45 Items Tagged

mental illness

This is What ACTUALLY Causes Addiction

The more times a child is traumatized, the greater the likelihood of addiction and other later-life problems.

Robert Weiss, PhD, MSW
February 23 2016

5 Reasons Everyone Needs To Be Aware Of Eating Disorders (Even If You Don't Have One)

Today marks the start of this year's Eating Disorders Awareness Week. If you aren't personally struggling, you might be wondering why this should...

Mary Anne Cohen, LCSW, BCD
February 21 2016

How 4 Key Survival Traits Hurt Our Health Today: A Doctor Explains

The four traits that helped our ancestors survive collectively explain more than 40 percent of deaths in the United States today.

Dr. Lee Goldman
February 2 2016

The Two Most Important Things We Can All Do To Protect Our Brain Health

When I was in medical school in the 1960s, the prevailing belief was that once we reached physical maturity, our brains ceased to make new brain...

Roger Landry, M.D., MPH
November 8 2015

My Son Has A Mental Illness. Here's The Conversation I Wish We Were Having About Mass Shootings

On the night of the latest mass shooting, I made beef stew and cinnamon rolls with my children. After dinner, we gathered on the living room floor to...

Liza Long
October 2 2015

I've Had Bipolar Disorder For 20 Years. Here's How I've Learned To Manage It.

While perusing the internet one evening earlier this summer, I came across an essay about a marriage falling apart. The author attributes the failing...

Lisa Rabey
September 17 2015

I Compulsively Pull Out My Own Hair. What It's Like To Live With Trichotillomania

There's one rare word, a very hard-to-pronounce word with many tongue-twisting syllables, that has affected me my whole life. It's a secret I hardly...

Ashley Knapp
September 11 2015

I Was Afraid My Son Would Become A Mass Murderer

In December 2012, after the tragic school shooting in Newtown, I thought I was the only mother in America who asked myself, “What if that’s my son...

Liza Long
August 28 2015

Signs You Might Have A "Leaky Brain" + What To Do About It

It's easy to take for granted what a brilliant biological machine the brain is. This amazing organ manages every aspect of your body — from your...

What It's Really Like To Have OCD

I am sitting in a therapist’s office that smells of old wood and scented candles. The black leather couch is cold against my sweaty legs, which are...

Charlotte Lieberman
July 6 2015

Why "Am I Normal?" Is Not The Question To Ask Yourself

The summer after my freshman year in college, I landed my first job in mental health care. It was at a psychiatric hospital in western Connecticut,...

Leslie Carr, PsyD
March 16 2015

Smiley, The Blind Golden Retriever, Helps People With Disabilities

Despite having been born without eyes and raised in a puppy mill, Smiley the golden retriever lives up to his name.

Emi Boscamp
March 12 2015

Inflammation May Cause Depression, Scientists Say

Depression needs to be treated like a physical illness — not a mental disability. With "mental disability" comes a stigma of weakness. So it's...

Emi Boscamp
January 5 2015

The Jobs With The Highest (And Lowest) Depression Rates

Mondays are generally accepted as the worst day of the week. Your brain clings desperately to the snooze mode of the weekend, but you have to...

Emi Boscamp
December 22 2014

I Have OCD, But I Don't Let It Control My Life

Approximately 2.2 million American adults suffer from some form of obsessive-compulsive disorder. The ways OCD manifests can vary greatly, and...

Rachel Finn
November 4 2014

I Struggled With Depression For Years. This Is How I Finally Healed

After about 12 years of trying every medication on the market, I had had enough.

Padhia Avocado
September 17 2014

5 Ways Diet, Yoga & Meditation Eased My Anxiety

Today I live a life that I love. But most of my childhood was marked by severe panic attacks, depression, OCD, and PTSD. I’ve had more panic attacks...

Tessa Zimmerman
April 11 2014