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Schizophrenia

Talking to Yourself: Crazy or Crazy Helpful?

Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. | Posted 03.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D.

Think of talking to yourself as a tool to coach yourself through a challenge, or to narrate your own experiences to yourself. In any case, treat yourself with respect and you just may find you enjoy your own company.

Gateway to Curing Mental Illness

Chantel Garrett | Posted 03.19.2014 | 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?

My Stepmom Suffered From Schizophrenia, and I Had No Idea (VIDEO)

Kathy Carter Woods | Posted 03.06.2014 | Black Voices
Kathy Carter Woods

Patty was a wonderful stepmom. Sweet and kind, she treated my sister and me like we were her very own. She worked for the airlines and often had a crazy, upside-down schedule, yet she never failed to be a loving force for good.

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.

To Kiss or Not To Kiss Nicholas Kristof, Mental-Health Policy Wonk

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 04.11.2014 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

People with serious mental illness would tell you that what they seek is a world without stigma, a world where they don't have to fear losing their jobs or their lovers because of any perceived association with criminals.

Best Book on Schizophrenia: Surviving Schizophrenia, 6th Edition

DJ Jaffe | Posted 04.05.2014 | Books
DJ Jaffe

Surviving Schizophrenia is the best, most informative book on schizophrenia. Dr. Torrey brilliantly interlaced quotes by people with schizophrenia wit...

How Many More Tragedies Does It Take Before We Stop Turning Our Backs on Mental Illness?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Onset of serious mental illness in late teens and early twenties is very common and often shocking to the families that experience it. The medical community knows this; researchers know this; millions of families know this and yet we wait for the topic to find its time while millions try to cope. Surely we can do better.

Menopause: Your Mother's Story Is Not Your Own

Virginia Bell | Posted 03.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Virginia Bell

My mother went mad during menopause. Whatever was holding her together all those years finally collapsed. I always remember her as never really sick b...

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.

WATCH: This Man Is Trying To Find The Man Who Saved His Life

HuffPost Live | Posted 01.25.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

In 2008, upon being diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, Jonny Benjamin stood on a bridge over the Thames, ready to jump. A stranger's kind words ...

Candles Are Lit for Keith Vidal

Janine Francolini | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

On New Years eve, I celebrated the tremendous breakthroughs we witnessed in mental health in the blog, Dreams Came True in 2013. Now, a week later, the nightmare of this public health emergency wakes us up once again.

Teenager With Schizophrenia Allegedly Shot, Killed By Officer

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

A North Carolina teenager suffering from a schizophrenic episode was shot and killed by an officer only seconds after arriving on the scene, the man's...

My Brother Can't Pay His Student Loans Because of His Mental Illness

Steve Rhode | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business
Steve Rhode

Huffington Post Reader Question Dear Steve, My younger brother has been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. He has fought bouts of depression, ha...

America's Mental Hospitals: Where Smoking Buys You Sunshine

Melody Moezzi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Melody Moezzi

While I've never been convicted of a crime, I have spent my fair share of time in private mental hospitals, wherein I've witnessed what may well be our nation's last great bastion of tobacco, tar and nicotine.

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.

Living With Schizophrenia

ReadWave | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
ReadWave

I learned that the opposite of selfish is selfless. I could no longer be selfless; I had to do something to save myself -- to make selfish a priority. I had to start taking care of me. I'm important too, and no one will take care of me if I don't.

The Real Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 12.23.2013 | Science
Scott Barry Kaufman

The romantic notion that mental illness and creativity are linked is so prominent in the public consciousness that it is rarely challenged. So before I continue, let me nip this in the bud: Mental illness is neither necessary nor sufficient for creativity.

Mental Health Solutions Need Coverage, Too

Kenneth J. Dudek | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Kenneth J. Dudek

It is much easier to avert our eyes from the smaller daily tragedies of mentally ill individuals and their loved ones struggling to make their way in an inhospitable world with little or no help. But that help does exist. As a society, we must decide whether we will prioritize making it available.

Crazy Every Day: America's Mental Illness Epidemic

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Victoria A. Brownworth

How many families have to be devastated by the impact of this disease before we make mental illness a priority in this country? One in four is sick. If it were influenza, it would be an epidemic.

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.

'Hiccup Girl' Murder Trial Underway In Florida

AP | TAMARA LUSH | Posted 09.19.2013 | Crime

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- A woman who gained fame because of her uncontrolled hiccupping as a teenager set up a robbery that went bad and ended in murder, F...

Common Parasite Has Bizarre Effect On Rodents' Brains

natureheader | Eliot Barford | Posted 09.19.2013 | Science

A parasite that infects up to one-third of people around the world may have the ability to permanently alter a specific brain function in mice, accord...

Reconciling Recovery and Psychiatry: Response to an Open Letter

Allen Frances | Posted 11.16.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The signers of a new open letter are concerned about excessive psychiatric treatment, excessive dosing, careless polypharmacy, and unnecessary hospitalizations. And so am I. But I am equally concerned about inadequate funding of mental health care and lack of access to treatment for people who need it.

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 ...