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  • Sometimes depression means feeling too much and other times it means the inability to feel anything but numb. As somone who embraced a whole body approach to begin healing from severe depression, I explore the problem of apathy in this article.

    Depression in Midlife Women: Who Cares? The Problem of Apathy

    Depression in Midlife Women: Who Cares? The Problem of Apathy

    by Lisa Kroulik2

  • Anxiety has stopped me doing so many things; then I noticed that those things might have helped me cope with my anxiety, and therefore I'm trapped in an endless cycle. But recently I decided to push through the initial 'I can't' to determine if that is really true.

    Why Does Anxiety Stop Me Doing Things That Could Help It?

    Why Does Anxiety Stop Me Doing Things That Could Help It?

    by Sugaree0

  • A skinny woman's battle with stereotypes. How American culture makes being thin synonymous with anorexia. "Skinny girls have no right to complain."

    I Was Bullied for Being Thin

    I Was Bullied for Being Thin

    by Melanie Palen221

  • 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.

    My Experience of Depression:  The Bell Jar

    My Experience of Depression: The Bell Jar

    by Sue Pratt122

  • Studies show that it may take several attempts to successfully kick the smoking habit. For one person it may take only 5 quits to succeed; for another, it may take 10. For me, it was more than that.

    How I Finally Quit Smoking Cigarettes

    How I Finally Quit Smoking Cigarettes

    by Michelle Dee35

  • The messages you believe about yourself are powerful. With clinical depression, many people get caught in an endless cycle of negative self-talk that only makes their symptoms worse. The good news is that you can challenge those faulty assumptions and turn your life around for good.

    Depression in Midlife Women: It's Time to Fire Your Inner Critic!

    Depression in Midlife Women: It's Time to Fire Your Inner Critic!

    by Lisa Kroulik4

  • When you're feeling anxious, you don't need someone to pet you or roll their eyes at you. Sometimes, the quickest way home is just for someone to act like you are normal because somewhere inside you are, and it helps to be reminded of what that feels like.

    7 Ways to Deal With Anxiety from Someone Who Has Been There

    7 Ways to Deal With Anxiety from Someone Who Has Been There

    by Rebecca Long1

  • Have you ever wondered how to fake confidence for a job interview, first date or just in general when you suffer from anxiety? Here's my tips for acting more outwardly secure, even when I don't feel that way inside.

    How to Fake Confidence When You Have Anxiety

    How to Fake Confidence When You Have Anxiety

    by Em Clark1

  • You don't have to lose your fight with depression. You can make changes every day to improve both your life and the lives of those around you.

    8 Ways to Manage Your Depression Every Day

    8 Ways to Manage Your Depression Every Day

    by Andrew Bennett Collins2

  • 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.

    Stress Leave: How I Used the Time Away From My Job

    Stress Leave: How I Used the Time Away From My Job

    by Ria Bridges71

  • When Al-Anon members do their Ninth Step amends, they often have to apologize and change their behavior towards the alcoholics in their life, as well as towards friends and family members. It is not as hard as you may have feared. Find out how to get started.

    Making Amends: What Al-Anon's Ninth Step Means to Me

    Making Amends: What Al-Anon's Ninth Step Means to Me

    by Deborah-Diane7

  • I want to share my experience with Trichotillomania to show myself and my fellow trichsters that we are not alone. Most importantly, I want to start a discussion based on experience that can help all of us trichsters find solutions together!

    Trichotillomania: The Compulsion to Pull Out Hair and Eyelashes

    Trichotillomania: The Compulsion to Pull Out Hair and Eyelashes

    by ProfoundPuns120

  • This is my story of how I narrowly escaped death after attempting suicide. Life has a way of slapping the very breath out of you—painting the picture of suicide as a reversible option, when in actuality, once accomplished, there is no coming back. Once you're dead, you're dead.

    Is Suicide a Sweet Ticket Out? What It's Like to Want to Kill Yourself

    Is Suicide a Sweet Ticket Out? What It's Like to Want to Kill Yourself

    by WandaMarie Robinson-Middleton6

  • I am a shy person and have improved a lot with the simple techniques discussed here. If you are shy and aren't sure what to do, please read on...

    Techniques That Help Me Overcome Shyness

    Techniques That Help Me Overcome Shyness

    by Sakina Nasir20

  • Trying to understand an alcoholic is an impossible task for most non-alcoholics. I used to be an alcoholic, and in this article I will attempt to take you inside the mind of someone who is dependent.

    What Is It Like to Be an Alcoholic?

    What Is It Like to Be an Alcoholic?

    by Bill Holland121

  • 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

  • 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 Rice51

  • Electronic cigarette, e-cig, and vapor cigarette are common names for a personal vaporizer that allows one to smoke without the health hazards of regular cigarettes.

