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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ONeill39

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Izett8

  • 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.

    How I Overcame Social Anxiety Naturally

    How I Overcame Social Anxiety Naturally

    by Kawai1

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    7 Reasons to Embrace Your Inner Child and Heal From a Painful Past

    7 Reasons to Embrace Your Inner Child and Heal From a Painful Past

    by McKenna Meyers3

  • 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 K6

  • 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

  • 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 I Overcame My Fear of Roller Coasters

    How I Overcame My Fear of Roller Coasters

    by CSNewYork20

  • 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

  • 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.

    Depression:  The Bell Jar

    Depression: The Bell Jar

    by Sue Pratt122

  • 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

  • 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 Rice50

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Coffee and tea are adored worldwide, and provide many people with daily energy and motivation. However, regular caffeine consumption has a darker side and can result in severe addiction and depression. This article tackles the problem of drinking caffeine when you are bipolar- or mania-prone.

    If Coffee Makes You "Happy", You Should Quit It!

    If Coffee Makes You "Happy", You Should Quit It!

    by Lucy3

  • 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

  • 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.

    The Health Implications of Depression

    The Health Implications of Depression

    by Michelle Tram1

  • 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

  • Recently, I approached my doctor about taking some stress leave from my job. I was given 12 weeks of stress leave and used the time to clean, exercise, work on projects, and try new things.

    What to Do While You're on Stress Leave

    What to Do While You're on Stress Leave

    by Ria Bridges76

  • 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

  • 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

  • Even physicians sometimes fail to manage depression appropriately. 10 years into treatment, this is my story.

    The Ugly Truth About Depression

    The Ugly Truth About Depression

    by Luke Anthony Schulte0

  • 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

  • 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

  • Bed bug related anxiety, paranoia, and stress can be difficult to deal with. Learn how to cope with the stress with the stress of having bed bugs. Understand how bed bugs cause stress and anxiety in both yourself and your children.

    How Chronic Bed Bug Paranoia Makes You Feel

    How Chronic Bed Bug Paranoia Makes You Feel

    by Melody Trent6

  • 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

  • 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

  • Social anxiety is the third largest mental healthcare problem in the world. This article will show you that there are solutions to your social anxiety.

    How to Overcome Your Social Anxiety

    How to Overcome Your Social Anxiety

    by Vanessa Gómez Valencia2

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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. And how I have learned to cope with symptoms and mood swings.

    The Lowdown on Bipolar Disorder

    The Lowdown on Bipolar Disorder

    by Boo McCourt39

  • 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

  • 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

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