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The psychiatric ward taught me it can be OK to laugh about mental illness

Surrounded by bizarre characters and nonsensical routines, humour became my shield against the stigma and isolation of life as a mental health patient<p>Ten years ago I spent time in a residential psychiatric ward. Not to visit a friend, or as research, but because I was mentally ill and a danger to …

Mental Disorders

What Bipolar Isn’t: Part I Major Depressive Disorder

<i>This post is one of four about four mental illnesses that are often mistaken for bipolar disorder or one another in general: major depressive</i> …

To the Edge and Back (Living with Bipolar Disorder).

The piece was written in reaction to Robin Williams’ suicide.<p>I wrote the piece because I think a lot of people remain ignorant about depression and …

Demi Lovato Raising Money for Mental Illness Awareness "In Honor of My Father"

The singer hopes to tackle the stigma associated with mental illness.<p>This holiday season, Demi Lovato is hoping to make a difference in honor of her father Patrick Lovato, who died in 2013.<p>Demi, who's been outspoken about her struggles with an eating disorder and bipolar disorder, says that she …

Mental Disorders

Bipolar Disorder: A Mother's Perspective

Putting baby locks on the kitchen cabinets to protect my toddler was one thing, but locking away the steak knives from my 7-year-old was not something I ever imagined would be necessary. I also never imagined that I would need to use my skills as a psychiatric nurse on my own child.<p>When my youngest …

Mental Disorders

Risk and respect – what to know about disclosing mental illness at work

Deciding to disclose information about a non-obvious disability at work is complicated and potentially risky, no matter what you do for a living. For …

The Brains Of Bipolar Disorder Patients Look Different

<i>By Nathan Collins</i><p>While people with Type I and the less-severe Type II bipolar disorder share some of the same symptoms, there are significant differences in the physical structure of their brains. Type I sufferers have somewhat smaller brain volume, researchers report in the Journal of Affective …

The Brain

3 Startling Facts About Mental Illness Stigma and 3 Ways You Can Fight It

You do not need to have mental illness to be a mental health advocate. Everyone is impacted by stress, grief and mood fluctuations at some point in their lives. A recent article in <i>Newsweek</i> points out that 1 in 5 Americans suffer from a mental illness.<p>Many individuals and their families and friends …

Mental Disorders

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Better care urged for pregnant women with mental health problems – study

Deaths from indirect causes such as suicide have remained constant despite overall fall in maternal mortality rate<p>Urgent action is needed to improve care for mothers-to-be with pre-existing medical and mental health problems, experts said, as a new study showed that the death rate among such women …

Pregnancy

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In Sickness and in Mental Health: Living with and Loving Someone with Mental Illness Kindle Edition

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How to Rebuild Your Life After a Mental Illness Hospital Stay

You've just had your first or fifth hospitalization for mental illness. How do you begin to rebuild your life? Where do you start?<p>The most important first step is to secure providers. You'll need both a therapist and a psychiatrist. The therapist will handle your talk therapy. They will help you …

Mental Disorders

19 Statistics That Prove Mental Illness Is More Prominent Than You Think

Whether you're aware of it or not, chances are you know someone who has been personally affected by a mental health disorder.<p>Depression is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide and other mental health disorders are growing in numbers.<p>And while mental illness is starting to be considered …

Mental Disorders

The Downside Of Treating Mental Illness Like A Physical Problem

One of the most established arguments in the fight against mental health stigma is a biological one. Those struggling with mental illness deserve the same level of empathy as those struggling with <i>physical</i> illness, the narrative goes. To accomplish this, many highlight the underlying neurological …

Mental Disorders

Can you afford to ignore employees’ mental health?

The topic of mental health and the workplace is increasingly becoming the focus of conversation in the corner offices of Canada's businesses.<p>Why? Because ignoring employees' mental health and well-being is costly – in lost productivity, higher benefit and disability costs, and increased retention …

The Workplace

TV Host Marc Summers Says He Got Fired After Revealing He Had OCD (VIDEO)

Back in the late '80s and early '90s, Marc Summers was the original host of the messy children's game show "Double Dare" on Nickelodeon. For more than 500 episodes, he was surrounded by sloppy physical challenges, green slime and an infamously chaotic, often slippery obstacle course. But several …

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How to Help Someone With Bipolar Disorder

Helping a Loved One With Bipolar Disorder<p><i>Sharon Davis offers readers advice for helping a friend or relative with bipolar disorder based on her</i> …

Mental health and women’s health: Eyeing the 'treatment gap' - Girls' Globe

<i>Originally published on Devex</i><p>Mental health has attracted little attention considering the huge size of the problem. Ranging from mild depression to …

My Bipolar Anniversary

It's been eight years since I awkwardly sat in my psychiatrist's office, waiting to hear the news that would change my life.<p>After many sessions of describing my feelings and emotions, the therapist told me what I didn't want to hear. I have bipolar disorder.<p>Sitting in the office, after a number of …

Mental Disorders

This Video Explains Four Psychological Terms You May Be Misusing

We sometimes get in the habit of using psychological terms to describe different people, but there's a good chance you're using these words …

App's novel approach to mood disorders: Real-world rewards

Since his diagnosis as bipolar in 2002, computer consultant Adrian Cunanan has worked hard to learn to regulate his mood swings through medication, meditation, exercise and careful sleep monitoring.<p>"After years of denial, I was able to accept the diagnosis and then persevere through the process of …

Mental Disorders

What If People Treated Physical Illness Like Mental Illness?

It's no secret there's a serious stigma attached to mental illness. According to the CDC, only 25 percent of people with mental health issues feel that other people are compassionate and sympathetic toward them. It's a shameful statistic when one in four people have been touched by some form of …

Mental Disorders

Mental health patients will suffer ‘disastrous’ effects of $7 co-payment

Psychiatrists’ peak body urges non-government senators to hold firm in opposition to co-payment<p>The most seriously ill mental health patients would suffer “disastrous” consequences if the government introduces the controversial $7 co-payment scheme, the peak body representing Australian …

Mental Disorders

Christians and mental health: 'This has nothing to do with whether I believe in Jesus'

Evangelical writer and musician Carlos Whittaker faced a negative response when he went public about his psychological issues, but attitudes are changing<p>• Tell us: How does your place of worship address mental illness?<p>Carlos Whittaker, a prominent evangelical writer and musician, was singing …

Mental Health

What is bipolar disorder? - CNN Video

Bipolar Disorder

#PopUpTherapy: This NYC Installation Is Raising Mental Health Awareness

For most people, mental health is something that’s kept private. Too private. You might talk about your last doctor’s visit with your friends over coffee, but there’s still a stigma attached to therapy. In the hopes of making therapy more accessible and to inspire transparency (literally) …

Mental Health

Hip-hop, don’t stop - it’s good for your mental health

Listening to a brilliant rhymer vent negative feelings you may recognise in yourself is far from depressing<p>I could have told you this already but it’s nice to finally have it confirmed by someone important – rap music, says the Cambridge University department of psychiatry, is therapeutic for those …