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.
What is the relationship between sleep and memory? How do sleep medications affect the brain, and how does PTSD relate to these issues?
Support groups can be a helpful tool for people experiencing a difficult life struggle. Here are some things to look for in a good support group.
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.
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.
The following is a description of what it's like on the inside of a terrifying panic attack. With 20 years of experience I know this feeling all too well.
I have to go to work. I have to pay the bills. I have to mow the lawn. I have to wash the dishes... Is daily adult life stressing you out? Consider giving your brain a 'mini vacation'.
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.
You can't eat, you can't sleep, you can barely get out of bed because the grief, depression, or emotional pain is so great. This article is about ways to cope with and survive crises.
The disease of alcoholism is baffling (actually, it's cunning, baffling and powerful). To the outside observer, the drinker's self-destructive behavior makes no sense. To the drinker him/herself, it doesn't make much sense, either. Perhaps as...
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.
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.
There are many ways to understand depression. The allegory of Plato's cave can illustrate depression's devastating impact, as well as a pathway toward recovery. For me, this is a personal story.
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.
Mental illness permeates all areas of our world. With an estimated 1/4 of Americans suffering from a diagnosed mental illness, it's no surprise that Hip-Hop artists have been touched as well.
The story of emotional abuse through a life time, and how it effects a person for the rest of their lives.
A look at the latest research on the effects of childhood bullying that can last into adulthood, as well as my own story as a bullying survivor.
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.
Since its start in 2011, Bell Let's Talk Day has become increasingly significant in the world of mental health.
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.
This article discusses how to find the right psychologist for you. It also includes a list of questions to ask a potential provider to ensure they are qualified and are the best match for your needs.
Not a lot is known about dermatillomania or the struggles that sufferers of this compulsive disorder go through. Do you pick at your skin obsessively? Perhaps you will relate to this article.
In 1975, Swedish researcher Marie Asberg found a direct relationship between low serotonin levels in depression and aggressive behavior. How do SSRIs help with depression?
A brief overview of the name changes that have occurred for some of the more well known mental health diagnoses.
Many people look for creative outlets to quell a busy mind. For me, writing is calming and helps me organize my thoughts.
Shadow work has been around for eons and has been used by indigenous cultures around the world. It was made more popular in the west by Carl Jung.
Everyone gets overwhelmed at times -- especially those suffering from a mental illness. Here is a quick, general guide for ways to get back on track.
Paralyzing anxiety attacks are a horrible, debilitating condition. Here are five things you can do to "snap yourself" out of one and move on with your life.
"Fake it 'til you make it" is sometimes the world's best mantra. I have a family, a job, and responsibilities to take care of—which means I can't let my anxiety get the best of me.
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.
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.
Do you have issues with anxiety? Are your anxiety meds not working well for you? Try these 5 ways to cure your anxiety naturally!
A good friend once said to me, 'Being a teenager is a lot about being sad until you realise you don't have to be.' But learning how to stop being sad is hard.
Stop Nicotine and Quit (SNAQ) is a chemical-free, simple plan to achieve a smoke-free life. Wean yourself, panic-free, from nicotine over a course of time that is comfortable for you.
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.
A wide range of distressing experiences such as physical injury, illness, death, and natural disasters could cause trauma. But while your life might never the same again, you can recover.
Have you ever wondered if you might be an alcoholic? Learn about some of the signs that indicate you may have a problem.
Depression sucks. It literally sucks the life and soul out of everything. You can't just "snap out of it," but you can take some tiny steps to make you feel just that little bit better.
Do you know someone who you suspect to be a sociopath? Or do you wonder if you yourself may be a sociopath? Review the common symptoms below and put your speculation to rest!
A small question about Carrie Fisher's death leads to a larger conversation about addiction—and whether it's possible to ever fully recover.
Feeling blue? Everyone feels “down in the dumps” sometimes. Here are 12 easy things you can do to chase the blues away and lift depression.
Are emotions really "positive" or "negative"? What are some healthy ways to express emotions? This article provides answers to these questions.
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.
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.
I didn't always have bipolar characteristics. I was happy and healthy. Now I wonder if a serious fall I had could have triggered my bipolar disorder or if, in fact, it was a wrong diagnosis.
Rumination is a rare eating disorder that is often confused with bulimia or gastro-esophageal reflux disorder. This is my dear friend's story.
This is a detailed plan how to quit smoking without using any drugs. The plan has been quite successful.
Sometimes one small, simple solution can go a long way. This article discusses a tool for dealing with postpartum anxiety.
This is my story of codeine addiction and withdrawal. What is it like to live with codeine addiction? How long does withdrawal take?
Depression is usually misjudged, based on how a person looks. This article is a closer look into my struggle with depression.
This article is about the medicinal uses of art and art therapy to treat a wide range of illnesses and conditions.
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."
I am a loner. Despite how others have treated me throughout my life, I am happy. Loners are individuals, true to themselves. Why are some people loners? Can you simultaneously be a loner and be happy?
