As a highly sensitive person, I regularly scour the Internet and bookshops for more material that may shed light on this wonderful gift we highly sensitive people know as the HSP trait.
Find out how to cope with stress more effectively by knowing what kind of stress you're experiencing!
Do you or someone you know hate to be touched? Touch aversion and tactile sensitivity can be complex. Our guide will help you understand aversion to touch and provide answers to your questions...
Use the Johari Window to increase self-awareness and self-esteem, and to decrease anxiety. This communication tool can help improve relationships.
Did you know that it's possible to get addicted to nasal sprays? Unfortunately, I learned this the hard way. This is what I did to break my dependence.
Disturbing thoughts can be a major problem for those who suffer with anxiety disorders. Why do you get them and how can you deal with them?
Family therapy pays attention to how family members influence each other’s behavior. This approach uses a wide range of techniques to improve family functioning.
People who have a mental health disorder have to live with stigma and discrimination. The popular use of slang terminology doesn't help.
Learn how to stop drinking alcohol for a month, regain control of your consumption, and improve your well-being.
Bipolar disorder is more than difficult for the person diagnosed with the disorder, but it is often not discussed that it may be even harder on their family and friends. There are ways to cope with someone who is bipolar.
My father was a compulsive gambler. This article is about how loved ones can protect themselves from the ravages of a gambling addiction.
Anxiety and OCD can affect the mind in various ways. Derealization and depersonalization (DPDR) sufferers feel totally detached from reality and in a dream-like trance. I wish to demystify and tackle the terrifying phenomenon of anxiety-induced dissociative symptoms.
Do you fear being alone and think you cannot cope without someone else by your side? You may have dependent personality disorder.
Prior to 1995, I thought I would be hooked on cigarettes until the end of my life. This article is the story of how I miraculously quit smoking.
EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprogramming) therapy is useful in treating many anxiety and panic disorders. Learn how to self-administer this therapy anytime and anyplace.
Do you know everything you should about your anti-anxiety medication? Do they help? Are they a cure?
Quitting smoking cold turkey is tough, but you can maximize your chance of success by planning ahead.
How can you control negative thinking, avoid negative thoughts and emotions, and release stress? Here are 30 tricks to help you feel more positively about life.
This article describes the traits of antisocial personality disorder, medication and treatment recommendations, and suggestions for loved ones and healthcare professionals. Real-life examples of traits and patient care are provided.
What it means to be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), and why it matters to understand as much as possible about this trait.
A bipolar woman’s experience going through a depressive episode due to medication, suicidal ideation and hospitalization to get help.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by uncontrollable, disturbing thoughts and repetitive behaviors. There are, however, effective treatments for OCD sufferers.
When we face a problem we often also face the irony that we find it easier to discuss our problems with a stranger than with our loved ones.
If you are a highly sensitive person (HSP), you may have faced a variety of struggles with work. This article examines some of the challenges and difficulties HSPs face at work and why they exist.
Bowen family systems therapy takes a multigenerational approach to treating the family system. It emphasizes the need for unresolved emotional fusion to be addressed for healthy family functioning.
The love affair between bipolar and fatigue is overwhelming to the person living with this condition, as well as to everyone around him or her.
These are a few reflections on how depression changes how you view yourself and others. How having a mental illness alters the reality you find yourself in.
Frustrations and sadness can lead to angry outbursts, but consider the negative impact on your life and relationships. Take these nine steps to manage your anger.
Highly Sensitive Men are often an "invisible" subset of the HSP spectrum. Learn more about the highly sensitive man and the challenges he faces.
What's the difference between an alcoholic and a heavy drinker? Can you really stop any time you want ? Have you crossed the line from social drinking to alcoholism? A simple test can tell you...
Do you have a loved one with borderline personality disorder? Have you ever wondered why they seem to see you as their enemy, no matter what you do to prove you're not? This article explains why.
Nicotine gum and lozenges can be useful when you're trying to quit smoking, but they can create a new, hard-to-kick addiction themselves. Are you addicted?
This article discusses and reviews several books on the topic of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) - a disorder that does not get nearly enough attention.
