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Jonathan Foiles LCSW
How much are our thoughts about schizophrenia based on stigma rather than science?
Mental health clinics and schools in Chicago have both suffered cutbacks and closures in recent years. What does this do to the mental health of the communities they serve?
Despite our best efforts stigma against those with mental illness persists. History reveals the roots of this and what we might do to address it.
An anonymous op-ed published by the New York Times last week reignited discussions about Pres. Trump's fitness for office. Is it time for mental health professionals to intervene?
Parents have had the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) called on them for outlandish reasons. Does that mean it's time to reform how they handle hotline calls?
We live in increasingly polarized times. The writings of Wendell Berry demonstrate ways to deepen our commitment to our world and to one another.
Chicago finds itself in the news again. My work in a community mental health center on the West Side has shown me the devastating impact of gun violence.
It's one thing to read their books, another to try to understand the person who wrote them. A new memoir offers a fascinating glimpse at Jacques Lacan.
The narrator of Ottessa Moshfegh's My Year of Rest and Relaxation wants to sleep her problems away. Does it work?
I grew accustomed to referring clients in a mental health crisis to 911 until an intern forced me to reconsider.
In the wake of terror, we use frames to help us make sense of tragedy. Those same frames dictate our response, and it's worth taking a closer look at them.
The recent deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have impacted many of us. How we talk about their deaths often perpetuates stigma about mental health rather than reduces it.
The Cabrini-Green towers were demolished in 2011, but their presence lingers in Chicago. Ben Austen's new book shares the stories of former residents.
The National Association of Social Workers' Code of Ethics states that social workers must work for social justice. What does that mean for the profession in the era of Trump?
Anxiety is usually thought of as the fear of loss. A case example from my practice illustrates that it can also be triggered by something that is all too near.
Mothers are often held up as either caring and selfless or selfish and irresponsible. Neither one is fair, and both make an already difficult job harder. But how can we do better?
Michael Bennett and Charles Thomas both almost lost their lives because the police saw them as a threat. Research helps explain why.
For millennia humans have told stories to explain ourselves and our world. Marilyn Charles' latest book examines contemporary fiction in light of psychodynamic concepts.
Mental health impacts all of us. Reducing stigma is important for ourselves and our relationships, and it is also the first step towards creating a more just society.
Leslie Jamison developed a drinking problem while attending Harvard and the Iowa Writer's Workshop. Her new addiction memoir adds a great deal to the literature on recovery.
Hallucinations are far more common than most people think. A little understanding goes a long way towards reducing stigma.
Love is complicated. Some only fall in love with someone who is taken, others are obsessed by the thought that their partner desires someone else. Bruce Fink helps explain why.
What do we talk about when we talk about love? Jacques Lacan examines this age-old question in his Seminar VIII on transference.
The murder of three clinicians in California reminds me of a violent incident at my own clinic. What can we do to help make work a safe space for everyone?
Telling the truth involves both risk and trust. The #MeToo movement has shown that we must create spaces that make it possible to be honest.
A poem helped me guide a patient along her healing journey from heroin addiction.
Discussions about the link between gun violence and mental illness often fall prey to a few logical fallacies. A more informed debate promises better outcomes for all of us.
In the wake of the Parkland, Florida, tragedy, it's natural to search for answers. Mental illness isn't one of them.
Mark Epstein has long been interested in bridging psychology and Buddhism. His latest book offers wisdom for both mindfulness beginners and seasoned practitioners.
Do you ever find yourself not knowing what to say? Winnicott describes how sitting together in the absence of words can speak volumes.
Jonathan Foiles, LCSW, is a therapist who works at a community mental health clinic in Chicago.