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  • There can be many different causes of social anxiety disorder: biological, environmental, unpleasant life experiences, current life stresses, and difficulties coping with different life stages.

    What Causes Social Anxiety Disorder - Why Me?

    What Causes Social Anxiety Disorder - Why Me?

    by Kawai3

  • Many people look for creative outlets to quell a busy mind. For me, writing is calming and helps me organize my thoughts.

    Writing for Therapy

    Writing for Therapy

    by lovetherain1

  • I know what it's like to suffer from anxiety disorders. For me, the first step in trying to recover is understanding more about the disorder. This article is based on personal experience and research.

    Effective Ways to Manage Your Anxiety

    Effective Ways to Manage Your Anxiety

    by Gwen Hickman2

  • The day I tried to end my life was a Monday. The moment after I swallowed the pills, however, I realised that I did not really want to die. I just wanted the sadness and pain to go away.

    The Day I Tried to End My Life

    The Day I Tried to End My Life

    by Get Back Up1

  • Dealing with depression is like traveling down a winding road that seemingly has no end. In other words, it can make everyday life, very, very hard.

    Depression is Difficult

    Depression is Difficult

    by Cleo Burch1

  • Many find addiction recovery within a well hiked path, others find it on the road less traveled. Yet some will find recovery where no one has traveled before. The differences are many, but no path is superior to the other.

    There Is No GPS on the Pathway to Addiction Recovery

    There Is No GPS on the Pathway to Addiction Recovery

    by Lesa Densmore0

  • When you have an alcoholic in your life who is trying to stay sober, the holidays can be a real minefield of potential disasters.

    Dry Christmases Are Possible

    Dry Christmases Are Possible

    by Chris St-Jean0

  • Here are 10 tips I have learned over a lifetime of dealing with OCD. How to control your obsessions and compulsions, explain them to your loved ones, and keep them from controlling your life.

    10 Tips to Help You Live With OCD

    10 Tips to Help You Live With OCD

    by Ariel Kempa0

  • I have suffered with dermatillomania for many years. Here I share my story, as well as information and resources for this lesser-known disorder.

    Living With Skin Picking Disorder

    Living With Skin Picking Disorder

    by ShiraJena0

  • Porn addiction is a serious condition that involves the excessive consumption of pornographic media. Learn about what causes this addiction and how it can affect the patient's life.

    The Causes and Effects of Porn Addiction

    The Causes and Effects of Porn Addiction

    by Lee Stevenson0

  • Supporting someone with anxiety can be a minefield. What you say to them can have a massive effect on how they feel. Here are some tips to help, rather than hinder.

    Anxiety - What Not to Say

    Anxiety - What Not to Say

    by Mark Morton2

  • Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder that is not well understood by scientist. Let's take a look at our current understanding of this complex illness.

    What We Know So Far About Schizophrenia

    What We Know So Far About Schizophrenia

    by Simon Lam2

  • 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?

    Cigarette Smoking Facts

    Cigarette Smoking Facts

    by Angela Michelle Schultz9

  • The American Society of Addiction Medicine reports a nationwide increase in opiate addiction and overdoses. Is addiction a disease or a choice? Some would argue that it is a "disease of choice."

    Addiction Is a Disease of Choice

    Addiction Is a Disease of Choice

    by Timothy R Berman1

  • People from all over the world suffer from anxiety as a result of overthinking. This is an issue I have attempted to tackle with this piece. Hopefully, my experience and advice can help you.

    Anxious Thoughts of a Worried Mind

    Anxious Thoughts of a Worried Mind

    by livingontheedge1

  • So far, I've survived over 14 years with an anxiety disorder. There have been many days where I was absolutely sure I was going to die before morning. Here are some of the things that have saved me.

    Tips for Living With an Anxiety Disorder

    Tips for Living With an Anxiety Disorder

    by Mystic Writer5

  • Trypophobia is a phobia of holes placed close together, which causes the mind to create disturbing scenarios. It is also an internet sensation for photoshop lovers and special-effect experts alike.

    What Is Trypophobia?

    What Is Trypophobia?

    by social thoughts8

  • Mental illness is getting more attention in the media, but it is still poorly understood by many. Misconceptions and assumptions can be harmful, but with knowledge comes the power to be a better ally.

    How to Be a Better Mental Health Ally

    How to Be a Better Mental Health Ally

    by Katy Preen1

  • Whether you're an adult or still a child, being the kid of an alcoholic really sucks because you try so hard to pretend like everything's normal, when it REALLY isn't.

