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5 apps to help anyone better manage their mental health

For those instances where a cat being surprised by a cucumber doesn't cut it or you can't get your hands on <i>The Little Book of Calm</i>, the inventions of …

I Gave Up Sugar For 6 Weeks In An Attempt To Improve My Mental Health

<i>Photographed by Ruby Yeh.</i><p>It's fairly difficult in today's world to have missed the memo about sugar; depending where you look (on Instagram), sugar is either as bad for you as saturated fat and/or as addictive as crack cocaine. But quitting sugar isn't just the latest celebrity weight loss fad, …

Pulitzer Prize

8 Symptoms That Might Mean You Have Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Laura is a writer, illustrator, and artist living in New York City.<p>Everyone feels nervous sometimes. Usually it happens before a big event, during a …

Robin Williams' Widow Wrote a Devastating Piece About Her Husband's Mental Disease

It's been two years since his passing.<p>In 2014, Robin Williams took his own life at the age of 63. It wasn't until an autopsy was performed that his family learned he had a neurological ailment called Lewy Body Dementia (LBD), a disease similar to Alzheimer's. LBD attacked parts of his brain, making …

Dementia

The Evolution of Anxiety: Why We Worry and What to Do About It

Let's pretend for a moment that you are a giraffe.<p>You live on the grasslands of the African savannah. You have a neck that is 7 feet long (2.1 meters). Every now and then, you spot a group of humans driving around on a safari taking pictures of you.<p>But it's not just your neck and their cameras that …

Humanity

The House Just Passed the Most Important Mental Health Bill in Decades

Though the conversation surrounding mental health issues is improving every day, stigmas persist and resources for the mentally ill are seriously limited. That’s why the news last week that the House of Representatives almost unanimously passed the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of …

Mental Health

If you’ve always wanted to try meditation, use this guide to get started

Hugh Jackman, Katy Perry, Oprah Winfrey, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan and many other big names swear by it.<p>We’re talking meditation — a practice that’s usually done daily and involves sitting quietly for 20 to 30 minutes to calm and observe the mind.<p>But for what purpose?<p>“To intentionally cultivate …

How to Exercise Your Brain for Better Thinking Skills

Not so very long ago, scientists and doctors believed that the number of neurons, cells, and pathways that were present in our brains at birth were …

What Getting Fired Taught Me About Mental Health

In medical school, I was trained to focus on what was physically wrong with a patient. I percussed lungs, pressed on abdomens, and palpated …

Mental Health

How to Overcome Your Quarter-Life Crisis

If you’re somewhere between your mid twenties and thirties, you might be experiencing a serious low point in your life. A trial of confused identity, …

10 Male Celebrities Who Are Smashing Mental Health Stereotypes

Nearly 6 million American men suffer from depression each year, yet many of them avoid seeking treatment. A 2015 analysis also found that men are more likely not to speak up if they're having suicidal thoughts.<p>This aversion to support is likely due to the negative stereotypes surrounding mental …

Mental Health

Tips for success: 11 ways to silence your 'inner critic'

<b>Too many women are letting their "inner critic" stop them from succeeding in life, according to the head of a chain of all-girl schools.</b><b>But how do you go about silencing your "inner critic"? We've compiled some advice from BBC News readers - and a few well-known faces.</b><p>To contribute your advice, …

Self-help

41 Motivational Quotes for When You Need Inspiration Most | Inc.com

Some days are easy--energy is high, the sun is shining, everything seems possible. But there will always be times when the storms come. Things go wrong, people let you down, and pressure is high. Those are the times when you need some inspiration.<p>Here's some collected wisdom to help motivate you …

Motivation

'Hi, Anxiety': Women hide their mental illness out of shame, says author

Kat Kinsman’s anxiety began in kindergarten with upset stomachs and a nervous habit of picking at her thumb until it bled.<p>By 14, depression set in after being bullied, and her symptoms became so severe, she stopped going to school. Her parents finally took her to a psychiatrist.<p>But just as …

Depression

The anxiety survival guide: How to conquer your worries

What makes you anxious? Ask and you’ll get a million different answers (believe me, I did). They ranged from feeling overloaded or constantly on-call to health worries, tax bills or even just answering the phone.<p>Ask how anxiety feels and the answers may range from ‘sick and jittery’ to ‘having a …

10 Things You Need To Know About Depression (Part I)

According to The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), in 2014, an estimated 15.7 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. This number represented 6.7% of all U.S. adults. Research also indicates that those in certain …

Immune System

The Eliza app makes mental health tracking as easy as talking to yourself

Makers of an app called Eliza want to make it as easy for people to track their psychological well-being as it is to track their physical fitness.<p>The Eliza app asks users to record a voice memo, say, venting about an issue they’re dealing with at work or simply reflecting on their day. The app …

Mental Health

100+ Motivational Quotes On Dream, Goal And Future

1. You Can Never Cross The Ocean Unless You Have The Courage To Lose Sight Of The Shore.<p>2. If You Want Something You Never Had, You Have To Do …

Motivation

How To Stop Being Controlled By Fear & Find Real Happiness

Sometimes it’s easy to get stuck in a routine that actually makes us miserable. We get up every morning and rush to a job that’s not quite …

Dalai Lama Says Key To Happiness Is Letting Go

We all want to find and sustain happiness. And for the Dalai Lama, this inner peace may be easily found by doing one thing: determining that whatever is bothering you no longer exist. Well, sort of.<p>Of course, reaching this plain of enlightenment is far easier said (or read about) than done.<p>In an …

Mindfulness

10 Signs It's More Than Just Stress

How to tell if your issues are deeper than everyday angst.<p>Nobody's perfect. And the stressors we all face on a regular basis can bring out the worst in pretty much everyone. But some people's emotional turmoil runs a bit deeper than your average, everyday angst.<p>The National Alliance on Mental …

I Meditated For 365 Days Straight. Here's What Happened

I started meditating on a whim. One of those #100daychallenges caught my eye, and since I had been a longtime sufferer of anxiety and overanalyzing …

Wake Up and Enjoy Your Life With Mindfulness

Sometimes I feel like I'm sleepwalking through life. There's this sense of everything being distant, unfocused, numb. I'm working, eating, talking, sleeping, but I'm just going through the motions. Coffee takes me up, carbs take me down, but the whole experience is dull, boring, repetitive, …

Meditation

Four mental health podcasts to wrap your mind around

These podcasts are an accessible and super entertaining way to get educated on the mysteries of the mind. <i>Photo: Jelena Jojic</i><p>Psychology, psychiatry, …

Mental health problems aren’t all in the brain

Divorcing mental ill health from its social and political context, as the BBC’s recent In the Mind Series did, implies wider issues of inequality or poverty don’t matter<p>An open letter to the BBC written by a group of psychologists and other mental health professionals has attracted more than 1,000 …

Mental Health

31 Things That Will Happen When You Finally Decide to Live Your Dreams

You’ve been thinking about this for a long time, haven’t you?<p>You’ve reveled in shallow friendships, numbed yourself in trivial distractions, and …