There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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Kristen Fuller, M.D.
Mental health professionals are supposed to be the "healthy" ones, the healers, while patients are the ones who are ill and need to be healed.
Often lost in the opioid overdose statistics and the fight against opioid addiction are millions of chronic pain patients who cannot get adequate pain relief.
A common misunderstanding about purpose is that it is exquisite and significant. Purpose can be as simple as bringing happiness to someone you love or taking care of your child.
Four in 10 Americans say that worry and stress related to the threat of COVID-19 have played a negative role in their mental health, and long-terms effects may be here to stay.
Stigmatizing language is one of the many barriers to seeking treatment for a substance use or mental health disorder, as many do not want to be “labeled.”
Does the saying, "Men are from Mars, and women are from Venus," apply to friendships as well?
Fibromyalgia, depression, and chronic fatigue syndrome are all very different “invisible” disorders but share similar underlying symptoms.
The relationship between diabetes and depression is not new, but recently, researchers and primary care providers have been paying closer attention to this correlation.
Getting out of bed should never be dreadful. What if we all adopted a few five-minute morning routines that made getting out of bed an exciting start to our day?
Many individuals do not struggle with mental health or substance use disorders and go to therapy to resolve relationship issues or personal dilemmas to become a better person.
When a loved one dies by suicide, your life most likely will be turned upside down. Walking through this dark period can be incredibly hard but there is hope and light.
"Before I was diagnosed by my former psychiatrist, I experienced intense mood swings and, retrospectively, extreme overreactions to everyday situations..."
How to talk about core values early in a relationship.
When we become stressed or when our brain becomes “foggy”, we have a hard time recalling our memory and we often become worried that “we are losing our minds".
You can hear sounds and words without having to listen or focus on what you are hearing. Hearing without listening is an example of the common phrase “in one ear and out the other”
Defining the different types of abuse, including verbal, physical, sexual, financial, elder, child, and domestic.
When we deplete our bodies of wholesome calories and nutrients, we are starving our brains. On top of the emotional and mental wreckage, we are also harming our bodies.
We overeat, we skip meals, we binge eat, we only eat snacks, we indulge in greasy food, we cut out carbohydrates and sugar, we stop eating, we only eat fruits and veggies...
Healthy foods feed your body and your brain. Growing up with a parent who prioritizes whole foods and nourishment can help kids realize this.
COVID-19, for all its hardships, may have led to a reduction in mental health stigma and improved access to mental healthcare.
Victims of sexual trauma have an increased likelihood of suffering from mental health disorders, self-harm behavior, eating disorders, and addiction.
Increased awareness can eliminate social stigma.
Self-harm is an unhealthy coping mechanism to overcome underlying triggers that have elicited feelings of pain, guilt, and shame.
Don’t we all want to live longer, look younger, run faster, and be stronger? A longer, healthier life means more time with our loved ones and more opportunities for happiness.
Shame is name-calling, put-downs—telling someone “You’re a bad person.” Accountability is saying, “You’re not doing your job.” You can hold someone accountable without name-calling or demeaning.
It's time to change the narrative around parenthood and alcohol as the “mommy needs wine” culture is dangerously growing larger by the second.
The year 2020 may have been the first time that many of us looked around and thought, “My God. What have we become?”
Too many Americans perceive sleep as an expendable luxury, rather than a biological necessity.
People's physical lives should never be compared to their livelihoods, but unfortunately, this virus has forced many people to pick one over the other.
The temperatures are dropping and the days are becoming shorter. The changes from summer to fall can be trigger depression. The "winter blues" may be just around the corner.
Kristen Fuller, M.D., is a physician and a clinical mental health writer for Center For Discovery.