    Children of Alcoholics Have Really Great Masks

    Children of Alcoholics Have Really Great Masks

    by Chris St-Jean0

  • Some people believe a panic attack is something the victim can control, or that it's just an emotional overreaction. I will share the reality, based on my own experience.

    The Reality of Panic Attacks

    The Reality of Panic Attacks

    by Jen2

  • Anxiety is a very common issue that millions of people suffer with daily. Living with it can be difficult, often leading to depression. There are ways to cope.

    Surviving Chronic Anxiety

    Surviving Chronic Anxiety

    by Krissy Cross0

  • There is a stigma behind depression and how it's perceived. Some people have it worse than others, but it's not really a pissing contest to see who has the worst life. This is my story.

    Depression Is Hard

    Depression Is Hard

    by SognoPiccolo4

  • What does it mean to be mentally ill? How many people suffer from this ailment? It’s more common than you think.

    Are You Mentally Ill?  Am I?

    Are You Mentally Ill? Am I?

    by Liz Elias14

  • This is something I shared with very few people when my children were younger. It is a look into what what it feels like to live with a mental disability.

    The Dark World of Mental Illness

    The Dark World of Mental Illness

    by Mistyck Moon3

  • Depression is an ugly, black monster. It can turn the nicest people into unbearable beings. A depressed mother is difficult because we want to be the best for our kids—but sometimes we just can't.

    The Ugly Truth About Being a Mother With Depression

    The Ugly Truth About Being a Mother With Depression

    by Nancy Fisher2

  • Going through addiction recovery is one of the biggest challenges—and accomplishments—in life. Music has helped me get through some of those difficult times.

    Top 10 Addiction Recovery Playlist

    Top 10 Addiction Recovery Playlist

    by Mark Choat1

  • Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is known as the fear of being negatively evaluated in social settings. It is a restricting ailment that can cause impairment to one's social and professional functions.

    What Is Really Causing Your Social Anxiety?

    What Is Really Causing Your Social Anxiety?

    by Kristina0

  • This article explores some of the reasons behind addictions to nicotine, food, and alcohol, as well as the potential to overcome and recover from their control.

    The Struggles of Overcoming Addictions

    The Struggles of Overcoming Addictions

    by Colleen Swan15

  • People have a tendency to make light of mental health. As someone who has struggled with self-harming, I believe these jokes are no laughing matter.

    Mental Health Is Not a Joke

    Mental Health Is Not a Joke

    by Ellora Fayette0

  • Discusses imaging techniques determining causal factors of addiction, as well as a study showing that signs of cravings are apparent for days, and possibly even weeks or months, after death.

    How Addiction Hijacks Our Brain Even After Death

    How Addiction Hijacks Our Brain Even After Death

    by Natalie Frank5

  • When most people hear the word "schizo," their brains tend to think of the crazies in the movies that end up harming other people. This is simply not the case, as you will see.

    Living With Schizoaffective Disorder

    Living With Schizoaffective Disorder

    by Audrey Shropshire2

  • If you are afraid to live alone, and are codependent, you can overcome your fear and discover how to achieve independence. If I did it, you can, too. You'll be happy you did!

    Living a Fulfilling Life—On Your Own

    Living a Fulfilling Life—On Your Own

    by schoolgirlforreal7

  • A successful recovery requires mindfulness, dedication, determination, consistency, and motivation. Managing addiction recovery is not an easy task, no matter how long you've been in recovery.

    Addiction Recovery Life Hacks

    Addiction Recovery Life Hacks

    by Mark Choat0

  • Depression makes no sense. It's completely ridiculous and pointless and yet it won't just go away no matter what you tell yourself. It's such a conflict between mind and heart.

    Fighting Depression One Day at a Time

    Fighting Depression One Day at a Time

    by Lovely Lady2

  • Even physicians sometimes fail to manage depression appropriately. 10 years into treatment, this is my story.

    The Ugly Truth About Depression

    The Ugly Truth About Depression

    by Luke Anthony Schulte0

  • What can you say to a recovering addict who is craving the substance of their addiction? I was addicted to crack cocaine for 12 years. These are the words that helped me through my recovery.

    What to Say to a Recovering Addict

    What to Say to a Recovering Addict

    by Eric Dunbar39

  • Revenge is a powerful drive, possibly second only to success—and success is the best revenge, so they say. Here are some therapeutic (and safe) ways to work through revenge.

    How to Get Revenge—and Heal Yourself, Too

    How to Get Revenge—and Heal Yourself, Too

    by Anti-Valentine8

  • People who are close to someone with anxiety may feel helpless when they watch friends or family members suffer. Learn 5 practical tips for helping someone with anxiety right now.

