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Sarah Silverman Speaks Up About Her Battle With Depression

Sarah Silverman is known for her sassy, sharp-tongued comedy, but like many comedians, her sense of humor grew from darker places. Silverman got …

How To Flirt With Queer Girls Without Making A Total Fool Of Yourself

Are you consumed with anxiety at the thought of approaching cute ladies? Never fear — here's a handy how-to.<p><i>Talking to strangers you hope to one day see naked is a nerve-racking endeavor. What if they don’t like you? What if it’s awk city? What if you get in front of them and don’t know what to</i> …

Body Language

Depressiongrams

A Photo Essay<p>For two years I was in and out of psychiatric hospitals, outpatient programs, therapist appointments, and fits of despair, but nothing …

What Happened After My Kidnapping

When I was a senior in college, three teenagers from West Philly abducted me, robbed me, and threatened to kill me. It changed my life. Did it …

21 Comics That Capture The Frustrations Of Depression

For those who have suffered, are suffering, or simply want to learn more.<p>[Editor's note: This is by no means a definitive list. The comics featured here can not and do not represent everyone's experiences. But there are some things they do capture. Part of the difficulty of depression is that it is …

Mental Health

I Didn't Always Know I Was Gay

You're only gay if somewhere deep down, you've always known. Right?<p>The year I turned 20 was the year I became the sum of a thousand small brown boxes and sleek gray envelopes. Neat, tiny packages of boyshorts in every color with athletic waistbands arrived at my door. A vintage brown leather jacket …

LGBTQI

What's It Like To Deal With Depression At Work?

Five people speak to BuzzFeed about why they have, or haven't, opened up about conditions such as depression at work.<p>Their findings included a 7% increase in people saying they'd be willing to work with someone experiencing those issues.<p>We spoke to five people who have experienced mental health …

Mental Health

“Fun Home” Is Bringing Butch Lesbians Into The Mainstream

The popular success of Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir turned musical is a pivotal — and bittersweet — moment for lesbian culture.<p>I read Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir <i>Fun Home</i> for the first time after my girlfriend gave it to me.<p><i>Here, you’ll love this</i>. <i>I know you will.</i><p>But my discovery could just as …

LGBTQI

‘Homosexuality Can Be a Choice’: Cynthia Nixon’s Comments Spark Online Backlash

Actress Cynthia Nixon, best known for her role as Miranda on <i>Sex and the City</i>, has angered some online with her comments in a recent New York <i>Times</i> …

IT HAPPENED TO ME: I'm A Lesbian Who Is Dating A Man And I Feel Guilty About Straight Privilege

When I commit to something, I go all in. I didn’t just become a vegetarian, I became a vegan. I didn’t just cut back on alcohol when it became too much, I got sober for keeps. When I became a runner, I signed up for a half marathon, the most difficult one in the world. When I started dating a …

Relationships

Diagnosed With Autism at 21—and OK With It

With a friend’s help, Lydia Wayman discovered the reason she found it hard to fit in<p>It took 21 years for Lydia Wayman to understand why she was different.<p>At 2, she was discussing the life cycles of insects with her mother. At 4, she was reading chapter books. While gifted academically, Lydia …

Autism

Depressed Doesn't Mean Dangerous

News reports are focusing on the Germanwings pilot's possible depression, following a familiar script in the wake of mass killings. But the evidence shows violence is extremely rare among the mentally ill.<p>The story of Tuesday’s Germanwings plane crash, which killed all 150 people onboard, has only …

Life Lines

For an artist with amnesia, the world takes place through her pencil.<p>Using a pencil and a ruler, Lonni Sue Johnson lovingly traced a blue line across a sheet of graph paper. Skipping down four rows, she drew another line; she repeated this process until she got to the bottom. Then she flipped the …

For Good's Sake

“I have never been remotely ashamed of having been depressed. Never. What’s to be ashamed of? I went through a really rough time and I am quite proud …

This Is What Depression Really Looks Like

Time to Change has launched "Get the Picture", a campaign to end the use of head-clutching pictures in stories about depression.<p><i>Today sees Time to Change, the mental health anti-stigma programme run by Rethink Mental Illness and Mind, launch Get the Picture, a campaign aiming to encourage media</i> …

Mental Health

Like Yelp, but for Autism-Friendly Businesses

A father hopes to create an app that will help parents find restaurants and parks that are suitable for autistic children.<p>Three years ago, Topher Wurts took his son Kirby, who was 10 at the time, to a "run the bases" day at a ballpark in Pennsylvania. The event was billed as kid-friendly, and Wurts …

I Know What Causes Autism

Last week I was surfing the Internet and came across a headline proclaiming autism and circumcision are linked. I couldn't help myself. I laughed out loud.<p>In no certain order, I have read the following explanations for autism over the years:<p><i>Autism is caused by mercury.</i><p>Autism is caused by …

Pentagon 2008 study claims Putin has Asperger's syndrome

WASHINGTON — A study from a Pentagon think tank theorizes that Russian President Vladimir Putin has Asperger's syndrome, "an autistic disorder which affects all of his decisions," according to the 2008 report obtained by USA TODAY.<p>Putin's "neurological development was significantly interrupted in …

Russia

Siblings With Autism Less Similar Than Previously Thought, Study Says

The majority of siblings diagnosed with autism do not share the same genetic mutation, according to a new study.<p>Using whole-genome sequencing …

A 13-Year-Old Came Out To His Best "Bro" Over Text Message, His Bro Had The Best Response

Real bros stay bros no matter what.

Text Messaging

Why Tim Cook's Coming Out Is the Most Meaningful to Date

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, has spoken publicly about his sexuality in a <i>Bloomberg Businessweek</i> op-ed, writing, “I’m proud to be gay, and I consider …

When Your Rabbi Comes Out as Gay

Or, we live in remarkable times<p>A few days ago, I posted a piece about my rabbi, Gil Steinlauf, the senior rabbi of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., the largest Conservative movement-affiliated synagogue in the nation's capital. The post concerned an excellent Rosh Hashanah sermon he …

How Not to Be a Jerk to Your Child Who Is Coming Out

<i>This article originally appeared on xoJane.com.</i><p>Coming out isn’t simply one moment; it’s a process those in the LGBTQ community experience their whole …

9 Natural Treatments You Didn't Know Actually Work on Depression

Depression is a tricky disease to treat, in part because it manifests so differently in those it afflicts. But promising new research shows there may …

One Dose of Antidepressant Changes the Brain, Study Finds

One dose of antidepressant is all it takes to change the brain, finds a small new study published in the journal <i>Current Biology</i>.<p>The study authors …

The Kitchen Network

America’s underground Chinese restaurant workers.<p>In a strip mall on a rural stretch of Maryland’s Indian Head Highway, a gaudy red façade shaped like a pagoda distinguishes a Chinese restaurant from a line of bland storefronts: a nail salon, a liquor store, and a laundromat. On a mild Friday …

A 19-Year-Old's Face-Tracking Software Will Change The Way People With Autism Recognize Emotions

By the time he was 15, Catalin Voss produced the No. 1 podcast on the Germany iTunes stores and commuted back and forth between his native Heidelberg and Silicon Valley to work for Steve Capps, one of the designers of the original Macintosh Apple computer.<p>During freshman year at Stanford …