Bipolar Depression: The Lows We Don’t Talk About Enough

SEP. 22, 2021 By Katherine Ponte, BA, JD, MBA, CPRP The highs and lows of bipolar disorder can both be extremely challenging. The name of the illness itself recognizes these two sides (depression and mania),…

Are You Really Treatment Resistant?

SEP. 20, 2021 By Mark D. Rego, MD In psychiatric practice, providers often hear the same concern: “I’ve tried everything, but nothing works.” The patient giving this history could have any mental health…

How Kate Spade’s Suicide Opened My Eyes to the Impact of Stigma

SEP. 17, 2021 By Heather Loeb In 2019, when I was 35 years old, I was raising a two-year-old son and a four-year-old daughter while battling severe depression, anxiety and an eating disorder. I couldn’t cope with the stress…

Healing After My Son’s Suicide

SEP. 15, 2021 By Susan Wight More than 10 years have passed since our eldest son died by suicide. As I reflect on the first year after his death, I remember how it felt impossible to accept the painful new reality. For years…

What Are the Warning Signs of Depression in College Students?

SEP. 13, 2021 By Ginger Abbot In 2018, more than 63% of college students reported experiencing overwhelming anxiety during their enrollment and nearly 42% reported feeling so depressed that they had trouble functioning at some…

Finding My Way Back from Suicidal Thoughts

SEP. 10, 2021 By Joe Dibert On February 17, 2020, I was at a crossroads, deciding whether I wanted to live or die. After contemplating suicide for two days, it seemed like that was the only answer. I had battled depression for…

Supporting Adolescent Mental Health During a Pandemic and Back to School

SEP. 08, 2021 By Tracy R. G. Gladstone The past 18 months have been challenging for all of us, but they have been particularly hard on adolescents. Some lost family members to COVID-19 and others watched their parents lose jobs.…

Reclaiming the Memories of My Sister

SEP. 03, 2021 By Eleni Pinnow When my sister died by suicide five years ago, I struggled to remember her. It wasn’t that I couldn’t remember her face or the way her glasses slid down her nose or her perfectly-formed curls.…

Asking for and Accepting Help Saved Me

SEP. 01, 2021 By Cassandra D. Lowe Up until four years ago, I was convinced that I would die by suicide. I made more than three serious suicide attempts that landed me in almost every emergency room or intensive care unit in Chicago. At…

7 Behaviors for Improving Mental Health

AUG. 30, 2021 By Brad Bowins, MD, FRCP(C) Identifying the pillars of “good” mental health is crucial to improving our mental and emotional well-being. In my work as a psychiatrist and researcher, I have identified seven behaviors…