Tag Archives | Mental Health

Hospital Rooms: Helping Those with Mental Illness Through Art

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Interview by Erin Stair, MD, MPH Greetings, everyone! Recently I had the pleasure of doing an interview with artist Tim Shaw and curator Niamh White, the founders of Hospital Rooms. The mission of Hospital Rooms is to “bring world class art to mental health hospitals.”  I randomly stumbled across their Instagram account and was blown […]

Political Reductionism and Social Media: The Perfect Brain Poison & A Possible Antidote

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Since I was in middle school, I’ve never liked the idea of latching on to any political ideology as truth. Why do I have to pick a side? Wouldn’t my views evolve as I aged? Won’t specific issues become less or more important to me as I get older and, hopefully, wiser? Wouldn’t I have […]

World Boxing Champion Mia St. John on Her Current Fight: The State-Sponsored Mental HealthCare System

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                A conversation between Mia St. John and Erin Stair, MD, MPH I’m thrilled to feature Mia St. John who is famous for her exceptionally successful international boxing career, most notably being a five time World Boxing champion. Mia is no longer boxing, but she’s still fighting, and […]

Don’t Tell Me to Shut Up: The ‘Et Tu, Brute’ Stigma of Mental Illness: On Psych Central

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After sharing my eccentric journey to recovery in a new book, I’ve been accused of being anti-psychiatry. I’m not anti-psychiatry. I’m only anti-psychiatry if it means questioning the long-term efficacy of antidepressants, drug-biased research and the accuracy of making quick diagnoses without objective evidence. I’m anti-psychiatry if it means campaigning for a better mental health […]

How Being a Mermaid Improves My Health and Inspires Others

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We’ve all experienced the magic of mermaids through movies and books, but who becomes a professional mermaid, what do they do, and what inspires them?   Raina Mermaid, owner of Halifax Mermaids in Canada and author of Fishy Business: How to be a Mermaid describes her journey to become a mermaid, how it helped her overcome […]

Polygamy and Mental Health: A Conversation with SisterWives Founders Robyn & Chris Alesich

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Interview & Blog by Dr. Erin Stair Hi guys. Below is a fun, casual, organic, informative and entertaining conversation I had with Christopher and Robyn Alesich. They are married to each other, polygamists and founders of SisterWives.Com, the largest polygamy dating site and the only polygamy matchmaking site on the web. They were also delightful […]

How to Bounce Back from a Mental Breakdown: An Honest, Practical Approach

How to Bounce Back from a Mental Breakdown: An Honest, Practical Approach

By: Erin Stair, MD, MPH ( This was originally posted on The Mighty’s website) Bouncing back from a mental breakdown isn’t easy. In addition to restoring your mental health, you will need to potentially restore your reputation, relationships, job or school status and even your view of yourself. The stigma against mental illness complicates and […]

According to One Doc, The New York Times has Successfully Ostracized all the Mental Health Docs we want to Talk!

The New York Times recently posted an article titled, “Thousands of Toddlers are Medicated for ADHD,”  which mentions that around 10,000 2-3 year olds are on medication for ADHD outside of proper pediatric guidelines.  The article was written by Alan Schwarz who has been writing about ADHD in the Times for a while now.  He […]

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