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  • 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.

    Extreme Reaction to Disappointment

    Extreme Reaction to Disappointment

    by Louise Elcross1

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

    What Is OCD?

    What Is OCD?

    by John Brotherton5

  • 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...

    You Might Be Alcoholic: Warning Signs

    You Might Be Alcoholic: Warning Signs

    by Susan Reid96

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

    Top 10 Addiction Recovery Playlist

    Top 10 Addiction Recovery Playlist

    by Mark Choat1

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

    Tips for Living With an Anxiety Disorder

    Tips for Living With an Anxiety Disorder

    by Mystic Writer5

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

    Dry Christmases Are Possible

    Dry Christmases Are Possible

    by Chris St-Jean0

  • 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.

    7 Reasons Writing Is Good Therapy

    7 Reasons Writing Is Good Therapy

    by Rosa Ann Crowder4

  • How to improve your self-talk, or internal dialogue, to improve your overall health.

    Improving Your Self-Talk

    Improving Your Self-Talk

    by Ezria Copper2

  • 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 Is Shadow Work?

    What Is Shadow Work?

    by ACapp0

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

    What to Say to a Recovering Addict

    What to Say to a Recovering Addict

    by Eric Dunbar39

  • 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.

    Narcissists Cannot Take Responsibility

    Narcissists Cannot Take Responsibility

    by The Little Shaman0

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

    How to Be a Better Mental Health Ally

    How to Be a Better Mental Health Ally

    by Katy Preen1

  • 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.

    Dermatillomania: The Skin Picking Disorder

    Dermatillomania: The Skin Picking Disorder

    by Claire Miller0

  • 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.

    How to Control Anxiety - An Expert's Guide

    How to Control Anxiety - An Expert's Guide

    by Nordy37

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

    What Is Trypophobia?

    What Is Trypophobia?

    by social thoughts8

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

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

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

    by Cal Reid4

  • 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.

    5 Ways to Overcome the "After Special Occasion Blahs"

    5 Ways to Overcome the "After Special Occasion Blahs"

    by Robert Odell Jr0

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

    How Addiction Hijacks Our Brain Even After Death

    How Addiction Hijacks Our Brain Even After Death

    by Natalie Frank3

  • In cutting-edge research, an American neuroscientist is trying to understand the brain function of the serial killer.

    Inside a Psychopath’s Brain

    Inside a Psychopath’s Brain

    by Rupert Taylor0

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

    Depression Is Hard

    Depression Is Hard

    by SognoPiccolo4

  • 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.

    Stop Smoking Naturally With the SNAQ Method

    Stop Smoking Naturally With the SNAQ Method

    by Carla J Behr6

  • 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...

    Anger Personality Types: Their Categories and Implications

    Anger Personality Types: Their Categories and Implications

    by Falsor Wing4

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

    Writing for Therapy

    Writing for Therapy

    by lovetherain0

  • In 2017, we're all sucked into the digital abyss. But at what point does it start affecting our mental health?

    Social Media and Depression

    Social Media and Depression

    by Chloe Freeman1

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

    7 Ways to Tackle a Bummer Day

    7 Ways to Tackle a Bummer Day

    by Allie Brito1

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

    Addiction Recovery Life Hacks

    Addiction Recovery Life Hacks

    by Mark Choat0

  • 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...

    How to Overcome Shyness?

    How to Overcome Shyness?

    by Sakina Nasir20

  • 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.

    Healing Music Relieves Anxiety and Stress

    Healing Music Relieves Anxiety and Stress

    by C. A. Chancellor0

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

    Fighting Depression One Day at a Time

    Fighting Depression One Day at a Time

    by Lovely Lady2

  • 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.

    Assumptions and the Problems They Cause

    Assumptions and the Problems They Cause

    by Denise W Anderson12

  • 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.

    Suicide and Silence

    Suicide and Silence

    by Heather Gantt2

  • A travel phobia can limit a person's life to a great degree. Are you scared to use public transportation?

    Tips for Travel Anxiety

    Tips for Travel Anxiety

    by meloncauli6

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

    Living With Schizoaffective Disorder

    Living With Schizoaffective Disorder

    by Audrey Shropshire2

  • 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.

    What a Good Support Group Looks Like

    What a Good Support Group Looks Like

    by Lori Colbo10

  • 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.

    7 Reasons Why I Didn't Kill Myself

    7 Reasons Why I Didn't Kill Myself

    by Helen Laxner8

  • Panic disorder can only develop if you have a negative first panic attack experience. What turns a panic attack into panic disorder?

    How Does Panic Disorder Start?

    How Does Panic Disorder Start?

    by meloncauli0

  • What does it mean if a narcissist is self-aware? How does this impact your relationship? Read on to find out.

    Can Narcissists Be Self-Aware?

    Can Narcissists Be Self-Aware?

    by The Little Shaman0

  • 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.

    It's Dark and Hell Is Hot: Mental Illness in Hip-Hop

    It's Dark and Hell Is Hot: Mental Illness in Hip-Hop

    by Camille Harris0

  • 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.

    Plato's Cave and Depression

    Plato's Cave and Depression

    by Mark Monroe4

  • Psychodynamic therapy evolved from Freud's psychoanalytic theory. Learn more about this approach, which focuses on unconscious thought processes and childhood experiences.

    A Guide to Psychodynamic Therapy

    A Guide to Psychodynamic Therapy

    by Yvette Stupart PhD2

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

    Effective Ways to Manage Your Anxiety

    Effective Ways to Manage Your Anxiety

    by Gwen Hickman2

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

    The Struggles of Overcoming Addictions

    The Struggles of Overcoming Addictions

    by Colleen Swan15

  • 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.

