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An Open Letter to My Parents, Who Didn't Handle My Addiction Well

When I was at my ugliest, I wished you would hold me.<p>There’s a part of me—a big part—who is terrified to write this. I’m uncertain you will ever read these words, and even less certain that if you do, they will sound like anything more than whining and finger-pointing. Just another litany of …

Mental Health

Donald Trump Didn’t Want to Win – and Neither Did His Campaign

On the afternoon of November 8, 2016, Kellyanne Conway settled into her glass office at Trump Tower. Right up until the last weeks of the race, the …

Donald Trump

I look like a self-made millionaire. But I owe my success to privilege.

I am a millionaire. The first in my family. A self-made success. It’s the story we love to tell ourselves in America about how anyone can make it. Except it’s not true. The reality is that most entrepreneurs — myself included — are the product of generations of privilege that enable success. You …

These 3 apps can help you monitor your teens' activities online

Typical teens live on their phones nowadays — and often their parents don't have a clue what they're doing on them, who they're talking to, or what they're typing.<p>But three apps that you can download onto your kids' phones right now can change that, by enabling you to monitor not just your child's …

I was hooked on meth for 11 years. If you know and love an addict, this article is for you.

I spent 11 years addicted to methamphetamine and have now been clean for nine. Today, I am a self-defense instructor, a budding entrepreneur, a volunteer first responder, a friend and family member. Yet at my core I consider myself a garden-variety recovered drug addict.<p>So to the fellow addict: You …

50 Inspiring Motivational Quotes About Mental Toughness and Willpower

Looking for a burst of inspiration and motivation when times get tough? These quotes will help you keep pursuing your goals.<p>Arguably one of the most important qualities successful people possess is mental toughness: the drive and determination and willpower to keep going when the going gets …

Motivation

The emotional life of men: 'you'll be right' isn't enough anymore

We have grown up into a society in which males fear sharing emotion with one another, and we continue to teach boys that emotion is not okay<p>I love my father. He’s kind and caring.<p>He grew up in a rural family of boys. He learnt from his father, who in turn learnt from his father, that expressing …

Loved 'MythBusters'? You'll like 'White Rabbit Project'

The Build Team is back, and on a new Netflix show they'll be examining cool tech, crazy heists and more.<p>Ready to go chasing rabbits, or to fall into Wonderland? The three members of the "MythBusters" Build Team, Tory Belleci, Kari Byron, and Grant Imahara, have a new show premiering on Netflix next …

Don't Tell Anxious Kids That Everything Will Be O.K.

Today’s kids are more worried than any kids in recent history. According to some long-term surveys of mental-health literature, the average kid today …

Here's why there are no 'good' or 'bad' drugs – not even heroin

As Allison’s story shows, with any psychoactive substance, the balance between help and harm depends on the person and the circumstances<p>Before she found heroin, Allison could not get out of bed most mornings. She contemplated suicide. She saw herself as “a shitty lazy person who felt like crap all …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 'I regret making' Donald Trump remarks

<b>(CNN) —</b> Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday she regrets remarks she made earlier this week to CNN and other news outlets criticizing presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.<p>"On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I …

CNN

I told my doctors my drug history. They still gave me opioids without counseling.

It was roughly halfway into a Saturday evening flight from Miami to Boston when I began to wonder if I was going to survive the night. What had …

Up to 15% of doctors are drug addicts. I was one of them

It wasn't until the state police and the DEA were sitting in my primary care office that I finally stopped denying that I was hopelessly addicted to prescription opiates. The DEA agent said, "Doc, cut the crap, we know you've been writing bad scrips." The windows in my office didn't open, otherwise …

Prosthetics

Are Opioids the Next Antidepressant?

ONE of the most painful experiences of being a psychiatrist is having a patient for whom none of the available therapies or medications work.<p>A while back, I was asked to do a consultation on just such a patient. This person had been a heroin addict in her early 20s. She had quit the opioid five …

10 Mantras to Adopt to Become Mentally Healthier and More Confident

Have you been feeling torn down recently, questioning your life's purpose or wondering what your next steps should be? Are you feeling disconnected from the world around you because it's easier to hang out on autopilot than it is to truly engage with life? Maybe you know you have a lot to be …