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Mental Illness Deniers Are as Dangerous as Climate Change Deniers

Back in the mid-80’s, I was one of a few, fortunate psychiatrists in Massachusetts in charge of administering the just-released atypical antipsychotic medication clozapine. In our clinic, its use was still limited to a small number of carefully-selected patients with schizophrenia who had not responded to any of the conventional antipsychotic agents. Harry was one of my first clozapine patients. He had been an inpatient for much of his adult life, and was widely thought to be a “lost cause.”...
Tags: Psychology, Congress, Massachusetts, Disorders, Mental Health, Bipolar, Psychiatry, Schizophrenia, New York Times, Denial, Harry, Hospitalization, Stigma, Devil, Medications, Antipsychotic


Bipolar Professor

It’s hard working as a college professor with bipolar disorder. I suppose it’s hard working anywhere with bipolar disorder, but my particular vocation is teaching 18-year-olds how to write at a local university. I’ve had bipolar illness for almost 30 years now; I was diagnosed in 1991. I’m 56. I’ve been at my university for about as long as I’ve been bipolar. Why is it so hard to be a bipolar teacher in the higher education system?   The main reason is the stigma of the disease. As you ...
Tags: Psychology, College, Personal, Teaching, Depression, Bipolar, Bipolar Disorder, Stigma, Manic Episode, Depressive Episode


Living with Chronic Anorexia 

It’s been two-thirds of my life that I have been listening to this harassment in my head. I’ve talked back, I’ve fought back, I’ve negotiated, and yet I still suffer. It’s like a permanently playing radio, sometimes louder, sometimes more quiet, but always there as the background sound of my life. It is exhausting, but not as exhausting as it is to try to turn it off and keep it off. Sadly, I’m just used to it now. It’s become so normalized that I don’t really recall what it’s like to not hav...
Tags: Psychology, Personal, Body Image, Eating Disorders, Anorexia, Eating Disorder, Dieting, Stigma, Peer Support, Chronic Anorexia, Severe and Enduring Anorexia Nervosa


Autism Is But One Part of a Complex Personality Structure

April is Autism Awareness Month. To review: Autism is one of the five pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) listed in the DSM 5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) which provides diagnostic guidelines for mental health professionals. Autism is characterized by difficulties in social interactions, a narrow and particular range of interests and repetitive behaviors. Although it is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, research has yet to identify the differ...
Tags: Psychology, Communication, Disability, Autism, Autism Spectrum, Asperger Syndrome, Silicon Valley, Polio, Stereotypes, Stigma, Max, Aspergers, Asperger, DSM, Elly, Anti-vaccination


How Writers Write About Heartbreaking Things and Care for Themselves in the Process

For more than 20 years, Mary Cregan wanted to write her recently published memoir The Scar: A Personal History of Depression and Recovery, but she felt that she couldn’t. It’s primarily because she wasn’t ready to face the exposure required to be so honest about such a devastating, difficult part of her life. Because that’s the thing about writing: We let readers into our innermost thoughts and feelings, into our souls, and that can be scary. We tackle topics we’d never bring up with a ...
Tags: Psychology, Books, General, Writing, Habits, Disorders, Vulnerability, Creativity, Stigma, Hemingway, Mental Health And Wellness, Inspiration & Hope, Sweeney, Goldberg, Heartbreak, Blum


The Time I Hesitated Asking if Someone Was in Pain

The forecasted weather motivated a change of plans that sent me and my wife south on the Garden State Parkway to salvage as much time as possible on the quiet Belmar beach before we were shut down for winter. As we combed the shoreline gathering shells that had washed up after the weekend’s nor’easter, I noticed a young woman sitting alone on the sand staring out over the ocean. Her total and prolonged stillness made me feel she was experiencing an emotional crisis. That feeling heightened wh...
Tags: Psychology, Outreach, Policy and advocacy, Recovery, Well-being, Stigma, Advocacy, Publishers, Emotional Pain, Mental Health America, Public Awareness, Emotional Crisis, Hesitation, People In Crisis, The Mental Health First Aid Act


8 Things Autistic People Wished You Knew about April

Every April, autism takes a center stage in global awareness. All around the world, well-meaning, good-hearted people “Light it up blue” for Autism Awareness Month, and they decorate their social media with the puzzle piece frames and the jigsaw rainbow awareness ribbons. And, every March, autistic adults are already dreading April. Many of them report feeling traumatized by previous Aprils. They begin to mentally prepare for what is ahead, feeling powerless to stop it. They’re bracing thems...
Tags: Psychology, General, Personal, Autism, Autism Spectrum, Stigma, Aspergers, Asperger, Stereotyping, Neurodiversity, Autism Awareness Month, Neurodivergent, Stigmatization, Autism Acceptance Month, Medical Disability Model, Neurotypical Allies


