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Calling in Crazy: Why We Must Normalize Mental Illness

Mary Walker Baron | Posted 04.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Mary Walker Baron

Throughout our lives, we travel a health-to-illness continuum, always seeking a return to wellbeing. While we acknowledge the physical realities of this continuum, it's harder to accept the emotional, cognitive and behavioral aspects.

And The 'Worst Science Article' Prize Goes To...

Posted 02.22.2012 | Science

The folks at the Daily Mail are big fans of science, regularly covering cutting-edge research from universities in the UK and abroad. But do scientist...

What My Son's Terrifying Diagnosis Revealed About Our Family Secrets

Victoria Costello | Posted 04.15.2012 | Fifty
Victoria Costello

That's the tricky part about family secrets. Their contents don't have to be secret at all; as long as everyone agrees not to see or speak about what's actually hiding in plain sight -- like Grandpa's likely suicide.

A Conversation With Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter About Stigma, Discrimination, and Brain Disorders

S.Z. Berg | Posted 02.27.2012 | Healthy Living
S.Z. Berg

For more than 40 years, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has been an unrelenting crusader for people suffering from mental illness.

The Politics, Stigma and Experience of Brain Disorders: A Blog Series

S.Z. Berg | Posted 02.22.2012 | Healthy Living
S.Z. Berg

The holiday season is a good time to talk about brain disorders. The kind I'm talking about are more commonly referred to as mental illness, but I think that term detracts from the fact that depression, anxiety disorders and other such conditions arise in the brain.

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: The Split Mind: Schizophrenia Revealed | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 12.23.2011 | Education

2011-12-23-carakdjfkdjfjdijfidj.jpgWhat do you think of when you hear the word schizophrenia? There are a lot of popular psychology myths surrounding the disorder.

Cara Santa Maria

The Real Definition Of Insanity | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 02.19.2012 | Education

"The definition of insanity is repeating the same mistakes over and over again and expecting different results," utters the know-it-all guy in the coffee shop offering free "therapy" to his visibly shaken friend. He couldn't be more wrong.

Who (and What) Defines Normal?

Dennis Palumbo | Posted 02.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Dennis Palumbo

All clinicians should be wary of seeing their patients only as a set of symptoms. They're not; they're individual human beings, each with a history and a particular (though not always healthy) way of coping with a hard, uncertain world. As are we all.

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: How Do You Know If You Have Mental Illness? | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 01.04.2012 | Education

2011-12-09-Screenshot20111209at8.41.34AM.jpgHow many times have you said to yourself, "I'm so depressed today." Or "I'm totally OCD about my closet. It weirds me out when anything's out of place." Does this mean you have a mental illness?

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: The Science of Mental Health: Who Are You Calling Crazy? | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 09.20.2012 | Education

2011-12-01-dkjfkdjfkdjkfdkfjkdjflieiieie.jpgWhen does mental health turn into sickness? And where is the fine line between sanity and insanity?

Book Review: Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker

DJ Jaffe | Posted 11.03.2011 | Books
DJ Jaffe

What's amazing about Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic bullets, psychiatric drugs, and the astonishing rise of mental illness in America (2010, Broadway P...

WATCH: Woman With Paranoid Schizophrenia Helps Low-Income Individuals With Mental Illness

Posted 01.01.2012 | Impact

Ashley Smith was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 2007 after stealing a military truck and leading the police on a high speed chase -- a joy r...

"I was scared for my life": Trapped in Detention With a Mental Disability

End ICE Abuse | Posted 12.24.2011 | Latino Voices
End ICE Abuse

Trying to fix the regulations misses the point; people with mental disabilities should not be in removal proceedings in the first place.

Hope for Patients With Severe Schizophrenia

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. | Posted 12.19.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.

For many decades, mental health professionals believed that talk therapy was completely ineffective for schizophrenia. A groundbreaking new study, however, was just published.

Cops: Family Left 70-Year-Old Woman To Die After A Fall, Went Out For Pizza

Posted 11.07.2011 | Chicago

After her 70-year-old sister fell, police allege that a Madison woman and her son left her on the floor without aid. When she died two days later as a...

Fullerton Hires Special Examiner To Investigate Death

AP | Posted 10.17.2011 | Los Angeles

FULLERTON, Calif. — The mayor of a California city where residents are outraged over the death of a mentally ill homeless man following a police...

WATCH: More Excessive Force From The Fullerton Police

AP | By AMY TAXIN and GREG RISLING | Posted 10.12.2011 | Los Angeles

UPDATE: Ron Thomas, the father of deceased homeless man Kelly Thomas, has uncovered another video showing more Fullerton police officers aggressively ...

Fullerton Police Chief Placed On Medical Leave

AP | Posted 10.10.2011 | Los Angeles

FULLERTON, Calif. — A Southern California police chief who has come under fire since the death of a homeless man who had a violent confrontation...

Why The World Is A Safer Place For People With Mental Illness

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 10.09.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

In a year that has brought us not only a stock-market plunge and economic crisis but also Jared Loughner, Anders Breivik and Levi Aron... it is to Benedict Carey's credit that he is writing about how those with severe mental illness can lead fruitful lives without violence.

WATCH: Outraged Father Speaks Out About Son's Death

AP | By GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 10.04.2011 | Los Angeles

FULLERTON, Calif. -- In the nearly two decades since his son descended into madness, Ron Thomas has worried every day that the schizophrenic 37-year-o...

Lawyers Back In Court Over Tucson Shooting Suspect's Meds

AP | WALTER BERRY | Posted 09.27.2011 | Crime

PHOENIX — Lawyers for Tucson shooting rampage suspect Jared Lee Loughner asked a federal court again Wednesday to stop his forcible medication a...

AUDIO: Homeless Man Cries Out As Police Tase Him

Posted 09.26.2011 | Los Angeles

A video has surfaced that documents Fullerton police beating a homeless man near the Fullerton Bus Depot in early July, reports Gawker. The video abov...

'Mass Psychosis In The U.S.'

Al Jazeera | James Ridgeway | Posted 09.13.2011 | Business

Has America become a nation of psychotics? You would certainly think so, based on the explosion in the use of antipsychotic medications. In 2008, with...

Guns and Mental Illness: A Toxic Combination

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 09.06.2011 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

Though I have never been violent, I should be barred from owning a gun. It defies logic to permit someone with severe mental illness, especially one who has a history of violence or was recently discharged from the hospital, to possess a firearm.

Ever Thought Your Loved One Was An Impostor? Understanding Capgras Syndrome

Carol W. Berman, M.D. | Posted 09.04.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol W. Berman, M.D.

Did you ever look at your husband or wife and feel that person is an impostor? Janet, a 24-year-old graduate student, came home from a stressful day at school and found a man she thought was a stranger in her bed.