The really scary thing about mental illness

The Washington Post had an interesting article on the portrayal of mental illness around Halloween, specifically on asylum-themed haunted houses/attractions. It’s a good piece that covers how the portrayal of mental illness exacerbates stigmas and, for some in the mental health community, come across as very offensive. You really ought to read the whole thing […]

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What happens when we all forget there’s a person there

This story in the Idaho Statesman on the public shaming and subsequent suicide of Klara Bowman hit me hard this morning. I was tearing up over my coffee reading about this young woman who faced a set of circumstances that were in many ways similar to my own struggle, but rather than given the opportunity […]

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Donald Trump’s worldview is the problem with his PTSD comments

Here’s the problem with Trump’s PTSD comments- it wasn’t that he was directly insulting anybody in the same way he insulted Judge Curiel, the Khan family, Alicia Machado, etc. This is what he said: “When you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat — and they see things […]

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More on Trump and mental health.

So the other day I asked for feedback on this topic and had a few exchanges with family and friends about the subject. Then earlier today I read this opinion piece from Patrick Kennedy of the Kennedy Forum. As he writes in the piece: Is Donald Trump experiencing a mental illness? That’s the question making the […]

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Mental Health, Donald Trump, and the curious case of the Goldwater Rule.

So Donald Trump is not a normal candidate for President. He’s an egotist, an ignoramus, a racist and someone who incites hate among his supporters. But is he crazy? Insane? Off the reservation? Not playing with a full deck? Cuckoo pants? The question of the state of Donald Trump’s mental health is coming up more […]

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Talking to someone when you don’t want to talk to anyone

One of the most significant challenges I faced and still struggle with is opening up about my depression. Yeah, maybe it seems silly for me to say that after almost two years of writing publicly about my depression and anxiety on this blog, in letters to the editor, of discussing it with my therapist, with […]

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Wow! Check out this epic takedown of mental health shamers and stigma!

//giphy.com/embed/us8FXd0EtOXXa via GIPHY The stigma surrounding mental health has been well documented on this blog (and more broadly across a coalition of advocacy groups and individual mental health advocates), and it continues to foster shame, silence and even personal and professional impediments to individuals with a mental health issue. Whether it it intentional or accidental […]

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Should your primary care doctor be doing more for your mental health?

Think of the last time you saw your primary care doctor- maybe you went because you had the flu, maybe it was for a work/school physical, or if you’re really on top of things you have an annual check-up just because it’s a smart thing to do. Regardless of the reason you were there, did they […]

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A word of advice on how NOT to treat someone with an anxiety disorder

I love advice columns, and, in some other life I feel like writing an advice column would be right up my alley (given that I consider myself a sage when it comes to knowing society’s “unwritten rules”). One of my favorite columnists is Emily Yoffe at Slate, whose Dear Prudence column covers a wide range of […]

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