We tend to encase ourselves within a narrow perspective, a limited vision, of ourselves in life situations. Being able to step "outside" of ourselves expands our view of what we're capable of.
As we all know modern life can be very stressful. With so many demands on our time, through juggling family, work and friends, it can be a little difficult to give ourselves the attention that we really need and deserve.
Being made fun of about being a four-eyes was bad enough. So my heart broke for this child who would forever be "the kid whose mom screamed about vaginas in class."
Because mental health is a taboo subject in the African-American community, black people, and specifically black women, are not only one of the least likely groups to be treated or to seek treatment for depression, they're also less likely than other groups to even acknowledge it as a serious problem
Many people who struggle with alcohol or drugs have a difficult time getting better. There are many reasons why these people do not get the help they ...
Remember when you were younger and you had a parent-enforced bedtime? I bet you used to fight for "just five more minutes" every time mom or dad told ...
My cat, or rather daughter, is the most beautiful creature on the planet. Her name is Moo, and she is my role model. She is so calm and chill all t...
Not only is it important to motivate ourselves, but one another, in ways that have been seemingly unfathomable in the past. The simplicity of kind gestures and warm embraces can run the world almost as well as Beyoncé.
Take daylight, for example. While the stereotype of the coveted 'corner office' may be outdated, research finds that workers with access to natural light and views are more productive than their colleagues who are squeezed into dark, dim cubicles.
A year later a good friend gets ill, walks to the top a building and jumps off. The difference between him and me was that I could speak about my condition; he couldn't, and so he took his life. It was that moment that catalyzed me into wanting to give back to all of those people suffering in silence out there.
Make a list for yourself. Write down all of the positives that you like about yourself. Make a list of the negatives, too. Then, as you are reading the good and the bad, ask yourself, "Is this truly how I feel, or has someone made me feel this way?"
As so many unremarkable events pass by -- a graduation, family dinner, departure for college -- the subtext of the events comes to the foreground. We skip from day to day, event to event -- what is the point of it all?
Mad in America's International Film Festival will encourage us to think anew about the nature of what is commonly called "mental illness" and its treatments. I have had a chance to preview some of the festival films.
There are very real, life-threatening risks associated with working in afflicted areas. Yet those who choose to take those risks or have just been exposed are, in many cases, tainted by their association.
The problem with using the word dramatic to describe my own expression of emotion is that I am not intentionally seeking out to attract attention. I have been consistently feeling emotions in an intense way for 35 years of my life. So it may be a jolt to you, but to me it is what it is like to live inside my brain every day. It's exhausting.
For many years, I, like lots of others, used alcohol as my socially acceptable method for feeling better. The problem was, the aftereffects were unimaginably worse than the temporary high. When I cut out excessive boozing, things got better. A lot better. And that's no surprise, considering what the research suggests about drinking and depression.
The estimated 19 million adults across the country who suffer from depression know that there is no way to appropriately express how crippling it can ...
Even though anxiety is still an ongoing issue in my life, it's something that, like my depression, I have been able to get a better grasp on. Mental illness is different for every person, but these are some ways that I have found to be effective in helping to manage my anxiety.
Instead of shrinking from the stigma of having bipolar disorder, I have embraced it. I don't know why I don't feel the stigma. But I just don't. But I want to be the voice for those who do feel the stigma and are silenced.
When we attempt to divorce ourselves from pain, we end up feeling nothing pleasurable or meaningful at all. When we better understand, tolerate, and harness distressing thoughts and feelings, and become aware of the situations when they are helpful, we become empowered.