Tag: Mental Health and Disorders

If ‘Pain Is an Opinion,’ There Are Ways to Change Your Mind

Some days I’m grumpy; other times, my head hurts or my feet or my arms do. Yet when I play the trumpet, my mood improves and the pain disappears. Why? Alternative medicine — including music therapy — is full of pain-relief claims. Although some are simply too good to be true, the oddities of pain […]

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‘I Wanted to Die:’ Northern Ireland Confronts a Suicide Crisis

LURGAN, Northern Ireland — On a cold February night in 2001, as Joe Holbeach was jogging along the pebbled shores of Newcastle in Northern Ireland, he imagined being taken in by the vicious tide and drowning. Days later, he stood on the edge of the Giant’s Causeway cliff top and gazed down at the steep […]

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Thanksgiving, When You’ve Got Nowhere Else to Go

KINGSTON, N.Y. — Almost a week before Thanksgiving, residents at Chiz’s Heart Street group home begin their preparations. With six turkeys to defrost and brine, more than 50 pounds of sweet potatoes to cube and giant trays of stuffing to mix, this is not a one-day job. The meal will be served family-style, but many of […]

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Investigating a Famous Study About the Line Between Sanity and Madness

Books about mental illness often reflect on how reality is experienced. In addition to the standard questions — What do we know, and how do we know it? — is another layer of inquiry: What do we know about our own minds, and what if it isn’t true? In her first book, “Brain on Fire,” […]

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What Should I Do About the Workaholic Who Works for Me?

I am on the board of a small nonprofit. We have a part-time director who drives herself relentlessly on behalf of our organization, working perhaps two to three times the hours required of her. I live nearby, and occasionally I have observed her car parked outside the office all night long. She admits to being […]

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3 Hours of Exercise a Week May Lower Your Depression Risk

Those of us who walk, dance, run, ease into a downward dog, or glide and churn on ellipticals at least a few times a week are much less likely to develop clinical depression than sedentary people, even if we inherited an elevated risk for the condition, according to a large-scale new study of exercise, genetics […]

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A Designer’s Suicide and the Clothes He Left Behind

Josephus Melchior Thimister, the Dutch designer who died of suicide last week at age 57, was, the couturier Ralph Rucci said, “the greatest designer of his generation.” Anne Chapelle, the Belgian businesswoman who once backed him, called him “a master.” He had run the house of Balenciaga for five years, started his own couture and […]

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Prison’s Tips for Isolated Inmates: ‘Plant a Tree’ or ‘Go on a Picnic’

SEATTLE — As Joey Pedersen made his way to solitary confinement last month, Washington State prison officers handed him a roll of toilet paper, a bar of soap and a pack of documents including a flier titled “101 Ways to Relieve Stress.” He reviewed the suggestions in his new cell, where he would spend 23 […]

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Fix Girls’ Sports

Over the past week, the athletic world has been embroiled in a reckoning following high school phenom Mary Cain’s story of suffering from an eating disorder and suicidal thoughts in pursuit of athletic success. Stories like hers are not new. What’s new, and what I think has triggered such outrage, is that she has audaciously […]

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Comedian Hospitalized for Depression. Hilarity Ensues.

If I were a comedy obsessive, I would already have known about the sneaky genius of Gary Gulman. He’s got a devoted following, a winning smile, a corkscrew imagination; in 2016, when he did a six-minute bit on “Conan” about how the states got their two-letter abbreviations, it became a viral sensation, pure catnip for […]

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Getting a Handle on Self-Harm

The sensations surged up from somewhere inside, like poison through a syringe: a mix of sadness, anxiety, and shame that would overwhelm anyone, especially a teenager. “I had this Popsicle stick and carved it into sharp point and scratched myself,” Joan, a high school student in New York City said recently; she asked that her […]

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Discussing Guns in America Is Difficult. Let’s Try It.

How can ordinary Americans move the debate about guns and gun violence forward, when it seems our legislators cannot? We thought a conversation might be the right way to start. We paired readers with differing perspectives about guns and American society and asked them to discuss gun violence and legislation. Specifically, we asked them to […]

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U.K. Minister Apologizes for Case of Teen With Autism Kept in Seclusion

LONDON — Bethany is 18 years old. She also lives with autism. And, for most of the last three years, she has been locked away in tiny rooms of psychiatric hospitals across Britain, with almost no human contact. Matt Hancock, Britain’s health secretary, publicly apologized to her on Saturday “for the things that have gone […]

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U.S. Must Provide Mental Health Services to Families Separated at Border

LOS ANGELES — A federal judge has ruled that the government must provide mental health services to thousands of migrant parents and children who experienced psychological harm as a result of the Trump administration’s practice of separating families. The decision, issued late Tuesday, marks a rare instance of the government being held legally accountable for […]

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Her Illness Was Misdiagnosed as Madness. Now Susannah Cahalan Takes On Madness in Medicine.

Ten years ago, Susannah Cahalan was hospitalized with mysterious and terrifying symptoms. She believed an army of bedbugs had invaded her apartment. She believed her father had tried to abduct her and kill his wife, her stepmother. She believed she could age people using just her mind. She couldn’t eat or sleep. She spoke in […]

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After Rehab and Loss, a Restaurant Leader Helps His Colleagues

This article is part of a series on Visionaries. The New York Times selected people from all over the world who are pushing the boundaries of their fields, from science and technology to culture and sports. Steve Palmer has opened dozens of restaurants over the course of his career. He knows how to coax the […]

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Room for Everyone at the Table

This article is part of a series on Visionaries. The New York Times selected people from all over the world who are pushing the boundaries of their fields, from science and technology to culture and sports. Steve Palmer has opened dozens of restaurants over the course of his career. He knows how to coax the […]

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Should I Tell the Children Why My Marriage Broke Up?

I am a middle-aged woman. Several decades ago I had an affair with a woman I met in a writing class at a prestigious university’s continuing-education program. I was at a very fragile and vulnerable point in my life. My husband and I and our young children had recently moved to a new town where […]

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Marine Veteran Is Deported to El Salvador

A Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan was deported to El Salvador this week after several failed attempts to stay in the United States, where he had lived since he was 3 and had been convicted of several felonies, his lawyer and immigration officials said. The case was another chapter in the […]

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Can You Really Be Addicted to Video Games?

Charlie Bracke can’t remember a time when he wasn’t into video games. When he was 5, he loved playing Wolfenstein 3D, a crude, cartoonish computer game in which a player tries to escape a Nazi prison by navigating virtual labyrinths while mowing down enemies. In his teenage years, he became obsessed with more sophisticated shooters […]

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The Lasting Trauma of Infertility

I’m handing over the newsletter this week to Regina Townsend, the founder of The Broken Brown Egg, an infertility website and community centered on the experiences of women of color. She’s writing about the intersection of infertility and mental health. Here’s a link to our infertility section for more on I.V.F., I.U.I. and other treatments […]

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