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8 Epiphanies Everyone Should Have

Shannon Kaiser | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Shannon Kaiser

Epiphanies are mental moments where we have instant clarity, which can turn into motivation to change and charge forward. But not all epiphanies are created equally. Some demand a deep inward search, and you'll be stuck asking the tough questions to see what you are made of.

When Exercise Becomes An Addiction

Abby Heugel | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Abby Heugel

As a society, we're told over and over that it's essential to exercise, which it is -- in moderation. That's what makes it so easy to keep this addiction a secret; it's not as obvious as walking around under the influence or lighting up a cigarette.

Ignoring Well-Being Is Costing Us

Geoff McDonald | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Geoff McDonald

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.

Lindsay Holmes

Evidence Depression Isn't Just 'All In Your Head'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 09.24.2014 | Healthy Living

Depression touches people differently, making dealing with the condition more of a personal experience than a universal one. Some describe the illness...

A Baby After Postpartum Depression?

Becky Schroeder | Posted 11.23.2014 | Parents
Becky Schroeder

My name was still Becky and I lived in the same house, but postpartum depression and anxiety turned me into a version of myself that looked and sounded nothing like me. That's what these illnesses do, after all.

A Cape for Courage

Janine Francolini | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

If we want to slay this beast of a public health emergency, we cannot let suicide, depression, and other brain health challenges hide behind closed doors. Our only choice is to continue to build dialogue, so that we may break down the lethal secrecy and shame that surround these issues.

Drinking, Depression and Their Dysfunctional Relationship

Hannah Sentenac | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Hannah Sentenac

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.

How Being Active Can Actually Help With Depression

The Active Times | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
The Active Times

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 ...

I'm 25 And My Hair Is Falling Out

Jackie Nguyen | Posted 11.23.2014 | Women
Jackie Nguyen

Sure, I'm balding. Shitty. And the situation really f**king sucks. But sometimes, in the realm of bigger problems that I don't have, it doesn't. There is an abundance that I am incredibly thankful and happy for -- you have no idea.

I Contain Multitudes: Maia Mayor

Diane Luby Lane | Posted 11.22.2014 | Arts
Diane Luby Lane

I remember the day she brought it into the room. We were sitting in a circle, and Maia was seated to my right. We started at my left, which means she went last.

3 Easy Ways to Practice Gratitude With Your Kids

Karem Ensley | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Karem Ensley

During years of teaching children of many ages, I have observed how much they benefit from learning simple ways to guide their perspectives about what it means to be happy.

Take Depression Out of the Closet

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Bil Hitchcock

It's time to take mental disease out of the dark close in which it has been entombed, talk about it and realize that it is no different from any other disease which affects our bodies.

Why Do People Develop Anxiety and Depression Problems?

Todd Kashdan | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Todd Kashdan

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.

Establishing Boundaries, Preventing Attacks

Doug Kreeger | Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Doug Kreeger

I write when I'm inspired and publish only when I'm ready. I don't read comment forums and I block communication from harassing strangers. I connect with at least one close friend per day, preferably in person. I sing constantly, loudly, and usually only for myself (or dogs). I'm doing the best that I can and trying to greet each new day with wonder and gratitude.

You're Not Broken, You're Not Alone

Kate Byrne | Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Kate Byrne

I feel like by saying "I'm hurting" in front of family, friends, and more than a few strangers that it's admitting I can't hack it. That I'm less than people who aren't suffering from major depression. It doesn't matter that intellectually I know that's a crock of shit, emotionally I can't help but feel there's something lacking in me.

Unplugged With Liza and Janine -- Part One

Janine Francolini | Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

We decided that in order to melt down shame and fear around mental health, we needed to have real, open conversations together. We talked about many topics, including our own personal histories of mental health challenges, the civil rights components of this cause, and some of our "secrets."

The Routine Mental Health Screening That Could Save Your Life

Dr. Damara Gutnick | Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Damara Gutnick

Depression is a disease, not a weakness, and suicide is its tragic consequence. By taking a few simple steps, primary care providers can better identify depression and ensure that patients receive needed treatment.

What To Say, Where To Get Help And Other Things You Should Know About Suicide Prevention

The Huffington Post | Abigail Wise | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Mental illness -- most frequently, depression -- is a factor in suicide, playing a role nine out of 10 times. K...

Increase Confidence by Embracing Your Strengths

Andrea Pennington, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Andrea Pennington, M.D.

Your assignment is to identify your top five strengths. Next you will utilize two of your strengths in ways you have not done before daily for a two-week period. And, imagine the benefits they would enjoy if they utilized these strengths.

3 Reasons Greek Life Is a Great Place to Address Mental Health

Ross Szabo | Posted 11.17.2014 | College
Ross Szabo

Members of fraternities and sororities know that their organizations are a lot more than what they are perceived to be. Fraternities and sororities aren't perfect, but they have the potential to equip their members to handle mental health challenges better than other parts of a college campus.

How to Beat Resistance and Start Doing What You Want to Do!

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 11.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Whatever it is for you, don't put it off until tomorrow -- that's just the subtle voice of resistance talking. Every moment is an opportunity to step into the life you want to live.

How I Failed Another Mom

Jacqueline Wilson | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Jacqueline Wilson

I wonder how she handled it. I wonder what she did when she was so exhausted that the cry of a newborn brought her to tears, too. I wonder how she handled those nights sitting in the dark rocking her child back to sleep and wondering what happened to her life.

The Case Against Straight A's

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I have seen too many kids get stressed out, anxious and even depressed in their mission to get straight A's. Let me tell you why I dislike the pursuit of straight A's.

Depression: The Word That Must Not Be Named

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 11.16.2014 | Black Voices
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

Growing up, I learned that African Americans do not publicly discuss or "put our personal business in the street." Depression has traditionally been an unmentionable subject in the African-American community. I have experienced debilitating bouts of depression since I was about 15 years old.

Thank You, Henry Rollins, For Your Offensive Comments About Depression and Suicide

Arlene Malinowski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.16.2014 | Entertainment
Arlene Malinowski, Ph.D.

The concept that mental illness is a disease which twists reality and affects the way one thinks, perceives and remembers is one that is not often discussed. Blame towards the victim and a lack of understanding is what keeps so many alone with their secrets.