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Stigma.

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.

A Day With HIV

Jeff Berry | Posted 11.18.2012 | Gay Voices
Jeff Berry

A few years ago, we at Positively Aware came up with the idea of A Day with HIV, an anti-stigma photo campaign that has begun to tear down the walls of shame and silence that surround HIV by showing that, even in the face of HIV, life goes on.

Fight for Equality in Mental Health Coverage

Michele Nealon-Woods | Posted 11.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Michele Nealon-Woods

Mental health illnesses should be treated no differently than any physical illness in the body. The days of stigmatizing mental illness, of turning our backs on those who need our help, of walking away from this problem, are over.

Banyan Tree Project (VIDEO)

Bus 52 | Posted 10.13.2012 | Good News
Bus 52

For those who are infected with HIV, suffering alone, without the much-needed support of family and friends is extremely difficult but the fear associated with revealing their 'status' is as great as their need for support.

Bully Scouts of America: How Anti-Gay Scout Policy Harms Youth

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 09.18.2012 | Gay Voices
Josh A. Goodman

In reexamining their policy about gay scouts, the Boy Scouts had an opportunity to affirm the Scouts as a place where boys can be valued for being themselves.

No Matter When it Happens, Loss of a Pregnancy Can Be Devastating

Erica Berman | Posted 09.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Erica Berman

This was a major turning point in my life. It didn't make sense to me, and it did not seem right. It is one of the reasons I gave up my former career path, went back to school, and became an infertility counsellor.

Glenn Close: Let's End The Stigma Around Mental Illness Now

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald | Posted 07.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald

With all of the incredible advances in care for mental illness, there is a huge roadblock between people and the treatment they need: the stigma and shame that pervade our culture regarding mental illness.

Sharing Office Cubicles... and Diagnoses

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 07.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

Coworkers occupy peculiar in-between roles in our lives. Most days, we spend at least half of our waking hours with them. Disclosing our personal problems to them can offer advantages, generating social support, or can prompt stigma and discrimination.

Autism and Genes: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 06.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

How we -- as individuals and as a society -- respond to burgeoning genetic discoveries will be as important as these discoveries themselves.

Will New DSM-5 Diagnosis End 'Dementia' Stigma?

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 06.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

"Dementia" is a loaded word, one that carries with it the baggage of hundreds of years of gross associations and misunderstanding of the reality of the person living with the illness.