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The Importance of Family History on Mental Health

When I do an intake session with a new client, one thing we always cover is family history. Family history relates any relatives who have a mental …

Mental Health

11 Celebs Who've Spoken Out on Their Battles With Depression | V Magazine

Yesterday afternoon it was revealed that Michelle Williams checked herself into a mental health facility outside of Los Angeles. The former Destiny's …

Mental Health

7 Mental Health Advocates Share What Stigmas They Face As A Person Of Color With Mental Illness

In the world of mental health awareness, there are myriad stigmas that make it harder to get treatment. For people of color who live with mental …

Mental Health

10 Things Suicide Attempt Survivors Want You to Know

Learning from the people who have contemplated suicide can help prevent future deaths.<p>Part of what’s so isolating and stigmatizing about having …

Mental Health

My antidepressant isn’t working anymore—now what?

Recently, the actress and comedian Sarah Silverman shared a post on Instagram claiming that she’d “officially built a tolerance to Zoloft.” Comments …

Depression

Hot dogs and other cured meats may cause mania, new study finds

Hotdogs and other cured meat such as salami and beef jerky may be causing manic episodes, according to a new study.<p>Scientists say they suspect the chemical preservative nitrate is causing the disorders.<p>They found people hospitalised for an episode had more than three times the odds of having ever …

Research

Hot Dogs and Beef Jerky Linked to Mania in Study

A chemical used to cure meat has been linked to a symptom of mental illness in a study.<p>Nitrates, which are used to cure products such as hot dogs, …

Mental Filters and Panic Disorder

Mental filter is a term used to describe one type of cognitive distortion, or faulty thought pattern, that can often lead to higher levels of anxiety …

Mental Health

7 Myths About Bipolar Disorder To Stop Believing

When people hear "bipolar disorder," they might picture someone ecstatic one moment, and depressed another. Because mental health is so stigmatized …

Mental Health

Dysphoria

0<p>Feeling out of it tonight. I really don’t like this particular side effect of being bipolar. Feeling as if I am totally out of control. Everything …

Mental Health

Can a Christian Suffer from Mental Illness?

Page 1 of 2<p>My mother has schizophrenia. Her illness had a profound effect on our family, especially when I was a young teenager. Like many other …

Mental Health

What HBO's Robin Williams Documentary Can Teach Us About The Way We Talk About Mental Health

It’s been four years since the heartbreaking death by suicide of Robin Williams, yet the new HBO documentary, <i>Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind</i>, …

Mental Health

Why it’s damaging to blame celebrity “meltdowns” on mental illness

Pete Davidson, Kanye West, and the damaging way we talk about celebrities and mental health.<p>A Twitter user known as @cakefacedcutie tweeted out a photo in late June of SNL star Pete Davidson arm in arm with his new girlfriend, the pop star Ariana Grande. Davidson’s face is obscured from the camera …

Mental Health

People Are Revealing the Truth Behind Their Happy-Looking Social Media Posts and It's Heartbreaking | Inc.com

A huge online discussion shows why you should never be envious of other people's glamorous online lives.<p>Of all the ways social media can be bad for you, one of the worst, according to science, is the ability of Facebook and the like to induce envy. You see your friends posting smiling selfies at …

Social Media

Mental Health Among African-American Women

It’s true that everyone experiences temporary periods of sadness, and times of worry and nervousness. But what about when those feelings won’t go …

Depression

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How to know when you need a mental health day (and how to ask for one)

No matter how much you love your job, going to work day after day can be taxing. Just as you would take a sick day to get over a nasty cold, taking …

Mental Health

Jonathan Van Ness opens up about battling psychotic depression

<i>Queer Eye</i>‘s Jonathan Van Ness has opened up six months he spent battling psychotic depression following the death of his stepdad.<p>Speaking to <i>Time Out,</i> …

Mental Health

Ending the stigma around suicide, loved ones speak out

A Kelowna philanthropist who lost his sons to suicide wants to bring attention to mental health issues and the lack of services for people who have …

Mental Health

WHO classifies compulsive sexual behavior as mental health condition

<b>(CNN) —</b> For the first time, compulsive sexual behavior -- commonly called sex addiction -- is classified as a mental health disorder on the World Health Organization's International Classification of Diseases list -- a decision not without controversy.<p>Updated in June, the list (called the ICD-11) …

Mental Health

A woman used a photo of dishes to explain what it's like to have depression — and it struck a chord with thousands of people

• <b>On June 30, Brittany Ernsperger posted a photo on Facebook showing a massive stack of clean dishes with the caption, "This is what depression looks</b> …

Depression

Mourning death by suicide: How you can provide support for the bereaved

Recent headlines of celebrities and their loved ones who have died by suicide – Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, and Tina Turner’s son Craig Turner – …

Mental Health

I'll Keep Talking About My Psychosis, Whether It's Relatable Or Not

The stigma attached to psychosis left me paralysed with fear and terrified for over a decade before I sought out help and support. I’m not afraid …

Mental Health

Here's How Being Broke Can Impact Your Mental Health

If you've ever had to worry about where your next paycheck would come from, you know how anxiety-inducing and depressing it can be to feel like you …

Mental Health

Brain protein linked to depression could lead to new treatments, study says

Researchers from the University of Victoria say they've found a link between low levels of a large protein found in human brains and higher levels of …

Depression

Link between autoimmune disorders and psychosis confirmed in new study

People with autoimmune disorders, a collection of diseases where the body’s immune system attacks its own cells, are more likely to have psychosis, …

Autoimmune Diseases

Behind Bars, Mentally Ill Inmates Are Often Punished For Their Symptoms

By some accounts, nearly half of America's incarcerated population is mentally ill — and journalist Alisa Roth argues that most aren't getting the treatment they need.<p>Roth has visited jailsin New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta and a rural women's prison in Oklahoma to assess the condition …

Mental Health

There is affordable mental health care out there — here's how to access it

With the sudden, tragic deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade after taking their own lives in June, the subject of mental illness has been pushed …

Mental Health

The shocking truth about America’s mental health crisis

Reporter Nellie Bly called Blackwell’s Island “a human rat trap” in 1887.<p>In “Damnation Island,” a new history of the 2-mile strip in the East River …

Mental Health