The Heart Of The Matter

By Abbegail Eason | Your emotional and spiritual heart is just as important as your physical heart...

When You Need to Take Time Off Work for Mental Health Reasons

Personal health should be a private matter. But when you need to take time off work due to a mental health condition, often it isn’t possible to maintain that privacy. As a board member at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and a former managing director at two global banks (UBS and …

Mental Health

The Role of the Authentic Self in Trauma-Informed Care

As professional psychotherapists, we offer our authentic self as an ally, in a healing relationship. On the journey of trauma-informed care, the …

Mental Health

Your Brain on Depression

Depression is a multifaceted and insidious disorder, nearly as complex as the brain itself. As research continues to suggest, the onset of depression can be attributed to an interplay of the many elements that make us human—namely, our genetics, the structure and chemistry of our brains, and our …

Anesthesia

When a Stress Expert Battles Mental Illness

Last August, I was in New York City doing media spots for my book, <i>Peak Performance</i>. In between interviews, I went on a long run in Central Park and didn’t eat or drink enough afterward. I went to meet a friend for dinner, but the place turned out to be a bar without a real kitchen. I had a stiff …

Mental Health

5 Concrete Ways to Help Migrant Children and Families at the Border

Don't feel helpless. Take action.<p>Nearly 2,000 children have been separated from their parents, thanks to the Trump administration's "zero tolerance policy" when it comes to illegally crossing the border. In the face of this dizzying atrocity, it can be easy to feel helpless. Here are five concrete …

Immigration

We’ve Been Here Before: A Psychologist Calls Out the Horrifying Familiarity of America’s Treatment of Migrant Children

Amid a deluge of recent reports on the terrors that migrants are facing at the U.S. border, including stories of families being ripped apart and …

Immigration

At My Darkest Moment, I Reached Out For Help And Chose To Live

Fifteen years ago, I broke up with my very nice boyfriend and plunged headlong into a dark depression. I loved Marc but had known from the beginning that he wasn't the man for me.<p>I still believe that breaking up was the right move, but I chose a bad time to do it. I was between jobs and felt …

Mental Health

'Get Help' Doesn't Cut It—How to Actually Help a Friend Dealing With Mental Illness

After the deaths of two prominent celebrities by suicide, people are eager to find a way to help their friends who may be dealing with suicidal …

Mental Health

I Work In Suicide Prevention, And This Is What People Need To Know

<i>Trigger warning: This posts contains information about suicide that may be triggering.</i><p>“She killed herself.”<p>My ears were ringing as I attempted to …

Mental Health

The Best Coaching Advice I Ever Received

mohamed_hassan / PixabayOne of my favorite mentors once told me the key to staying sharp was to “always be coaching.” He meant that the process of …

Self-improvement

Why mental health advocates use the words 'died by suicide'

With the news this week of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, reactions and commentary are pouring in on social media. People who never met them are grasping for answers as to why these icons could meet such a tragic end. Specifically they may be asking, “How could they do this?” It’s a …

Mental Health

Trauma-Informed Care: Recognizing & Treating Toxic Stress, Part 2

Sometimes people experience situations that threaten their sense of safety and well-being. Often, traumatic stress is the result.<p>Trauma-informed care …

Mental Health

How to win the biggest battle of all

“The toughest battle you’ll ever fight in your life is the battle within yourself.” — Anonymous<p>Within each day, each moment of life, each challenge, …

Self-improvement

Alternative, Rapid and Side-effect-free Anti-Depression Tools are Available Now

(Image by jd lasita flickr) Permission Details DMCA<p>- Advertisement -<p>For Michael Phelps, depression is both a problem that many athletes face and also …

Depression

The Unique, Painful Struggle of Being an Overweight Woman With a Mental Disorder

<i>According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 18.5% of adults in the United States experience mental illness every year. That's</i> …

New VA Telehealth Program Brings Art Therapy To Vets At Home

The VA in Florida has begun offering telehealth programs in dance, visual art, and music. The programs link therapists with veterans in their homes.

Cancer Taught Me That Real Self-Care Can Be Deeply Uncomfortable

In 2016, I was at what most people would consider the height of my career. I had produced and been featured in a documentary film about female …

More Kids Are Attempting and Thinking About Suicide, According to a New Study

The number of kids hospitalized for thinking about or attempting suicide doubled in less than a decade, according to a study published Wednesday in</i> …

Mental noise is hurting us: Why silence is the think tank of the soul

Upon meeting a Zen master at a social event, a psychiatrist decided to ask him a question that had been on his mind for a long time.<p>“Exactly how do …

'Depression ruined my relationships, made me hate myself and left me broken - I wish I'd talked sooner'

To most people who know me - and plenty more who think they do - I’m a confident, outgoing, reasonably well-adjusted individual.<p>I’ve got a pretty …

How to Recognize Your Inner Critic

This practice is really about communicating with the inner critic, and, as for Lilah, the first step is to catch that voice when it appears. We …

A Brain Surgeon's Tips for Handling Stress Head-On

If you're comfortable, you're not learning, this neurosurgeon advises. Oh, and another thing: "Never cut what you can't see."<p>6 min read<p>Most people at least try to avoid stress, especially when it comes to business and workplace conflicts. Even successful, high-profile business icons struggle with …

Americans Are A Lonely Lot, And Young People Bear The Heaviest Burden

Loneliness isn't just a fleeting feeling, leaving us sad for a few hours to a few days. Research in recent years suggests that for many people, loneliness is more like a chronic ache, affecting their daily lives and sense of well-being.<p>Now a nationwide survey by the health insurer Cigna underscores …

Psychology

Keeping a journal to help you stay on track for your goals

Making changes in life is not about one off actions. It is about forming new habits which serve you better and help you get to where you need to go. …

7 Lessons from 10 Years of Coaching People Through Depression and Heartbreak

There are wounds that never show on our bodies that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds. Depression and heartbreak are two such …

At "Rampage" Premiere, The Rock Speaks Out About the Science of Depression

Movie star, semi-retired professional wrestler, and infamously really nice guy Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson opened up about his experience with …

Mental Health

Yale Is Letting Anyone Take Its Most Popular Class Ever for Free

Everything you ever wanted to know about how to truly be happy.<p>When Yale began offering a new course this semester, over 1,000 students jumped at the opportunity. It wasn't about business, technology or innovation. It's about how to be happy.<p>Nearly a fourth of the undergraduate student body …

8 things people have said that actually helped my depression

opinion<p>Writer and mother, passionately outspoken about living with mental illness.<p><b>If you suffer from depression, you’ll know how frustrating people’s</b> …

Mental Health

Tackling Self-Blame and Self-Criticism: 5 Strategies to Try

There’s no question that a large part of emotional and psychological maturity involves taking responsibility for our actions, as well as owning the …