mental illness

mental illness

I Need Medication to Treat My Mental Illness. Why Can't People Accept That?

At 27, a decade into taking medication for depression and anxiety, I'm used to strangers telling me that I should try yoga or do breathing exercises instead. But I'm certain my life would be far worse without meds.
Maria Yagoda
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Why Is New Year's Eve So Depressing?

It's no secret that the holidays can be rough on mental health. We spoke to a psychologist about why New Year's Eve is especially difficult for some people.
Leila Ettachfini
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What Our Obsession with Tragic, Beautiful, Mentally Ill Women Says About Us

Since the Victorian days—where "hysterics" confined in institutions were forced to dress and act like Ophelia—mental illness in women has wrongly been framed as something beautiful and unknowable.
Bethy Squires
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Why So Many People Feel Like Their Mental Illness Isn't Real

A recent study found that 66 percent of adolescents with ADHD "substantially underreported" symptoms. Doctors say this is a huge, persistent problem.
Maria Yagoda

Spending Your Entire Life Wanting to Die

New York writer Daphne Merkin discusses her new memoir, written after six decades of enduring the unyielding hell of depression.
Gabby Bess
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'In the Mirror, What I Saw Was a Monster': Living with Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Those who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) fixate obsessively on one or more perceived flaws in their appearance, resulting in depression and social anxiety—and, in extreme cases, thoughts of suicide. But despite the severity of the condition...
Stephanie Dubick
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The Grandma Suing a Utah Prison Over Her Teenage Grandson's Suicide

Janet Crane alleges her intellectually disabled grandson spent most of his life being bullied, beaten and abused in various Utah facilities. Now she's fighting for justice.
Sirin Kale

‘This Is How I Feel’: The Photographer Documenting Her Bipolar Mother

Brooklyn photographer Melissa Spitz has spent years documenting her bipolar mom for a project called "You Have Nothing to Worry About." The resulting images are a shocking, honest, and intimate portrait of a mother-daughter relationship.
Sarah Waldron

Lack of Exercise Is a Serious Problem for the Severely Mentally Ill

A new study finds that people living with psychosis are often not getting enough physical activity, which may be contributing to a lower life expectancy.
Candace Bryan

Why People Smoke Weed to Treat Depression

Smoking weed to feel less depressed is a well-known phenomenon—but does it actually work?
Bethy Squires

Why Teens Keep Confessing to Murders on Snapchat

A Chicago teenager has just appeared in court charged with killing his friend and admitting it on the app. It's one of a long string of incidents involving teenage crimes and Snapchat.
Sirin Kale

'It's the Devil': Coming to Terms with My Sister’s Schizophrenia

Growing up, I saw my sister as a rival and a bully. Then we found out she had a severe mental illness, and I had no idea how to break through to her.
Tracy Chabala