The Voices Wonders If Your Pet Could Talk, Would It Tell You To Kill?

One of the oddest films about mental illness to come along in awhile, this pitch black comedy from Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) follows the downward spiral of Jerry (Ryan Reynolds), a fellow driven to violence by the voices in his head… which seem to be emanating from his pets. Some spoilers follow. » 2/05/15 9:00am 2/05/15 9:00am

How Do You Treat Mental Illness in a Bonobo?

Brian is a male bonobo who was born at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, but spent most of his life at the Milwaukee County Zoo. His childhood was rough, thanks to an abusive father, and as he transitioned into early adulthood, his prospects seemed grim. » 6/13/14 12:56am 6/13/14 12:56am

10 Comics That Can Help You Understand Mental Illness

Comics don't always have the best track record when it comes to portraying mental illness. In superhero stories, mental illness is often associated with violence and villainy. There are, however, other, often personal, comics that can open your eyes to real human experiences with mental disorders. » 5/15/14 10:15am 5/15/14 10:15am

This webcomic captures the day-to-day horrors of living with depression

Depression can be a difficult illness to understand if you've never experienced it, and depressive episodes can be incredibly isolating experiences. But the webcomic Depression Comix offers a peek into the depressed mind while helping a lot of depressed folks feel less alone. » 1/08/14 1:40pm 1/08/14 1:40pm

A young woman tries to aid a mentally ill man, but can't see his demons

After Bernard, a mentally ill vagrant, comes to the aid of compassionate university student Lourdes, she tries to repay him with a meal and a sympathetic ear. But Bernard's vision is increasingly crowded with vicious demons. » 12/15/13 7:30am 12/15/13 7:30am

Which countries have the highest rate of diagnosed depression?

This map visualizes the results of a new study of depression rates. Depression is the second leading cause of disability worldwide, diagnosed in 4% of the human population, and map allows you to compare rates of depression diagnosis across countries. » 11/10/13 1:00pm 11/10/13 1:00pm

Are we in the midst of an anxiety epidemic?

Some people have called anxiety the Disease of the 21st Century; and on an anecdotal level, it's easy to understand how someone might think anxiety worthy of the title. We've all experienced it at one time or another – that horrible feeling when the whole world seems to be crashing down on us. But is humanity truly in… » 11/06/13 11:30am 11/06/13 11:30am

A teenager's journey through the horrors of bipolar disorder

While we celebrate the ghouls and goblins of October, Elaine M. Will's webcomic Look Straight Ahead depicts a different sort of horror. High school senior Jeremy loses his connection with reality as he falls into the grips of bipolar disorder. » 10/12/13 8:30am 10/12/13 8:30am

The demons of mental illness illustrated as real monsters

What if mental ailments were caused by supernatural beings that buzz around their victims and feed off their terrible feelings? Toby Allen's illustration series Real Monsters creates a bestiary of creatures that inspire anxiety and gloom. » 9/21/13 7:30am 9/21/13 7:30am

Everyone Around You Is An Impostor: Inside the Mind's Most Bizarre…

Imagine that your best friend has been replaced by an exact double, or that everyone you meet is really the same person wearing lots of disguises. These aren't just plots of The Prisoner episodes — they're all real mental delusions. » 4/11/12 3:44pm 4/11/12 3:44pm

Mental disorders visualized in six minimalist posters

Mental and neurological disorders are hard enough to explain in words, but how about with just a few blocks of color? Graphic designer Patrick Smith tries to capture an impressionistic sense of some serious illnesses with his minimalist designs. » 3/04/12 10:30am 3/04/12 10:30am

Zoos are giving chimps mental illnesses

We may not be on the verge of full-on chimp rebellion, but we still might want to rethink the ethics of keeping chimps in zoos. The captive apes are showing signs of mental illnesses never seen in their wild counterparts. » 7/05/11 11:45am 7/05/11 11:45am

Depressed people make better decisions than happy ones

Clinical depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, a disabling condition that keeps people trapped in feelings of hopelessness and despair. So why do depressed people actually make better decisions than their healthy counterparts? » 5/05/11 4:56pm 5/05/11 4:56pm

1972 book claimed that being a hippie is a mental illness, can be…

In 1972, a Colombian psychiatrist asserted that being a hippie is a form of mental illness that can be passed on to one's children. Apparently a fondness for patchouli and Iron Butterfly can be traced to your chromosomes. » 12/26/10 9:10am 12/26/10 9:10am

Mental Illness on the Rise Throughout the Globe

It's become common sense to admit that war can make soldiers crazy — the condition has been called everything from "shell shock" to "post traumatic stress disorder." But now a study published yesterday offers concrete evidence that war drives civilians crazy too. In the first nationwide study of civilian mental… » 4/01/08 12:45pm 4/01/08 12:45pm