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How Acknowledging My OCD Saved Me From It

Nile Cappello | Posted 10.20.2014 | 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.

Women Mobilize to Halt Spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone

UN Women | Posted 10.16.2014 | Impact
UN Women

Volunteers underwent intensive training to learn about the disease and their roles during the campaign. UN Women helped design the trainings, along with UNICEF, UNFPA and WHO.

Retreat Not Defeat: Self-Stigma and Mental Health

Marisa Lancione | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Marisa Lancione

I haven't surrendered to my illness, I've just retreated. No general would continue when the battle is surely lost. A general would regroup, tend to the wounded, gather reinforcements, and re-strategize. And that's all I'm doing. I may have lost this battle, but there's still a war to win.

Secrets Suck

Maria Senise | Posted 10.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Senise

Has anyone heard the song "Secrets" by Mary Lambert? Lyrically, it's one of my new favorites. Here are a few of the most poignant lines, the ones that...

Stigma and 7 Ways We Can Fix It

Wendy K. Williamson | Posted 10.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Wendy K. Williamson

Love is the universal solvent to tolerance, I say. No one's disability or lack thereof makes us in any way superior than the other. It is quite elemental, really. Just love and you will be loved back.

Come Out Against Stigma, Live Out Proud

Paul Kawata | Posted 09.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Paul Kawata

Come out against the stigma facing everyone who is LGBT and living with HIV.

When You Say, 'I Believe in Sexual Equality, But I'm Not a Feminist...'

Larry Womack | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Larry Womack

I hear: "I want all of the benefits that come from gender equality, but wish to distance myself from the associated stigma that, through this very statement, I myself am propagating."

Mental Health Stigma

Krystal Reddick | Posted 09.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Krystal Reddick

Instead of shrinking from the stigma of having bipolar disorder, I have embraced it. I don't know why I don't feel the stigma. But I just don't. But I want to be the voice for those who do feel the stigma and are silenced.

What You Won't See in the Media Coverage of a New Weight-Loss Drug

Rajiv Narayan | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Rajiv Narayan

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made headlines for its approval of another obesity drug. News outlets worked hard to translate the meaning of this story, but they left out something important: heads.

No Longer Hiding

Alison Dawson | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Alison Dawson

For years, I have worked with people with mental health issues and I have treated them with kindness and a great deal of respect. Why cannot I give myself the same respect? Why is it so hard to even talk about my limitations and issues?

A Light in the Dark: How Suicide Can Open Our Eyes for Good

Alaina Baker | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Alaina Baker

Though my brother's death was a tragedy, it opened my eyes to a world I barely even knew existed. It allowed me to realize that below their outer shells every single person is fighting a battle that you know nothing about.

Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illness: Looking for Heartfelt Leaders

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

It may be an uncertain world, but we are clear about ending stigma and we need many more voices and true leaders of the heart -- now.

Influence of Culture on Brain-Based Conditions

Ilyana Romanovsky | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Ilyana Romanovsky

If we didn't have culture, we would be either dead or very seriously socially free. Humans are designed to live as cultural animals. Our brains ...

Stigma Is What's Crazy About Depression

Linda Roy | Posted 09.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Roy

Depression is a real chemical imbalance in the brain. It's a condition shared by a large number of the population. It's treatable. The people living with depression are some of your favorite people. They are your friends and loved ones, and people you look up to and admire. They need and deserve compassion and understanding.

Ending the Stigma: the Marketing of Mental Illness?

Tom Fielder | Posted 09.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Tom Fielder

Think carefully the next time you are reading or writing an article about mental-health issues. Would the feelings and emotions the article evokes make you feel ashamed to be a victim, or inspired to believe in the solution?

Addiction: Survivor's Guilt and Heroic Parents

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 08.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

I cannot even imagine what losing a child to drugs would be like. Lord knows I've thought about it a lot. For a while, I was terrified that it might happen to me. And I'd be lying if I said it's not something I still think about from time to time when I allow my mind to wander out of the moment.

A Childless Woman's Thank You to Jennifer Aniston

Nicole Luongo | Posted 08.29.2014 | Women
Nicole Luongo

Whose business is it, anyway? Just because I'm a woman doesn't mean I want to experience child birth. Just because I am the youngest of eleven doesn't mean I want a bunch of kids. I love inspiring and teaching children. I don't want any of my own. And, I'm not alone.

It's About Time We Recognize The True Face Of Suicide In America

Alena Hall | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Alena Hall

More often than not, death by suicide is linked to major depression -- whether it was officially diagnosed or not.

3 Lessons On Aging We Can Learn From Robin Williams

Michael Hodin | Posted 08.23.2014 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

We expect brilliant people such as Robin Williams to contribute to society well past their 60th birthdays. Yet the rest of us are more or less expected to retire, step aside, and draw benefits from the government for the rest of our lives. This neediness and dependency view is vastly out of touch with what we now know about aging.

Depression and Addiction: We Must Break the Stigmas

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

The reason so many people don't get the treatment they need is simple: Mental illness and addiction are still shrouded in stigma. It's 2014, but people suffering from mental illness often times don't want to ask for professional help because they fear being labeled as "crazy" or a "whack job."

Parents of Addicts and Their Unexpected Change in Citizenship

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 10.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

Parents of children who suffer from addiction are a special group. They're members of a club nobody wants to be a member of. In this case, membership doesn't really have any privileges.

I Have a Stomach Virus and General Anxiety Disorder

Cassie Delaney | Posted 10.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Cassie Delaney

We compare notes on our physical health. We share tips on eradicating migraines, we recommend doctors and we review hip replacements. Yet we can't bring ourselves to talk openly about depression, anxiety and mental health disorders.

It's Time To Have A Real Conversation About Mental Health

Lindsay Holmes | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Lindsay Holmes

According to the CDC, only 25 percent of people who suffer from mental health symptoms feel that people are caring and sympathetic toward people struggling with mental illness. If so many people are battling these issues, why should they be a secret?

We Need to Do More Than Post About Robin Williams

Ross Szabo | Posted 10.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

The stigma of mental illness is often believed to be that we don't talk about mental illness. The harsh reality is that people don't talk about their emotions period and a large percentage of people feel that mental illness isn't treatable. We need to have a clearer starting point and explanations of mental health for people to follow in order to find the help they need.

Suicide Is Personal, Robin Williams and My Best Friend's Anniversary

Andrea Callanan | Posted 10.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Andrea Callanan

The recent tragedy of the wonderful Robin Williams has brought to light depression and anxiety in the most severe way and of course for those of us who have experienced losing someone to suicide it's a sharp reminder at how invisible mental illness really is.