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Mental Illness

Action Plan for Obama to Reduce Violence by Mentally Ill

DJ Jaffe | Posted 02.17.2013 | Crime
DJ Jaffe

Though mental illness is as yet unconfirmed in the Newtown killer's case, here is what the federal government can do to prevent violence related to mental illness.

We Are Adam Lanza's Mother, Too: Moms Discuss Children's Violent Behavioral Disorders

Posted 12.18.2012 | Parents

Following Friday's tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, and media speculation that the shooter suffered from a developmental disorder, writ...

'Where Have All the Flowers Gone?': Thoughts After the Newtown Massacre

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Mesmerized by the coverage of the Newtown massacre, I could not get this tune (from my younger days) out of my head. More carnage. Only this time, even younger children -- not even young men, but innocents who would never come of age.

Keeping Our Babies Safe

Ronnie Citron-Fink | Posted 02.16.2013 | Parents
Ronnie Citron-Fink

While we made it home safely that day, nothing was easy about the following days and nights. Bullets may have spared our flesh, but they grazed our psyches, leaving us raw and feeling profoundly unsafe.

We Are All Hiding Something

Liz Spikol | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Liz Spikol

If it turns out Adam Lanza is bipolar and I'm bipolar, does the bipolar explain his violence? Or does it explain my passivity? The labels are useful up to a point -- but they're hopeless in moments like these when the scope of the behavior is so far beyond the norm.

What If Adam Lanza Was "Normal"? An Unthinkable Idea That's Not So Crazy

Dr. Robert Epstein | Posted 02.16.2013 | Crime
Dr. Robert Epstein

What could cause a relatively normal young man to get so angry that he could kill twenty beautiful children, six teachers, and his own mother in cold blood?

'I Am Adam Lanza's Mother' Author Faces Tremendous Backlash

Posted 12.17.2012 | Parents

When Liza Long spilled her pain onto her blog on Friday, the Internet responded. Her tale of parenting a mentally ill teen, who she called “Michael,...

After Newtown, There Is No Place For Parents To Hide

Lisa Belkin | Posted 02.16.2013 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Parents can't hide anymore either. There is nothing left to conjure from our desperate imaginations that separates our children from the ones who were dropped off for just another day of school Friday morning. There is no way to blame their parents here. So we have to blame ourselves.

Speculating About Adam Lanza's Mental State

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

At this point, any comment on the psychiatric profile of Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old man responsible for these murders, is complete hearsay. By themselves, these traits do not indicate any diagnosis at all, although we have been quick to dissect them in the search for meaning.

Beyond Grief, Taking Action

Kay Goldstein | Posted 02.16.2013 | Impact
Kay Goldstein

I know we can all do something to make this a safer place for the bright lights who are our children. Now. May those we lost, their families and this grieving nation find peace and may our individual and collective actions stop this from ever, ever happening again.

'I Am Adam Lanza's Mother'

Posted 05.13.2014 | Parents

Written by Liza Long, republished from The Blue Review Friday’s horrific national tragedy -- the murder of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Ho...

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.

An Empire Built on the Pillars of Fear: Panic and the Corporation

Nichola Petts | Posted 02.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Nichola Petts

Sure, we need to pay the bills. We all have responsibilities. But taking the time to ask yourself what makes you happy and what doesn't every so often surely isn't a bad thing. Life is too short to spend it in a job, or a relationship, or a situation that makes you miserable.

Culture Stigmatizing Mental Illness Must Change

Cristina Traina | Posted 01.30.2013 | College
Cristina Traina

A life -- yours or someone else's -- is worth whatever it takes to protect it, including changing a culture that can lead to despair and working to remove the stigma that surrounds mental illness of any type. Our community needs every single one of you.

This Thanksgiving, Thank Your Therapist -- Or Go Get One

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Adam Kirk Edgerton

We should start referring friends to good therapists, unashamedly, the way we would refer them to a good dentist. For now, I thank my own, and hope that others find their own path to wellness, no matter what anyone else says.

Exclusive: Former U.S. First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Actress Glenn Close and Activist Jessie Close Speak Out About Mental Illness

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 01.15.2013 | Impact
Kristi York Wooten

The bottom line: education, early intervention, community support, and love from friends and family are essential to bringing more understanding -- and less stigma -- to mental illness.

Deploy an Army of Mental Health Professionals to Serve Our Veterans

Michele Nealon-Woods | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Michele Nealon-Woods

We need an army of mental health professionals deployed to serve active duty service members, veterans, their families and even their immediate communities. Professionals must specialize in the specific climate of the military and the population so they apply treatments that work.

One Simple Step Toward Forgiveness

Guideposts | Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion
Guideposts

In all things. Could God be at work even in a senseless tragedy like this? Oh, Lord, it just hurts so bad right now. But I believe you. I trust you. Please take this act of evil and use it for good.

Cause for Concern: Shattering the Stigma of Depression and Breast Cancer

Rebecca Palpant | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Palpant

Depression knocked at my door as cancer exited.

Rooting for Recovery

Linda Rosenberg | Posted 12.10.2012 | Impact
Linda Rosenberg

The first full week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week. Chances are, you have a friend, family member or colleague living with a mental illness. Their goal is not a championship, but recovery.

The Election Reminds Us That Our Political System Is Failing Addicted and Mentally Ill Individuals

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
David Sack, M.D.

The simple fact is that just about everyone knows someone -- a loved one, a friend, a co-worker -- with a mental health or addiction issue. Nevertheless, politicians routinely ignore the need to treat these populations.

Better Living Through Empathy: A National Day Without Stigma

Tamar Chansky | Posted 12.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Tamar Chansky

Changing the conversation about mental health means making care for mental health as matter of fact as going to get treatment for asthma or a broken leg. What good sense that makes. But even those of us who aren't currently suffering from mental health problems stand to gain.

War, Vets and Moral Injury

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

A new way of thinking about the inner wounds of soldiers and vets is emerging. In war, some -- perhaps most, perhaps all -- participants suffer from moral injury, a transgression of deep belief in how to treat others.

Sitcom Star Mentally Ill, Mom Says

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 10.03.2012 | Celebrity

Former "Saved By the Bell" star Lark Voorhies is mentally ill, her mother tells People magazine. "There are things that have traumatized her," Tric...

National Day Without Stigma

Alison Malmon | Posted 12.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Alison Malmon

This Oct. 9, in honor of Mental Health Awareness Week, Active Minds chapters across the country will gather on their campuses for National Day Without Stigma.