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The Zen of Managing Chaos

5 tips to welcome change

Surviving the Japanese Earthquake

A lesson in courage and grace

When Your Mind Won't Let Your Body Move

Depression can prevent you from performing the simplest acts.

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Surviving Mental Illness: To Each Their Own

By Allie Burke on April 23, 2015 in Paper Souls
My life is awesome. Absolutely. But it's not because I'm a schizophrenic without her medication.

With Care, You and Your Sensitivity Will Flourish

By Deborah Ward on April 23, 2015 in Sense and Sensitivity
While we can’t avoid the stresses of modern life completely, we can take steps to try to prevent the saturation of our systems and soothe our stressed out senses when we do become overwhelmed. When we see our sensitivity as a child and ourselves as the parent, we can help ourselves live a life that meets all of our needs.

Your Job

Communication is one of the critical resilience skills used in dealing with challenges effecting work/life balance.

Earthly Life and the Longing for Longevity

By Joseph Cooper on April 21, 2015 in Pauses and Moments
Macho-preservation instincts, allied with slime-avoidance, in a high-school dissecting class. Biology is not for the faint of heart. A father hopes to extend his life-on-Earth tenure well beyond his seventh decade. He’s already been made aware of what would curtail it, so he seeks a window into his daughter’s life in a lab—for the lab may be her life.

The 6 Steps of Healing You Need to Know

By Victoria Maxwell on April 21, 2015 in Crazy for Life
Denial of an illness is the greatest barrier; acceptance, the greatest liberator. When we start, albeit slowly perhaps, to accept our illness, mental illness or otherwise, only then can healing begin. Often the longest leg and biggest barrier in the road to recovery is the journey to acceptance.

Why Success Is Like a Jalopy

By Hope Perlman on April 20, 2015 in Unmapped Country
I used to have a narrow definition of success: professional advancement. Because I had very little of that as a mother and as a writer, I felt like a failure. Now, my definition of success is different. I think of it as a system. And when the system is operating, I feel successful.

That Disabled Girl: She Just Wants Attention

By Sarah Fader on April 20, 2015 in Panic Life
I have never enjoyed the fact that I have something that segregates me from others; because having a disability does segregate you.

When Your Mind Catches Fire

By Allie Burke on April 19, 2015 in Paper Souls
I have paranoid schizophrenia, and it's totally okay, because not only do I make the best of it, but I make the me of it.

Perfectionism Ain't All It's Cracked Up To Be

Through taking my yoga classes (almost) every Saturday morning, I am learning that yoga is one activity at which I will never achieve perfection. This realization is good for me as much of my life has been spent in the pursuit of this fruitless goal. The anorexia, the ultimate body, being the best at my job; each time I attempted to achieve perfection the world crashed.

Embrace Your Mental Illness, Every Day

By Allie Burke on April 17, 2015 in Paper Souls
Hallucinations and delusions and panic and emotional hubaloo are symptoms, maybe, but they are also beautiful gifts with which we can make a name for ourselves or change the world or really, do whatever we want to do.

The Zen of Managing Chaos

By Victoria Maxwell on April 14, 2015 in Crazy for Life
Learning to befriend change helps make change less daunting when it inevitably comes.

Does Your Religion Inspire You?

By Judith Fein on April 13, 2015 in Life Is a Trip
If your religion doesn't inspire you… try someone else's.

How to Keep Mental Illness From Owning Your Life

By Terri Cheney on April 13, 2015 in The Bipolar Lens
Coming clean can give you back to yourself.

Don’t Be an ASS-umer

If you find yourself hurt or angry from an assumption, then you are giving into something you fear. And, that is your issue. Now is the time to examine your fear and deal directly with it.

The "H" in SHINE

By Cami Ostman M.S. on April 12, 2015 in Second Wind
The narrative of who you are has been a carefully designed structure, built on the foundation of your history and your relationships. But WHAT IF you are more/other/beyond what you know yourself to be.

Asking "What If?"

I have often dared to ask myself the question “what if?” What if I had not become so ill? What if I had not become anorexic which lead to such devastation in my life? What would have become of me? But I have not allowed myself to ponder the answers to this question and I have not allowed myself to feel the emotions that are associated with the response.

The Emotional Vengeance of Mental Illness

By Allie Burke on April 10, 2015 in Paper Souls
There is a stark contrast between the way a societally standard-functioning brain reacts to emotional tendencies and the brain of those with a mental illness.

A Co-Pilot's Suicide: Who Will Disclose Depression Now?

Imagine that by daring to speak now, we’ll save lives.

Secrets And Lies: a Closed Adoption Story

By Pia Savage on April 07, 2015 in Odd Girl In
Adoption should be just a way to form a family. But closed adoptions are, by definition, fraught with secrets and lies; no matter how hard the adoptive parents try to stop them. This is one very personal account of a closed adoption.

How Resilient Are We Really?

A card game called “Bounce Back” asks participants to respond to a challenge card that they have drawn from the deck of challenges.

Moodiness Is a Key Sign of Controlling Behavior

Moodiness is a key symptom of controlling behavior. Tolerating your partner's moods only encourages the moodiness. The solution is in finding the deeper source of the moods and confronting the real issues.

I Left My Mind in San Bernardino

By Allie Burke on April 03, 2015 in Paper Souls
The first memory I have of losing my mind was about ten years ago. Of course, my psyche has erased ninety-six percent of the first fifteen years of my life—much to my doctor's dismay—so my long-term memory isn't exactly reliable, but, YOLO.

Don't Kill My Vibe: The Schizophrenia Edition

By Allie Burke on April 01, 2015 in Paper Souls
You are, probably, going to sometimes feel like you are losing your mind, but if you don't take the steps to change your life into something that is at least more bearable, you are, probably, medication or not, going to actually lose your mind. And you may never get it back.

The Cheese and Chocolate Diet

By Laura Deutsch on March 31, 2015 in Memory Catcher
When a French shop keeper tells you that cheese and chocolate are good for your health, you pay attention.

On Empathy: Depression Is Still Depression

By Allie Burke on March 30, 2015 in Paper Souls
We trick our emotional selves into believing that it helps to have someone in our lives that understands our pain, but that is just not true. Is that going to prevent you from ever having another depressive episode? Because someone lied and said, "I understand what you're going through"? No, it's not.

Surviving the Japanese Earthquake

By Cynthia Kim Beglin on March 30, 2015 in Culture Shocked
Remembering the extraordinary behavior of the Japanese on the fourth anniversary of the 9.0 earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear disaster at Fukushima.

Using the Placenta to Improve Pregnancy Outcomes

By Tara Shafer on March 30, 2015 in To Begin Again
The NIH will study the development of the human placenta in real time - thereby improving long term health for women and their children.

What I Did On My Spring Staycation

At 3:30 PM last Friday afternoon, as I signed out of work for the afternoon (Friday is a short day for me), one of the administrative assistants in the front office yelled "Gerri, you’re free." I haven’t had a real vacation — time just for me, time to spend how I please, time to do whatever I want, time to simply fritter away as I choose — since the spring of 2013.

Are You Haunted by Ghosts of the Past?

By Judith Fein on March 27, 2015 in Life Is a Trip
An intimate look inside the closet where ghosts of your past dwell.