When Addressing Law School Mental Health Stigma, Don’t Forget Diversity

All law schools should consider having a wellness diversity representative integrated into their specific program.
Tags: Law, Diversity, Mental Health, Law Schools, Stigma, Health / Wellness, Brian Cuban, The Addicted Lawyer


On Stage on the Spectrum

About three years ago, I got an email publicizing a drama school called the Center for Applied Drama and Autism, C.A.D.A. I was instantly interested. A year before, my 10-year-old son Tommy had been diagnosed with autism. I had always wanted him to get into acting because I’d acted as a child, having been in shows such as Gypsy and Fiddler on the Roof at local dinner theaters. Tommy seemed as though he would be a natural because he had the ability to memorize scripts (he was an avid scripter; p...
Tags: Psychology, Parenting, Drama, Personal, Child Development, Autism, Theater, Stigma, Akron, Children And Teens, Aspergers, Akron Ohio, Tommy, Improvisation, Tommy He, Peer Support


Awareness Isn’t Enough: We Need Autism Acceptance Month

Why have a month for autism awareness? Look at the numbers — in 2014, the CDC suggests that 1.7% of the US population is on the autism spectrum, which is 1 in 59. The percentage is similar in other countries as well, and only 31% have co-existing intellectual disability. Many people you would not suspect to be on the autism spectrum actually are, and they experience social stress, anxiety, and sensory challenges. They might seem sort of different or quirky, but also often talented and knowle...
Tags: Psychology, Cdc, US, Communication, Autism, Autism Spectrum, Stigma, Aspergers, Asperger, Dan Ackroyd, Autism Awareness Month, Neurodivergent, Neurotypical, Terra Vance


Should Mental Health Determine Pain Treatment Options?

Patients with a mental health condition might have a hard time accessing opioids for pain relief, while patients with unexplained pain are often referred to psychiatric care, which does little to alleviate their symptoms. Finding treatment can be frustrating and humiliating. Four years ago, Dez Nelson’s pain management clinic demanded that she complete a visit with a psychologist. Nelson was surprised, since she had no history of mental illness, but she didn’t feel that she could push back on...
Tags: Psychology, Disorders, Treatment, Substance Abuse, Addiction, Stigma, Nelson, Publishers, Chronic Pain, Pain Management, Mental Health And Wellness, Medications, Health-related, Elizabeth, Pain Relief, Opioids


What It Means to Be a Mental Health Advocate—And How to Become One

Over the years, the stigma surrounding mental illness has significantly decreased. One of the biggest reasons? Mental health advocates. These are the individuals who tirelessly share their stories in all sorts of ways. They remind us that we’re not alone in our struggles—and there is real, tangible hope and healing. They shatter stereotypes and myths about mental illness, helping the public see that people with mental illness are just people. As Jennifer Marshall said, “By showing th...
Tags: Psychology, General, Youtube, Suicide, Love, Disorders, Self-help, Treatment, Policy and advocacy, Psychotherapy, North Carolina, Kennedy, Stigma, Mental Health And Wellness, Inspiration & Hope, Marshall


Men talk candidly about “forced” bisexual encounters and the stigma surrounding bisexuality

" It’s so much more okay for women to do that, why can’t it be for men?"
Tags: Sex, Life, Lifestyle, Bisexual, Stigma, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Bisexuality


Does Calling Depression an Illness Worsen Stigma?

I plead guilty to expounding on the biochemical vulnerabilities and abnormalities in neural wiring of depression to make the case that it is a legitimate illness alongside lupus, breast cancer, or psoriatic arthritis. I thought I was doing a good thing by quoting experts like Peter Kramer, M.D, who believes that because depression can be associated with the loss of volume in parts of the brain, it is the “most devastating disease known to mankind.” My intention, like so many other mental health ...
Tags: Psychology, General, Research, Mental Health, Self-help, Depression, Treatment, Psychiatry, Mental Illness, Stereotypes, Stigma, Joe, Mental Health And Wellness, Brain And Behavior, Mood Disorder, Hahn


Why Therapy Is Actually Cool

When we start going to the gym, start taking a replenishing yoga class, start drinking more water, start taking a multivitamin, start going to an acupuncturist or a massage therapist, we can’t wait to shout it from the rooftops. In other words, when we do something for our physical health, we’re proud, excited, inspired and empowered. We feel great about our decision, and we want to tell everyone. But how often do we beam with pride or happily shout that we’re going to therapy? How many ...
Tags: Psychology, General, Happiness, Psychotherapy, Stigma, Mental Health And Wellness, Inspiration & Hope, Health-related, Walnut Creek Calif, Iglesia, Christina Iglesia Psy


