Mental Illness and those it affects.

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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.

How Treating People With Brain Injuries Helped Me Forgive My Mother

After a lifetime of resentment, working with other T.B.I. patients finally helped me understand the riddle that is my mother's mind.

How to Survive When Everything You Eat Is Poison

My OCD manifests as an overwhelming suspicion that my food is infested with disease and bodily fluids. After years of hungry suffering, I finally found a way to cope.

A Brain on Fire

I finally realized how to stop turning my grief into anger. But not before I threw a woman through a window.

How a Brain Injury Ruined My Favorite Fruit

I knew recovery would be long and challenging, but the littlest changes took me by surprise.

In Most Schools, Gifted Students with Learning Disabilities Are Left Behind. Not Here.

Micaela Bracamonte was sick of seeing her sons struggle in settings that weren’t equipped for “twice exceptional” students. So she founded a school of her own.

In 1859, a Murderous Congressman Pioneered the Insanity Defense

After gunning down his wife's lover in broad daylight, Daniel Sickles tried to escape the gallows by claiming he was out of his mind.

How Helping a Stranger With a Severed Finger Saved My Life

I was suicidally depressed, until a bloody emergency reminded me what I'm capable of.