Mental Health

Kate Middleton Says Becoming a Mother Made Her Lose Confidence: 'It Has Been a Huge Challenge'

All eyes were on Duchess Kate Middleton the day she very publicly became a mother. She left Saint Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013, and waved …

Kate Middleton

We Need to Stop Treating Mental Health Like a Selling Point

As with feminism, we’re seeing a serious issue commodified by the music industry while major government action remains pretty much non-existent.<p>Awareness: this is the term most often used in reference to the UK's snowballing mental health crisis. Often it's used positively, through campaigns like …

How Your Obsession With Weight Loss Is Destroying Your Mental Health

Everywhere you turn there are signs telling you, as a female, to lose weight — in every advertisement, every store and every form of media, not to …

Weight Loss

Afraid of spiders? Charity's steps to tackle arachnophobia

A charity is hoping to help sufferers in south Wales by launching the first self-help group of its kind in the area.<p>Triumph Over Phobia (TOP) supports sufferers of phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and other related anxiety.<p>The charity, founded in Bath, said 10% of people in south Wales …

Anxiety

Public-radio personality parlays depression, love of comedy into new podcast

John Moe last year found himself mourning the death of “Wits,” a Minnesota Public Radio comedy and variety show he had hosted for years, which left …

Depression

How to look after your mental health when you’re always on the internet

When it comes to mental health, the internet can be a wonderful, and absolutely awful, thing.<p>For every online community providing support and advice, …

Social Media

Scientists Have Found A Strikingly Effective Way To Help You Get Over Your Phobias

This new therapy could also lead to better treatments for people with social anxiety and PTSD.<p>There’s plenty of psychological research to back up the idea that facing a phobia can be the best way to get over it. But all the evidence in the world doesn’t necessarily make it easier to cozy up to, …

Anxiety

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 …

Psychiatric Hospitals

Experience: my chickens saved my life

I thought, if they can cope with the trauma they have experienced, then I’ve got to find the strength myself<p>I took my first overdose at 11, my second at 18 and my third just after my 21st birthday. It was a cry for help. I had lovely parents, but I was desperately unhappy.<p>I was sexually abused at …

Corn On The Cob

What It’s Like Being a Friend With Depression

“It feels like you’re undeserving of their friendship.”<p><i>This story was published on The Mighty by Sarah Schuster, a platform for people facing health challenges to share their stories and connect.</i><p>Depression is sometimes described as a dark veil that covers your vision. When you’re in the thick of …

7 Ways To Deal With Loneliness

It is totally normal to feel alone, even when you're surrounded by a sea of people — it's not just in your head. And chances are you're not the only person in that sea who feels like this, says Andrea Bonior, PhD, a clinical psychologist who focuses on relationships. "It's possible to have a ton of …

Are Your Mood Swings A Symptom Of A Disorder Or Just The Patriarchy?

The practice of calling women "emotional," "crazy," or "moody" has a long, storied history as one of the patriarchy's favorite tools to discredit women and their ideas. But the Big Scary Secret is that <i>everyone</i> is emotional and moody sometimes — and that doesn't necessarily mean there's anything …

Depression

My husband’s illness has driven me into an affair, but I can’t live like this

He’s been diagnosed with a progressive degenerative illness and has always suffered from depression. I’ve been having an affair to cope with my loneliness, but we have kids and I can’t see a way forward<p>Six years ago, my husband – who has always suffered from depression and never held a full-time …

Marriage

I 'died' in virtual reality at the assisted suicide clinic Dignitas

The Last Moments experience simulates death in the Swiss clinic<p>Last week, I died in virtual reality. To be precise, I killed myself by consenting to an assisted suicide at the Swiss clinic Dignitas. As I lay on the hospital bed, a nurse carried in a small plastic glass: water mixed with a lethal …

Virtual Reality

How Mental Health Became the New Feminism

Co-opted by brands and covered to death by every outlet going, has mental health content lost all meaning?<p><i>(Top photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/PA Images)</i><p>When your daily Google Alerts emails start to show more results for "anxiety" than "global warming", "climate change" or "terrorism", you know …

Feminism

Demi Lovato Opens Up About Sobriety: "I Don't Know If I'd Be Here Today"

On Wednesday night, <b>Demi Lovato</b> was honored for her work in mental health advocacy. But before she accepted the honor, she got real about her path to success.<p>"I've been able to share my story with other people, and I've had fans that come up to me and tell me, 'Because you got sober, I got sober,'" …

