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Mental Illness Treatment

The Silence of Mothers Is Deafening

Millicent Monks | Posted 05.13.2014 | Parents
Millicent Monks

I feel as if society treats mothers with mentally ill children like the Witches of Salem -- and that perhaps is one of the reasons the silence of the mothers is deafening. We need to face the fact that we are in the dark ages around mental illness.

Let's Take Mental Illness Out of the Shadows

Millicent Monks | Posted 04.20.2014 | Parents
Millicent Monks

I don't want mental illness to be the forgotten illness. I don't want mothers to feel alone. I want mothers to speak up and become empowered.

When Mental Illness Hits Home

Linda Rosenberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Rosenberg

When a loved one has heart disease or cancer, families rally around -- they cook, clean, drive their loved ones to doctor's appointments, give pep talks, and much more. But when someone is struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, or other mental conditions, family members are not sure what to do.

10 Keys to Creating a Mental Illness Management Plan

Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Tasneem Bhatia, M.D.

We need a plan for managing mental health and a more comprehensive strategy to help identify and recognize mental illness. Mental health, like diabetes or obesity, should be approached systematically, accounting for nutrition, lifestyle, emotional support, spirituality and need for medication.

What Is Cognitive Remediation in Psychiatric Practice and Why Do We Need It?

Isabelle Amado, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 10.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Isabelle Amado, M.D., Ph.D.

It is time for psychiatric programs to include cognitive remediation as a standard part of the array of services needed for the comprehensive and quality treatment of persons with serious mental illnesses, especially schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders.

Things You Want To Know About Psychiatric Medications But Didn't Know Who (Or How) To Ask

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

I asked more than a dozen expert psychiatric colleagues, and myself, the questions they most frequently receive about psychiatric medications from people who take them or their families. Here are a dozen of those many questions; the responses are mine.

We Need More Than Dialogue About Mental Illness

Ross Szabo | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

I have spent half of my life as a mental health advocate, and it's really refreshing to see how many people understand the need to talk about these issues. However, these problems won't be changed with conversation. They will be changed with action.

Of 'Monsters' and Brothers: Three Steps to Fix Our Mental Health System and Prevent Violence

Chantel Garrett | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
Chantel Garrett

Although Max expressed fear of being lumped together with violent murderers, he asked me to share our family's story as a means of bringing focus to a long list of potential solutions to events such as the Newtown tragedy.

The NRA on Mental Illness: A Complete Lack of Understanding

Paul Heroux | Posted 02.25.2013 | Crime
Paul Heroux

The CEO of the NRA demonstrated how completely out of touch he is with what mental illness is and what it looks like. For example, would we call someone suffering from depression a lunatic? How about after a school shooting?

I Am Not Afraid to Admit That

Jenni Simcoe | Posted 02.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Jenni Simcoe

Until we open up the conversation about treating mental illness and take away the shame that comes with it, to many suicide will still seem like the only way out of the pain that they are enduring.

We Need to Expand Involuntary Treatment for Severe Mental Illness

David Vognar | Posted 09.04.2012 | Healthy Living
David Vognar

Countless mental health professionals care deeply about their patients and want them to get better. Strengthening involuntary treatment will allow them to do that.

'New York Times' Magazine on Mental Illness Gets It

DJ Jaffe | Posted 08.25.2012 | Media
DJ Jaffe

The media almost always focuses on mental health and rarely on mental illness. That is why Jeneen Interlandi's "When My Crazy Father Actually Lost His Mind" in the New York Times Magazine is getting such widespread attention.

Book Review: The Guardians -- An Elegy

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 07.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Serious mental illnesses can be agony: They are as painful as physical illnesses but further bedeviling because there is no broken bone, no dead heart or lung tissue, no cancer or non-functioning organ to point to.

Mental Health And The Family Tree

Craig Garner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Craig Garner

Unlike cancer or heart disease, psychiatric disorders continue to stand as an enigma to much of the modern world. This often leaves those closest to the patient wondering both how to feel and what to do.

PBS's 'This Emotional Life': Attachment, Parenting and Childhood Mental Illness

Ken Duckworth, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ken Duckworth, M.D.

Most children with mental illness respond to standard treatments and interventions and experience relief from their symptoms; for some families, recovery can be a greater challenge.

Look Inside, Not To God

Susan Smalley, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Smalley, Ph.D.

In the aftermath of the shooting last week on another college campus, I am reminded of a common response to such horrors: to pray and seek solace from...