Mental Health Week
When a woman living with bipolar disorder was beaten by a police officer on a video that went viral, her family thought legal action would lead to justice. They couldn’t have anticipated that a battle with her own lawyer would leave them feeling more hopeless than ever.
Nineteen mothers discuss the process of starting to feel better.
It isn't just stigma keeping elderly Asian immigrants from getting mental health care — it's also the lack of facilities that understand their languages and cultures.
"I'm not OK. But I think I will be."
As if life wasn't a big enough distraction itself.
“I’ve beaten depression before, I can beat it once again.”
“Think about someone getting hit in the face with bread… that visual takes my mind off anxiety.” — Grace Helbig
"Make not your thoughts your prisons." ―William Shakespeare
I assumed my therapist would tell me to get off my phone and have a “real” face-to-face interaction. And truth be told, I felt a little ashamed about having this conversation over text.
When it comes to mental health, one size does not fit all. That’s the message from a pioneering clinic in Sacramento, California.
Recovery houses take pressure off psychiatric wards and allow patients a more meaningful recovery, but precarious funding could threaten their future.
A glossary of common mental health conditions and their symptoms, according to guidelines by the World Health Organisation*.
Locked up in a psych ward under the false premise that he was a convicted sex offender, Eddie Davison sued New York state for false imprisonment. Now the state is charging him $2 million.
We asked our colleagues in ten BuzzFeed offices to talk about what mental health is like where they live.
"Going to therapy is like getting a PhD in who you are."
We're told that love conquers all. But sometimes antidepressants help, too.
Running regularly gave me a sense of control. It became something I needed to do. But a sudden injury meant I temporarily lost both the ability to run and that crucial sense of control.
“My anxiety gets in the way of everything.”
“The most important thing I’ve learned about mental illness from dealing with my stepbrother is to try to accept him on his own terms rather than control or change him.”
Because my mother never acknowledged her depression, I never opened up to her about mine. Now that she's in treatment for both depression and anxiety, we finally talked about the open secret between us.
Faith healing is a popular medical treatment among some British Muslims. But experts warn it could be used as an "alternative to professional mental health treatment".
"As a black woman, I feel like my depression isn't taken as seriously since black women are usually perceived as being 'strong' and 'confident.'"
There's no such a thing as a "normal" cost.
"I always watch it when I'm having bad days."
Looks like the future is in good hands.
Everyone go home, Tim and Molly have won love.
Everyone needs a little help sometimes.
"It may never be the same, but it can get better."
The world is a pretty terrible place right now. Here are some ways to deal with it all.
Mental illnesses like anxiety, OCD and body dysmorphic disorder are a different experience for everyone. Let's find ways to not let it rule our life, and get out of our heads.