Essential Reads

Success Is Not a Zero-Sum Proposition

Ending Structural Racism Will Make More People Successful, Not Fewer

Am I a Bad Survivor?

Aren't survivor's supposed to be able to do it all?

Be There, Relentlessly

How to help when someone you love is depressed

Recent Posts on Personal Perspectives

How the Hell Do I Get to Where I Want to Go?

By Victoria Maxwell on October 09, 2015 Crazy for Life
This past Saturday I went to visit my Aunt. And I got lost. Really lost. For 2 hours. I actually wound up at the US/Canadian border (I kid you not) with my gas tank at empty knowing my Aunt had called the ambulance to take her to emergency. If we want to live our best life we need a good map, a clear destination and some friendly folks to help us along the way.

I'll Get Back to You

By Sarah Fader on October 08, 2015 Panic Life
Here is what you do you when you want to email/text/call someone and it is way too soon to reach out to them, as you only sent the initial communication an hour ago.

Bad Boy, Bad Girl

Is it nature; is it nurture? Or is it identity?

Being A Dreamer

Are you good at communicating your feelings in a helpful and healthy way?

The Pope Francis Effect: I Want to Be Better

By Terri Cheney on October 01, 2015 The Bipolar Lens
Sometimes small changes can rock the world.

Knowing Just Enough to Drive You Crazy

By Laura Deutsch on September 30, 2015 Memory Catcher
Legal argument can drive a person crazy. And the truth was that I didn’t care about every issue that came before me. I cared about civil rights and sex discrimination, but I didn’t care what the State of California did with Mare Island. I didn’t want to have to take a position on EVERYTHING.

Success Is Not a Zero-Sum Proposition

By Hope Perlman on September 29, 2015 Unmapped Country
As upsetting as it is to face, I am grateful for the attention I’ve been forced to pay to structural racism. As a white woman, I don’t expect to be profiled by the police, except, perhaps, if there is a profile for white, suburban moms jacked up on anti-anxiolytics.

How to Help Your Adult Child if They Have a Mental Illness

By Victoria Maxwell on September 25, 2015 Crazy for Life
As parents of adult children living with mental illness you tell me how painful it is to see your son or daughter in anguish yet at the same time not accept help.

This Time I Have A Right To Be Anxious About My Health (1)

The saga started on Thursday, August 27th, which today seems as though it was not quite a lifetime ago. On that evening I had an asthma attack, the immediacy of which was controlled by a session with my home nebulizer machine. But over that weekend and that Monday, I couldn’t quite seem to catch my breath which I knew wasn’t the way it was supposed to be.

Talk Your Brain Into Being A Better Servant

There are simple and proven techniques that can allow you to use your mind more effectively, and it begins with talking to yourself. Though long viewed as a sign of possible mental illness or decline, studies indicate self-talk, including talking aloud can lead to positive outcomes.

Power Outage

Controlliig emotions, connecting and communicating with others, and humor can get us through trying times.

My Phone is An Extension of My Hand

By Sarah Fader on September 21, 2015 Panic Life
Sure, I also have real life friends, who have their own intrinsic value. I adore them. But I also have a serious love affair with technology.

I Feel Cheated

By Pia Savage on September 19, 2015 Odd Girl In
Because I had to diagnose myself and didn't learn about NLD until way into adulthood I was cheated of understanding many things that could have led to a happier more satisfying life. Yet many people can't or won't understand that.

Am I a Bad Survivor?

I sent my husband to Machu Picchu without me.

Coping With Aging Parents

By Cynthia Kim Beglin on September 18, 2015 Culture Shocked
Trading places with your parents can be difficult. Remembering where they came from can ease the way.

Integrity's Invisible Influence

Employees don’t want to feel taken advantage of by their employer, or that they are being squeezed for all they’ve got.

Life is as Beautiful as You Make It

By Allie Burke on September 12, 2015 Paper Souls
I think those of us who have struggled most - if not all - of our lives, appreciate the wolrd around us and see its beauty on a daily.

Try Yelling in Depression's Face

By Terri Cheney on September 12, 2015 The Bipolar Lens
Sometimes you have to no thyself.

Stigma Fighters Gave Me A Thicker Skin

By Sarah Fader on September 12, 2015 Panic Life
I am extremely grateful for the people in the Stigma Fighters community who have worked so hard to keep it going.

Out of Control

Is it really possible for us to be out of control?

Sustaining Hope Post-9/11

By Ken Brack M.Ed. on September 10, 2015 Unspeakable Gifts
A Connecticut woman who honors the spirit of service on 9/11 challenges us to continue pairing remembrance with acts of kindness.

Our Feelings are Valid Because We Feel Them

By Allie Burke on September 09, 2015 Paper Souls
The psychological and emotional abuse that this man left me with, whether or not he meant to do it (he was mentally ill, after all), is valid and real.

The Roommate

We have all had difficult roommates and had challenges in dealing with them. But do you handle the challenges of addiction?

Friendspiration: It's a New Movement, Are You In?

A bright spotlight is shining on the joys of friendship, and the effect is that more of us are finding happiness through the beautiful bonds between friends.

Looking for Love as an HSP

By Deborah Ward on September 07, 2015 Sense and Sensitivity
Our natural empathy, warmth and compassion draws others to us. At the same time, we are drawn to them because we cannot ignore their feelings, or their cries for help. But that’s where things can become challenging for HSPs. Find out how you can find love as an HSP.

Do You Perceive Things The Way They Really Are?

By Judith Fein on September 03, 2015 Life Is a Trip
The way you see life is not necessarily the way life is for others.

5 Ways You Can Help Women Pregnant After Loss

By Tara Shafer on September 03, 2015 To Begin Again
Want to help a woman pregnant again after a loss? Consider these five points and build them into your relationship with a woman pregnant again following loss. It is a tough journey. You can make it easier.

How to Make Indecision Work for You & Anxiety Fall Away

By Victoria Maxwell on September 03, 2015 Crazy for Life
How do you live comfortably with ambiguity so it doesn’t drive you into a panic attack or analysis paralysis? Make it official (the indecisiveness, not the panic attack). That is: choose to be indecisive.

Be There, Relentlessly

By Julie Barton on September 02, 2015 Good Medicine
Is someone you love depressed? Here's how to help.

Can We Truly Forgive and Forget?

By Sarah Fader on August 30, 2015 Panic Life
I'm learning to forgive the people in my life that have hurt me, but it's incredibly hard to "forget" what they've done to hurt or anger me.