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blue-sky-white-clouds-beauty-in-bipolar November 4, 2017

When I was a kid, I used to lie on my back and watch clouds, puffy and brilliant white, glide across the sky. They were constantly morphing, changing shapes: a dragon, a rabbit, a face. They were becoming something new over and over again. Even storm clouds, while gray and ominous, had their beauty, in that they promised rain the earth needed, and when they passed, the clear sky behind them seemed that much bluer and more beautiful.

That’s how I Read More

    When we were children, the world was a wonderful, magical place. A simple cardboard box was a spaceship hurtling through the cosmos. The living room couch was the only harbor in a sea of boiling lava. A winter scarf was a wedding veil suited for a princess bride.

    Where do the magic and wonder go when we grow up? When does a cardboard box change back into a cardboard box? When do we stop jumping on the couch and start lounging Read More

    October 23, 2017 | By Emma Frankham

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    The media often reports on individuals with mental illness. However, little is known about how accurately the media portrays these individuals. Are journalists getting mental illness “right?” It seems the answer is no. I analyzed news reports about individuals with mental illness who were killed by police during 2015 and 2016 and found that these individuals were often stigmatized because of their mental illness. In 301 online news reports, I found 231 examples of stigmatizing language.

    This stigmatization Read More

    This summer, with the help of your advocacy, we defeated Congress’ efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. And just a few weeks ago, we fought back again against the dangerous Graham-Cassidy health reform bill.

    Now, the White House has announced plans that would make significant changes to mental health coverage. Meanwhile, congressional leaders are working toward reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and have forged a tentative bipartisan agreement to stabilize the insurance markets.

    CHIP Reauthorization Update

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    When parents Todd and Laura Crooks lost their oldest son to suicide, it was crushing. But it was also motivating. The West Seattle parents immediately saw ways their son Chad could have and should have gotten help. They created Chad’s Legacy Project to bring resources together and spark change.

    Chad Crooks dreamed of working for NASA. He had big ideas and the passion and smarts to turn them into reality. But in college, he started hearing voices and was diagnosed with Read More

    September 17, 2017 | By Steve Dorfman

    Twenty-first-century “precision medicine” is all about genetics — especially when it comes to treating depression and mental illness with medication.

    Thanks to the relatively new field of pharmacogenomics — which the National Human Genome Research Institute defines as the use of “information about a person’s genetic makeup to choose the drugs and drug Read More

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