When Faith Alone Can’t Heal Depression

There is no question that religion and spirituality can help pull us out of darkness and provide the hope and inspiration that is needed to persevere through despair. Several studies over the last decade have confirmed the positive role of faith in recovery from depression. How Faith Helps Depression A 2016 study from the University of Utah School of Medicine demonstrated how religious and spiritual experiences activate the brain reward circuits. In the study 19 young-adult Mormon church mem...
Tags: Psychology, General, Research, Depression, Spirituality, Faith, Jesus, Sam, Stigma, Jesus Christ, Miller, Mental Health And Wellness, Brain And Behavior, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope, Lifeway


Mental Health within Athletics: The Invisible Competition

Imagine a common scenario, two athletes on the bench. One struggling with depression, and one recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon. Which seems more severe? Glaring social stigma points to the athlete with the physical injury. But mental illnesses are just as detrimental to performance. After battling depression my freshman year, and rupturing my Achilles during my sophomore year, I can declare firsthand that both setbacks are equally valid. Committing to Towson Univers...
Tags: Psychology, Students, Society, Ncaa, Mental Illness, Stigma, Publishers, Athletes, Mental Health And Wellness, Drexel University, Towson, Towson University, Kean University, Mental Health America, Collegiate Athletes, Physical Injury


Guilt-Induced Social Anxiety/Overcoming Respective Isolation?

I’ve progressively isolated myself due to underlying issues committed in childhood prior to overcoming a self-indulgent bout of negligent atheism, all the while hypothetically considering punishment to come in the afterlife (though never later in life, which was the largest sort of “karmic” disregard). Should I be held to the standard of faith persevering through childhood regardless of my situational experiences that may have influenced me/made me sour? Probably. May this post-isolation, asocia...
Tags: Depression, Anxiety, Therapy, World Health Organization, Social Anxiety, Shame, Stigma


OCD Treatment: More Important Than School or Outside Activities?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an often misunderstood and complicated illness. It can latch on to anything that is important to us, and has the potential to totally devastate lives. Still, so many people believe it is nothing more than excessive hand washing and the desire to keep things tidy. This could not be further from the truth. For the purpose of this post, I’ll be referring specifically to OCD in children. When OCD makes an appearance in a family, it often brings about f...
Tags: Psychology, School, Students, ERP, Personal, Child Development, Kate, Grades, OCD, Obsessions, Stereotypes, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Stigma, Anxiety And Panic, Children And Teens, Jake


Language Matters: You Are Not an Illness

A person should not be defined by an illness or condition.  Often in popular media or casual conversation, people speak about the subject of a news story or an acquaintance by saying, “he is bipolar”, “schizophrenic”, or “mentally ill.” No one says, “She is cancer,” “she is a heart condition,” or “she is lupus.” Aside from a few very select common physical illnesses, such as diabetes where people find community and comfort in sharing their diagnosis, we would never consider insulting a person b...
Tags: Psychology, General, Validation, Mental Health, Discrimination, Nami, Stereotypes, Stigma, Labels, Mental Health And Wellness, Minding the Media, Neurodivergent, Crisis Counseling, Destigmatization


Secrets, Shame & Mental Health

An interesting study published in the journal Emotion this month examines different types of secrets and how we feel about them. In particular, the researchers concentrated on secrets based on feeling shame as well as those rooted in guilt. Michael Slepian, PhD, of Columbia University was the lead author of the study and clarified the difference between shame and guilt, the two most studied self-conscious emotions. While basic emotions such as anger and fear refer to something outsi...
Tags: Psychology, Research, Mental Health, Guilt, Trauma, Columbia University, Shame, Secrets, Stigma, Mental Health And Wellness, Rumination, Slepian, Deceit, Michael Slepian


My Son Didn’t Have to Die from Opioids: An Interview with Bob Paff

Zach (left) and Bob (right) According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 70,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids, a two-fold increase in a decade. Opioids include prescription opioids and methadone, heroin, and other synthetic narcotics like fentanyl. Bob Paff has directly suffered the casualties of this epidemic. On January 21 of this year he lost his son Zach to an accidental overdose of fentanyl. A highly sought-af...
Tags: Psychology, General, Suicide, Addiction, Recovery, Bob, Stigma, Zach, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Opioids, Opioid Epidemic, Synthetic Fentanyl, Bob Paff, St Jude Center


