Depression affects 1 in 6 people in the UK alone. However, there are still people out there who still just don't understand that depression isn't just a moment of feeling a bit sad.
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.
A small question about Carrie Fisher's death leads to a larger conversation about addiction—and whether it's possible to ever fully recover.
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 is about how the media portrays mental illness. Over time, portrayals of mental illness have become more realistic, but there is room for more improvement.
In cutting-edge research, an American neuroscientist is trying to understand the brain function of the serial killer.
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.
Sociopaths can be very charming, which makes them hard to spot. Even the smartest among us can be duped by a sociopath.
I have suffered with dermatillomania for many years. Here I share my story, as well as information and resources for this lesser-known disorder.
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.
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.
People who have a mental health disorder have to live with stigma and discrimination. The popular use of slang terminology doesn't help.
Self-harm scars can take an enormous mental toll, especially if they're visible to prying eyes. Learn how to conceal your self-harm scars, even in the summer.
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.
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.
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.
Are emotions really "positive" or "negative"? What are some healthy ways to express emotions? This article provides answers to these questions.
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!
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.
A brief overview of the name changes that have occurred for some of the more well known mental health diagnoses.
This article is about the medicinal uses of art and art therapy to treat a wide range of illnesses and conditions.
Unfortunately when you quit smoking experiencing some smoking withdrawal symptoms is common. The side effects of quitting smoking can be diverse. After quitting smoking not everyone is affected by smoking withdrawal symptoms and side effects to the...
Rumination is a rare eating disorder that is often confused with bulimia or gastro-esophageal reflux disorder. This is my dear friend's story.
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.
Are narcissists mentally ill? How does this affect the perception of their behavior? Read on to find out.
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.
Students with ADHD have problems with poor academic performance, conduct disorders, and higher risk-taking behaviors. MRI research helps shed light on symptoms and behaviors.
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.
My husband and I both suffer from borderline personality disorder (BPD). Contrary to what you might think, it's the best relationship I've ever been in.
When other methods failed, a simple (and infuriatingly difficult) video game helped me heal from a terrifying experience.
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.
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.
Depression is usually misjudged, based on how a person looks. This article is a closer look into my struggle with depression.
What does it mean if a narcissist is self-aware? How does this impact your relationship? Read on to find out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2017, we're all sucked into the digital abyss. But at what point does it start affecting our mental health?
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.
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.
The destructive effects of bipolar disorder can be minimized when properly treated. Recognize the symptoms and seek treatment before it destroys your life and the lives of those you love.
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.
Psychodynamic therapy evolved from Freud's psychoanalytic theory. Learn more about this approach, which focuses on unconscious thought processes and childhood experiences.
There are various therapies to help those with mental health problems, but do you know which one is best for you?
Can you avoid narcissists during the holidays? What if you can't? What should you do? Read on to find out.
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.
If you're an introvert like I am, making chitchat is draining and annoying. But it doesn't need to be that way. Stop dreading casual interaction and learn how to embrace it.
An article about society's reaction to those of us with mental illness, and what makes suicide more likely.
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.
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.
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.
Following the completion of a rehabilitation program for drug and alcohol addiction, there are some basic requirements to ensure successful recovery.
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.
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.
Are you unsure if you should take medications to help your mental health issues? This article offers guidelines on when a prescription is a must as well as other times when it might be helpful.
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.
You may think you've got the world fooled, but unless you've done the hard work of overcoming the causes of your insecurity, you're 'act' is bound to spring a leak eventually.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Voluntarily committing yourself can be a very scary experience if you're unfamiliar with it. This article will explain my experience of voluntarily committing myself in the state of Illinois.
What does a gambling addict look like? Read about the worst stereotypes of people with gambling disorder and addiction.
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.
The story of emotional abuse through a life time, and how it effects a person for the rest of their lives.
Holding down a job when you suffer from bipolar disorder can be really difficult. Here are a few tips that will help.
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.
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.
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 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.
I am often asked how I felt, and what I did, when I first found out about my daughter’s failing mental health. What follows is an account of my gut reactions and thoughts when it was revealed.
Highly Sensitive Persons (or HSPs) make up 15% of the population. Learn about the joys and challenges of living with this trait.
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.
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.
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.
Learn to control your fears. The good news is that phobias are easy to cure! The treatment is amazing. Learning to keep yourself calm in the face of your irrational fears is so empowering. Self-relaxation is helpful in so many other ways too.
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!
Diagnosing yourself by reading information online can often lead to erroneous conclusions. Mental health diagnoses should be made by trained professionals.
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?
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.
Writing and journaling can be a great way to deal with your thoughts and feelings. Here are a few tips on writing for your mental and emotional health.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Toronto Blue Jays' closer Roberto Osuna is currently warming the bench, citing mental health concerns.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is the relationship between sleep and memory? How do sleep medications affect the brain, and how does PTSD relate to these issues?
Sharing my own struggle with depression during the month of September: National Suicide Prevention Month.
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.
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.
I spent half my life suffering with panic disorder. Although I haven’t had a panic attack in years, I remember them all too well. This article discusses the techniques that worked for me.
People take going shopping for granted. What happens when this everyday activity brings such fear that you totally avoid doing it?
When we're diagnosed with stress or anxiety, we might feel foolish. Yet anxiety can be deadly if not taken seriously.
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.
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.
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.
Since its start in 2011, Bell Let's Talk Day has become increasingly significant in the world of mental health.
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.
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.
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'.
Having a spouse with bipolar depression will test your strength and your patience. The most important things to remember, no matter how cliche, is that is not who they are and they need your love.
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.
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.
These are the techniques I use to deal with and reduce my day-to-day anxiety symptoms. I hope they help you, too.
Learn about essential nutrients, simple juicing recipes, and different types of juicers. Juicing for stress and anxiety is simple, natural, and totally effective.
When you have an alcoholic in your life who is trying to stay sober, the holidays can be a real minefield of potential disasters.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Depression and anxiety commonly exist together. Can it make a primary mental illness diagnosis worse?
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.
Panic disorder can only develop if you have a negative first panic attack experience. What turns a panic attack into panic disorder?
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.
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.
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.
When we are abused, we want the abuser to take responsibility for what they've done and be held accountable for their actions. Is this possible with narcissists? Read on to find out.
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.
Information regarding heroin, including how it affects the body, addiction, overdosing, and treatment options.
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.
When I increased my anti-anxiety medication, I started to experience very strange and vivid dreams. In a word, GAH!
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.
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.
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.
We all experience disappointments in life, but not all of us have an extreme reaction to it. This is my story of a devastating reaction to a life experience and how I dealt with it.
Tips and advice on becoming more positive in your life and career. Turn a negative attitude into a positive mood, and use mind over matter to overcome negative emotions.
Do you have issues with anxiety? Are your anxiety meds not working well for you? Try these 5 ways to cure your anxiety naturally!
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.
Sometimes one small, simple solution can go a long way. This article discusses a tool for dealing with postpartum anxiety.
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.
Even if you have justifiable reasons to feel sorry for yourself, there are some very good reasons to avoid indulging in self-pity.
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.
This is my story of codeine addiction and withdrawal. What is it like to live with codeine addiction? How long does withdrawal take?
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.
Many people look for creative outlets to quell a busy mind. For me, writing is calming and helps me organize my thoughts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.