Why We're So Full Of Ourselves: In Defense of Narcissistic Qualities

There's a huge difference between being a "narcissist" and being self-centered, although you wouldn't know it by how often it's used as an insult. Even so, being a little self-centered isn't just a good thing, it's necessary for our mental health. Sure, there's a line, but let's talk about where that line is, and how… » 11/05/14 3:28pm 11/05/14 3:28pm

7 Up used to contain lithium

Yesterday, The New York Times published a provocative opinion piece by a Cornell medical school professor that argued for adding lithium to our drinking water. It's an interesting idea! It is not, however, a new one. In fact, one of America's favorite soft drinks used to contain the mood stabilizing element. » 9/15/14 1:56pm 9/15/14 1:56pm

I Lead Inspirational Retreats… And I'm Struggling With Depression

I'm tired. I just spent a week leading a retreat with 22 women, and although I mostly love what I do, I found myself this week understanding, for the first time really, what it means to be emotionally exhausted. I'm awake and filled with gratitude, but I'm drained. How long can one person wear so many hats? Yoga… » 4/15/14 3:00pm 4/15/14 3:00pm

Why does my diagnosis keep changing?

The current iteration of the DSM has many problems, compounding the issues that psychiatric diagnosis has had for decades. The DSM blurs the differences between normal distress and the clinical levels of distress and dysfunction needed for diagnosis. Secondly, the goal of diagnosis is to allow for specificity— you… » 2/27/14 8:36pm 2/27/14 8:36pm

This webcomic captures the day-to-day horrors of living with depression

Depression can be a difficult illness to understand if you've never experienced it, and depressive episodes can be incredibly isolating experiences. But the webcomic Depression Comix offers a peek into the depressed mind while helping a lot of depressed folks feel less alone. » 1/08/14 9:00pm 1/08/14 9:00pm

Italian Woman Visiting UK Forcibly Sedated, Given C-Section

A really ugly legal battle is about to get underway in the UK, where an Italian national who came to Britain last July on a work-related trip had her infant forcibly removed by caesarean section after social services determined she suffered a mental breakdown and didn't have the capacity to care for the child. » 12/01/13 1:30pm 12/01/13 1:30pm

Women Definitely Less Sane Than Men, Claim Men

The problem with being called crazy is that there's no response you can give that will make you sound less crazy. No, I'm not crazy! is exactly the sort of thing that a crazy person would say. So is "I AM THE REINCARNATION OF FAMED WISCONSIN POLITICIAN ROBERT "FIGHTING BOB" LAFOLLETTE AND I AM HERE TO COLLECT YOUR… » 7/18/13 1:30pm 7/18/13 1:30pm

Dominus Vobiscum: Belief in God May Lead to More Treatable Depression

Suffering from depression? You might want to break out your Quran, your Torah, your Bible or whatever it is that gets you feeling spiritual, not because there's a God out there who can fix your problems, but because of a new study by the Harvard Medical School that shows people with a stronger belief in God have an… » 4/26/13 1:45pm 4/26/13 1:45pm

That Woman Is Not Adam Lanza's Mother, and She's Distracting Us From…

In light of last Friday's tragic school shooting, some people are arguing that gun control is just a band-aid, and that access to mental health services in this country is the real problem. But the thing is, if I cut myself, I'm not going to say, "No, no band-aid for me, thanks! It won't heal the wound completely on… » 12/17/12 12:00pm 12/17/12 12:00pm