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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Medications are an essential part of the plan when it comes to bipolar disorder. The right treatment can make a world of a difference. But figuring out which one is the right one can be challenging. Here’s a little information about mood-stabilizing medications to help you along. What are mood
The music is a delight at the ear, and sunlight plays lacework shadows across the floor. This is a safe place — but the emotion remains all-encompassing.
This article is based on a workbook I wrote a decade ago called, “What to Do When You’re Too Depressed to Think.” Thus the title. The book hit 200 pages, which means this post waxes on the long side. So sorry for the long-windedness. Hang in there as you read
“For age is opportunity no less than youth itself, though in another dress, and as the evening twilight fades away, the sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.” – Henry Wadworth Longfellow We put a lot of money and effort into trying to avoid aging. In our society, getting
Now that you’ve read the introductory pages, what’s left? Here’s a little (useless) information. And a quiz. 1. (Useless) Information Want to know more about the Wacky and Wonderful Workbook for Recovery (WW) without having to think too much? This list is made for you. WW uses big vocabulary. The
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
Think of life as a spectrum: on one end you’ve got the worse-case outcome. That’s where most anxious people lean when they consider their future. But if you’re going to invest energy into the worst outcome, you should invest that same energy into best-case scenario. You can’t have one without the other.
“You are so good. So good. You’re always feeling so much. And sometimes it feels like you’re gonna bust wide open from all the feeling, doesn’t it? People like you are the best in the world, but you sure do suffer for it.” — Silas House.
Many addicts say it’s harder to quit than keep using. To stay sober and clean, they need to face overwhelming challenges: tremendous guilt, low self-esteem, isolation, an irate family, problems finding work, and the demand that they change their lives and attitudes and belief systems… it would seem easier to simply keep using.
The Library of Libraries is a book-filled paradise. Its walls carry the testimonies of all humans, those who’ve lived and those who will live…
Maybe you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, stress, or some existential question, and you’re thinking about seeing someone about it. Or maybe a friend or colleague recommended psychotherapy to you.
It’s important to remember that people with Alzheimer’s don’t usually suffer because of their memory loss they’re unaware they’re sick and are often content to just sit still doing nothing.