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  • 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

  • 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

  • It is very difficult watching a loved one struggle with an addiction, especially an eating disorder. While they first need to want to help themselves, there are ways you can help a friend with anorexia or bulimia, regardless of where they are in recovery.

    How to Help a Friend With Anorexia or Bulimia

    How to Help a Friend With Anorexia or Bulimia

    by Stephanie Hicks18

  • 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

  • I will discuss why disappointment throughout our lives, especially when we are young, is essential in shaping us into capable, strong adults.

    Why Disappointment Can Be Good for You

    Why Disappointment Can Be Good for You

    by Jessica B2

  • 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

  • Anxiety is more than fear. Oftentimes, it's an irrational reaction to a common situation. To help people understand how debilitating this "invisible disability" can be, an agoraphobic adult takes the time to describe how it feels to them.

    The World From the Perspective of an Agoraphobe

    The World From the Perspective of an Agoraphobe

    by Sage Pierly1

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Moving across country, leaving my friends, home, and everything familiar behind caused me to suffer from relocation depression. Here is how I coped with it.

    How to Cope With Relocation Depression

    How to Cope With Relocation Depression

    by Shaunta Grimes0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • This is a perspective on how my PTSD affects some of my daily life and some of my relationships. I am explaining this not only to share the story of the episodes and trials I deal with, but to help others relate a little better with their friends and relatives that may also suffer with this.

    The Struggles of Living With PTSD: My Story

    The Struggles of Living With PTSD: My Story

    by Gary5

  • 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

  • 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

  • Voluntarily committing yourself can be a very scary experience if you're unfamiliar with it. This article will explain my experience of voluntarily committing myself in the state of Illinois.

    What Happens When You Voluntarily Commit Yourself?

    What Happens When You Voluntarily Commit Yourself?

    by Alexa J Cobb3

  • 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

  • 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.

    Afrin Rebound Congestion: Addicted to Afrin

    Afrin Rebound Congestion: Addicted to Afrin

    by Charlotte Doyle4

  • 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

  • With people becoming more accepting of mental illness', a lot of confusion has followed. This article aims to inform people on the grey area that is mental health medications.

    A Talk About Medication

    A Talk About Medication

    by Wyatt Frazer Scratch1

  • 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

  • Is social media making us less social, more narcissistic, less empathetic, more self-involved, and less happy? Learn how social media can affect our psychology and emotions.

    How Social Media Affects Our Mental Health

    How Social Media Affects Our Mental Health

    by Michelle Battle1

  • I am most often a watcher not a participant but alike a tiny computer I digest images and vocal tones. I am intuitive, empathetic, an introvert, and highly analytical. These are qualities that are often present in shy individuals. There are detrimental aspects of shyness but there are also benefits

    Benefits of Being the Shy Child in the Family

    Benefits of Being the Shy Child in the Family

    by Lorelei Cohen8

  • Living with someone who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder can be frustrating, especially when you don't understand what they are going through. Hopefully, by explaining my own struggles with PTSD, you can get a better picture of what your loved one is going through.

    Daily Struggles With PTSD (and What You Should Understand About Them)

    Daily Struggles With PTSD (and What You Should Understand About Them)

    by Gary0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    Plato's Cave and My Experience of Depression

    Plato's Cave and My Experience of Depression

    by Mark Monroe4

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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