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.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by uncontrollable, disturbing thoughts and repetitive behaviors. There are, however, effective treatments for OCD sufferers.
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.
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.
A letter to those contemplating suicide, written a week after I lost a dear friend who took her own life.
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.
Feeling blue? Everyone feels “down in the dumps” sometimes. Here are 12 easy things you can do to chase the blues away and lift depression.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Toronto Blue Jays' closer Roberto Osuna is currently warming the bench, citing mental health concerns.
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.
For many, changes in the weather affect mood. For some this can lead to serious issues, such as seasonal affective disorder. Learn more about these effects and what you can do to combat them.
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 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!
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.
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.
These are the techniques I use to deal with and reduce my day-to-day anxiety symptoms. I hope they help you, too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes one small, simple solution can go a long way. This article discusses a tool for dealing with postpartum anxiety.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
Many people suffer from anxiety disorders. I will show you how to treat General Anxiety Disorder using natural, alternative methods.
About 10% of the population suffers from an irrational fear of needles and injections. Medical phobias—fear of blood, injections, and injury—differ from other types of phobias in key ways.
An informative article about depression from someone who is dealing with the day-to-day struggle of this condition.
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 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?
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.
A night of heavy drinking can often lead to an overwhelming sensation of temporary depression the morning after. Here I explore this phenomenon and offer advice for treatment and prevention thereof.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many twins suffer from separation anxiety. Written by a twin, this article provides tips for how to cope with this anxiety.
"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.
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.
Depression and anxiety commonly exist together. Can it make a primary mental illness diagnosis worse?
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.
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 article explores the connection between analytical/deep/philosophical thinking and depression. A brief comparison of those who think a lot and those who are carefree.
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.
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 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.
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.
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) nightmares can cause terror in the lives of those who suffer from it. However, there is relief to be found in some medications.
A severe anxiety problem or bout of depression can produce many odd symptoms. Depersonalization and derealization are two of the worst symptoms a sufferer may encounter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When we're diagnosed with stress or anxiety, we might feel foolish. Yet anxiety can be deadly if not taken seriously.
A travel phobia can limit a person's life to a great degree. Are you scared to use public transportation?
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.
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.
Do you have issues with anxiety? Are your anxiety meds not working well for you? Try these 5 ways to cure your anxiety naturally!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you know everything you should about your anti-anxiety medication? Do they help? Are they a cure?
My dear friend, Alan Mudge, was an armourer during his time in the RAF. He was kind enough to agree to talk to you all about his personal experience suffering with PTSD.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fluoxetine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class medication that is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, some eating disorders, and panic attacks.
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.
How can you control negative thinking, avoid negative thoughts and emotions, and release stress? Here are 30 tricks to help you feel more positively about life.
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.
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.
Dermatillomania is a disorder in which one has the urge to pick at one's skin, especially in times of anxiety or stress. I've experienced this condition since I was a child.
These are the strategies I use to cope with lack of motivation when I am experiencing a major depressive episode.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Panic disorder can only develop if you have a negative first panic attack experience. What turns a panic attack into panic disorder?
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.
In 2017, we're all sucked into the digital abyss. But at what point does it start affecting our mental health?
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.
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.
Anxiety and OCD can affect the mind in various ways. Derealisation sufferers feel totally detached from reality and in a dream-like trance. I wish to demystify and tackle this terrifying phenomenon.
Paralyzing anxiety attacks are a horrible, debilitating condition. Here are five things you can do to "snap yourself" out of one and move on with your life.
If your habit of worrying all the time is holding you back, perhaps this gentle writing exercise can provide you with some relief.
After 2 years of taking Citalopram for depression, it was time to stop. But the side effects that no doctor talked to me about were serious, including the dreaded brain zaps.
Social anxiety can affect all aspects of your life—but it can be overcome. Many sufferers turn to anxiety medication, although this isn't the only option to consider.
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.
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.
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.
When other methods failed, a simple (and infuriatingly difficult) video game helped me heal from a terrifying experience.
When I increased my anti-anxiety medication, I started to experience very strange and vivid dreams. In a word, GAH!
Learn about essential nutrients, simple juicing recipes, and different types of juicers. Juicing for stress and anxiety is simple, natural, and totally effective.
Have you been fighting your panic disorder for years without success? Learn how I overcame it and you can too.
An article about society's reaction to those of us with mental illness, and what makes suicide more likely.
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.
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.
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.
An anxiety disorder is a serious mental health disorder that is becoming more prevalent in the field of mood disorders.
As highly sensitive people, we sense everything—though we might not always want to. At those times when we need to retreat but can't, are we at risk of developing social anxiety?
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.
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 is usually misjudged, based on how a person looks. This article is a closer look into my struggle with depression.
Do bad thoughts pop into your mind for no reason? Do you think about hurting other people—or yourself? Do your thoughts embarrass you? If so, you may suffer from intrusive thoughts. Learn more here.
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.
What is the relationship between sleep and memory? How do sleep medications affect the brain, and how does PTSD relate to these issues?
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.
Holding down a job when you suffer from bipolar disorder can be really difficult. Here are a few tips that will help.
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.
Sharing my own struggle with depression during the month of September: National Suicide Prevention Month.
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?