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

Atypical Depression -#YouMightHaveDepressionIf

By Sarah Fader on June 24, 2017 in Panic Life
Here are some ways that depression impacts people that often go unacknowledged.

That Mind-Body Thing Again

Many of us have cared for a loved one. But have you ever tried caring for someone whose amygdala can’t talk with his cortex? Capgras syndrome: now that's a mind-body problem.

One Woman's Journey Back from Suicide

Long after her experience of childhood sexual abuse, Karen found the right therapist to help her heal.

10 Things You Can Do When You're Blindsided by Anxiety

By Victoria Maxwell on June 23, 2017 in Crazy for Life
A month ago I was blindsided by a bout of anxiety, the likes I hadn’t seen in ages. But there are steps you can take that can help. Support from others being one of them.

When Healthcare Does More Harm Than Good

By Marissa Moss on June 21, 2017 in One True Self
When is healthcare not caring?

It Is Never Too Late To Set Ambitious Goals

By Aleida K Wahn J.D. on June 20, 2017 in The View From Here
It is never too late to set ambitious goals. These octogenarians show us how.

Sometimes I don't want to talk about my problems

By Sarah Fader on June 20, 2017 in Panic Life
For an over-analyzer like me, it's imperative that I have the tools to turn off that portion of my brain like a light switch.

How Worries Dissolve at the City of the Gods

By Judith Fein on June 19, 2017 in Life Is a Trip
How Worries Dissolve When You Visit the City of the Gods.
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A Poignant Conversation

Today, the older version of myself (the grandmother), patiently and loving talks to the young mother I once was.

Find Your Theme, Free Yourself

By Jessica Lourey on June 18, 2017 in Discover Your Truth
Use the story lines you're drawn to like a witching stick to discover where your personal transformation lies.

Finding Your Niche

By Laura Deutsch on June 18, 2017 in Memory Catcher
I was so busy being a Renaissance Woman that I forgot to find my niche. Finally in my fifties I found my passion and my gifts — my niche.

You Think You're A Good Parent?

Most parents feel they've done a good job, and wonder why their offspring aren't grateful. Many offspring have been hurt by their parents and wonder why they've never apologized.
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How Anxiety Impacts Relationships

By Sarah Fader on June 15, 2017 in Panic Life
Anxiety impacts my interpersonal relationships.
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Let's Talk about Domestic Violence

By Sarah Fader on June 15, 2017 in Panic Life
Domestic violence (DV) is a pattern of behaviors aimed at gaining control and power over another.

Middle School

How would your kids deal with friends who are trouble?
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Are Our Friends Better for Us than Our Families?

When it comes to living a long happy life, who are the most important people in your life?

Ouch! I Ran for Class President, Ran Into Politics Instead

I learned the true nature of politics when I ran for office in the student government of my college.
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Depression and Anxiety: Two Sides to a Coin

By Sarah Fader on June 10, 2017 in Panic Life
There are many ways to combat depression when you've run out of steam from anxiety, but the most important thing to remember is that you are NOT alone.

10 Powerful Habits For a Life of Well-Being And Joy

Would you love to experience more well-being and joy in your life? Integrating some powerful habits into your daily routine will transform your life.

The Therapeutic Benefits of Writing a Novel

By Jessica Lourey on June 09, 2017 in Discover Your Truth
Want to process your past so you can make way for a new, better future? You hold the power in your fingertips.

The Bike Ride

By Meg McGuire on June 07, 2017 in A Mother's Journey
He jumped on his bike and pedaled up the highway to prevent an earthquake.

Plain Failure

By Lynne Maureen Hurdle on June 07, 2017 in Breaking Culture
Plain Failure - The Conflict of Trust, Race and Diversity

4 Reasons Why Pet Loss Matters to The Helping Professional

Should helping professionals equip themselves with the skills and understanding necessary to support their clients in the intricacy of pet loss? Here are 4 reasons why they should.

The Five Things My OCD and I Learned in the South of France

By Shala Nicely on June 05, 2017 in Beyond the Doubt
How I threw OCD off its game and had a great vacation in the process.

My Mental Illness Is as Valid as my Physical Illness

By Maggie Lamond Simone on June 05, 2017 in In a Panic
I used to think my headaches were more valid, somehow, than my depression or anxiety—that somehow physical illness was real, and mental illness wasn't. That's finally changed.

The Prom Date

Four decades earlier, we'd danced the night away to Abba - but what were we now?

The Power of Words

At an early age, I learned that what was said was not always what was meant, and this became my first lesson in the power of words.

Middle School

Getting your tweens and teens to talk with you about drugs and alcohol.
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The Right to Boundary

Boundaries are about owning all of you.

The New Buzz Word: Compassion

By Terri Cheney on May 29, 2017 in The Bipolar Lens
Let's take the fight against stigma to a higher place.