Accepting a parent with addiction problems is an extreme sport.
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.
"I felt like I wanted to pick up a baseball bat and walk down the street smashing windshields."
"Look like you're busy! Be normal!!"
It's not our choice.
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.
"Depression feels like a two-sided world."
"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.”
Napping on vacation is totally an activity.
“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.
Do not go gentle into that good night / You have so many unresolved issues, unanswered emails, and unavoidable social interactions to worry about instead
"Being there ~with~ someone can be more powerful than being there ~for~ them."
While society sees my partner's neuroatypicality as a disorder, I see it as a big part of why the two of us are so good for each other. But I haven't spent too much time analyzing why our relationship works — I’ve been too busy loving him.
When it comes to mental health, one size does not fit all. That’s the message from a pioneering clinic in Sacramento, California.
You will never be weak for seeking out help.
I spent too long feeling guilty about my privileges before learning to talk about my depression and finding a way out of it.
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.
*Seeks mental health care to handle stress* *Gets more stressed because insurance won't cover it*
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.”