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Mental Illness

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.

DSM-5's New Approach to Suicide Risk, Behavior

David J. Kupfer, M.D. | Posted 10.10.2013 | Healthy Living
David J. Kupfer, M.D.

The increased emphasis on suicide throughout DSM-5 will lead to more effective recognition of individuals with symptoms and behaviors that put them at risk. With improved diagnosis and care, the nation may finally be able to turn the tide on this loss and grief.

Integrating Yoga Into Personal Recovery and 12-Step Work

Rob Schware | Posted 10.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Laura Cobb, a certified yoga instructor, personal trainer, and alcoholic. Laura started drinking in her 30s after living in...

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.

3 Ways Yoga Can Help Relieve Eating Disorders

Elaine Gavalas | Posted 10.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Elaine Gavalas

The researchers found yoga, aerobic exercise, massage, and body awareness therapy significantly reduced eating disorder scores and depression in anorexic and bulimic patients.

Review: Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience

DJ Jaffe | Posted 10.06.2013 | Books
DJ Jaffe

Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience by Sally Satel and Scott Lilienfeld is an important book on an emerging problem: brain-scan...

Stop Recycling Clichés About the Mentally Ill

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

Not everyone gets better, but the lion's share do not become "revolving-door patients" either. That distinction seems to have been lost in the recent articles on this subject.

Mental Illness Advocates File To Halt Florida Execution

Reuters | Posted 10.05.2013 | Miami

* Execution set for 6 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT By David Adams MIAMI, Aug 5 (Reuters) - A Florida man who has spent 35 years o...

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.

Dear Dr. Phil

Janine Francolini | Posted 10.01.2013 | Media
Janine Francolini

In our society, the wide use of discriminatory language to describe people with mental illness has blurred our minds, hearts and souls. Changing our language and taking this conversation out of the shadows can save lives.

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.

Executing People With Serious Mental Illness Offends Our Constitution and Our Humanity

Ronald S. Honberg | Posted 09.30.2013 | Crime
Ronald S. Honberg

John Ferguson suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. In the terminology of the Supreme Court, he is "insane. Executing him, as the State plans on Monday, August 5, would violate the U.S. Constitution.

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...

Yoga: Hear the Rumble Coming

Rob Schware | Posted 09.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Mark Stefanowski, who completed his yoga teacher training and started teaching at a Harley Davidson repair shop in Longmont,...

Yoga in Correctional Facilities: It's All About the Love

Rob Schware | Posted 09.24.2013 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Anneke Lucas, who in 2010 started teaching yoga and meditation at Bayview Women's Correctional Facility in Chelsea, N.Y., in...

Scientists Warn Health Systems Could Be 'Overwhelmed' By Mental Illness Costs

Reuters | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living

* Study puts annual cost to UK alone at 172 billion dollars * Brain research gets fraction of funding of other diseases ...

ACLU Report Finds Growing Number Of Mentally Ill In Solitary Confinement

Posted 07.25.2013 | Denver

Since the death of the Colorado Prisons Chief Tom Clements, the ACLU of Colorado has found that even though the department of corrections has decrease...

Can Brain Scans Diagnose Mental Illnesses?

| Simon Makin | Posted 07.22.2013 | Science

One common complaint about psychiatry is its subjective nature: it lacks definitive tests for many diseases. So the idea of diagnosing disorders usi...

Bringing Yoga to Public Libraries

Rob Schware | Posted 09.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Christa Avampato, who started a yoga program in 2005 at the Darden School at UVA (where she received an MBA degree). Not sur...

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.

The Cost of Not Caring for People With Serious Mental Illness

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 09.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

When a health plan, especially with its own delivery system, as Kaiser has, carries the responsibility for a population of people, working or poor, young or old, healthy or sick, they can't pick and choose.

The Florida Moment

Rachel Newcomb | Posted 09.14.2013 | Miami
Rachel Newcomb

While the George Zimmerman trial should be a call for national reflection over how Stand Your Ground laws work out in reality, the risk is that yet again, it will turn into just another story about what happens in Florida.

Service Yoga: How We Connect With the Villages of Costa Rica

Rob Schware | Posted 09.14.2013 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Joshua Canter, who, unlike most of us, began his spiritual journey at 16 when his grandmother gave him the book Be Here Now ...

The Next Frontier in the Business of Science: Improving Mental Health

Olivier Dumon | Posted 09.09.2013 | Science
Olivier Dumon

If a cure, and ultimately a prevention, for such disorders as schizophrenia, autism or Alzheimer's can be developed in our lifetime, it will save trillions of dollars in medical and patient-care costs and a lifetime of family heartaches.

Yoga: How We Can Use Yoga Retreats to Serve

Rob Schware | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Peter Sterios, an internationally-recognized yoga instructor, architect, writer, entrepreneur, and former contributing edito...