Minna Von Walden

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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 …

12 Tweets That Make Perfect Sense To People With Social Anxiety

"Nothing worse than your social anxiety getting mistaken for rudeness."<p>Imagine having paralyzing self-doubt at a party or feel petrified speaking up during a meeting. If you have social anxiety, that’s just another day for you.<p>The mental health condition, which affects 15 million men and women, can …

Mental Health

10 Things He's Dying to Ask You on a First Date but Doesn't

For example, "Are you still in love with your ex?"<p>First dates are for testing chemistry, getting to know each other on a very basic level, and generally trying really hard to present oneself as a human being who has their shit together. So real, probing questions are generally off the table. So is …

What Does It Mean When He Won't Put Your Photos on Social Media?

"I think all of these things may end up being a warning sign."<p>There were plenty of Very Bad Things about my college relationship that contributed to its downfall, but if I ever need to put it succinctly, I tell people about the time he made me stand next to him while I uploaded a photo of us so he …

The Unexpected Signs You’re Having A Panic Attack And Don’t Even Know It

Panic attacks are one of those things you’ve probably heard of, but may not know much about unless you've unfortunately experienced one yourself. …

21 Secrets All Anxious People Know To Be True

Don't say it will "all be OK," because that just makes it definitely NOT OK.

8 books you must read to become a better writer

All good writers know the best way to improve your writing is to write. And the second best way?<p>Study the craft.<p>Reading books can take you farther  —  and faster  — on your journey toward becoming a better writer. For a few dollars and a few hours of your time, you can absorb the strategies and …

Writing

14 Illustrations That Are All Too Real For People With Anxiety

Nailed it.<p>Anxiety disorders are still largely misunderstood in society, despite the fact that an overwhelming number of American adults experience them. Luckily, artist Pranita Kocharekar is here with some visual insight.<p>After facing anxiety on her own, Kocharekar started opening up about her …

Mental Health

A neurosurgeon calls this basic fact about the brain 'too strange to understand'

In his recent book, "Do No Harm," Marsh vividly describes a brain surgery in which he's looking for a tumor that needs to be excised. "The idea that my [tool] is moving through thought itself, through emotion and reason, <b>that memories, dreams and reflections should consist of jelly, is simply too</b> …

The Brain

Why I’ll never again post about my relationships on social media

By Alya Mooro<p>My ex-boyfriend and I broke up almost a year ago, but I’m still receiving messages from strangers asking how and why.<p>When we first met, almost six years ago, Instagram barely existed. Young and in love, we uploaded selfies with sappy captions about how much we adored each other.<p>As our …

How 'Dirty' Words Got Dirty

Want to know who the original Dick is? We sure did.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.</i><p>When I was in elementary school, the first thing I did with new dictionaries was find the bad words, circle them, and draw helpful illustrations in the margins for the next kid. This was before …

Study says when you're in love, everyone else looks less attractive to you

Fidelity isn’t always easy in a relationship, but if you’re truly in love or committed to your relationship, staying faithful can be a lot easier.<p>A …

12 Things Depressed People Want Their Friends to Know

No. 7 is so important.<p><b>1. If I cancel plans, don't take it personally.</b> Sometimes I'm just too depressed to leave the house. It's not your fault <i>or mine</i>.<p><b>2. Reminding me that the circumstances of my life really aren't that bad doesn't make me feel any better.</b> I know I have a good job and really …

Depression

Suicidal and detained for my own safety, I saw the mental health system failing | Karl Knights

More and more young people are being spat out of hospitals, or waiting three months for therapy when they can’t even make it through the day<p>I was detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act. Campus security at my university had called the police when I expressed an intent to harm myself at …

Mental Health

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'Scary Movies Cause Nightmares,' And 8 Other Myths About Dreams — Busted

Dream on 🌙<p>Humans have been obsessed with the obscurities of dreams for as long as we’ve been, well, human. Whether you religiously track your nighttime narratives in a bedside dream diary or wake most mornings without even recalling them, you’re probably a little curious about these hazy memories …

The Evolutionary Power of Loneliness

The pain of isolation may be what motivates people to make friends.<p>As social animals, we depend on others for survival. Our communities provide mutual aid and protection, helping humanity to endure and thrive. “We have survived as a species not because we’re fast or strong or have natural weapons …

Neuroscience

Brain testing app will help diagnose mental health issues

Savonix is a company that claims to take the "analog processes" of cognitive assessment into the digital age. The firm is launching an iOS and Android app that, for the next six weeks, will let anyone examine their own mental ability. Users will have to undergo a series of tests that test the …

Mental Health

We saw magic mushrooms lift long-term depression. It’s time for a change of perception | Amanda Feilding

After 50 years in the wilderness, psychedelic drugs such as psilocybin, found in mushrooms, deserve to be examined for their potential in treating illness such as depression<p>Those of us who have never felt depression will certainly know people who have, and will have shared with them that impatient …

To the Wife Who Has Anxiety and Depression, From Your Husband

<i>Written by Brandon Geib</i><p>To my wife and my best friend,<p>When we first met five years ago, I never thought I would be writing this. As we stood on stage in front of all of those strangers, acting our hearts out, I never once believed we would find ourselves here. We've come a long way.<p>When we first …

Depression

A Basic Meditation to Strengthen Neural Connections

We are all born with a specific set of physical parameters, but if we eat right, take care of ourselves, and work out, we can build muscle, …

Mindfulness

All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe …

This just in: Science proves yoga changes your DNA

A study conducted by Harvard University, has empirically proven that yoga positively changes your cellular metabolic functions, ie, it improves the …

5 Reasons Why You're Unhappy -- and How You Can Start Being Happy Today

So maybe you have the awesome house or apartment, a great relationship, and an amazing job. But despite the fact that everything in your life looks so great on "paper" or upon someone viewing your Facebook or Instagram accounts, for some reason, somehow your just not happy.<p>What I've come to realize …

Happiness

How Running and Lifting Make Your Bones Stronger

Research suggests that you can slow skeletal aging with exercise<p>You’re probably not worried about your bones. Osteoperosis and broken hips only affect men decades older than you, right?<p>But you should be concerned, because it’s what you do now that could determine whether you’ll become an old guy …

15 People Reveal What It's Like to Wait for Sex Until Marriage

No. 7 is something literally all couples deal with. 😩<p>To get to the bottom of what it's <i>really</i> like to put off sex until you settle down and get married (a lot of tension and making out is my guess), a recent Ask Reddit thread posed just that question. Based on the fact that there are more than …

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 …

If it No Longer Serves You or Makes You Happy, Let it Go

I recently lost my best friend... not in the way that is sounds (as in death) but lost them nonetheless. I have been on a personal growth journey for some time now, learning about myself and what I desire in life, how to go after it and what blocks I have mentally and emotionally that have been …

Positive Thinking

1 Question Is All You Need to Judge Someone's Personality

This research-backed shortcut can give you an instant sense of someone's character.<p>If you want to better understand someone's personality, there's no shortage of options. Psychologists have developed various checklists and inventories to evaluate everything from whether someone is a card-carrying …

How to Know When You Need to End a Friendship

<i>By: Lodro Rinzler</i><p>Friends are essential in life, yet there are times when we need to reassess how certain people contribute to our personal growth and happiness.<p>True friendship is essential to our spiritual journey, yet there are times when we may need to discern who actually is a true friend and …

Relationships