NAMI Blog

New Congress, What Now?

By Happy Carlock | Jan. 27, 2017

New laws and regulations are being proposed and the future of health care is at the center of the action. NAMI provides answers to FAQs about what’s happening.

What is Tardive Dyskinesia?

By Teri Brister, Ph.D. | Jan. 25, 2017

Do you or a family member take antipsychotic medication for a mental health condition? If so, you may want to familiarize yourself with Tardive Dyskinesia, a neurological condition that can develop as a result of long-term use of antipsychotic medications. 

99 Faces Who Care About Mental Health Awareness

By Laura Greenstein | Jan. 23, 2017

99 Faces consists of photographs of individuals who are affected by mental illness. Through the project, viewers can witness the possibility, the potential, and more important, the proof of recovery.

Overcoming the Silence of Stigma through Film

By Max Asaf | Jan. 18, 2017

Dinesh’s hope is that by sharing his family’s story, by showing real scenes of a South Asian family intimately discussing these often-off-limits issues, his film will allow Asian communities to acknowledge the reality of mental illness.

Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art

By Ryann Tanap | Jan. 13, 2017

There’s something very powerful about art. It allows the viewer to experience life from different perspectives. With mental health becoming more commonplace in everyday conversation, it’s no surprise that we can experience it within the creative and performing arts community.

An Answer for Our Toughest Battle of the Day

By Danei Edelen and Alex Hanna | Jan. 11, 2017

Getting up each day is just something people do. Even if reluctantly, most people can muster the strength to slip out from under the sheets, put their feet on the floor and stand up. For those of us living with mental illness, getting out of bed is not so simple. 

Selective Mutism: Frozen in Silence

By Traci Noelle | Jan. 09, 2017

As a child, the author of this blog would hide behind her parents’ legs when someone tried to talk to her. Everyone thought she was just shy. But selective mutism isn’t shyness.

What I Learned from Carrie Fisher

By Jess Lader | Jan. 06, 2017

Ask yourself: “What can I do in the coming year to help change the perception of mental illness?” You may discover that your calling in life will help the fight against stigma—something we need more of in this world.  Because Carrie Fisher is no longer with us, we all need to work a little harder.

Strategies of Living Well: Four Secrets in Plain Sight

By Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Jan. 04, 2017

Psychiatrist, advocate, and author of this blog writes about four foundational "secrets" he believes will help people experiencing mental health conditions. These secrets give people the option to take action while we wait for the scientific discoveries of the future.