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Your Brain Doesn't Want to Change: 5 Ways to Make It

Change is always awkward at first, but it gets easier with practice.<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Take a moment and cross your arms. Now, cross them in the opposite direction. Which way was more awkward?<p>If you thought crossing them the second time required …

Self-help

Film Review: ‘God Knows Where I Am’

Everyone dies alone, but aloneness has degrees, and the death described in painstaking, slow-motion detail in “God Knows Where I Am,” the documentary …

Mental Health

A Prison Psychologist Mourns the Patient He Couldn't Save

I can help this person, I thought. I was wrong.<p><i>This article was published in collaboration with the Marshall Project.</i><p>I'd been working for several years as a psychologist for prisoners in Washington state when I was tasked with treating a deeply troubled man in his early 20s. I can't tell you his …

WHO: Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability

More than 300 million people across the world suffer from depression. That's an estimate by the World Health Organization.<p>The WHO's new report says depression is "the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide." For comparison, malaria has roughly 212 million cases each year.<p>The WHO warns …

Depression

How mental health problems affect relationships: 'They're scared that this time you might die'

Readers explain the impact of their mental health disorders on family and friends as part of the MQ Speak your Mind series<p><b>Anonymous</b><br>Last night I had a dream about my eldest son who’s just turned 11. Because of my mental illness, I have not been able to speak to or see my three boys for 10 months …

Mental Health

How better definitions of mental disorders could aid diagnosis and treatment

Mental disorders are currently defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which includes hundreds of distinct …

Mental Health

Try These Two Stress-Relieving Activities in Tandem for Maximum Anxiety Relief

At this point, it’s pretty much been ingrained in our brains that meditation and exercise are the keys to a healthy lifestyle. Anxious about your …

A memoir of life, love and mental illness

The first 30 pages of Mark Lukach’s new memoir, “My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward,” read like a Hollywood love story.<p>As an 18-year-old freshman at Georgetown University, he meets and falls in love with Giulia, a radiant and ambitious Italian beauty. They graduate, marry, launch careers, plan to …

Nursing students walk a mile in the shoes of a mental health patient

One voice is soft and vague. “It’s a thing. Just some … thing,” it says.<p>Another barks angrily: “Eyes down! Don’t look up! Don’t look up!”<p>Still …

How I Motivated Myself During My Darkest Times

You shouldn't deny that there's a problem. Embrace it.<p>Motivation is a daily struggle. We all have those mornings when it's cold and rainy, and all you want to is stay curled up in bed. Other times, we're just mentally and physically exhausted. Then there are the times when a disastrous and …

Motivation