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Stigma Is What's Crazy About Depression

Linda Roy | Posted 11.02.2014 | 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 11.02.2014 | 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 10.29.2014 | 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 10.29.2014 | 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 10.25.2014 | 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 10.23.2014 | 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.

Dancing Around HIV: When Do You Know If You've Ever Done Enough?

Jeff Berry | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeff Berry

There are some days when I embrace the work, my activism, and keeping up with the latest about HIV/AIDS. And there are other days when I want to forget about it all and just escape. Because no matter what I do it never seems like it's enough, or that I could somehow be doing it better, or that maybe I waited too long to decide to act.

In Italy, Adoption by Gay Couples Is Still Illegal

Filippo Brunamonti | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Filippo Brunamonti

In Italy there's the Senate, where the Democratic Party's proposal on civil unions is set for its nth discussion. Civil unions; no one speaks of gay marriage. Can you imagine? In Italy, practically speaking, adoption does not exist.

Strong Enough: Fighting Stigma and Discrimination

Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. | Posted 09.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.

HIV stigma--and the discrimination that often results from those negative and unfair beliefs--challenges all of us living with the virus to find the strength to live our lives with dignity and hope. The good news is that we all can strive to find that strength.

Depression and Anxiety: An International Perspective

Kathryn Goetzke | Posted 08.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathryn Goetzke

Until some years ago, there was a common understanding that when people talked about depression or anxiety, they were talking about exclusively Western problems. Unsurprisingly, in recent years, this myth has been seriously debunked.

The Freedom of My Ride

Liz Jackson | Posted 08.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Liz Jackson

And that look on your face when I ride in on my bike and hobble off on my cane? I see it. And inside, I'm filled with delight. Nothing thrills me more than when I cause you to question your perceptions of disability.

Should I Give Money to the Homeless?

Nick Holt, MSW, ASW | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Nick Holt, MSW, ASW

Choosing to give or not to give comes down to our own beliefs as well as many momentary factors. Here are the ways I believe you can do the most good.

I See Dead People

Liz Jackson | Posted 08.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Liz Jackson

Before I got sick (with an Idiopathic Neuropathy), I thought hallucinations led to stays at an insane asylum. And now that I get them, I wonder how quickly I'll be judged when others find out.

Something to Celebrate: Improved Guidelines for Hepatitis B Screening

Jeffrey Caballero | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Caballero

On May 26, 2014, more people will have the opportunity to get screened, as the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) finalized their recommendation for hepatitis B screening.

The Depression Epidemic Will Not Be Televised

Jonathan Rottenberg | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Rottenberg

I was disappointed that the WHO report on depression did not attract any coverage from major news organizations like CNN, NBC, or The New York Times. That same week, there was intense daily coverage of the MERS virus, which has killed zero Americans and 200 people worldwide. The epidemic that is already upon us was ignored.

Talking About Hepatitis B and HIV: Working to End the Stigma

Jeffrey Caballero | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Caballero

Co-authored by Isha Weerasinghe, AAPCHO hepatitis B policy fellow Have you ever felt like you could be in someone else's shoes? That's what Mei felt ...

Depression Stigma: What's Wrong With This Picture?

Jonathan Rottenberg | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Rottenberg

It's hard to imagine another reason for a hospitalization -- whether for a burn, two broken legs, or for cancer treatment -- that would produce such a conspiracy of confused silence.

Luxurious Stigma: The Plight of Liberal Arts Conservatives

Jay Dodd | Posted 07.07.2014 | College
Jay Dodd

Not being able to share why you love guns or question immigration policy in public spaces is an iota of the discomfort marginalized people feel on this campus with systems erasing and devaluing of our experiences.

4 Lessons Homeless Veterans Have Taught Me

Nick Holt, MSW, ASW | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Nick Holt, MSW, ASW

In working with veterans for the past five years, I have learned a lot about their lives, thoughts, feelings, actions, intentions and outcomes. These learnings have reshaped the way I look at homeless veterans, myself and my community.