Mental Health Week
"Medication doesn't make us superhuman; it just allows us to be functional human beings."
Previously known to most as multiple personality disorder.
"Just because we have a mental illness of our own, doesn't mean we're not equipped to help you with yours."
Let's see how up to date you are with the DSM-V.
Because it's not always "the most joyful time" of her life.
After a lifetime of lying to my parents about the racism I’ve faced in this country and my anxiety disorder, I’m finally being honest with them and with myself.
How do you keep your household afloat when nobody is feeling stable?
All relationships take work — but some require shared calendars and extra sets of car keys.
I was born with a dog, and it's not a good one. But I've learned how to live with it, and I've begun to see how many other people have dogs, too.
Young children should not be worried about war and violence around the world, but they are.
Because life gets tough sometimes.
During a summer when I was suicidally depressed, sometimes home wasn't safe. So I would walk to McDonald's, where nothing could hurt me.
LOLing through my tears.
Here's a shit ton of tips and tricks that can make it easier getting through the day.
Not all experiences are black and white.
Because everyone has their ups and downs.
Oscillating between mania and depression, Vijay found a way to deal with his problems by writing about his illness.
"I was making up meetings and reasons for me to leave the city. I found comfort in sleeping on a long-haul flight, waking up in a city where I didn’t have to meet people... It passed because I was medicated, I went through psychology."
When a woman living with bipolar disorder was beaten by a police officer on a video that went viral, her family thought legal action would lead to justice. They couldn’t have anticipated that a battle with her own lawyer would leave them feeling more hopeless than ever.
Nineteen mothers discuss the process of starting to feel better.
Nous avons demandé à nos collègues de 9 pays différents comment ça se passe là où ils vivent.
Try to focus, try to focus...
I assumed my therapist would tell me to get off my phone and have a “real” face-to-face interaction. And truth be told, I felt a little ashamed about having this conversation over text.
Recovery houses take pressure off psychiatric wards and allow patients a more meaningful recovery, but precarious funding could threaten their future.
A glossary of common mental health conditions and their symptoms, according to guidelines by the World Health Organisation*.
We asked our colleagues in ten BuzzFeed offices to talk about what mental health is like where they live.
Running regularly gave me a sense of control. It became something I needed to do. But a sudden injury meant I temporarily lost both the ability to run and that crucial sense of control.
"As a black woman, I feel like my depression isn't taken as seriously since black women are usually perceived as being 'strong' and 'confident.'"
"What I discovered was that getting help didn’t make me less creative."
"I always watch it when I'm having bad days."
Looks like the future is in good hands.
The world is a pretty terrible place right now. Here are some ways to deal with it all.
As a result of antidepressants, my weight has always been just outside my control. But when I changed my medication and unexpectedly lost a noticeable amount of weight, I was forced to confront body image issues I thought I was intellectually above.
It’s not about needing to drink. It’s about having the option.
"Everyone here is kind of depressed. I’m just lucky enough to be able to talk to people and get on stage and masturbate about it.”
"There were days when I would wake up and feel like it was just too exhausting."
Don't worry, they won't Google you or say hi to you at the bar.
"I wanted to empower out-of-the-box minds."
Just because it's in your head doesn't mean it feels less real.
"I felt like a racehorse in a world without racetracks." - Sylvia Plath.
If you leave me alone at a party, our friendship is over.
What better topic for the singer of "Love Myself"?
Know that you deserve to get help.
No family gathers as completely as they do when someone dies, but by then they’re no longer complete.
"Dear god, what do I usually do with my hands?!"
"Mental health is just as valid as physical health is. Just because you can't see this illness doesn't mean it's not there."
After I was raped as a child, I didn't think I'd ever feel OK again — until my doctor named my fear PTSD, and gave me the tools to deal with it.
"It's not about vanity or rational decisions."
"My dog has taught me that broken things don't have to be broken forever."
Solo porque no veas el dolor, no significa que no esté ahí.
Für alle, die betroffen sind, betroffen waren oder einfach nur verstehen wollen, wie sich das alles anfühlt.
"It's my happy place – I'm seven again and nothing is wrong with the world."
"Trying to do anything feels like trying to start a car with no gas."
A picture paints a thousand words.
Sometimes it's the simple things that help the most.
Yes, ADHD is real.
You don't have to tackle it all at once.
I’ve become obsessively afraid that the people I love will die. Now I have to teach myself how to be OK with that.
Sometimes making things helps you make it through.
Mental health matters.
My desire for female friendship led to me LiveJournal groups like the Purgatorium and _realthin, which led me to Maddie.
Live today like you’re Beyoncé, because you’re worth it.
Facebook wants to stem the flow of social media–associated mental illness.
Tell us when you decided to get help.