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Schizophrenia

Mysteries Of Schizophrenia Revealed In Breakthrough Study

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 07.22.2014 | Science

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia, casting light on the mystery of wha...

Why Forcibly Medicating the Mentally Ill Is Dangerous

Melody Moezzi | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Melody Moezzi

We must also take the high risk of misdiagnosis and bad medicine into account when considering legislation that would forcibly medicate innocent individuals who represent no immediate threat to themselves or others.

Teen Charged In Stabbing Death Of Foster Mom

The Huffington Post | Clarke Reilly | Posted 07.10.2014 | Crime

A Hawaii woman is dead after her foster son allegedly stabbed her to death on Saturday. Fifty-two-year-old Jolyn Kipapa was found dead by police af...

Redefining Success

Lynda Freeman | Posted 07.07.2014 | World
Lynda Freeman

I have learned that there are many definitions of success. Sometimes it is accepting what is. Sometimes it is letting go. There are so many aspects to love. Love, to me, is the most important thing we are here to learn.

Portuguese Police Question 4 In Madeleine McCann Disappearance

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 07.02.2014 | Crime

Portuguese police taking a fresh look at the Madeleine McCann case are reportedly questioning four men about the 3-year-old kidnapped from her British...

Do the Mentally Ill Have to Be Extraordinary to Be Accepted?

Natasha Tracy | Posted 06.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Natasha Tracy

Why do people with a mental illness have to be only killers or geniuses? Why is it that being a regular human being isn't enough? What about all the rest of us who aren't artists, poets, musicians or world-class anything?

Heart-Wrenching Photos Capture One Man's Struggle With Schizophrenia

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 05.24.2014 | Arts

Photographers are often praised for the visual acuity -- their ability to capture both the subtle and sensational beauty living amongst us. But it's n...

"These Days, You Have to Rob a Bank to Get Mental Health Treatment"

Allen Frances | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Allen Frances

This is the cruel paradox haunting our mental health non-system -- we deliver way too much care to basically normal people who don't need it, while providing way too little care to the really sick people who desperately do.

Straws

Henry Boy Jenkins | Posted 07.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Henry Boy Jenkins

We are taught to believe that everyone thinks the same way, that everyone is in control of their own mind, and that free will operates under their command. This is the paradox of living with a chronic and disabling thought disorder. We know differently. Everyone knows differently.

Diagnosis, Decisions, and Disorders of the Mind

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.25.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

One line of criticism holds that the DSM focuses too much on superficial symptoms of mental disorders, ignoring underlying dynamics. Instead of focusing on and naming clinical syndromes, critics say, the manual (and the field) ought to target the specific, disordered cognitive processes that underlie labels.

Gabriel: Powerful Portrayal of Mental Illness on the Screen

Rachel Busman, PsyD | Posted 06.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel Busman, PsyD

Gabriel is a powerful look at a young man who could be anyone's son and who desperately wants to be able to function without medication and without continued treatment. It reminds us how real mental illness is and how devastating its impact can be.

Talking to Yourself: Crazy or Crazy Helpful?

Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2014 | 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 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?

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

Kathy Carter Woods | Posted 05.06.2014 | 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.