Author Archives: Marilyn Langeman

Letter to a misguided pastor (from someone with bipolar disorder)

This letter is read by Katie Dale to her pastor whose preaching led her to discontinue taking medication for bipolar disorder, with very detrimental results.  

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The million dollar sock entrepreneur with Down’s syndrome

Back in 2016, the 21-year-old told his dad, Mark, that he wanted them to start a business when he graduated from high school, but he wasn’t sure what kind. “My first suggestion was a fun store, but we didn’t know … Continue reading

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Neuroscientist Predicts ‘Much Better Treatment’ For Alzheimer’s Is 10 Years Away

We know that sleep has hugely beneficial effects for the brain. When you sleep your brain essentially cleans itself — it uses cerebral spinal fluid to pump away the plaques and tangles that we think cause the disease. And so … Continue reading

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How To Deal With Stigmatizing Remarks About Mental Illness

Research shows that people living with mental health issues are more likely to be victims of a violent crime as opposed to the ones committing them. Yet a formulaic response tends to follow tragedies: Mental illness is bad and it’s what caused this to happen. … Continue reading

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The Family That Built an Empire of Pain

This is a lengthy article from The New Yorker that gives a background to the opioid epidemic and how doctors were wooed into prescribing OcyContin.  https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/30/the-family-that-built-an-empire-of-pain

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You Would Never Know That I Have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “[p]eople with obsessive compulsive disorder may have symptoms of obsessions, compulsions, or both,” which “can interfere with all aspects of life, such as work, school, and personal relationships.” Obsessions often involve fear … Continue reading

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Stop using mental illness to explain away violence. It’s not that simple

After every horrific mass shooting and disturbing terrorist attack, the reflex is the same: The attacker(s) must be mentally ill. The shocking randomness of these acts is destabilizing, so simplistic conclusions may provide comfort, but you can’t explain away violence … Continue reading

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8 Things I Wish Someone Told Me About Mental Health As A Black Woman

1. Sometimes, the label of being a “strong black woman” hurts more than it helps. 2. You have to get past the stigma associated with mental health in the black community. 3. Depression, anxiety, and suicidal tendencies aren’t “white” maladies. 4. Bottling things up … Continue reading

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Experts: Listening is important as community copes

While some people kill family members for revenge against someone else for a perceived slight or injury, “I would caution people not to rush to judgement in this matter,” said Cashen, adding, “I encourage everyone in our community to not … Continue reading

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Have you got the wrong impression about schizophrenia?

Rethink Mental Illness said a survey of 1,500 people showed that the condition is widely misunderstood. Schizophrenia commonly causes hallucinations, such as hearing voices, or delusions and can make people lose interest in life. But it should not be “a … Continue reading

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