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4 Mind Tricks to Try When Anxiety Strikes

Farsh Askari | Posted 02.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Farsh Askari

When I see something that triggers anxiety, whether it's an actual physical manifestation or just in the mind's eye, I distract myself until my anxiety subsides. In my quest to recalibrate from distressed to de-stressed, I have found the following four quick-tricks to be, easy, practical, and effective anxiety antidotes.

You Are Not Alone: A Conversation About OCD

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

You must nurture yourself and only stay close to people who know how to support you and comfort you. People with OCD whose close companions understand the disease and care for and support you relieve their symptoms more effectively. Get help, care for yourself, and be kind to yourself.

MLK/David Bowie Tribute: Thoughts on Suffering and Truth

Annaliese Neale | Posted 01.20.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Annaliese Neale

Ongoing depression. Bad breakups. People pleaser. Stressed about money. Estranged relationships. Anxiety. Burdened by the suffering of others. Having ...

How Facial Hair Is Helping Cure My Depression

LuxEco Living | Posted 01.19.2016 | Weird News
LuxEco Living

By Jake Breslauer cross-posted with permission from Satirical Nonsense I'm a white hipster in his late twenties with a strong political opinion suf...

This Is What People With Mental Illness Do On A Daily Basis

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 01.13.2016 | Healthy Living

Think all people with mental illness are dysfunctional, unproductive members of society? Think again. After his own experience with obsessive compulsi...

Unfinished Thoughts

Beth Whitley | Posted 01.04.2016 | Parents
Beth Whitley

In a way, these half-written blogs and unfinished reflections sum up the past six months pretty well: a collection of emotions and experiences with few clear ends or answers, with dangling ellipses and uncertain next chapters.

Autism and Food

David Royko | Posted 12.29.2015 | Healthy Living
David Royko

What better time than the holiday season to think about food, especially cookies, Christmas or otherwise. Our severely autistic son Ben has never met...

Watch As Woman Who Says She Has OCD Goes Through Her Daily Rituals

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 12.04.2015 | Dr. Phil

Courtney says she has OCD and that her condition and her fear of germs causes her to spend her days washing her hands until they bleed and avo...

WATCH: Peace, Love and Painting Helps Overcome Mental Illness

HooplaHa | Posted 10.27.2015 | Impact
HooplaHa

PeaceLove Co-founder, Jeff Sparr, is a man on an audacious mission -- a mission to make mental illness cool. Not cool to have, but cool to support. If you aren't familiar with mental illness it can be taboo. Jeff wants to change that because it's actually really common.

An Open Letter To A Person With Mental Illness

Rachel Griffin | Posted 10.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachel Griffin

You are not a monster. You are a valuable, unique, wonderful human being who deserves everything grand that this life has to offer. Come out of the shadows and stand proudly in who you are.

The Tremendous Power of an (Extra)ordinary Action

Alaina Baker | Posted 09.08.2015 | Impact
Alaina Baker

You are so worthy of life and of living it; sometimes it just takes someone else to help you realize that. Sometimes it is the small things you do too, that help someone else realize the same thing about themselves.

A Glimpse Inside an OCD Mind

Julie Zack Yaste | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Julie Zack Yaste

I did not choose to have an anxiety disorder with depressive repercussions, but I am choosing to be open and vocal about it, because it's nothing to be ashamed of. It's part of who I am.

Living With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Dan Truong | Posted 08.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Dan Truong

The best description that I can come up with is that it's like a parasite that attaches itself to your mind and grows and grows and slowly infects every aspect of your life. It's like a slow, unceasing progression. It starts in your thoughts, then your behavior, then your personality, and soon, it messes up your relationships with other people.

Is Your Over-Thinking an 'Addiction'? Here Are 8 Steps to Recovery

Kathy Gottberg | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Kathy Gottberg

I like choices. Nearly every one of my decisions is carefully researched to maximize the greatest number of benefits. When buying, I like to know ...

No Sinks. No Soap. Not Even a Tissue!

Mathy Wasserman | Posted 05.06.2015 | Travel
Mathy Wasserman

This is my confession. I am not of a faith that weekly goes to the confessional. I am of a religion that fesses up to our sins once a year and even th...

Making Pretty: A Conversation With YA Author Corey Ann Haydu

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.07.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Corey Ann Haydu is the author of new release, Making Pretty, OCD Love Story. We talked about what it means to be a young adult author and what she would like her readers to know about being pretty and being loved.

How You Can Help Someone With Mental Illness: What to Do First

Farsh Askari | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Farsh Askari

Instead of an assessment (which implies judgment) and advice (which implies expertise), what someone who's mentally distressed, in any context, needs first, mentally and emotionally, is some acknowledgment and support.

25 Photos That Will Soothe Your Inner Neat Freak

DL Cade | Posted 06.26.2015 | HuffPost Home
DL Cade

"Organization Porn" is a thing now (seriously) and I totally get it. There's something deeply satisfying about symmetry.

Confronting Your Mental Health

Francisco Micheo-Marcial | Posted 06.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Francisco Micheo-Marcial

My OCD convinced me that when I walked into a room, those people were talking about me, and I knew it. It forces me to revisit the same distressing ideas day after day with no reprieve. It isolated me and made me irritable. I lashed out at those I loved, oftentimes irreparably so. The spread of misinformation is harmful to us all, and we should seek to understand before we label.

A Review of Janet Singer's Overcoming OCD: A Journey to Recovery

Matt Bieber | Posted 06.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Matt Bieber

In simple, unadorned language, Singer shows us what it feels like to be a mother watching her son unable to eat or move: the breathtaking fear and anxiety; the "waves of gratitude" that follow brief improvements in Dan's condition; the battles with ignorant or indifferent doctors.

Rare Case Of 'Seasonal' OCD Highlights Complexity Of Condition

Posted 02.26.2015 | Healthy Living

By: Agata Blaszczak Boxe Published: 02/26/2015 09:54 AM EST on LiveScience A rare case of "seasonal" obsessive-compulsive disorder in a woman in...

Harm-Related OCD

Debra Kissen | Posted 04.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Debra Kissen

What I enjoy so much about working with those seeking to overcome harm-related OCD is how rapid a recovery they can make -- once they begin to see their disturbing thoughts from a new vantage point.

Carolyn Gregoire

4 Things You Probably Didn't Know About OCD

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.30.2015 | Healthy Living

A recent episode of NPR's new podcast, Invisibilia shed light on a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder that's rarely talked about: One that involves...

How My Dreams of Blissful Motherhood Became a Nightmare

Susie Gamboa | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Susie Gamboa

About six weeks after I have birth, I started a rapid decline into a state of complete misery. I would stare at the blank wall, sometimes for an hour straight, listening to the negative thoughts circulating in my mind.

6 Tips on How to Manage Your Fearful and Obsessive Thoughts

Stan Popovich | Posted 03.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Stan Popovich

There are times that we encounter fearful and obsessive thoughts that can be difficult to manage. For some people, the more they try to get rid of the thoughts, the stronger the thoughts become and the more difficult they become to manage.