When other methods failed, a simple (and infuriatingly difficult) video game helped me heal from a terrifying experience.
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.
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.
A small question about Carrie Fisher's death leads to a larger conversation about addiction—and whether it's possible to ever fully recover.
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'.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
Read about my experience with dissociation, including an explanation of what dissociation is, how I diagnosed myself, and my road to recovery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This article is about the "moral injury" that many veterans experience, which may lead to or be accompanied by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has resurged over the past 20 years. This article covers information about ECT, as well as my experience undergoing this therapy.
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.
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.
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.
This article discusses the causes signs, and symptoms of eating disorders and how to prevent them. Written by a health professional who has recovered from an eating disorder.
If your habit of worrying all the time is holding you back, perhaps this gentle writing exercise can provide you with some relief.
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.
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.
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.
There are various therapies to help those with mental health problems, but do you know which one is best for you?
An article about society's reaction to those of us with mental illness, and what makes suicide more likely.
Sometimes one small, simple solution can go a long way. This article discusses a tool for dealing with postpartum anxiety.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This article is about the medicinal uses of art and art therapy to treat a wide range of illnesses and conditions.
Information regarding heroin, including how it affects the body, addiction, overdosing, and treatment options.
Do you fear being alone and think you cannot cope without someone else by your side? You may have dependent personality disorder.
Do you have issues with anxiety? Are your anxiety meds not working well for you? Try these 5 ways to cure your anxiety naturally!
Since its start in 2011, Bell Let's Talk Day has become increasingly significant in the world of mental health.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What does it mean to be mentally ill? How many people suffer from this ailment? It’s more common than you think.
Playing video games for many can be an innocent form of entertainment, and many can game without developing problems. The intent of this article is to provide information about the pitfalls—the "dark side"—to video gaming, and the growing addiction concerns.
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.
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.
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.
Highly Sensitive Persons (or HSPs) make up 15% of the population. Learn about the joys and challenges of living with this trait.
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...
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.
Depression and anxiety commonly exist together. Can it make a primary mental illness diagnosis worse?
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.
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.
Psychodynamic therapy evolved from Freud's psychoanalytic theory. Learn more about this approach, which focuses on unconscious thought processes and childhood experiences.
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.
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.
Gambling addiction is often misunderstood and plagued with misconceptions. This article is an informative must-read for anyone trying to understand gambling addiction, the "Silent Killer."
Many people look for creative outlets to quell a busy mind. For me, writing is calming and helps me organize my thoughts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Have you been fighting your panic disorder for years without success? Learn how I overcame it and you can too.
Panic disorder can only develop if you have a negative first panic attack experience. What turns a panic attack into panic disorder?
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?
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.
Toronto Blue Jays' closer Roberto Osuna is currently warming the bench, citing mental health concerns.
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.
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.
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 struggle with various emotional and psychological challenges, and psychotherapists use different approaches, including Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), to address these issues.
Are emotions really "positive" or "negative"? What are some healthy ways to express emotions? This article provides answers to these questions.
A brief overview of the name changes that have occurred for some of the more well known mental health diagnoses.
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.
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...
Sociopaths can be very charming, which makes them hard to spot. Even the smartest among us can be duped by a sociopath.
Even physicians sometimes fail to manage depression appropriately. 10 years into treatment, this is my story.
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.
Sharing my own struggle with depression during the month of September: National Suicide Prevention Month.
Could you recognize someone with narcissistic personality disorder? Is your co-worker, family member or lover a narcissist? Learn how to spot the telltale signs of narcissism, before it's too late!
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.
Diagnosing yourself by reading information online can often lead to erroneous conclusions. Mental health diagnoses should be made by trained professionals.
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.
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.
Can you avoid narcissists during the holidays? What if you can't? What should you do? Read on to find out.
If you are here because you plan on quitting, I can't stress enough how great you will feel once you've finally given up cigarettes. Quitting smoking was the very best thing I've done for myself.
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.
For a long time, methadone detox/maintenance coupled with Narcotics Anonymous meetings was the only way to treat drug abuse long-term on an outpatient basis. A discussion of suboxone and subutex.
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.
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.
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.
When we're diagnosed with stress or anxiety, we might feel foolish. Yet anxiety can be deadly if not taken seriously.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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 winter holidays are already a stressful time of year, but it may be even more so if you have an addict in your life.
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?
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.
Are narcissists mentally ill? How does this affect the perception of their behavior? Read on to find out.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Labeling those with addictions can dehumanize them. The term "addict"suggests everything about the person results from the addiction, whereas "person with an addiction" puts the person first.
These are the techniques I use to deal with and reduce my day-to-day anxiety symptoms. I hope they help you, too.
Even if you have justifiable reasons to feel sorry for yourself, there are some very good reasons to avoid indulging in self-pity.
The story of emotional abuse through a life time, and how it effects a person for the rest of their lives.
When you have an alcoholic in your life who is trying to stay sober, the holidays can be a real minefield of potential disasters.
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.
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.
An introduction to the different defense mechanisms with definitions and examples. A quiz is included to test your knowledge.
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.
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.
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!
Children have narcissistic qualities—it's a part of growing up. Learn about what factors can hinder your child's ability to grow out of these narcissistic behaviors.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
In cutting-edge research, an American neuroscientist is trying to understand the brain function of the serial killer.
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.
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.
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.
Learn about the complex post-traumatic stress that is often experienced by children of an alcoholic parent.
Rumination is a rare eating disorder that is often confused with bulimia or gastro-esophageal reflux disorder. This is my dear friend's story.
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.
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...
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.
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."
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.
Are you considering therapy? Find out how you can get help for emotional/mental problems and behavioral conflicts through psychotherapy.
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.
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.
Many people believe that narcissists don't have feelings, but is this really true? Read on to find out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the most common things we say to comfort a friend is, "I know how you feel"...but have you ever considered the effects of this seemingly innocent response?
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.
Bipolar disorder affects millions every day. The caretakers, family, and loved ones don't know what to do. Here are some tips on how to understand and help.
This article explores the experimental diagnostic category of malignant narcissism, one of the most destructive and inhumane of all psychiatric illnesses.
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.