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May 1, 2017

April 24, 2017 | By Laura Greenstein

Most people have experienced anxiety at some point. Running late for an important meeting, getting ready before a date, speaking publicly for the first time—anxiety is within the scope of the human experience. In fact, it’s a perfectly normal reaction to stressful situations.

This fact is both positive and negative for people who live with anxiety conditions. It’s beneficial because most people have some understanding of what anxiety feels like, and may be more sympathetic Read More

    April 07, 2017 | By Emily Johnson

    I live with a high-functioning depression in my life, and in the workplace. I’ve been struggling since 2015, when I thought it was just fatigue. Medication and therapy have helped me feel better, but I still experience depressive episodes. Sometimes going to the office seems close to impossible—even though I love my job. And like most others, I can’t take the liberty to refuse regular income and stop working for a while. But what Read More

    May 1, 2017 | NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

    When mind and body connect in harmony, the benefits are clear thinking, more energy, confidence, and better overall physical and psychological health. The mind’s influence on the body can have remarkably curative effects — helping patients to heal faster, lessen their chronic pain, or attain physical goals they once thought impossible.

    However, mental illness can short circuit these benefits. Depression can rob a person of motivation and energy. Anxiety can cripple a person, keeping him housebound. Read More

    April 26, 2017 | By Lauren Steussy

    San Francisco-based teacher Mark Lukach was married to his wife Giulia for just three years when she had her first psychotic episode at age 27. In the years that followed, he and Giulia and their young son, Jonas, learned how to cope with the terrifying psychosis, the crippling depression, recovery and relapses that came along with Giulia’s late-onset bipolar disorder. In his memoir, “My Lovely Wife in the Psych WardRead More

    By Laura Greenstein | Mar. 29, 2017

    Together, we are a movement. Our movement explains what it really means to experience mental illness. Our movement shows people experiencing mental illness that they are not alone and there is hope. While it’s a slow process, our movement is becoming louder and more persistent every time a celebrity speaks out, an article is published or an individual shares their personal story. Our movement is growing, strengthening and becoming more Read More

    By Ryann Tanap | Mar. 20, 2017 

    When you hear the phrase “psychotic break,” what comes to mind? Probably nothing good. In everyday conversation, the phrase carries a negative meaning for many because it’s perceived as a harsh and abrupt disconnect or “break” from reality—though it is more accurately described as an episode of psychosis.

    Carlos Larrauri, for example, describes his experience with psychosis as more of a gradual decline, as opposed to a “break” occurring during a Read More

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