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The Disorder 20% of Americans Have

Some rules need to be changed. Case in point: the recent updates to the “bible” of mental health disorders, the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM).<p>The most recent edition of the manual before the changes—DSM-IV—was published in 1994. “It reflected the state …

'Thinspiration' Packages Eating Disorders as a Lifestyle Choice

Rachel Cowey calls her illness "Ursula." It helped to picture an enemy, the witch in <i>The Little Mermaid</i> who manipulates Ariel into giving up her voice.<p>…

Treating Mental Illness

There is a known way of saving patients from being a danger to themselves and others.<p>Two new studies should lead to a radical change in how we treat …

Mental Health

Guns, violence and mental health: By the numbers

463 workplace homicides last year<p>The Bureau of Labor Statistics tracked a slight dip in workplace killings last year, with 698 people killed by an intentional injury and 463 of these cases classified as homicides. But workplace violence experts like Larry Barton, who counts 40 Fortune 500 companies …

Evangelicals largely believe prayer can cure mental illness, survey finds

Findings about evangelical Christian beliefs in the US come alongside push by evangelical leaders for increased awareness<p>Nearly half of evangelical Christians believe mental illness can be overcome by Bible study and prayer instead of medical intervention, according to a survey.<p>Lifeway Research …

Law pushes for parity in mental health coverage

Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers will be required to give mental illness coverage equal to that for physical ailments.<p>LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- April Blevins was working as a bus driver in Bardstown, Ky., when severe bipolar disorder turned her life upside down in 2007.<p>She had to leave her job and …

American Psychosis: How the Federal Government Destroyed the Mental Illness Treatment System

After every mental illness related tragedy -- think: Jared Loughner, James Holmes, Unabomber, Navy Yard -- the media and politicians call on Dr. Fuller Torrey for his effective, informed and cost-efficient ideas on how to prevent the next mental illness-related tragedy. And then everyone goes on as …

Mental health treatment is stretching services to the limit, report warns

The number of people needing treatment will have increased by more than 2 million by 2030<p>Mental health services are "straining at the seams" to cope with the growing number of people with mental illnesses, according to a report published on Monday. As well as the immense distress caused to the …

Should Mental Health Be a Primary-Care Doctor’s Job?

Patients occasionally ask me if I’ll be the doctor who’ll take out a gallbladder or deliver a baby. I tell them, “You deserve better.” I’m a primary-care internist, and my expertise is broader than it is deep. I manage high blood pressure and cholesterol but refer people with heart attacks to …

Breaking the stigma of mental health care

A recent Gallup poll shows that Americans believe mental illness is more of a culprit in gun violence than access to guns themselves. Former congressman Patrick Kennedy joins MSNBC’s Karen Finney for a conversation about mental illness and the justice system. “People with a physical illness are …

Mental Health

Why it's 'really important police understand mental illness'

Hamilton crisis outreach team explains how police should handle situations with the mentally ill<p>A coroner’s inquest into three fatal police shootings …

Why mental health bed cuts make me ashamed to work for the NHS

As doctors, we are crossing our fingers that a bed is available when a patient with a mental illness arrives at A&E<p>Imagine that a family member becomes critically unwell. You anxiously accompany them to A&E and the opinion of the doctor is clear – an emergency hospital admission is needed to avoid …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

CANNABIS INDUSTRY Aurora nears $1-billion takeover deal for CanniMed: sources Subscriber content<p>TRADE Canadian industries split on new TPP trade deal<p>Opinion Amid NAFTA uncertainty, TPP is next best thing for Canada Subscriber content<p>Why Cara needs The Keg: New merger offers breathing room …

I lost my son to mental illness – we must fight for more compassion

Stigma surrounding mental illness will continue until mothers and fathers, siblings and friends come out of the centuries-old shadows of fear, unite and stand firm for our loved ones<p>I never expected it. He was an optimist, just like me, so when I found my son that afternoon, down in the garage, I …

Why are maternal mental health services failing women?

Physical healthcare for pregnant women and new mothers in the UK is a given, so why is provision of mental healthcare so patchy?<p>The NHS pulls out all the stops to help pregnant women with physical health issues, but it routinely fails mothers-to-be who are suffering severe mental health problems. …

Harrowing Photos of the Mentally Ill in Sub-Saharan Africa

Severely mentally disabled men and women are shackled and locked away in Juba Central Prison for years on end. The new n<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Robin …

Step Inside An American Psychiatric Unit For The Mentally Ill

The confronting work of photographer Jenn Ackerman shines a light on the conditions and realities for some of societies most marginalised and …

I can't stand my abusive, alcoholic husband any more

A woman whose husband is an abusive drunk is at the limit of her tolerance. Mariella Frostrup says she must help herself before she can help him<p><b>The dilemma</b> <i>My husband drinks way more than is good for him. He turns into a horrifically verbally abusive person once drunk, saying deeply painful things,</i> …

4 Steps to Deal with an Employee's Substance Abuse Problem

Writer and Author, Specializing in Business and Finance<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The odds of substance abuse issues finding their way into your business are sizeable. According to the Department of Health and Human Services' 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and …

Alcohol

Stephen King: on alcoholism and returning to the Shining

More than 30 years after Stephen King first terrified readers with The Shining, he's written a sequel, drawing on his alcoholism and a near-death experience. He talks about being a drunk father and why the Twilight series is just 'tweenager porn'<p>Stephen King has written a lot of books – at 56 …

The Still-Harrowing Extent of Child Abuse and Neglect

The Institute of Medicine released a report today that describes the continued plague—and proposes an ambitious strategy to address it.<p>It’s hard to contemplate, but it wasn't too long ago that beating, berating, or leaving a child to fend for himself might be considered acceptable behavior. As Cris …

Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect Infographic

Child abuse and neglect is an important concern that is affecting the health and well-being of over 6 million children around the United States. We worked with the Institute of Medicine to illustrate child abuse and neglect statistics, risks, effects, and action plans. A better understanding of the …

Child Abuse

Tammy Pierce, Florida Stripper, Arrested On Child Neglect Charge After Police Find Hungry Kids In Squalor

A Florida mother of two was arrested after police found her children in deplorable conditions.<p>According to ABC affiliate WPBF, police were tipped off by a girl who called saying that she hadn't eaten in three days.<p>When officers arrived at the residence of Tammy Pierce on July 31, they found the …