Entries on Mental Health

Portraits of People Living With Mental Illness

A new project from award-winning photographer Walter Smith takes an honest look at people living with mental illness Walter Smith has always been drawn to people. The award-winning documentary photographer, whose professional career spans three decades, is especially known for his revealing portraits,…
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Creature Comforts: Therapy Animals Who Work to Help Humans Heal

When Smiley the Blind Therapy Dog recently passed away at 15 years old after a long fight with cancer, thousands of people posted messages of grief across social media. Smiley, a fluffy golden retriever who was rescued from a puppy mill, was born…
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Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) was once called “multiple personality disorder.” It’s a serious, rare condition in which a person’s identity is fragmented into distinct personalities. This post about life with DID was submitted by a Health Stories Project community member. Click here to…
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How Hard Work and Support Helped Rain Blu Cope with PTSD

Rain Blu was a young mother working as an emergency services dispatcher when she began to experience debilitating anxiety and bouts of dissociation. She’d get stuck in high panic mode for days on end. She started to wonder if she were going crazy….
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If someone you love is dealing with depression you might feel helpless, confused, overwhelmed, hopeless, frustrated, or even angry. You simply might not know what to do. We’ve rounded up tips on how to be there for your loved one from Health Stories…
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25 Insights From People Living with Schizophrenia

Have experience with PTSD? We’re writing a blog post and we want to hear from you! Click here to learn more. For people with schizophrenia, diagnosis can be a relief — all those symptoms finally start to make sense – but also a…
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About a month ago we published a post called Why Don’t Colleges Offer Depression 101? that received quite a few negative comments on Facebook. It was an interview with college professor, Jennifer Ganyo, about her experiences with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), the stigma…
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Major Depressive Disorder

For a lot of college students, freshman year can be the hardest. Tougher schoolwork, making new friends, living away from home for the first time – it all hits you at once. But for Jennifer Ganyo, it wasn’t until she was a sophomore…
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When most people think a negative “what if” thought, it passes quickly without leaving a lasting impression. But for people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), that thought can manifest into an obsession and they’re often left living in constant fear that something terrible will…
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People that have spent their lives around horses get it. There’s something almost magical about being in the presence of these amazing creatures. It’s calming, even sustaining for some. “I call it my vitamin H,” says Janneli Dart, a long-time volunteer at the Colorado…
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