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  • 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

  • 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.

    The Best Way to Stop Panic Attacks

    The Best Way to Stop Panic Attacks

    by meloncauli20

  • If a person repeatedly overdoses on pills but always survives... and yet claims it is because of a desire to die, does it necessarily mean their intent is false? Is it attention-seeking behaviour?

    When an Overdose Becomes Attention Seeking

    When an Overdose Becomes Attention Seeking

    by meloncauli15

  • 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

  • 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.

    10 Tips to Help You Live With OCD

    10 Tips to Help You Live With OCD

    by Ariel Kempa0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • There can be many different causes of social anxiety disorder: biological, environmental, unpleasant life experiences, current life stresses, and difficulties coping with different life stages.

    What Causes Social Anxiety Disorder - Why Me?

    What Causes Social Anxiety Disorder - Why Me?

    by Kawai3

  • 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.

    12 Steps to Overcome Depression

    12 Steps to Overcome Depression

    by Sue Pratt8

  • How do you know if you're depressed? What's the difference between depression and just being down in the dumps about something? Take the quiz below to test yourself, and also have a look at the symptoms below—though nothing beats seeing a professional for diagnosis and help, this guide might help you make an initial analysis.

    Am I Depressed Quiz—How to Tell If You're Depressed

    Am I Depressed Quiz—How to Tell If You're Depressed

    by Simone Haruko Smith44

  • 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.

    How to Deal With Someone Who Is Bipolar

    How to Deal With Someone Who Is Bipolar

    by fortunerep169

  • 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

  • 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.

    Living With Someone Who Has Depression

    Living With Someone Who Has Depression

    by Laura Izett6

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    The Lowdown on Bipolar Disorder

    The Lowdown on Bipolar Disorder

    by Boo McCourt39

  • Our neural pathways are wired by our beliefs, emotions and habits. They can function on auto pilot and are responsible for fight or flight responses. It is possible to rewire your brain to function differently. Here are some step by step instructions to rewire your brain to overcome fear and anxiety.

    How to Rewire Your Brain to Overcome Fear

    How to Rewire Your Brain to Overcome Fear

    by sofs56

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    How to Be Understanding With People With Bipolar Disorder

    How to Be Understanding With People With Bipolar Disorder

    by Nicole Canfield20

  • 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

  • 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

  • The love affair between bipolar and fatigue is overwhelming to the person living with this condition, as well as to everyone around him or her.

    Why Am I So Tired? Bipolar and Fatigue

    Why Am I So Tired? Bipolar and Fatigue

    by Mark Choat4

  • 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

  • From the time I was a small child, I experienced bouts of depression, or "the plague," as I always thought of it. When I was a child, those dark days were worse than any boogey-man.

    Overcoming Depression:  The Bell Jar

    Overcoming Depression: The Bell Jar

    by Sue Pratt122

  • EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprogramming) therapy is useful in treating many anxiety and panic disorders. Learn how to self-administer this therapy anytime and anyplace.

    How to Self-Administer EMDR Therapy

    How to Self-Administer EMDR Therapy

    by Audrey Kirchner20

  • Do you have issues with anxiety? Are your anxiety meds not working well for you? Try these 5 ways to cure your anxiety naturally!

    5 Ways to Cure Anxiety Naturally

    5 Ways to Cure Anxiety Naturally

    by Nicole Canfield6

  • Afraid of roller coasters? Always left behind holding everyone's stuff as they have the time of their lives? End your fear with these steps, and soon someone else will be holding your stuff.

    How to Overcome Your Fear of Roller Coasters

    How to Overcome Your Fear of Roller Coasters

    by CSNewYork20

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Living with and being supportive of a person with PTSD can be one of the most difficult things you will ever experience. My ex-girlfriend can attest to that.

    Living With a Person Who Suffers From PTSD

    Living With a Person Who Suffers From PTSD

    by Sean Rice49

  • 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

  • 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 Wife Is Bipolar . . . and Sometimes It Sucks

    My Wife Is Bipolar . . . and Sometimes It Sucks

    by Mr-Mediocre5

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Why does my face turn red at the most inopportune times? Is there any way I can stop, or am I doomed to spend the rest of my life hearing, "Oh, she's blushing?" Written by a fellow frequent-blusher.

    Why Do I Blush All the Time and How Do I Stop?

    Why Do I Blush All the Time and How Do I Stop?

    by Richard J ONeill38

  • People who are close to someone with anxiety may feel helpless when they watch friends or family members suffer. Learn 5 practical tips for helping someone with anxiety right now.

    How to Help Someone With Anxiety Right Now

    How to Help Someone With Anxiety Right Now

    by Kawai3

  • 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.

    What Is Really Causing Your Social Anxiety?

    What Is Really Causing Your Social Anxiety?

    by Kristina0

  • 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

  • Learn about essential nutrients, simple juicing recipes, and different types of juicers. Juicing for stress and anxiety is simple, natural, and totally effective.

    Juicing for Stress and Anxiety

    Juicing for Stress and Anxiety

    by Kawai4

  • 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

  • During a panic attack, we feel like we are going to die. Rather than going to the emergency room, use these three steps to bring emotions back to a manageable level.

    Stop a Panic Attack With Three Simple Steps

    Stop a Panic Attack With Three Simple Steps

    by Denise W Anderson19

  • 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

  • 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

  • If you frequently feel frazzled and overwhelmed by responsibilities and everyday tasks, this article offers tips for reducing stress and coping. These are the strategies that work for me.

    How to Cope: Tips for the Easily Overwhelmed Person

    How to Cope: Tips for the Easily Overwhelmed Person

    by Crystal Tatum54

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