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Mental illness, beyond the stereotypes.

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Snowed in with a Ghost

I moved into a haunted building in a ritzy resort resort town and sank into a terrifying depression. I never dreamed the thing that saved me would be the woman who died in my...

A Memoir about Multiple Personalities That’s 25 Years in the Making

Vivian Conan on the long and baffling process of living with dissociative identity disorder, and writing a memoir when the ending is unknown.

Meet the People Who Believe They’ve Traveled to a Past Life

Christopher was an ancient Egyptian prisoner. Stephanie's dating the man who had her murdered. They and many others swear by the controversial benefits of past-life regression.

The Mystical, Mind-Sharing Lives of Tulpamancers

Drawing on ancient Tibetan practices and a very human need for companionship, these people believe they have figured out how to create sentient beings within their own bodies.

I Had a Postpartum Mental Breakdown—and Was Convinced I Was Dead

When I became a mom at 19, my depression spiraled out of control until I reached a delirious state. I was very much alive, but certain I'd been dead for years.

Am I Falling in Love or Having a Manic Episode?

I’m bipolar, and when I started to feel that familiar mix of attraction, infatuation and intensity, I had to stop and ask, ‘is this real?’

My Mother Taught Me To Kill

The tabloids called us “Mommy and Clyde.” This is what it was really like to be raised by a murderous sociopath—and how I finally found a moral compass behind bars.

I Faked Epilepsy as a Child to Get Attention

I thought I was just a liar, but years later a therapist explained a deeper reason for what I'd done.

How to Survive a Business Trip When You Have Multiple Personalities

What might seem like an easy task to most can be a Herculean challenge for someone with dissociative identity disorder.