    A Guide to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

    A Guide to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

    by Yvette Stupart PhD4

  • 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.

    Depression: Not Caused by a Chemical Imbalance

    Depression: Not Caused by a Chemical Imbalance

    by Tessa Schlesinger7

  • People take going shopping for granted. What happens when this everyday activity brings such fear that you totally avoid doing it?

    Agoraphobia - Shopping and Panic

    Agoraphobia - Shopping and Panic

    by meloncauli1

  • 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.

    How to Make the Most Out of Loneliness

    How to Make the Most Out of Loneliness

    by Manthis Campbell0

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

    The Day I Tried to End My Life

    The Day I Tried to End My Life

    by Get Back Up1

  • Rumination is a rare eating disorder that is often confused with bulimia or gastro-esophageal reflux disorder. This is my dear friend's story.

    How to Cure Rumination Syndrome

    How to Cure Rumination Syndrome

    by HappySacrum18

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

    Living a Fulfilling Life—On Your Own

    Living a Fulfilling Life—On Your Own

    by schoolgirlforreal7

  • 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.

    Rejection, Health, and Mindfulness

    Rejection, Health, and Mindfulness

    by Kim Harris19

  • 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.

    Mindfulness: The Courageous Path

    Mindfulness: The Courageous Path

    by Maria Jones2

  • 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...

    13 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress

    13 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress

    by Silver Q58

  • 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.

    5 Ways to Get Back on Track

    5 Ways to Get Back on Track

    by Kelli0

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

    What We Know So Far About Schizophrenia

    What We Know So Far About Schizophrenia

    by Simon Lam2

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

    Existential Depression: A Perspective

    Existential Depression: A Perspective

    by William E Krill Jr3

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

    Depression is Difficult

    Depression is Difficult

    by Cleo Burch1

  • 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.

    What Exactly Is an Electronic Cigarette?

    What Exactly Is an Electronic Cigarette?

    by Melissa Flagg COA OSC8

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

    Addiction Is a Disease of Choice

    Addiction Is a Disease of Choice

    by Timothy R Berman1

  • Can you avoid narcissists during the holidays? What if you can't? What should you do? Read on to find out.

    Narcissists & The Holidays

    Narcissists & The Holidays

    by The Little Shaman0

  • 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?

    I Am a Loner: The Happy Loner Personality

    I Am a Loner: The Happy Loner Personality

    by Hearts and Lattes0

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

    Anxious Thoughts of a Worried Mind

    Anxious Thoughts of a Worried Mind

    by livingontheedge1

  • 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.

    Natural Tools for Relaxation and Stress Relief

    Natural Tools for Relaxation and Stress Relief

    by C. A. Chancellor0

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

    Mental Health Is Not a Joke

    Mental Health Is Not a Joke

    by Ellora Fayette0

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

    The Dark World of Mental Illness

    The Dark World of Mental Illness

    by Mistyck Moon3

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

    Anxiety - What Not to Say

    Anxiety - What Not to Say

    by Mark Morton2

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

    Emotions Are So Overrated

    Emotions Are So Overrated

    by Jules Ker1

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

    Children of Alcoholics Have Really Great Masks

    Children of Alcoholics Have Really Great Masks

    by Chris St-Jean0

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

    Positive Steps to Help Deal With Depression

    Positive Steps to Help Deal With Depression

    by Mark Morton1

  • 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.

    How and Why to Talk About Mental Health

    How and Why to Talk About Mental Health

    by Ezria Copper0

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

    The Ugly Truth About Being a Mother With Depression

    The Ugly Truth About Being a Mother With Depression

    by Nancy Fisher2

  • Are narcissists mentally ill? How does this affect the perception of their behavior? Read on to find out.

    Are Narcissists Mentally Ill?

    Are Narcissists Mentally Ill?

    by The Little Shaman1

  • 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.

    How to Find a Psychologist and What to Look For

    How to Find a Psychologist and What to Look For

    by Natalie Frank2

  • 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.

    When Christmas Is Over... Post-Holiday Depression

    When Christmas Is Over... Post-Holiday Depression

    by Nicole Kiddie Granath6

  • 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.

    Five Ways to Conquer Phone Anxiety

    Five Ways to Conquer Phone Anxiety

    by helenathegreat40

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

    Living With Skin Picking Disorder

    Living With Skin Picking Disorder

    by ShiraJena0

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

    What Others Don't Understand About Anxiety

    What Others Don't Understand About Anxiety

    by Seri0

  • 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!

    7 Steps for Teens to Gain Confidence

    7 Steps for Teens to Gain Confidence

    by Serena Martel1

  • 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.

    Caring for a Person With Dementia — Assessment

    Caring for a Person With Dementia — Assessment

    by Mohan Kumar28

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

    Surviving Chronic Anxiety

    Surviving Chronic Anxiety

    by Krissy Cross0

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

    The Reality of Panic Attacks

    The Reality of Panic Attacks

    by Jen2

  • 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.

    How to Stop Being Sad as a Teenager

    How to Stop Being Sad as a Teenager

    by Allie1

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

    Xanax Addiction and Withdrawal - My Story

    Xanax Addiction and Withdrawal - My Story

    by Rebecca4

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

    How to Live a Life With Anxiety

    How to Live a Life With Anxiety

    by Dariann Gretz1

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

    Are You Mentally Ill?  Am I?

    Are You Mentally Ill? Am I?

    by Liz Elias14

  • 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.

    Workaholism: Challenges and Steps to Recovery

    Workaholism: Challenges and Steps to Recovery

    by Yvette Stupart PhD17

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