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Recovery, Redemption and Professional Wrestling - One-Dimensional Scoundrels and Mystified Addicts

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

If we addicts want to make real changes for ourselves -- socially, politically -- we must stop participating in our own degradation. Painting ourselves as uncanny abominations who see things that normal people cannot see -- all of this simply plays into the ongoing marginalization of addicts and drug users everywhere.

Happy Mental Health Day To All

Mahroo Moshari | Posted 12.16.2013 | Impact
Mahroo Moshari

I strongly believe that we all need to invest in the mental health needs of all of our school systems by providing on-site services that are easily accessible to students. This will help normalize mental health outreach.

Soup Kitchen Psychology: Nourishment For Impoverished Thinking

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.11.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Poverty is emotionally crushing, and stigma only adds to that burden. The poor are often disparaged as lazy and incompetent -- unable or unwilling to improve their own lot. Why don't they make better decisions for themselves?

Suicide Prevention Is a Community Conversation

Alison Malmon | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Alison Malmon

All of us who struggle, all of us who care for people who need support, and all of us who have experienced this loss, need to know that other people have been where we are, and have our backs.

Addressing HIV/AIDS in 2013 and Beyond: Why the Future Demands Its Integration Into the Chronic Diseases Spectrum

Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick

Integrating HIV disease management into our conversations about and strategies for addressing chronic diseases would be a public health game changer -- not only medically, but socially.

When Rape, HIV and Drugs Collide, There Is Still Hope

Tessie Castillo | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

It was 1997 in Charleston, South Carolina and like most people, Elizabeth knew nothing about HIV except that it could kill you.

Talking About HIV: Can We Get a Little Help From Visible Friends?

Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick | Posted 08.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick

As the moment of levity passed, his smile faded because I wanted to know why he'd chosen to use a fictional HBO character as a next of kin in an official health record. I knew his silence meant he was still struggling with his diagnosis and worse, he probably hadn't told anyone.

Black Gay Men Positively Out: Many Men, Many Closets (Part 2)

Craig Washington | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Craig Washington

How do we reconcile the explicit messages we present to black gay men countering homophobia and HIV stigma with the messages we imply through our HIV closets? Where is the integrity in challenging gay men to relinquish their imbedded shame as we demonstrate and justify our own?

Black Gay Men Positively Out: Many Men, Many Closets (Part 1)

Craig Washington | Posted 08.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Craig Washington

Stigma cannot be dislodged unless more HIV-positive people come out of our viral closets and break down the barricades of fear and silence. It is no secret that black gay men bear the highest HIV burden. Our condition demands that we unleash the radical.

The Stigma I Didn't Expect for My Daughter

Tarice L.S. Gray | Posted 07.17.2013 | Parents
Tarice L.S. Gray

The loneliness of that realization, that my daughter might have to shoulder the consequences of these stigmas, made me heartsick. I'd made myself believe she would only be challenged by her race and gender, not the basic ability to speak her mind.

Shedding Stigma of Mental Illness Within the Military

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

While I recognize that the military is a unique institution with its own codes of conduct and ethos, this policy, tacit though it may be, of stigmatizing mental illness has got to end.

Let's Talk About Fat, Let's Talk About What You Think of Me

Maurice Tracy | Posted 07.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Maurice Tracy

America hates fat people. There, I said it. I'll say it again: America hates fat people. We make America feel uncomfortable. We require attention. You cannot ignore us as we walk down a street, or sit in our car, or dare to enter a mall.

Mental Health Patients: Ending Stigma Must Come From Us

Simi Lichtman | Posted 07.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Simi Lichtman

If we had a chronic illness, no doubt we would tell our friends and welcome their support. If we were hospitalized for cancer, we would want our family by our sides to rally for our health. Mental health is no different, and deserves equal treatment.

Don't People in Chronic Pain Have Enough to Deal With?

Allen Frances | Posted 07.01.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

DSM-5 represents a wholesale, imperial medicalization of normality. So many new and untested diagnoses; so many reduced thresholds for the old ones. Pretty soon everyone will have a diagnosis and many will have a whole bunch of them.

Can We Please Stop Stigmatizing Addiction, Recovery and Lindsay Lohan?

Deni Carise | Posted 06.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

It has been almost two weeks since Lindsay Lohan appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman and, even with last week's horrific events in Boston, ...

End Mental Health Stigma and Disparity by Awarding the Purple Heart for War Stress Injury

Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP | Posted 06.12.2013 | Impact
Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP

Unresolved questions about the legitimacy of WSI and consequent mental health stigma and disparity, constitute the unspoken root causes for cyclical mental health crises due to ignoring lessons of war trauma.

How To Defuse A Hateful Slur

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.08.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Now we have a psychological explanation for this counterintuitive phenomenon of self-labeling. It all has to do with power, and perceptions of power, in society.

The Stigma of Obesity

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 05.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Hamady

The majority of us would be outraged by, and would not stand for, the same slandering of Asian, black, female, gay, elderly, or disabled Americans. Why, then, do we tolerate those who focus the same vitriol on people who are overweight?

Silver Linings Playbook: An Irreverent But Real Look at Mental Illness

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

Part of the message of the movie is that it takes a lot of mutual support for people to be their best selves, whether or not mental illness is involved. And that if we're not afraid of mental illness, and we don't try to hide it, we can help people manage their symptoms and live up to their potential.

WATCH: Is There Still A Stigma Attached To Single Motherhood?

Posted 01.12.2013 | Parents

As of 2011, there were ten million single moms raising kids under 18 in the U.S. -- nearly three times as many as there were in 1970. But is there sti...

Living in the Wake of a Disease That Never Existed

Mary Walker Baron | Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Mary Walker Baron

It's all too easy to label as diagnostic any facet of the enormously complicated gamut of human emotion and behavior we do not understand or do not endorse. This is especially true in these days of increased anger and violence and fear. The harm done by these labels wounds us all.

Reframing Masculinity

Daniel Lyons | Posted 01.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Daniel Lyons

The experiences these men had navigating complex social networks, confronting cultural ideals of masculinity, and depending on one another for behavioral health information were clearly relevant to my work. I decided then to transfer my proposal from Africa to 176th Street.

Male Sexual Abuse Survivor Speaks Out Against Stigmas, Silence

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.12.2012 | Healthy Living

From the time he was eight-years-old, Jarrod Noftsger was sexually abused. On a HuffPost Live segment, he discussed the silence that surrounds male se...

Better Living Through Empathy: A National Day Without Stigma

Tamar Chansky | Posted 12.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Tamar Chansky

Changing the conversation about mental health means making care for mental health as matter of fact as going to get treatment for asthma or a broken leg. What good sense that makes. But even those of us who aren't currently suffering from mental health problems stand to gain.

National Day Without Stigma

Alison Malmon | Posted 12.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Alison Malmon

This Oct. 9, in honor of Mental Health Awareness Week, Active Minds chapters across the country will gather on their campuses for National Day Without Stigma.