Mentally Ill Afghan Woman Beaten to Death by Mob of Men 

A 27-year-old Afghan woman was buried Sunday after being beaten, pushed off a roof and stoned to death by an angry mob of men who believed she had been burning a Quran. The woman, known only as Farkhunda, was mentally ill, according to her family. The men who killed her then tied her body to a car, dragged it to a… » 3/23/15 3:10pm 3/23/15 3:10pm

Fox Business Host to Woman: Your Bipolar Disorder Is a Made-Up 'Fad' 

Fox Business radio host Tom Sullivan has some thoughts on mental illness and those thoughts are—you better sit down for this one—pretty dumb. Sullivan told a caller recently that her bipolar disorder was probably just Feelings and also a total fad designed to make money off suckers like her. You may be surprised to… » 1/30/15 5:40pm 1/30/15 5:40pm

Valiant Mom Fights Antidepressant Side Effects With Her 'OrgasmQuest'

The name OrgasmQuest sounds more like an adult board game or a point-and-click adventure from the '90s, but for Crista Anne, a sex-blogger and mom living with depression, it's a quest to find herself and her happiness with one self-induced orgasm a day. » 1/16/15 8:20pm 1/16/15 8:20pm

Your Latest Internet Terror Is 'Twitter Psychosis'

Many of us have long suspected social media isn't doing great things to our emotional equilibrium, and a newly published piece of research isn't exactly reassuring: Here is your introduction to "Twitter psychosis"! » 8/06/14 11:50am 8/06/14 11:50am

Conspiracy Theorist Inmate Sues Jay and Bey Over Stolen Lyrics

We're all pretty aware by now that Jay Z, Beyoncé, and others of the elite celebrity ilk are all members of the Illuminati, responsible for shit including but not limited to the French Revolution, the assassination of JFK, and the KFC DoubleDown (probably). But according to a new lawsuit, they are also thieves… » 5/01/14 2:50pm 5/01/14 2:50pm

Meet Randy, the Man Who Hoards Mannequins That Look Like Randy

Often, TV shows like Hoarders and Hoarding: Buried Alive will feature filthy homes crammed to the rafters with detritus, including feces and garbage. But for some hoarders, there's not a lot of filth; just a lot of stuff — an intense collection that has gotten out of hand. » 4/14/14 4:15pm 4/14/14 4:15pm

When I Remember

When I read people's personal stories of their struggles with major depression, anxiety disorders, and OCD (among other things), often I find myself thinking: "I have these diagnoses, but my life isn't like this. Do I really deserve them?" But my memory is faulty, and sometimes I forget my past experiences, and what… » 1/30/14 11:01pm 1/30/14 11:01pm

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

Urban Outfitters' Not-So-Great 'Depression' Shirt Pulled From Stores

After public outcry, Urban Outfitters has stopped selling an inscrutable t-shirt that reads, simply, DEPRESSION, in big block letters, over and over again. Can't wait to see what those nose-tweaking corporate scamps do next! » 1/07/14 2:30pm 1/07/14 2:30pm

Capitol Shooting Coverage Is Getting Postpartum Depression All Wrong

We don't know much about 34-year-old dental hygienist Miriam Carey, who was shot and killed by police yesterday after she crashed into a barricade outside the White House and led a high-speed chase to the U.S. Capitol — with her toddler still in her carseat — but we do know that her shooting has given pundits yet… » 10/04/13 2:50pm 10/04/13 2:50pm

Orange Is The New Black Stars Talk Prison Dehumanization, Corruption

This weekend on Melissa Harris-Perry's MSNBC show, a few actors from Orange Is The New Black made an appearance and discussed prison conditions. » 8/05/13 6:45pm 8/05/13 6:45pm

Magazine Calls Terrifying Mentally Ill Stalker a 'Lovesick' Victim

A recent magazine feature on a man with Asperger syndrome who's currently in jail for pining after the girl of his dreams — who, in his mother's words, "became a nightmare" since he met her 20 years ago — implies that he's the real victim. The woman he's stalked since middle school feels differently. » 7/31/13 4:25pm 7/31/13 4:25pm

Coffee Might Keep You From Killing Yourself

Coffee addicts of the world, brace yourself for validation: new research from Harvard (so you know it's smart) indicates that coffee doesn't just prevent you from acting like a c-word to your coworkers. It might actually prevent suicide. And here you thought "I'd DIE without my coffee!" was just hyperbole. » 7/26/13 5:10pm 7/26/13 5:10pm

New Nancy Lanza Profile Is a Letdown

It's been two months since 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed six female teachers and 20 first-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut before turning the gun on himself. Some of us (including Obama) often forget to mention his 27th victim: Nancy, his mother. » 2/18/13 12:20pm 2/18/13 12:20pm

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

It Might Be Harder to Recognize Signs of Depression in Men

A recent study by the Department of Psychology at the University of Westminster in London has found that depression, though significantly more common in women, is much more difficult to recognize in men. Researchers presented a sample group (1,218 UK adults) with the following vignette that, in non clinical terms,… » 11/15/12 6:00pm 11/15/12 6:00pm

For a Super-Smart Baby, Leave It in Your Uterus Forever

As medical technology has gotten amazingly advanced, and we've gained more and more control over how and when babies are born, we tend to think that as long as you're not extremely premature, it doesn't really matter exactly how long a baby cooks in its mother's womb. Well, think again. Two new studies have found that… » 7/03/12 1:00pm 7/03/12 1:00pm

Divorce Makes Women Want to Kill Themselves Slightly Less

In the US and other developed countries, suicide is usually associated with mental illness. But in China and India, often the only affliction affecting female suicide victims is a bad, no-way-out marriage. Can divorce literally save these women's lives? » 6/22/12 11:40am 6/22/12 11:40am

Are Bipolar Characters Finally Getting a Fair Shake on Television?

As anyone who's experienced bipolar disorder in their own brain (or been close to a bipolar person) can attest, it's not all magnificent highs and crushing lows as depicted on television dramas, and treatment is never as simple as one noble, weepy trip to the hospital and back. In fact, many (most?) bipolar people… » 4/10/12 6:30pm 4/10/12 6:30pm

Is Sex Addiction Just Crap Some Sluts Made Up?

As sex addiction becomes fodder for TV scripts and philandering athlete excuses, doctors and researchers are turning their eyes to its study. Specifically, is sex addiction even a real thing? Can women be sex addicts? Why do women become addicted to sex? And, most importantly, is it just another term for "being super… » 1/06/12 6:30pm 1/06/12 6:30pm