Psychiatrist Allen Frances worries about the expanding definitions of mental illness in the new edition of the DSM: The grief I felt when my wife died would now be called “major depressive disorder”; forgetfulness in older age “mild neurocognitive disorder”; my gluttony now “binge eating disorder”; and my hyperactivity “attention deficit disorder”. As for my twin […]
The higher death rate associated with mental illness has been extensively documented, but most of the attention has focused on the elevated risk of suicide, whereas most of the risk can be attributed to physical illness such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and cancer (80% of deaths). Show More Summary
President Obama has declared May “Mental Health Awareness Month.” At the announcement the President said (thanks to Adrian Warnock for posting this): “Today, tens of millions of Americans are living with the burden of a mental health problem. Show More Summary
The new Diagnostics and Statistical Manual, DSM-V, is out. Not surprisingly, it has sparked some controversy. Psychiatry deniers are proclaiming that this is the collapse of the mental-illness fraud (I believe reports of the death of psychiatry are exaggerated). What the DSM-V does represent, to some degree, is an attempt to advance psychiatry to the [...]
Note: this post is personal, and may contain triggers for those suffering through grief. Due to it’s nature, I did pass it by Ed before posting it publicly, as every body is different when dealing with their mental illnesses, and this...Show More Summary
Posted by intern Madeline Reddington Today, science is puzzling out mental illness, contemplating the ins and outs of mass extinction, trying out nano-gardening, and training honeybees to seek out live landmines. The 5th edition of the...Show More Summary
The truth is that from the college campus to the workplace, we are all members of a national and increasingly global community. We must all learn the signs of depression and other mental disorders and reach out to someone in trouble...
By David Wong Published: May 20th, 2013 By the time you read this, Iron Man 3 will have grossed a billion dollars at the box office, with Man of Steel and The Wolverine ready to beat the piss out of more flamboyantly mentally ill villains for our amusement. In 2012, superhero movies took N
Publication of US psychiatry's updated diagnostic code has provoked renewed debate in recent weeks over the extent to which mental illness ought to be framed as a psychosocial or a biological problem. The answer of course is that it is both. Show More Summary
Submitted by Charlton Stanley (Otteray Scribe), guest blogger The relationship between mental health and the legal system is a turbulent one at best. One major problem is they speak two different languages. For example, insanity is a legal term found nowhere in any psychiatric or psychological diagnostic manual. There are several key words used commonly […]
The very fact this question occurs to me is a sign of just how skewed the thinking is on mental illness in this country: my mind is framing it, even if unintentionally, as a personal weakness read more
After his father was declared an enemy of the state in Uganda, his family fled. Now a successful consultant and men's group leader, Kenny D'Cruz continues to heal from a life marked by persecution and mental illness.
There’s evidence pot can help: [One experiment] incorporated data on 5,631 Americans, who reported their level of loneliness, described their marijuana usage (if any), and assessed their mental health and feelings of self-worth. NotShow More Summary
Over the course of my life, I have been given no fewer than five different diagnoses for mental illnesses, under the diagnostic system laid out in psychiatry’s “bible,” the DSM. But it was a sixth diagnosis— one that ironically will...Show More Summary
The ideal image many people had of the genome as a straightforward template that stamps out human beings in a predictable way was, and is, a fantasy. And this is nowhere more evident than in the case of human personality traits and mental illness.
While I recognize that the military is a unique institution with its own codes of conduct and ethos, this policy, tacit though it may be, of stigmatizing mental illness has got to end.
Through GIFs, comics, and confessionals, Tumblr helps humanize the actual people living with mental illness.
A team of scientists based at Cardiff University who found that a handful of genes are implicated in a wide range of debilitating neurological conditions have won £5m for further research. "So the animal has actually gone to the wrong panel. Show More Summary
Is former Detroit Lions receiver Titus Young suffering from a mental illness or is he just a bad person? The mere existence of that question is the topic of Tim Keown's thoughtful column on ESPN.com. An excerpt: The professional athlete suffering from mental illness has a much more difficult route to acceptance. Show More Summary
Join Yahoo! News’ Lizzie O’Leary, Dr. Sally Satel, psychiatrist and fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and Dr. William Glazer, the president of Glazer Medical Solutions and formerly on the faculty at Yale and Harvard Medical schools, at 12:30 p.m. Show More Summary