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Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness Through Music

February 19, 2019

By Michele C. Hollow When Ronald Braunstein conducts an orchestra, there’s no sign of his bipolar disorder. He’s confident and happy. Music isn’t his only medicine, but its healing power is potent. Scientific research has shown that music helps fight depression, lower blood pressure and reduce pain. The National Institutes of Health has a partnership with the John F. Kennedy more »

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‘I Want to Live Like a Human Being’: Where N.Y. Fails Its Mentally Ill

By Joaquin Sapien and Tom Jennings Dec. 6, 2018 The stench from Abraham Clemente’s apartment in Flatbush, Brooklyn, this summer was overwhelming. Maggot-infested scrambled eggs were strewn across the floor; a cantaloupe was so spoiled, it seemed to be melting. Feces were ground into the carpet. Mr. Clemente, who is 69 and has schizophrenia, kept the shower and more »

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How My Depression Made Me A Better State Representative

January 17, 2019

By Michael Schlossberg | Dec. 17, 2018 When I first told the world I suffered from a major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, I miscalculated. I was angry at the time, and I didn’t realize it would actually have a positive impact on me and the people I represent. I’m a full-time elected official. I have the more »

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Training The Community To Recognize And Respond To Crises

By John Giampaolo | Dec. 20, 2018 As a child, I watched my brother struggle for years. Mental health simply wasn’t a topic discussed much in the 1970s and 1980s, and my parents had few resources to turn to for help. I was 21 years old when my brother took his life; I understand firsthand what families go more »

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Common Heart, Diabetes Meds May Help Ease Mental Illness

January 14, 2019

By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A new study is raising the question of whether certain cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes drugs could help manage mental illnesses like schizophrenia. The findings come from a study of over 142,000 Swedish patients with serious mental illnesses — including schizophrenia and bipolar more »

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