What Is Personal Perspectives?

Maintaining psychological balance is a task every person faces in the course of daily life, with its often-unpredictable mix of joys, sorrows, triumphs, disappointments, and struggles. A number of people have chosen to share their own stories of adversity, resilience, and self-knowledge. Personal Perspectives gives voice to those who have chosen to write about their own experiences.

Recent posts on Personal Perspectives

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Reflections on Being Discontinued

By Barbara A Jaffe Ed.D. on August 23, 2017 in Journey to Healing
Despite all the things (and they are just things) that have been discontinued, goodness, family, friendship, empathy, and joy will never be replaced.

Developing Hope

Does distorted thinking affect your hopefulness?

Ladies, Let's End Body Shaming, Starting With Your Own

By Angie Viets, LCP on August 21, 2017 in Inspired Recovery
Do you ever catch yourself in a downward spiral of negative self-talk about your body? This mindset shift will transform your relationship with your body.

The Best Piece of Breakup Advice I’ve Ever Been Given

By Sarah Haufrect on August 21, 2017 in The Bonds We Make
It’s no exaggeration to say that receiving this advice was one of those rare moments when, as I was living it, I knew my life had just changed.

The Dreaded College Essay

By Eris Saari on August 21, 2017 in More Than an Observation
Writing a bad first draft and other ideas about writing that essay.

Relationship Tides

A possible reframe for the approach and distancing pattern often found in couples counseling comes from evolutionary theory, and the module theory of mind.
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Don't Let Paranoia Win

By Sarah Fader on August 18, 2017 in Panic Life
Here are three concrete ways to stop paranoia from "winning" in a contest between it and your mind.

Kitchens For Good Is Cooking Up Second Chances

By Aleida K Wahn J.D. on August 17, 2017 in The View From Here
Kitchens For Good Is Cooking Up Second Chances While Fighting Poverty, Hunger and Food Waste

Diversity and Breaking Culture, Google It

By Lynne Maureen Hurdle on August 16, 2017 in Breaking Culture
The Meaning and Impact that Cultural Gatekeepers Have On the Work
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What Makes a Good Psychiatrist

By Sarah Fader on August 15, 2017 in Panic Life
Don't give up! You can find a psychiatrist that you click with.

Exercising Caution

By Robert J Stevens J.D. on August 15, 2017 in Finding Robert
When do the risks outweigh the benefits? A question we must always ask....

I Bullied an Unlikely Victim Who Made Me Regret It

I'd like to share a story of a time that I bullied someone, but it was unintentional and I didn’t realize I was being a bully until he told me.

Please Stop Using Schizo as an Insult

By Allie Burke on August 11, 2017 in Paper Souls
We are not an insult.
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Do You Have a Psychiatrist or a Therapist or BOTH?

By Sarah Fader on August 11, 2017 in Panic Life
What works for you to treat your mental health issues?

How to Become a Mindful Traveler

By Judith Fein on August 11, 2017 in Life Is a Trip
How to develop a traveler's mindset and become a mindful traveler.

Depression and Telepsychology

If you live with depression and have limitations that prevent you from accessing care in-person, Telepsychology is a meaningful treatment to consider.
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Bipolar Disorder Can Be Mistaken For Two Things

By Sarah Fader on August 09, 2017 in Panic Life
The symptoms of bipolar type II mirror other mental health conditions.

Being Different In America

You are gay and came out a number of years ago.And while your coworkers appear to accept you as you are, on some level, you feel they really don’t. What can you do?

How to Be So, So Happy!

By Terri Cheney on August 08, 2017 in The Bipolar Lens
The incredible joy of letting hypomanic bliss have its way with you.

Attitude Matters If You Want to Beat OCD

By Shala Nicely on August 08, 2017 in Beyond the Doubt
How a shift in attitude can turn unexpected OCD triggers into fabulous brain-training opportunities.

Why it’s Vital to Remember Your Coping Mechanism

By Joe Minihane on August 08, 2017 in Floating
When you’re anxious, coping mechanisms can be difficult to find. And often, once you find them, they can be hard to maintain. Here's how to rediscover balance in everyday life.
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After a Breakdown A Father Cares for his Son

What do you do when your son tells you that the CIA is climbing down the side of the building to his apartment?
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Grit, Grittier

By Hope Perlman on August 04, 2017 in Unmapped Country
What is grit? Is grit muscling through weekend traffic on 495 and 95 to and from visiting your rising 10th grader at her theater camp's performance day? Sadly, no. That's different

Non-Traditional Achievement: Crushing It (kinda)

One blog post in three years seems solid, right? ("Adjust your expectations," whispers the cheerleader in my head. "You're doing great!") I shush her. She's awful, but not wrong.
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Writing Through It

By Sarah Fader on August 02, 2017 in Panic Life
Seeing my feelings on paper illuminated something for me that I didn't know: what I was feeling.

Keep Turning

By Ken Brack M.Ed. on August 02, 2017 in Unspeakable Gifts
We are often amazed by people who show guts and grace as they face trials like incurable disease. Should we be?
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So Much More than a House

By Barbara A Jaffe Ed.D. on August 01, 2017 in Journey to Healing
It is the house that holds the memories of my young motherhood and my aging self--the memories that will accompany me for the rest of my days.

The Meaning of Success

By Robert J Stevens J.D. on August 01, 2017 in Finding Robert
Struggling with success...

Do People Change?

By Sarah Fader on July 31, 2017 in Panic Life
Do you think that people can change? I've thought about this a lot. Can we as human beings change who we are over time?