    How to Help Someone With Anxiety Right Now

    How to Help Someone With Anxiety Right Now

    by Kawai3

  • Sociopaths can be very charming, which makes them hard to spot. Even the smartest among us can be duped by a sociopath.

    How to Recognize a Sociopath

    How to Recognize a Sociopath

    by sociopath-free258

  • My personal story struggling with trypophobia and an explanation of what may cause it...without the triggering, anxiety-inducing images that usually accompany trypophobia articles.

    Trypophobia

    Trypophobia

    by Charlotte Doyle0

  • Don't forget to put those little things first. They are, essentially, the exact things that will set you free. Take control. Give yourself those five minutes.

    How to Live a Life With Anxiety

    How to Live a Life With Anxiety

    by Dariann Gretz1

  • By sharing my own thoughts and experiences, I hope to provide a glimpse into what anxiety is like. Tips about what is—and what is not—helpful when you are trying to help someone with anxiety.

    What Others Don't Understand About Anxiety

    What Others Don't Understand About Anxiety

    by Seri0

  • During a panic attack, we feel like we are going to die. Rather than going to the emergency room, use these three steps to bring emotions back to a manageable level.

    Stop a Panic Attack With Three Simple Steps

    Stop a Panic Attack With Three Simple Steps

    by Denise W Anderson19

  • Depression is not just a feeling of sadness; it can affect people in many other ways, as well. Here are some ways you can combat depression alongside more clinical treatments.

    Positive Steps to Help Deal With Depression

    Positive Steps to Help Deal With Depression

    by Mark Morton1

  • It is very difficult watching a loved one struggle with an addiction, especially an eating disorder. While they first need to want to help themselves, there are ways you can help a friend with anorexia or bulimia, regardless of where they are in recovery.

    How to Help a Friend With Anorexia or Bulimia

    How to Help a Friend With Anorexia or Bulimia

    by Stephanie Hicks18

  • Are emotions really "positive" or "negative"? What are some healthy ways to express emotions? This article provides answers to these questions.

    Emotions Are So Overrated

    Emotions Are So Overrated

    by Jules Ker1

  • Existential depression might be best described as a kind of depression that is not necessarily associated with the various kinds of clinical depressions typical of mental health disorders.

    Existential Depression: A Perspective

    Existential Depression: A Perspective

    by William E Krill Jr3

  • 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression—that equates to roughly 7% in the United States. Chances are you have loved and even lived with someone who's had experience with depression.

    Living With Someone Who Has Depression

    Living With Someone Who Has Depression

    by Laura Izett8

  • Regardless of who you are, where you are, or what you do, everyone falls victim to a bummer day from time to time. Here are seven methods to turn the frown upside down.

    7 Ways to Tackle a Bummer Day

    7 Ways to Tackle a Bummer Day

    by Allie Brito1

  • As the daughter of an emotionally absent mother, I've struggled with sadness and anxiety most of my life. After taking anti-depressants for 7 years, I was ready to get off the medication and take control of my own well-being. By embracing my inner child, I finally found peace and joy.

    7 Reasons to Embrace Your Inner Child and Heal From a Painful Past

    7 Reasons to Embrace Your Inner Child and Heal From a Painful Past

    by McKenna Meyers3

  • I have written a 12-step programs for depression. These are the things that helped me get well and enjoy life again. They are not easy steps to take, but the rewards are amazing.

    12 Steps to Overcome Depression

    12 Steps to Overcome Depression

    by Sue Pratt8

  • Do you think you may have an addiction problem? Are you seeking help? This is the story of how I learned I had a problem with alcohol. I hope my words will help others considering treatment.

    An Alcoholic's Journey to Recovery

    An Alcoholic's Journey to Recovery

    by Mark Choat2

  • What a lot of people don't want to talk about, and what your doctor won't tell you. Xanax addiction is serious, and so are the withdrawal symptoms. Here I share my experience.

    Xanax Addiction and Withdrawal: My Story

    Xanax Addiction and Withdrawal: My Story

    by Rebecca4

  • This article explains why depression must be understood as more than a social stigma. People should know it as a true medical illness far more serious than we may think.

    The Health Implications of Depression

    The Health Implications of Depression

    by Michelle Tram1

  • I believe it is common knowledge that being an addict can be a long difficult road, but people rarely talk about what it is like to love and/or live with someone who is an addict.

    The Do's and Don'ts of Relating to an Addict

    The Do's and Don'ts of Relating to an Addict

    by Cal Reid4

  • This is a question I get asked a lot when I am asked to talk about my experience with obsessive-compulsive disorder. As you can see from the article below, this is my personal experience of it.

    What Is OCD?

    What Is OCD?

    by John Brotherton5

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