Michelle

108 Flips | 8 Magazines | 4 Likes | 10 Followers | @mi_awesome | Hey there, I’m a Mother, Blogger, Cats Owner & Fruit Foodie living in Belgium. I write down what I know most in life and that is my mental illness.

What Bipolar Isn’t: Part I Major Depressive Disorder

<i>This post is one of four about four mental illnesses that are often mistaken for bipolar disorder or one another in general: major depressive</i> …

3 Startling Facts About Mental Illness Stigma and 3 Ways You Can Fight It

You do not need to have mental illness to be a mental health advocate. Everyone is impacted by stress, grief and mood fluctuations at some point in their lives. A recent article in <i>Newsweek</i> points out that 1 in 5 Americans suffer from a mental illness.<p>Many individuals and their families and friends …

How to Help Someone With Bipolar: Tips for Helping a Loved One With Bipolar Disorder

Helping a Loved One With Bipolar Disorder<p><i>Sharon Davis offers readers advice for helping a friend or relative with bipolar disorder based on her</i> …

Mental Health

Can you afford to ignore employees’ mental health?

The topic of mental health and the workplace is increasingly becoming the focus of conversation in the corner offices of Canada's businesses.<p>Why? Because ignoring employees' mental health and well-being is costly – in lost productivity, higher benefit and disability costs, and increased retention …

What If People Treated Physical Illness Like Mental Illness?

It's no secret there's a serious stigma attached to mental illness. According to the CDC, only 25 percent of people with mental health issues feel that other people are compassionate and sympathetic toward them. It's a shameful statistic when one in four people have been touched by some form of …

Why I Keep My Bipolar Disorder Secret at Work

“I mentioned the ADHD part of my diagnosis to a colleague, and her response was ‘Whatever, you just love taking Adderall.’”<p>Last winter, I was declined by five health insurance companies. I am 26, do my preventative screenings like clockwork, and have no physical health problems. As my boss told me …

5 Ways to Love Someone With Mental Illness

The stigma and shame surrounding mental illness takes a toll on family members, making it difficult to find support when someone you love has mental illness. It's important for family members to break the silence about mental illness because as caregivers we can feel isolated and alone. Time, …

The ugly truth about body dysmorphia

Some children see only things to hate about the way they look. Their condition can lead to depression, anxiety, self-surgery and even suicide<p>A man took a razor blade and very carefully cut open his nose lengthways. His aim was to remove the cartilage and replace it with that of a chicken. Finally, …

Mental Health

You Can Heal Yourself With Your Mind (For Real)

From multiple sclerosis to chronic pain to HIV, science is increasingly showing us that what’s in a patient’s head affects how the body heals.<p>I met …

Immune System

Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.<p>If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.<p>One of the interesting …

The Brain

How To Help Someone Who Has Lost A Loved One To Suicide

The loss on Monday of Robin Williams, one of our most beloved comedic legends, came as a shock to fans, who mourned his death both publicly and privately. But of course their devastation does not even come close to that felt by the friends and family who knew him best.<p>While any cause of death, …

Two High School Soccer Teammates Commit Suicide Within Two Days

A Kansas community is reeling after two high school juniors committed suicide over the weekend.<p>Ciara Marie Webb, 16, of Olathe, Kansas, took her own …

Robin Williams paranoid before suicide

Los Angeles (AFP) - Robin Williams had recently become more paranoid when he committed suicide by hanging himself, coroners said Friday, adding that …

We Are All Living Among the Dead

The longer you live, the more likely it is that your everyday life is inhabited by the dead. You see an old friend, who died last week, disappearing …

Babies’ anxiety levels are related to their fathers’ nervousness, not their mothers’

Picture a one-year-old infant crawling across a table top. Half way across, the surface becomes transparent so that it appears there is a deep drop. …

Autism - are we any closer to explaining the enigma?

At this time about 25 years ago I was nervously awaiting readers’ reactions to my book. Having been persuaded to go with the title Autism – …

Autism

5 Types Of People Who Are More Prone To Suicide

While Robin Williams’ suicide came as an unfortunate surprise for family, friends, and members of the general public, certain aspects of Williams’ …

Bipolar Patients Rediscover Pleasure In Life With Special K (Not The Cereal)

Researchers from The National Mental Health Institute (NIMH) at the National Institutes of Health have been studying the antidepressant effects of …

10 Personal Prayers That Will Get You Through Anything

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An Exercise on Happiness: The Physiology of a Smile

We've all heard the old adage "it takes 43 muscles to frown, and just 17 to smile," a fact that of course begs the question: Why don't we all smile more often? We know that a smile can light up someone else's day as well as our own, but still, it seems that these days smiles are in short supply. …

11 Unexpected Facts About Attraction

From the subtle to the surprising: What science tells us about the forces that draw you to others—and them to you.<p>Your Parents Were Yuppies<p>Your …

Seeing happiness in ambiguous facial expressions reduces aggressive behavior

Encouraging young people at high-risk of criminal offending and delinquency to see happiness rather than anger in facial expressions results in a …