Panic disorder can only develop if you have a negative first panic attack experience. What turns a panic attack into panic disorder?
Holding down a job when you suffer from bipolar disorder can be really difficult. Here are a few tips that will help.
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.
What it means to be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), and why it matters to understand as much as possible about this trait.
Workaholics' lives are out of balance because they spend most of their time working, or thinking about work. This work focus could affect their physical and emotional health and relationships.
Can you avoid narcissists during the holidays? What if you can't? What should you do? Read on to find out.
Ultimately, I don't believe that Wellbutrin is the smart choice for anyone suffering from anxiety or depression—or even to be used as a smoking cessation aid.
When other methods failed, a simple (and infuriatingly difficult) video game helped me heal from a terrifying experience.
Do you still dwell on a comment someone made to you years ago? Are you still wondering whether you were in the wrong by acting as you did, even years later? Well, I can tell you why, and how to stop.
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.
An article about society's reaction to those of us with mental illness, and what makes suicide more likely.
Noticing signs of suicide risk is not always straightforward, but learning which signs to look for could be life-saving. Learn about the signs of suicide risk.
Spending a few minutes a day on relaxation will dramatically reduce your stress level. Here are some tips and products that have helped me relieve stress and anxiety.
When you're struggling with depression, it can be hard to get motivated. This article lists three ways you can motivate yourself... using just a pen and a piece of paper!
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has resurged over the past 20 years. This article covers information about ECT, as well as my experience undergoing this therapy.
Fictional account of a counselor working to establish rapport with a sullen teen. Suggests verbal/nonverbal techniques and also discusses the implications of unintended reactions. Short story format.
Staying present in the moment will build courage to overcome your fears, whatever they may be. This can lead to a more peaceful way of life, devoid of living in the past and fearing the future.
Many people have a time in their life when they feel broken and alone. Some of us may need help finding ways to work through the pain... and learn how to find joy again. I was one of those people.
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) nightmares can cause terror in the lives of those who suffer from it. However, there is relief to be found in some medications.
As the daughter of an emotionally absent mother, I often felt sad and anxious. After taking anti-depressants for 7 years, I was ready for something new. By embracing my inner child, I found joy.
Are narcissists mentally ill? How does this affect the perception of their behavior? Read on to find out.
Cognitive therapy emerged in the 1960s leading to a large number of cognitive-behavioral models. The core concept of these models is that people's cognition affects their feelings and behavior.
Despite the recent uptick in mental health awareness, OCD is still considered by many to be more of a punchline or a quirk than the battle it really is.
Whether you're stressed about exams, social gatherings, or life in general, this article is targeted towards those who struggle to relax during tough times.
This article introduces my journey through postpartum depression and anxiety. My hope is that by providing a glimpse into my quest to find a solution, I can help others experiencing similar struggles.
Depressed people often suffer from insomnia. But insomnia can also cause depression and other mood disorders. Sleep is important in counteracting and preventing depressive illnesses.
Why is it important to communicate about mental health? Why do many people tend to avoid the subject? Tips for how to have a conversation about mental health.
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.
When stress gets out of control, we experience physical distress to the point that we become ill. To keep this from happening, use these three simple techniques.
Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness that can be treated with medication and therapy. I've personally experienced this condition, and this article is meant to share my knowledge.
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.
Did you know that there are six different "styles" of procrastination? From the perfectionist to the dreamer, the crisis-maker to the defier, find out which style you are and how to change your ways.
Borderline personality disorder is the taboo of the mental health industry. It's a terrifyingly unpredictable illness that can be very challenging to treat. I live with this condition.
Toronto Blue Jays' closer Roberto Osuna is currently warming the bench, citing mental health concerns.
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.
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.
Even if you have justifiable reasons to feel sorry for yourself, there are some very good reasons to avoid indulging in self-pity.
Avoidance and apathy are common to many mental disorders. But the world keeps on turning, and there's only so much you can put off until things build up and become unmanageable.
In 2017, we're all sucked into the digital abyss. But at what point does it start affecting our mental health?
For over a decade, I've used healing music as a coping strategy to relieve stress and anxiety in my daily life. In this article, I share my relaxation tips and top music recommendations.
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.
Sharing my own struggle with depression during the month of September: National Suicide Prevention Month.
Our neural pathways are wired by our beliefs, emotions and habits. They can function on auto pilot and are responsible for fight or flight responses. It is possible to rewire your brain to function differently. Here are some step by step instructions to rewire your brain to overcome fear and anxiety.
The psychological roots of anxiety and practical tips for managing it. When you understand the psychology of anxiety, you will be better equipped to manage its physical symptoms.
Television addiction is a real thing. When you think of all the time you spend in front of a flashing tube instead of living, you need to ask yourself if you're living or just watching things.
Do the side effects of bulimia include acne and breakouts? Doctors and dermatologists are divided in their views on this question. The author shares her story of bulimia and skin problems.
