Essential Reads

Lessons I Learned the Year My Husband Almost Died

By Aleida K Wahn J.D. on December 07, 2016 in The View From Here
Priceless gifts are received in our deepest struggles.
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13 Ways of Looking at a Man from Hibbing, Minnesota

By Madora Kibbe on November 29, 2016 in Thinking Makes It So
"You're born, you know, the wrong names, wrong parents. I mean, that happens. You call yourself what you want to call yourself. This is the land of the free." —Bob Dylan

Dignity and Success

By Hope Perlman on November 23, 2016 in Unmapped Country
I’ve been writing and thinking about what makes people feel successful for quite some time. I have concluded there are five essential planks on the scaffolding of success.

7 Tips for Supporting a Romantic Partner with Anxiety

By Kat Kinsman on November 19, 2016 in Hi, Anxiety
So you’ve fallen in love with an anxious person! Sorry about that. Here are a few tips for how you can make it a bit more bearable for both of you—and even become closer.

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Choosing the Right Word

By Laura Deutsch on December 06, 2016 in Memory Catcher
To choose the right word when writing, let it tumble around in your mind. Are the nuances right? Is there a better way to say it? A way it hasn't been said before?

Seeing Her Ghosts

By Allie Burke on December 06, 2016 in Paper Souls
This project is important to me as someone with paranoid schizophrenia.
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Seeing Her Ghosts

By Sarah Fader on December 06, 2016 in Panic Life
Seeing Her Ghosts is a book with contributions from people who have a connection with schizophrenia in any way.

You Have to Work at Being Happy

By Terri Cheney on December 05, 2016 in The Bipolar Lens
Joy is everyone's birthright.
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Good Enough

By Barbara A Jaffe Ed.D. on December 04, 2016 in Journey to Healing
Motherhood insecurities

The Do's and Don'ts of Talking with a Child about Death

Though it's an inevitable part of life, talking about death to children is hard to do. Here are some do's and don'ts to help the grieving process.

Boundaries and Power

By Sarah Fader on December 02, 2016 in Panic Life
It is recommended that in order to have a strong YES, you need to say NO to the peripheral, annoying, low priories in your life.

Carlotta Returns

By Carlton M Davis on December 02, 2016 in The Bipolar Coaster
Carlotta Pizzotta returns to celebrate life and art

Helping Loved Ones in Emotionally Abusive Relationships

Are you trying to help a loved one in an emotionally abusive relationship? Know the difference between effective helping and making the situation worse.

Dreams and Our Need for Empathy and Imagination

By Dale M. Kushner on November 30, 2016 in Transcending the Past
How can we avoid the "failure of imagination" we ascribe to our inability to foresee an upcoming catastrophe. Could our dreams unlock the imagination and empathy we're missing?

Personal Safety

Many people believe that they must own a gun in order to be safe, but are you truly safer?

Moving Beyond Electoral Trauma Part 3

Here is my third suggestion for helping us be more fully ourselves and act more creatively and effectively in the days and months ahead.

A Different Way to Meet Your Beloved

By Judith Fein on November 30, 2016 in Life Is a Trip
There is a very unusual way to meet your beloved.

Moving Beyond Electoral Trauma: Part 2

Here is the second blog posting in Dr. James S. Gordon's series, Moving Beyond Electoral Trauma.

Moving Beyond Electoral Trauma

I'll share three ways of being, acts of doing that can help us be more fully ourselves, and act more creatively and effectively while moving beyond electoral trauma.

The 2016 Election - Part Two

Within the divisiveness of this election season, we need to remember to make America kind again.

How the Holidays Improved Without an Eating Disorder

By Angie Viets, LCP on November 22, 2016 in Inspired Recovery
The holidays are a lot to manage. Travel plans, coordinating family gatherings, and the never-ending list of gifts—I feel short of breath just thinking about it.

A Surreal Experience

I knew it would happen, but it took a year. One of the hospitals that I cover as part of my work is the psychiatric hospital to which I was admitted numerous times since 1990.
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My Replacement Child Legacy

By Barbara A Jaffe Ed.D. on November 21, 2016 in Journey to Healing
If Jeffery had lived, you wouldn’t have been born. Mother’s declaration punctuated my childhood as I came to understand my unique position in our family as the replacement child.

Politics and Self-Actualization

This country is move divisive than I've seen it. Everyone is caught in their perspective, which is believed correct. But this can be transcended with focus on self-actualization.

Don’t Get Stuck With That Pin

By Lynne Maureen Hurdle on November 18, 2016 in Breaking Culture
Three Things Our White Friends Should Consider About Creating Safety

The 2016 Election

Whether your candidate won or loss, being mindful of yours and others emotions is critical.

Paranoid Schizophrenia: The First Time I Quit

By Allie Burke on November 17, 2016 in Paper Souls
I had to take accountability for my actions.

Good Advertising is Rooted in Psychology

By Robert Evans Wilson Jr. on November 15, 2016 in The Main Ingredient
I tried to explain to him that there is a science to advertising. It’s not rocket science, but there are simple principles of psychology to be followed that insure an ad will work.

How Facebook Live is Helping to Ease my Depression

By Victoria Maxwell on November 14, 2016 in Crazy for Life
This depression will pass if I get my butt (which apparently has a black dog dangling from it) in gear. I’m taking to Face Book Live for some accountability and support.
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Trump: The Shadow of the American Unconscious

Looking at the Shadow of America's Collective Unconscious

Stop Glorifying Excessive Exercise

By Angie Viets, LCP on November 12, 2016 in Inspired Recovery
“How you do it? I wish I had the motivation to get up and crank out all of those miles.” Admiration fuels the person struggling with excessive exercise.

Creating Art Matters More Than Ever

By Kendra Levin on November 11, 2016 in The Heart of Writing
If writing and making art seem trivial right now, think again. They just became much more important.

Time to Call Mental Illnesses by Their Names

By Maggie Lamond Simone on November 09, 2016 in In a Panic
When we have a physical illness, we typically don't say, simply, "I have a physical illness." We name it. By naming it, we own it. So let's starting naming our mental illnesses.

Is This One of the Best Things You Can do for Your Children?

By Lauren Fritsky on November 08, 2016 in Vacation Mentality
Studies show that traveling with children might help expand their world view.