You’d think mental health were the absence of bad stuff, right? No depression, no voices, excellent coping skills! No bad habits or panic, no excess of pills! No, no, everyone knows mental health is a lot more than good coping skills, absence of bad habits, and not feeling bad. It’s about joy. It’s about potential. It’s about growth and creativity and believing in self and future.
Mental Health and You is a mental health blog: we’ve got articles about overcoming depression and voices, enhancing coping skills, settling bad habits and panic, and medications galore. You’ll also find information about Schizoaffective Disorder and making friends. There are types of psychotherapy. There’s sexual pathology. It’s about overcoming the bad stuff. But here you’ll find joy, potential, and lust for life too! Looking for the benefits of aging? Guided imagery through the Library of Life? Benefits of nicotine? Ostriches? It’s all here! See below for a list of links.
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2009 The ground is covered with stones. Our host is squatted down, touching each stone passively then rearranging them according to color. He’s engaged mindfully. It’s an impressive coping skill. Even a psychiatrist has to admit that. (The psychiatrist is me, by the way, though I never confess that in
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2009 The ground is covered with stones. Our host is squatted down, touching each stone passively then rearranging them according to color. He’s engaged mindfully. It’s an impressive coping skill.