I was finally motivated to quit smoking not because of health concerns but because of sheer vanity and self-interest. Here are five good reasons to quit that you may not have considered.
Depression, itself, is enough to change your behaviour and impede your functioning. Psychosis can exacerbate those changes and make the experience terrifying. Learn about how it can be treated.
Highly sensitive people make up 15-20% of the population, which translates to millions of people. Why then are they so widely misunderstood? Here are 25 gifts HSPs share with the world.
Many twins suffer from separation anxiety. Written by a twin, this article provides tips for how to cope with this anxiety.
Everyone knows that cigarette smoke is bad for you, but what do cigarettes actually do? How does it cause cancer and what inside it makes it bad for you?
Studies show that it may take several attempts to successfully kick the smoking habit. For one person it may take only 5 quits to succeed; for another, it may take 10. For me, it was more than that.
Despite all the myths and facts, people with a seemingly dangerous disease such as schizophrenia can live normal lives just like healthy people. It’s all about the right treatment and support.
With TV shows like Hoarders putting the national spotlight on hoarding, much has been learned about this debilitating disorder. But is hoarding more than just an anxiety disorder?
Social anxiety is the third largest mental healthcare problem in the world. This article will show you that there are solutions to your social anxiety.
Overusing nasal decongestant sprays may actually cause more congestion rather than relieving it. This is how I developed an addiction to Afrin and how I was able to stop using it.
Highly sensitive people often struggle with friendships and relationships. This article explores where the difficulties arise and offers thoughts on how an HSP can form more lasting friendships.
This is a list of positive and negative coping skills. Positive coping skills benefit you while negative coping skills cost you something. Use these coping strategies to help you manage stress.
Mental illness affects one in four adults. In some cases, commitment to a psychiatric facility is the best process to protects all parties. Here are the facts about involuntary commitment.
Therapy can be very difficult for borderline patients. In this article, we examine why this is and clear up any confusion about what borderline personality disorder (BPD) is—and what it isn't.
Automatonophobia refers to an irrational fear of objects that falsely imitate a living, conscious being. Common examples include dolls, wax figures, puppets, and ventriloquist dummies.
Covert narcissists, also known as stealth or closet narcissists, get away with mental and emotional abuse. They are mastermind manipulators and work behind-the-scenes to control their victim.
A travel phobia can limit a person's life to a great degree. Are you scared to use public transportation?
I am a recovered agoraphobic. This is the 10-step program I used to help overcome the fears that had taken control of my life.
If you frequently feel frazzled and overwhelmed by responsibilities and everyday tasks, this article offers tips for reducing stress and coping. These are the strategies that work for me.
Why does my face turn red at the most inopportune times? Is there any way I can stop, or am I doomed to spend the rest of my life hearing, "Oh, she's blushing?" Written by a fellow frequent-blusher.
Dermatillomania is a disorder in which one has the urge to pick at one's skin, especially in times of anxiety or stress. I've experienced this condition since I was a child.
Coffee and tea are adored worldwide, and provide many people with daily energy and motivation. However, regular caffeine consumption has a darker side and can result in severe addiction and depression. This article tackles the problem of drinking caffeine when you are bipolar- or mania-prone.
People struggle with various emotional and psychological challenges, and psychotherapists use different approaches, including Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), to address these issues.
Do bad thoughts pop into your mind for no reason? Do you think about hurting other people—or yourself? Do your thoughts embarrass you? If so, you may suffer from intrusive thoughts. Learn more here.
The symptoms of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia can merge to become a disorder known as schizoaffective. Coping can be very difficult.
Do you want to enhance your mental well-being? Follow these 12 steps to improve all areas of your life, including the quality of your relationships, work, and how you cope with life's challenges.
The stigma surrounding methadone as treatment for opiate addiction is strong. This article seeks to dispel some of the myths related to MMT, which I successfully used to conquer my heroin addiction.
Noise can be a source of great distress and frustration for an HSP. This article explores some of the ways we can manage the noise input around us.
If you're an introvert like I am, making chitchat is a struggle. But, unless you want to be seen as a social freak, it's a necessity of every day life and can even open you up to new possibilities for your career and relationships. So here's some ways to embrace small talk rather than dread it!
