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Psychosis

Let's Stop Assuming People Know What Mental Health Is

Ross Szabo | Posted 09.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

Mental health is not having a problem. It's how you address all of the challenges in your life. It's how you handle stress, break-ups, rejection, lack of sleep, loss and everything else. We need a clear definition of mental health as a baseline.

Mad With Power?

Peter T. Coleman, PhD | Posted 08.29.2014 | World
Peter T. Coleman, PhD

Vladimir Putin appears steadfast in his determination to reclaim large sections of Ukraine -- in particular its industrial heartland -- through intimidation and violence, while denying any but humanitarian involvement there. This raises the question: Is Putin psychotic?

Listening to Depression and Suicide

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 08.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

While I have been heartened by the overwhelming compassion that people have shown for the late Robin Williams and his family, I have been a bit concerned by comments such as "I hope he is at peace now."

Robin Williams, Hamlet and the Undiscovered Country

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 08.12.2014 | Entertainment
Robert David Jaffee

Harold Bloom wrote a book some years ago, titled Hamlet: Poem Unlimited. The book might also have been titled, Hamlet: Character Unlimited, for the Prince of Denmark, like Shakespeare's tragedy itself, cannot be reduced to anything.

The Psychopathology of Genius

Ilyana Romanovsky | Posted 08.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Ilyana Romanovsky

This fine-tuned connection helps us understand the pedigree isolated to the genius. Evidently, inheriting just the right amount of psychotic and manic proclivity can enhance the odds of the creative.

All Psychiatry Is Personal

David Blistein | Posted 06.18.2014 | Science
David Blistein

Last week I went to a presentation by Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America. Having spent a lot of time in the pharmaceutical trenches, I think my perspective on psychiatric meds is a little different from his, but there were two things in particular that impressed me.

Gateway to Curing Mental Illness

Chantel Garrett | Posted 05.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Chantel Garrett

When we can see the millions of young people and adults among us who live with brain disorders through a lens of compassion, radical shifts in innovation and funding will undoubtedly unfold. My family is ready for action. Are you?

Beyond Beds and Meds: Accepting Nothing Less Than Transformational Change

Chantel Garrett | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Chantel Garrett

We must collectively take urgent action -- as the road ahead for people living with serious mental illness and their families is still a long one, riddled with obstacles on all fronts: social, scientific and political.

State of the Union of My Brain and Mental Health Policy

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 03.22.2014 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

Overall, I am heartened by the improvements in recent years that I have seen in public policy and media coverage of mental illness. But there is still a great deal of stigma against the mentally ill.

NIMH Director Rethinks Standard Psychiatric Treatment for Schizophrenia

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce E. Levine

NIMH director Insel now agrees with treatment reform activists that many people diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychoses could be better served by a more selective and limited use of drugs and more diverse treatments.

My Miriam Carey Moment: A Cry for Help

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

I realize that the nation, in particular D.C., has been on edge of late, following the massacre at the Washington Navy Yard and the government shutdown. But there has got to be a better way for police and Secret Service to handle unarmed, psychotic people, short of killing them.

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

Given that my talk was on "Men, Mental Illness and Suicide," it struck me as a sad yet predictable irony that only one man attended the event.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Psychosis: A Highly Valuable Contribution Despite Major Flaws

Ron Unger | Posted 11.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Ron Unger

I hope to see future versions of ACT which acknowledge this and which help people find value in, rather than just tolerate, the experiences they once felt compelled to avoid at all costs.

Creating Dialog on Approaches for 'Psychosis' in New Jersey

Ron Unger | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Ron Unger

What would happen if professionals opened their minds about the nature of madness? What new possibilities might be created if they questioned labels ...

Mind Wide Open: Listening to Disturbing Voices, Thoughts and Feelings

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 10.25.2013 | TED Weekends
Dr. Gary Trosclair

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWe all have many parts to our personalities and getting those parts to work in harmony is the essence of emotional health. Leave out certain voices and you're in for strikes, rebellions, hypocrisy, and, eventually, brutal attacks.

Reflections on L.A. Weekly of the 1990s and Its Motley Crew of Misfits

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 09.02.2013 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

The Weekly gave me a home, a place where I could be part of something that was not only greater than me but also great in and of itself.

Attending My 30th High School Reunion as a Diagnosed Psychotic

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 08.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

Mental illness, like Hamlet, who may or may not be the only sane person in the play, is mysterious and paradoxical. And psychosis works the way nightmares do, by metaphor and symbolism. Delusions often stand in for something else.

Shedding Stigma of Mental Illness Within the Military

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

While I recognize that the military is a unique institution with its own codes of conduct and ethos, this policy, tacit though it may be, of stigmatizing mental illness has got to end.

Good Intentions Are Not Enough: On Community, Voice, and the Ethics of Inclusion/Exclusion

Mona Shattell | Posted 06.26.2013 | Chicago
Mona Shattell

How do we include more, and diverse voices? How do we ensure that we get it "right"? How do we ensure that our impact is what was intended? What do we need to do now, early in the process to be more inclusive?

The 7 Things Everyone Wants

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

The interesting thing about these ideas -- the things we most desperately want out of life -- is that they are all functions of mind, and it's clear that the human species can eat, live and reproduce just fine in the complete absence of them.

Would You Call The Cops On Your Child?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.04.2013 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

"I have a bruised hand, sore forearm, and who knows what condition the back of my knee will be in once it stops throbbing. He just snapped tonight."

What's the Difference Between Religion and Psychosis?

Intent | Posted 09.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Intent

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Gotham Chopra about his new show, Holy Facts. Billed as "the show that treads the fine line between scientists, spiritualists, and psychotics," I was curious about Gotham's own take on the relationship between the three.

Criminal Defenses Blaming Mental Illness

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

If there can be a Twinkie defense, why can't there be one for Zoloft? That appears to be the logic of the defense in the case of Anthony Nicholas Orban, the Westminster, Calif., police detective charged with kidnapping and raping a waitress at gunpoint in 2010.

Bizarre Delusion Tied To Popular Movie, Reality TV

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 06.04.2012 | Science

From "Survivor" to the "Real Housewives," reality TV has become part of our collective consciousness. Maybe that helps explain why psychologists are n...

Creativity And Madness: Are They Inherently Linked?

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 07.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

The myth that creativity and madness are inherently linked has a certain romantic appeal, but it does little -- if anything -- to promote human well-being.