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The Dos And Don’ts When Talking To Someone With A Mental Illness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that 20% of Americans suffer from some form of mental illness each year. With those statistics, it’s …

Mental Health

16 Ways To Improve Your Mental Health In 2016

Meet your new resolution.<p>New Year's resolutions often focus on improving <i>physical</i> health, but what if you focused on mental health this year?<p>While the culture at large often dismisses mental self-care, in part because of the stigma against those facing mental illness, emotional well-being is a …

Mental Health

This Is What It's Like To Live With Schizophrenia

Three people with schizophrenia share their stories.<p><i>Schizophrenia is a chronic and disabling — but treatable — brain disorder affecting more than 21 million people worldwide. Of those people, only half receive treatment. Symptoms, which usually begin between ages 16 and 30, primarily include</i> …

Bipolar Disorder: what it's like to shift between periods of mania and depression

Bipolar disorder is a severe and chronic mental health problem with two main forms. It was previously known as “Manic Depression”; however the term …

Postmodern Loneliness, in Illustrated Form

These narrative graphics of Idalia Candelas celebrate lone women.<p>Recurring themes of women and loneliness occur in the illustrations of Idalia Candelas. Her drawings are a mix of ink, watercolor, and collage combined with digital illustration. We see loneliness at the door, as the only visitor in …

10 habits of chronically unhappy people

Happiness comes in so many different forms that it can be hard to define.<p>Unhappiness, on the other hand, is easy to identify; you know it when you see it, and you definitely know when it's taken hold of you.<p>Unhappiness is lethal to everyone around you, like secondhand smoke.<p>The famous "Terman …

Happiness

Parents of bullied 11-year-old schoolboy publish his tragic suicide note

The parents of an 11-year-old boy who jumped out of a fifth-floor window as he could no longer face going to school have published his touching …

6 Things to Consider When You Have a Depression Relapse

Following my post on my recent depression setback, I heard from many readers who were comforted to know that they were not alone. As I said in that …

Self-help

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Why rejection hurts so much — and what to do about it

Psychologist Guy Winch shares some practical tips for soothing the sting of rejection.<p>Rejections are the most common emotional wound we sustain in …

When Being Trusted Feels Scary

Nobody wants to be distrusted. But nor do we always enjoy trust – other people’s trustful expectations can give us sleepless nights. Why do we feel …

Will Power

This Is What Happens In A Depressed Person's Brain

Depression is not a bad mood. It is a biological reality and a medical condition, and when we talk about it as anything less than that, we belittle the people suffering from it.<p>In the video above, the folks behind the YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE dig into the science behind depression and its …

Mental Illness Can Shorten Lives More Than Chain-Smoking

Mental disorders can reduce life expectancy by 10 to 20 years, as much as or even more than smoking over 20 cigarettes a day, a study finds.<p>We know that smoking boosts the risk of cancer and heart disease, says Dr. Seena Fazel, a psychiatrist at Oxford University who led the study. But aside from …

Self-harm by mental health patients in NHS has risen by 56%, figures show

Growing numbers of people being treated in mental health units are harming themselves and trying to take their own lives, new NHS figures suggest.<p>The number of such incidents at 29 of England's 52 NHS mental health trusts rose from 14,815 in 2010 to 23,053 last year, an increase of 56% over four …