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Fighting Stigma One Story at a Time

Elizabeth Barnett | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Barnett

My mental illnesses are diseases, just like my cancer, and need to be treated in a similar way. If I, myself, can't share my story then it indicates that I also have stigma so I discuss my mental health issues openly just like I do anything else. I have found that when I share my story, I have an impact.

Sh*t or Get Off the Pot

Francis Levy | Posted 12.10.2014 | Comedy
Francis Levy

Ostensibly the reason for all these electric eyes is to save water, though it's unclear how this functions in the case of the sh*tter unless they're trying to prevent OCD types from flushing too much.

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.

Back on Track

Maria Senise | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Senise

The more I create a sense of inner peace, the more habitual it will become. I'm realigning the derailed car that is my mind, getting back on track, and focusing on moving forward.

It's Finals: Take Care of Yourself

Kyle Kaplan | Posted 11.19.2014 | College
Kyle Kaplan

I can use every semester to figure out how to do what those in a position of authority, who I look up to and I aspire to be like in my own intended profession, ask of me, even with a disability. I can prepare to become a person I am proud of.

TV Host Says He Was Fired After Stunning 'Oprah Show' Confession

OWN | Posted 11.14.2014 | OWN

Back in the late '80s and early '90s, Marc Summers was the original host of the messy children's game show "Double Dare" on Nickelodeon. For more than...

Should I Go Au Naturale (With My Medication)?

Maria Senise | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Senise

Lately, I've been pondering the notion of switching my antidepressant medication. I can't tell if mine is effective at all, since my OCD and anxiety h...

What Do Normal People Think About?

Maria Senise | Posted 11.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Senise

In order to help ease my anxiety, I have to distract myself. Moving around and being productive makes it a bit easier for me to ignore the worries tha...

Ebola and the Anxious Mind

Debra Kissen | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Debra Kissen

Google "can I get Ebola" and many questions immediately arise: "Can I get Ebola from a bowling ball?" "Can I get Ebola from shaking hands?" "Can I get...

Let's Stop Using Mental Illnesses As Figures Of Speech

Rebecca Fuoco | Posted 11.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Fuoco

Using names or acronyms of mental illnesses to hyperbolize innocuous idiosyncrasies and experiences has become pervasive in our cultural dialogue. It is important we end this trend, because making these flippant references trivializes how devastating the illnesses can be and perpetuates myths and misunderstandings.

Go Ahead, Label Me

Elizabeth Barnett | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Barnett

My labels aren't what make me who I am or how I experience my mental health or lack thereof. My labels just give my treatment team an idea of where I fall on the spectrum and help them to decide various strategies for recovery.

Confessions of an Email Hoarder and 4 Tips to Tame an Inbox

Mary Novaria | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Novaria

If there are pileups in one area of my life, there are likely pileups elsewhere, too. So now that I've begun to get a handle on my email, I'm feeling daring enough to close some of the tabs on my Internet browser and maybe even throw in a load of laundry.

How Acknowledging My OCD Saved Me From It

Nile Cappello | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Nile Cappello

I mourn the person that I could have been had I not been too stubborn and ashamed to seek help and hurt when I think of how many years of suffering I could have avoided.

10 Pop Culture Icons Who Will Make You Rethink What It Means To Have OCD

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 10.17.2014 | Healthy Living

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has filtered its way into colloquial conversations ("I have OCD about the way my desk looks" "I have to wash my hands, I...

Stop Thinking, Just Move: Combatting OCD

Maria Senise | Posted 12.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Senise

I want joy, peace, contentment, hope, and happiness to be my motivation, to be my source of thoughts and emotions. I need to keep building up this sense of conquering; I need to gather my fuel. I need to keep doing.

Do You Think You Are Out of Options for Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Carolyn I. Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 12.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Carolyn I. Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D.

As a clinical psychiatrist and researcher, my goal is to uncover new treatments for people like John, who have tried standard treatments, but who continue to have severe symptoms. John has tried all of the research studies offered in our research clinic, and those offered in other academic settings in New York City. Now he is my office and at the end of his rope. Could he be a candidate for a surgical procedure called deep brain stimulation, also called DBS?

Christine Weir: Life on Earth

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

The first of many surprises in the work of Christine Weir are the acrobatic surface variations she achieves using only graphite.

My OCD and Me

Marco Gonzalez | Posted 12.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Marco Gonzalez

To this day, I still catch myself closing the fridge door or turning off a light, and I'll pause and stare at it for a few seconds... telling myself that the door is closed or that the light is off.

What It Really Feels Like To Live With Depression

Abby Heugel | Posted 12.02.2014 | Women
Abby Heugel

Just because you deal with depression doesn't mean that you are depression. A bad day/week doesn't mean a bad life. After all, it's not sunny every day but we know the clouds won't last forever.

When Exercise Becomes An Addiction

Abby Heugel | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Abby Heugel

As a society, we're told over and over that it's essential to exercise, which it is -- in moderation. That's what makes it so easy to keep this addiction a secret; it's not as obvious as walking around under the influence or lighting up a cigarette.

Being Ridiculous Is Absolutely Necessary

Maria Senise | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Senise

We laughed so fricken hard that day, my lungs hurt. It felt SO good. Sometimes, nothing beats acting completely silly, off-the-chain ridiculous, and just kind of stupid simply because you can. I needed that day.

What It Took For This Woman With OCD To Feel Like Herself Again

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 08.28.2014 | Healthy Living

Susan Richman's excruciating battle with obsessive-compulsive disorder began with a mouse. In the mid-1980s, Richman was fresh out of law school an...

'I Am Afraid Of Getting Worse'

Posted 08.22.2014 | Healthy Living

This is the story of a 24-year-old woman in San Francisco who asked to remain anonymous. I am feeling depressed. It started more than a year and a ...

Fear, Control and Sweating Out the Crazy

Maria Senise | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Senise

I've always known it, but truly, right now, I realize how incredibly imperative exercise is to my health. Sure, my physical health benefits from it, my body becomes stronger, but more importantly for me, my mental and emotional health benefits hugely.