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

Natural Disasters

A hurricane is approaching. Forecasts are inconsistent. Would you heed warnings and evacuate? If not, how will you prepare?

We're Not Telling The Full Story of Natural Disasters

By Patricia Prijatel on October 17, 2017 in All Is Well
After hurricanes and forests fires, it's easier for us to believe that nature will heal herself than it is to face the fact that huge swaths of our landscape have been destroyed.

Vaguely Bipolar: I Feel So . . .

By Terri Cheney on October 16, 2017 in The Bipolar Lens
Bipolar disorder needs a better vocabulary.

Schizophrenic NYC is Changing Lives

By Sarah Fader on October 16, 2017 in Panic Life
Michelle Hammer was the focus of video made by WebMD where they told her story and encouraged others to tell theirs.

The #1 Thing That's Making You Miserable

By Anna B. David on October 16, 2017 in Recover Girl
We're brought up to compare ourselves to other people—and destroy ourselves in the process. Luckily, there's a solution.

Complicated Grief: Losing Your Pets From a Lost Relationship

By Adam Clark LCSW, AASW on October 15, 2017 in Animal Attachment
Not all death is physical, especially when losing your pets due to an ended relationship. We grieve their loss yet they continue living. How to grieve, and heal, through the pain.

Do You or Someone You Know Have Misophonia?

By Jennifer Brout Psy.D on October 15, 2017 in Noises Off
Are you frustrated that your doctor doesn't know what misophonia is?
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Hope is the Key to Getting Better

By Sarah Fader on October 13, 2017 in Panic Life
Getting better is a process, so remind yourself of that if you get frustrated on that road. Keep going and keep hoping things will get better.

The Hollywood Ending Women REALLY Want

By Jessica Teich on October 13, 2017 in Dispelling Demons
I'm thrilled that women are calling out Harvey Weinstein. But in many immigrant communities, victims of sexual abuse are afraid to speak out.
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Can a Client Control a Therapy Session?

By Sarah Fader on October 12, 2017 in Panic Life
CCT focuses on the client guiding the session.

Beauty and the Beast: A Tyler Durden Situation

By Caitlin Caven on October 12, 2017 in Better Living Through Snark
The skinny woman, the chubby girl, the frail waif, and the mood-swinging teen thank you for your invitation, but I will not be joining you for happy hour.
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Five Things That Help When You're Depressed

By Sarah Fader on October 11, 2017 in Panic Life
Here are five things that can you can do to help you when you are depressed.

What It's Really Like to Live With Schizophrenia

Have you ever wanted to know exactly what it's like to live with schizophrenia? Elyn Saks will tell you.
Hope Perlman 2017

Self-Efficacy and Success

By Hope Perlman on October 11, 2017 in Unmapped Country
This reminds me of an incident with the plumber the other week. I called the plumber. You know plumbers, they charge you $100 to step over your threshold.
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Our Most Valued Possessions

By Barbara A Jaffe Ed.D. on October 11, 2017 in Journey to Healing
One of my saddest tasks was the dismantling of my parents’ house of 55 years. Where does one begin to sift through a lifetime of memorabilia and meaningful possessions?

For the Love of the Game

By Robert J Stevens J.D. on October 10, 2017 in Finding Robert
It's just not like I remember it.
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Renewing the Case for Empathy

By Ken Brack M.Ed. on October 10, 2017 in Unspeakable Gifts
As our divisions fester around gun violence, race, and other issues, rediscovering empathy means seeking dialogue and a higher place of understanding.

10 Radical Strategies for Ageless Living for Women 50+

By Fran Sorin on October 10, 2017 in Tools for Innovative Living
Is 70 really the new 50? Integrating strategies into your daily routine will help you create a healthier, more joyful and meaningful life than you ever imagined possible.

What's So Terrible About Wearing Hearing Aids?

By Cynthia Kim Beglin on October 09, 2017 in Culture Shocked
Why would anyone convince themselves they don't have a hearing problem?

My Lunch With a Movie Star

After a rocky bush plane flight and a long canoe ride in the jungle, the Hollywood action hero was assigned a mosquito-netted cot and promptly put to work building baby cribs.
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Having Anxiety About Having Anxiety

By Sarah Fader on October 05, 2017 in Panic Life
Having anxiety about having another panic attack is a perfect example of having anxiety about having anxiety.

Heavy Hearts

How can we stand strong and support each other when tragedy strikes?
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Getting to Know New People

By Sarah Fader on October 04, 2017 in Panic Life
Getting to know a new person can be daunting. You want to make a new lasting connection but maybe you're afraid. The standard "get to know you questions" might seem cliche.
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Calming Your Fears

Can fear actually be our friend?

Looking at Yourself: Part Two

Are you able to manage and control strong emotions? Would others agree with your assessment?

What's the Best Country in the World for Your Mental Health?

By Judith Fein on October 03, 2017 in Life Is a Trip
What country is best for your mental health?

Is It Better to Write by Hand or Computer?

By Laura Deutsch on October 02, 2017 in Memory Catcher
Studies suggest that there are brain-friendly benefits of writing by hand that you can’t get from typing.

Malingering Self-Doubt

Emotional vulnerability in the wake of brain injury led to an extreme case of self-doubt, which has adversely affected my recovery; past and present.

Radical Inconvenience

By Victoria Maxwell on September 30, 2017 in Crazy for Life
The kids don’t get bathed every night but they have a deeply content mother. What better way to raise kids? They see me stand up for my mental health at all costs.

Why "Smell" Takes us to Another Time and Place

By Laura Deutsch on September 29, 2017 in Memory Catcher
Smell bypasses thought, jumping from the cerebral cortex straight to the limbic system. It can snap us to another time and place, and excavate memories and emotions long forgotten.