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  • 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

  • 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 successful recovery requires mindfulness, dedication, determination, consistency, and motivation. Managing addiction recovery is not an easy task, no matter how long you've been in recovery.

    Addiction Recovery Life Hacks: What Works for Me

    Addiction Recovery Life Hacks: What Works for Me

    by Mark Choat0

  • 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

  • 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 Rice50

  • Even physicians sometimes fail to manage depression appropriately. 10 years into treatment, this is my story.

    The Ugly Truth About Depression

    The Ugly Truth About Depression

    by Luke Anthony Schulte0

  • 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

  • One in every five of us suffers from a mental illness, yet so many of us are afraid to talk about it. But we know that talking not only makes us feel better, it also saves lives. And if so many of us have a mental health issue, why are we still stigmatizing ourselves?

    We Need to Change Our Attitude Towards Mental Health

    We Need to Change Our Attitude Towards Mental Health

    by annerivendell0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Izett8

  • 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

  • Are you feeling anxious at work and scared you can't cope? You're not alone! Here's some quick tips for dealing with anxiety before and during work.

    How to Handle Anxiety at Work

    How to Handle Anxiety at Work

    by Em Clark1

  • Do you ever feel bummed out or just downright depressed when Christmas is over? I know I feel a little sad when all the festivities have passed. Ways to lift our moods once the holidays have passed.

    How I Cope With Post-Holiday Depression

    How I Cope With Post-Holiday Depression

    by Nicole K6

  • Having a spouse with bipolar depression will test your strength and your patience. The most important things to remember, no matter how cliche, is that is not who they are and they need your love.

    My Wife Is Bipolar . . . and Sometimes It Sucks

    My Wife Is Bipolar . . . and Sometimes It Sucks

    by Mr-Mediocre5

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Social anxiety is the third largest mental healthcare problem in the world. This article will show you that there are solutions to your social anxiety.

    How to Overcome Your Social Anxiety

    How to Overcome Your Social Anxiety

    by Vanessa Gómez Valencia2

  • My personal story about becoming disabled with illness that can't be seen on the outside. It all began with the domestic abuse from my past.

    I Know I Don't Look Sick

    I Know I Don't Look Sick

    by blairtracy4

  • Learn four ways to overcome social anxiety naturally that you can start doing right now. Don't let social anxiety keep you from doing the things you love. Enjoy a happier, healthier life.

    How to Overcome Social Anxiety Naturally

    How to Overcome Social Anxiety Naturally

    by Kawai1

  • 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

  • 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 Doyle3

  • 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

  • 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

  • I never in a million years thought I would succumb to a gambling addiction, but certain circumstances made me vulnerable to that. It didn't help that I lived in Seattle at the time, in proximity to 3 casinos. Here's how the addiction started and "resolved itself", if you could call it that.

    How I Beat My Gambling Addiction

    How I Beat My Gambling Addiction

    by Monica Viera0

  • 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 Holland119

  • 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

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