ADHD: Parenting Beyond Behavior, Beliefs, and Grades

When we look at the whole story of children diagnosed with ADHD, we find that hindsight reveals deeper challenges that have not received attention. While the average age of presentation is between 3 to 6 years of age with the average age of diagnosis coming at 7 years of age, developmentally, other pictures emerge. In taking history we learn of symptoms and challenges that were present from an early age. Eventually, those children diagnosed (and undiagnosed) have endured labels very different...
Tags: Psychology, Students, Parenting, Self-esteem, Adhd, Grades, Berger, Stigma, School Performance, Children And Teens, Success & Achievement, Adhd And Add, Rapoport, Gilliam, Melamed J Cassuto


A Note on Stigma from a Woman Who Is Trying to Fit In

The Super Bowl party that I attended was a quiet affair, about seven couples, with sloppy joes, a vegetable tray, chicken wings and beer and wine. Like magic, the men landed in the great room in front of the television and the women fixed themselves in the kitchen around the food. It was an older crowd; almost all of us were in our 50s somewhere. We had kids and some of us even had a grandkid or two. The hostess was impeccable, asking each of us about our lives and our families. “So when is y...
Tags: Psychology, Psychiatry, Bipolar Disorder, Psychotherapy, Mom, Stereotypes, Stigma, Stigmatization


Feeling Completely and Utterly Alone Because You Have a Mental Illness? This Can Help

You have a mental illness, and you feel incredibly alone. Intellectually, you know that you are one of millions of people who also have a mental illness—people who also have depression or an anxiety disorder or bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. You know that you’re not the only person on this planet to be in pain. But it doesn’t matter. Because it looks like everyone around you is just fine. You’re the only one who has a hard time getting out of bed, who feels overwhelmed by everything, no matt...
Tags: Psychology, General, New York City, Support, Disorders, Self-help, Mental Illness, Loneliness, Stigma, Inspiration & Hope, Chapman, Louisville Kentucky, Saenz Sierzega, Chandler Ariz, Irvine Calif, Kingman


12 Ways to Keep Going with Depression

About once a week I hear the same question from a reader, “What keeps you going?” The short answer is lots of things. I use a variety of tools to persevere through my struggle with depression because what works on one day doesn’t the next. I have to break some hours into 15-minute intervals and simply put one foot in front of another, doing the thing that is right in front of me and nothing else. I write this post for the person who is experiencing debilitating symptoms of depression. The follow...
Tags: Psychology, Motivation, Facebook, Europe, New York, Sleep, France, Spain, Personal, Self-help, Depression, Santiago, Santiago De Compostela, Stress Reduction, God, Brussels


Overcoming the Double Standard Surrounding Psychiatric Medications

Women hold themselves to this standard where we’re supposed to be perfect. We all have our own image of what that should be, and it doesn’t involve taking psychiatric medication. I’m walking up Lexington Avenue towards the subway on a cold Manhattan winter day from my psychiatrist’s office. It’s a route I’ve walked for five years, at varying frequencies, depending on the intensity of my mental health issues. My doctor is warm and nurturing with a great sense of humor, and I always walk out he...
Tags: Psychology, Personal, Psychiatry, Manhattan, Psychotherapy, Medication, Stigma, Publishers, Mental Health And Wellness, Medications, Lexington Avenue, The Fix, Psychiatric Medication, Anti Depressants


Psychology Around the Net: February 2, 2019

Happy Groundhog Day! Did Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow or not? Can we expect six more weeks of winter or do we get an early spring? I don’t know at the time of this writing (I hope an early spring!), but what I do know is that this week’s Psychology Around the Net has the latest on new studies regarding music and mental health, what being a night owl could do to your mental health and overall well-being, the discussion of mental illness in Netflix’s The Ted Bundy Tapes, and more! Fighting ...
Tags: Psychology, Music, Sleep, Research, Self-help, Creativity, Netflix, Yoga, Mental Health Break, Stigma, Mental Health And Wellness, Psychology Around The Net, Phil, John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The National Institutes of Health, Ted Bundy


People with psychiatric illness more stigmatized by the health care system than by the public at large

Sisti says the stigma around mental health is "systematized" in our health care system, more so than in the public view. Health care providers are "rather leery about these individuals because these people are, often at least according to the stereotype, high-cost patients who maybe are difficult to treat or noncompliant," he says. "I think the stigma that we should be really focused on and worried about actually emerges out of our health care system more than from the public." For more...
Tags: Health, Infertility, Stigma, David G Markham, Sisti


People with psychiatric illness more stigmatized by the health care system than by the public at large

Sisti says the stigma around mental health is "systematized" in our health care system, more so than in the public view. Health care providers are "rather leery about these individuals because these people are, often at least according to the stereotype, high-cost patients who maybe are difficult to treat or noncompliant," he says. "I think the stigma that we should be really focused on and worried about actually emerges out of our health care system more than from the public." For more...
Tags: Health, Infertility, Stigma, David G Markham, Sisti