    My Experience With Electronic Cigarettes

    My Experience With Electronic Cigarettes

    by Melissa Flagg COA OSC8

  • Emetophobia, the fear of throwing up, is the fifth most common phobia in the world. A mother shares her daughter's journey through this paralyzing fear and how, eventually through exposure therapy, her daughter finds relief and hope to pursue her dreams.

    My Daughter's Struggle With Emetophobia (Fear of Throwing Up)

    My Daughter's Struggle With Emetophobia (Fear of Throwing Up)

    by Carla J Swick8

  • Do you have a loved one who is an alcoholic? Understand the nature of alcoholism, as well as your codependent role. I write from personal experience, having lived both sides of the equation.

    How Does an Alcoholic Ruin Your Life?

    How Does an Alcoholic Ruin Your Life?

    by Susan Reid141

  • Overusing nasal decongestant sprays may actually cause more congestion rather than relieving it. This is how I developed an addiction to Afrin and how I was able to stop using it.

    How to Break the Afrin Addiction FOREVER

    How to Break the Afrin Addiction FOREVER

    by Charlotte Doyle4

  • An in-depth insight into anorexia nervosa—a life-threatening eating disorder that attacks the body mentally, physically, and spiritually. Written by someone who struggles with the disease.

    An Insight Into Anorexia Nervosa: My Story

    An Insight Into Anorexia Nervosa: My Story

    by Kathleen Odenthal7

  • What a lot of people don't want to talk about, and what your doctor won't tell you. Xanax addiction is serious, and so are the withdrawal symptoms. Here I share my experience.

    Xanax Addiction and Withdrawal: My Story

    Xanax Addiction and Withdrawal: My Story

    by Rebecca4

  • Each person experiences trauma differently. When it occurs within a family, it can shake your foundation, affect you on a daily basis, and even impact generations of family members in the future until someone decides to heal it.

    Healing Family (and Generational) Trauma

    Healing Family (and Generational) Trauma

    by Laura Izett-Irwin3

  • Alcoholism is not just an addiction, it's a disease. A disease of the brain. And just like with any other disease, it develops and progresses over time if left untreated. Drinking excessively is indicative of alcohol-dependency and could be diagnosed as Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD).

    Winning the Battle Over Alcohol

    Winning the Battle Over Alcohol

    by Lonnie B1

  • 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

  • As a highly sensitive person, I regularly scour the Internet and bookshops for more material that may shed light on this wonderful gift we highly sensitive people know as the HSP trait.

    Life as a HSP: 10 Types of Highly Sensitive People

    Life as a HSP: 10 Types of Highly Sensitive People

    by Richard J ONeill22

  • 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

  • Panic attacks are much more than just feeling stressed or afraid. They also affect each person differently. This is an account of what panic attacks were like for me, and how I managed to overcome them.

    A Guide to Stopping Panic Attacks in Their Tracks

    A Guide to Stopping Panic Attacks in Their Tracks

    by Jerry Fisher2

  • A good belly laugh can lighten a heavy emotional load. Hear about an organization which provides people with mental health issues an opportunity to make people laugh by teaching them stand-up comedy.

    Stand Up Comedy as Mental Health Therapy

    Stand Up Comedy as Mental Health Therapy

    by Lori Colbo28

  • Have you ever had a panic attack? Do you think you could be having one now? Panic attacks are characterized by dysphoria and can happen anywhere and at any time. There is usually an underlying cause or trigger. It's important that you figure out what is causing your stress in order to treat it.

    Am I Having a Panic Attack? What It Feels Like

    Am I Having a Panic Attack? What It Feels Like

    by Layne Holmes5

  • The Food Network and their stars were there for me through some very hard times. It helped me cope with difficult times and learn how to show love and taught me a very important skill that was key for my survival.

    How the Food Network Helped Me Cope and Show Love

    How the Food Network Helped Me Cope and Show Love

    by Dani Moore0

  • Anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses worldwide. While medication helps many people, it's not for everyone. These three tips help me manage my symptoms in times of stress.

    Three Tips to Reduce Anxiety Symptoms

    Three Tips to Reduce Anxiety Symptoms

    by Emilie S Peck4

  • 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 Izett-Irwin8

  • Depression is common, especially among those with early traumatic experiences. Unfortunately, the emotional pain of life can sometimes cause people to seek comfort through something like drugs or food that quickly becomes an addiction. Treating the addiction first is often necessary.

    Depression in Midlife Women: Facing Our Addictions

    Depression in Midlife Women: Facing Our Addictions

    by Lisa Kroulik2

  • Many assumptions are made about therapy, which can cause people who could benefit from the service to distrust it. This article will attempt to dissuade the negative mindset surrounding how therapy fits into the mental health industry.

    Why Therapy and Talking About Your Problems Should Be Encouraged

    Why Therapy and Talking About Your Problems Should Be Encouraged

    by Wyatt Frazer Scratch2

  • What does it mean to be mentally ill? How many people suffer from this ailment? It’s more common than you think.

    Are You Mentally Ill?  Am I?

    Are You Mentally Ill? Am I?

    by Liz Elias14

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