Trying to understand an alcoholic is an impossible task for most non-alcoholics. I used to be an alcoholic, and in this article I will attempt to take you inside the mind of someone who is dependent.
Negative emotions can make us feel like we are drowning in a sea of our own judgment. Learn to deal with this negativity so that you can be prepared, even in the worst of situations.
The seven deadly sins and gambling go together perfectly. Learn how gambling addiction progresses through each of the 7 stages of sin.
A severe anxiety problem or bout of depression can produce many odd symptoms. Depersonalization and derealization are two of the worst symptoms a sufferer may encounter.
Learn about essential nutrients, simple juicing recipes, and different types of juicers. Juicing for stress and anxiety is simple, natural, and totally effective.
Maybe you've heard the term Highly Sensitive Person, or HSP, and wondered what it means, and whether it applies to you. There's a lot more to being an HSP than just getting your feelings hurt easily.
Surviving an abusive childhood is tough. The emotional and physical scars have the potential to ruin a person. This article discusses how to have a better life after surviving childhood abuse.
A skinny woman's battle with stereotypes. How American culture makes being thin synonymous with anorexia. "Skinny girls have no right to complain."
These are the strategies I use to cope with lack of motivation when I am experiencing a major depressive episode.
This is a true story about my young friend who died from methamphetamine use. Hopefully, this story will save someone else's life. I've provided a helpful list of the signs and symptoms of someone using meth and how to get help.
This article sheds light on a new medical discovery, namely adult neurogenesis in the human brain, that offers promising alternative treatments for depression.
I suffered from social anxiety since puberty. As an adult, I took an anti-anxiety drug for seven years. I now regret taking it for so long, and I want to promote ways to overcome anxiety without drugs.
Cognitive therapy is one of the approaches for the treatment of depression. According to Aaron Beck, depressed persons consistently view themselves, the future, and the world in a negative way.
How easy is it to overdose on nicotine? Not as easy as one would think. Learn to recognize the warning signs and symptoms, as well as how to treat a potential overdose.
If there is an opposite of addiction, it might be mindfulness. While addiction often involves running from feelings and numbing pain, mindfulness involves learning to stay with and accept pain and discomfort. Practicing mindfulness skills during treatment can help maintain sobriety beyond treatment.
Quitting smoking is just the beginning. Staying quit is much harder. Here are the tips and tricks that helped me stay off cigarettes and quit smoking permanently. I hope they will help you, too.
About 10% of the population suffers from an irrational fear of needles and injections. Medical phobias—fear of blood, injections, and injury—differ from other types of phobias in key ways.
Are drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes ruling your life? Have you tried quitting only to pick back up again -- even though you really, really want to stop? Stop beating yourself up. You are not a failure. You're an addict.
What happens when stress builds to gigantic proportions? What happens when stress converts itself into a physical manifestation? Nonepileptic seizures explained.
Even physicians sometimes fail to manage depression appropriately. 10 years into treatment, this is my story.
Social anxiety can affect all aspects of your life—but it can be overcome. Many sufferers turn to anxiety medication, although this isn't the only option to consider.
Structural Family Therapy (SFT) is an approach that focuses on the family structure, its interactions, and its hierarchy—in order to influence change in individuals and the entire family.
Some people who experience extreme trauma develop PTSD symptoms, including flashbacks and disturbing dreams. Although it is not possible to predict who will develop PTSD, there are some risk factors.
If you have ever considered or attempted suicide, you are not a bad person. Suicide is terrible and often stigmatized. Know that you are strong and able to think for yourself. Your life is yours.
If a person repeatedly overdoses on pills but always survives... and yet claims it is because of a desire to die, does it necessarily mean their intent is false? Is it attention-seeking behaviour?
Smoking affects older and younger smokers in different ways, and the two groups may think differently about quitting smoking. But the ultimate effect is the same. Smoking kills.
Why do compliments make you feel uncomfortable. Is it natural to feel like you're being lied to? What are the rules for accepting a compliment? Can I change how I feel? Absolutely!
When does the oral curiosity about our surroundings in childhood cross the line into a medical problem? Pica is an eating disorder that is characterized by non-food cravings.