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.
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.
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 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...
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.
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.
When you have an alcoholic in your life who is trying to stay sober, the holidays can be a real minefield of potential disasters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When other methods failed, a simple (and infuriatingly difficult) video game helped me heal from a terrifying experience.
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.
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.
Highly Sensitive Persons (or HSPs) make up 15% of the population. Learn about the joys and challenges of living with this trait.
Sometimes one small, simple solution can go a long way. This article discusses a tool for dealing with postpartum anxiety.
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.
Diagnosing yourself by reading information online can often lead to erroneous conclusions. Mental health diagnoses should be made by trained professionals.
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?
In cutting-edge research, an American neuroscientist is trying to understand the brain function of the serial killer.
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.
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.
Are Spice and K2 safe alternatives to marijuana? Read on to find out the possible dangers of synthetic marijuana.
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.
Anger is an extremely powerful emotion that at times can be life changing, either through single massive instances of anger or the smaller inconveniences and conflicts of day to day life. Since anger can be so potent, knowing how people manage and...
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.
Many people suffer from anxiety disorders. I will show you how to treat General Anxiety Disorder using natural, alternative methods.
Many people look for creative outlets to quell a busy mind. For me, writing is calming and helps me organize my thoughts.
Holding down a job when you suffer from bipolar disorder can be really difficult. Here are a few tips that will help.
In 2017, we're all sucked into the digital abyss. But at what point does it start affecting our mental health?
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.
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.
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!
Is being overt or covert a static state of being? What if a narcissist seems to be both? We'll clear up that mystery right now.
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.
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 overcome anxiety without drugs.
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.
I am a shy person and have improved a lot with the simple techniques discussed here. If you are shy and aren't sure what to do, please read on...
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.
Assumptions are a part of our everyday lives. Every decision we make is based upon them. The problem occurs when we make decisions based on assumptions that we have not validated or proven correct.
Following the completion of a rehabilitation program for drug and alcohol addiction, there are some basic requirements to ensure successful recovery.
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?
If your habit of worrying all the time is holding you back, perhaps this gentle writing exercise can provide you with some relief.
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.
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.
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.
A travel phobia can limit a person's life to a great degree. Are you scared to use public transportation?
As a third generation child of narcissism, I am speaking from experience, not education. All accounts are from my own experience and observation of the family dynamic.
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.
This is my story of codeine addiction and withdrawal. What is it like to live with codeine addiction? How long does withdrawal take?
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.
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.
Panic disorder can only develop if you have a negative first panic attack experience. What turns a panic attack into panic disorder?
What does it mean if a narcissist is self-aware? How does this impact your relationship? Read on to find out.
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.
Depression is usually misjudged, based on how a person looks. This article is a closer look into my struggle with depression.
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.
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.
Psychodynamic therapy evolved from Freud's psychoanalytic theory. Learn more about this approach, which focuses on unconscious thought processes and childhood experiences.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn about the complex post-traumatic stress that is often experienced by children of an alcoholic parent.
People take going shopping for granted. What happens when this everyday activity brings such fear that you totally avoid doing it?
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 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.
Rumination is a rare eating disorder that is often confused with bulimia or gastro-esophageal reflux disorder. This is my dear friend's story.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
This article is about the medicinal uses of art and art therapy to treat a wide range of illnesses and conditions.
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.
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.
Since its start in 2011, Bell Let's Talk Day has become increasingly significant in the world of mental health.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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."
A brief overview of the name changes that have occurred for some of the more well known mental health diagnoses.
Can you avoid narcissists during the holidays? What if you can't? What should you do? Read on to find out.
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?
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.
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.
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.
An article about society's reaction to those of us with mental illness, and what makes suicide more likely.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When I increased my anti-anxiety medication, I started to experience very strange and vivid dreams. In a word, GAH!
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.
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.
Information regarding heroin, including how it affects the body, addiction, overdosing, and treatment options.
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has resurged over the past 20 years. This article covers information about ECT, as well as my experience undergoing this therapy.
Are emotions really "positive" or "negative"? What are some healthy ways to express emotions? This article provides answers to these questions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You may think of PTSD as an extreme condition suffered by soldiers traumatized by war. In reality, PSTD can be caused by many different types of trauma, and it is more common than you might realize.
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.
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.
Toronto Blue Jays' closer Roberto Osuna is currently warming the bench, citing mental health concerns.
A small question about Carrie Fisher's death leads to a larger conversation about addiction—and whether it's possible to ever fully recover.
Are narcissists mentally ill? How does this affect the perception of their behavior? Read on to find out.
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.
Do you ever feel bummed out or just downright depressed when Christmas is over? I know I feel a little sad when all the festivities have passed. Ways to lift our moods once the holidays have passed.
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.
When we're diagnosed with stress or anxiety, we might feel foolish. Yet anxiety can be deadly if not taken seriously.
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.
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.
I have suffered with dermatillomania for many years. Here I share my story, as well as information and resources for this lesser-known disorder.
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'.
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.
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!
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.
What is the relationship between sleep and memory? How do sleep medications affect the brain, and how does PTSD relate to these issues?
To be a good caregiver for a patient with dementia, the person needs energy, determination, courage, and understanding. However, they also need insight, self-motivation, and enormous amount of self-care. A carer who doesn't care enough for themselves will emotionally and physically burn themselves out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The story of emotional abuse through a life time, and how it effects a person for the rest of their lives.
What does it mean to be mentally ill? How many people suffer from this ailment? It’s more common than you think.
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.