Demi Lovato

3 Ways to Deal With the Anxiety of Being an Entrepreneur

In 2016, I decided that I was going to own my own business—I was going to become an entrepreneur.<p>This has been both the best decision I’ve ever made …

Anxiety

I wish I could be more interested in sex with my partner of 20 years

He is petrified of having his advances rejected, and I would like counselling to dispel negative thoughts related to sex. Annalisa Barbieri advises a reader<p><b>My partner and I have been together for 20 years; we have a child together. I met him in my late 20s, and our relationship has been the most</b> …

Relationships

Kate Middleton Opens Up About Her Own Struggles With Motherhood

She wants women to know that they shouldn’t face this “huge challenge” alone.<p>We've gotten so used to Kate Middleton's flawless image (mostly driven by her hair, let's be real) that it can be easy to forget she's a real human, with real challenges. That's why we love how she's opening up in a new …

Royal Family

'Hold, kiss and treasure your loved ones': Dad's heartbreaking words after vegan teenager hanged herself

A dad paid a heartbreaking tribute urging people to "hold, kiss and treasure your loved ones" after his "passionate" daughter hanged herself.<p>Rosie …

Honoree Demi Lovato gets an award, host Lisa Kudrow serves up the laughs at the Open Mind Gala in Beverly Hills

Who better than actress Lisa Kudrow could there be to host the Open Mind Gala? From her perch on the podium at the Beverly Hilton, she jokingly reminded the audience of her “impressive contributions to the field of mental health,” having co-created and starred in Showtime’s “Web Therapy.”<p>Sponsored …

The Arts

Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown Findlay opens up about eating disorder

<b>Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown Findlay has spoken about her struggles with body image, revealing that she's had an eating disorder since the age of 14.</b><p>The actress, who played Lady Sybil, said she "felt so alone", but decided to speak out and "held my head up".<p>She told The Daily Telegraph: "I've had …

Downton Abbey

Maybe Theresa May needs to inform the DWP about her position on mental health

Theresa May, standing outside Downing Street after meeting the Queen to confirm her position as Prime Minister on 13 July 2016, said: “If you suffer …

Budgeting

Opioid abuse tied to higher suicide risk in veterans

While drug and alcohol problems are associated with a higher risk of suicide among veterans, the increased danger is particularly high with opioid abuse, a U.S. study suggests.<p>Overall, male veterans with drug or alcohol problems are more than twice as likely to die by suicide as other ex-service …

Depression

Powerful photos perfectly capture what it's like to live with anxiety

<b>The INSIDER Summary:</b><p><b>Danielle Hark found photography helpful in dealing with her own mental health challenges.</b>• <b><br>She founded Broken Light Collective for others to share photos representing their own struggles.</b>• <b><br>She hopes the photos help break down stigmas surrounding mental illness.</b><p>To some, taking photos …

How To Cope With Your First Mother's Day After Loss

As an only child, I was very close to my mum, Maura. We used to do silly, girly things together like go shopping and to the cinema. My dad was a lorry driver, so I was used to it being just me and Mum a lot of the time. So, in October 2009, when Mum was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, I felt as …

Mother's Day

Psychedelic drugs and depression, runaway stars, Bird flu battle and more - Home | Quirks & Quarks with Bob McDonald

Scientists have pinpointed the genetic mutation that enabled the deadly H7N9 bird flu to spread to humans.<p>Researchers think Ketamine could break …

Depression

Rookie » Into the Depths

Illustration by Robin Bray.<p>We rarely show our truest selves. These are the parts of us that are painful, broken, different, and strange. When our …

Autism

How emotions are 'made': why your definition of sadness is unlike anyone else's

Professor Lisa Feldman Barrett is changing the way we think about our emotions<p>Lisa Feldman Barrett says we need to revamp our thinking on emotions. She’s a professor of psychology at Northeastern University in Boston, where she applies psychology and neuroscience research to explore how emotions …

Emotions

Therapists Explain How Cartoons Affect Your Mental Health - Vice

In the spring of 2015, my life seemed bleak. Shuttered in at home, I spent most of my time in bed, eating delivery and watching <i>Penguins of Madagascar</i>, a Nickelodeon children's cartoon about a team of James Bond–like penguins who run the Central Park Zoo. Watching it provided a momentary distraction …

Depression