of the shadows and are now at the forefront of discussions within the White House and across the nation.

A Is for....

Janine Francolini | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Awareness! And Awareness is what we have been focusing on this past month, as President Obama signed a proclamation declaring May as National Mental Health Awareness Month (the first president to do so!)

Self-Love and Self-Awareness Are Not Just Words

MotherWoman | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Kathy Morelli You'll experience a lot of changes in your personal life during the nine months of pregnancy. Everything from your emotions to your ...

But At Least You have a Healthy Baby: Traumatic Birth and Maternal Mental Health

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Catharine McDonald The title line to this article is one I have overheard many a times---always conscious not to use it myself, this phrase is a c...

Hindsight is 20/20: Taking Personal PPD Experiences and Helping Other New Moms

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Ivy Shih Leung Not every pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum experience is blissful. I should know. I had a bumpy road to motherhood complete w...

Perinatal OCD and Intrusive Thoughts: A Troublesome Secret to Many

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Catharine McDonald This blog was inspired by a dear friend of mine (who shall remain nameless) that shared her very personal story after reading ...

Just Like My Mother

Catherine Menta | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Catherine Menta

After that night we began our long process of rebuilding. I had to get to know my mother through fresh eyes -- eyes not clouded with resentment. What I learned is that my mother has the purest heart.

Medications and Mental Health - Fifty Shades of Gray

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Kathy Morelli Medications and mental health: an issue with fifty shades of gray. As a therapist, I deal with people's thoughts and feelings about ...

MotherWoman Saved My Life. You Can Help Save a Mom's Life Too.

MotherWoman | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact
MotherWoman

MotherWoman saved my life, my identity and my motherhood. MotherWoman was my missing piece, the place where I found myself and was given permission to...