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March 2, 2017

By Chris Aiken, M.D. | Feb. 06, 2017

“You seem like you’re walking on eggshells,” our family therapist told me with a wise nod. The image of cracked eggs under my bare feet was strangely comforting compared to what our family was really going through. We were living with mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder.

Psychiatrists don’t know enough about how to help families in this situation. I should know—I’m a psychiatrist myself. When mental illness hit my home, Read More

    By Stephanie Nebehay Reuters February 23, 2017

    GENEVA (Reuters) – More than 4 percent of the world’s population lives with depression, and women, youth and the elderly are the most prone to its disabling effects, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday.

    An estimated 322 million people suffered depressive disorders in 2015, a rise of 18.4 percent in a decade, as people live longer, Read More

    February 24, 2017 | By Ana Sandoiu

    Stroke is a leading cause of disability in the United States, and mental illness affects tens of millions of Americans each year. New research finds a link between the two, as psychiatric illness is found to raise the risk of stroke. A new study suggests those who have mental health problems may also be at an increased risk of stroke. The American Heart Association (AHA) estimate that almost 800,000 Americans have a stroke each year, and Read More

    By Erica Davies | Jan 19, 2017

    Less than a quarter of the NYPD’s force are properly trained to handle mental health crisis incidents, despite encountering over 400 incidents daily, a new report by the city’s Department of Investigation revealed Thursday.

    As of December 2016, roughly 4,700 officers have completed Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training to de-escalate encounters with the mentally ill. The figure represents just 13 percent of the NYPD’s 34,500 officers.

    NYPD Sgt. on Mayor’s Detail Suspended for Drug Use: Read More

    By Roshan Abraham | January 12, 2017

    Some inmates enter New York City’s correctional facilities with prior mental illness made more severe by incarceration. Others have more subtle mental-health issues exacerbated by release, jarred by the change in environment and lack of institutional support.

    This was the experience of Jonathan Stenger, a former inmate and Director of Communications at the Osborne Association.

    “Prison is a sensory deprivation experience. Some senses are over-stimulated, but for the most part it is extremely controlled,” Stenger says.

    “I Read More

    By Laura Greenstein | Jan. 30, 2017

    Have you ever had a conversation with someone that tempted you to open up about something incredibly personal, but you hesitated due to the fear of that person’s reaction? Were you worried that telling them would alter their perception of you? Many people experience this feeling as they attempt to determine whether or not to be forthright about their symptoms and their struggle.

    If you are considering opening up about your mental health condition, here Read More

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