I lived with bulimia for 20 years, and now I'm finally recovered. In this article, I discuss the effects of bulimia on the menstrual cycle, fertility, pregnancy complications, and sex drive.
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.
My dear friend, Alan Mudge, was an armourer during his time in the RAF. He was kind enough to agree to talk to you all about his personal experience suffering with PTSD.
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.
Have you been fighting your panic disorder for years without success? Learn how I overcame it and you can too.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) affects 2.2 million American adults. What is OCD, what does it feel like to have the disorder, and what's new in the world of treatment?
Many people believe that narcissists don't have feelings, but is this really true? Read on to find out.
Surprisingly, there isn't one bit of evidence or research for the popular idea that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance. The pharmaceutical companies makes lots of money out of it, though.
Once and for all, end your propensity for worry. Worry is a peace-robbing monster that must be destroyed. Here is my technique for stopping anxiety in its tracks.
All good things must come to an end. Here are five ways to overcome those "after special occasion blahs" that sometimes arise after festivals, vacations, holidays, and other special times have ended.
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.
What are the signs and symptoms of a gambling addiction? Learn how to recognize if someone you know might have a problem.
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.
What it is like to live with misophonia, a condition in which people become intensely irritated and angry at sounds such as eating and drinking?
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.
When I increased my anti-anxiety medication, I started to experience very strange and vivid dreams. In a word, GAH!
I have suffered with dermatillomania for many years. Here I share my story, as well as information and resources for this lesser-known disorder.
There are various therapies to help those with mental health problems, but do you know which one is best for you?
Information regarding heroin, including how it affects the body, addiction, overdosing, and treatment options.
No one likes talking about anxiety or any mental health disorder. It's time that changed. In this article, I talk about what living with anxiety feels like for me.
If you're going to be lonely, you may as well be good at it. In a season of loneliness you might take the opportunity to engage in self-reflection.
Confidence can be a very hard skill to master. After tons of research and experience of my own, I can give you some amazing tips and tricks that have been tested and proven to work for anyone!
When you have an alcoholic in your life who is trying to stay sober, the holidays can be a real minefield of potential disasters.
There is a link between our feelings of rejection and our risk for health problems. Practicing mindfulness can help us cope with rejection and improve our immune system. A quick glance of the research and a crash course on mindfulness, and we are on our way to better coping and better health.
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.
Following the completion of a rehabilitation program for drug and alcohol addiction, there are some basic requirements to ensure successful recovery.
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.
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.
When we're diagnosed with stress or anxiety, we might feel foolish. Yet anxiety can be deadly if not taken seriously.
An in-depth look at the label of sex addiction and the impact this diagnosis has for the partner in a relationship with a sex addict.
We're more stressed than ever! We can't sleep, concentrate or have fun. We need to relieve stress and we need to do it now. Read on to learn how...
These are the techniques I use to deal with and reduce my day-to-day anxiety symptoms. I hope they help you, too.
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.
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.
Electronic cigarette, e-cig, and vapor cigarette are common names for a personal vaporizer that allows one to smoke without the health hazards of regular cigarettes.
The winter holidays are already a stressful time of year, but it may be even more so if you have an addict in your life.
Learn four ways to overcome social anxiety naturally that you can start doing right now. Don't let social anxiety keep you from doing the things you love. Enjoy a happier, healthier life.
Diagnosing yourself by reading information online can often lead to erroneous conclusions. Mental health diagnoses should be made by trained professionals.
These simple breathing exercises can be effective coping mechanisms for anxiety attacks. Learn how to settle your mind so the attacks will be less frequent.
When on the healing journey of postpartum depression, you will have times when you fall—but you don't have to believe the lie that you've failed.
What does it mean if a narcissist is self-aware? How does this impact your relationship? Read on to find out.
I hate talking to strangers on the phone. Here I share some of the tips I learned at a job where I have to constantly make and receive calls.
Psychodynamic therapy evolved from Freud's psychoanalytic theory. Learn more about this approach, which focuses on unconscious thought processes and childhood experiences.
This article is about how a veteran's gender affects the rates of P.T.S.D., suicide, and the battle-like experience of coming home from war.
How do you cope with anxiety when it becomes a way of life for you? Are you a worrier who does not know how to relax?
What does it mean to be mentally ill? How many people suffer from this ailment? It’s more common than you think.
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.
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!
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.
Stuck in anger? If you are stuck in a negative emotion then this book is for you. It shows us how to process our negative emotions so that we are free to enjoy life and feel free from emotional pain.
If your habit of worrying all the time is holding you back, perhaps this gentle writing exercise can provide you with some relief.
This article explores the experimental diagnostic category of malignant narcissism, one of the most destructive and inhumane of all psychiatric illnesses.
In cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), an individual must tackle thought and behavior patterns. To address behavioral avoidance, a fear and avoidance hierarchy must be constructed.
You can't always work at full blast and expect high quality results. To be truly productive, it's important to step back and take a breath. Here is how to avoid burnout before it happens.