Essential Reads

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.

Diagnosis: Cooties

Amanda can't come over to play, because there are two moms in our house

The Outrage of Rage

Understanding anger cures anger

Recent Posts on Personal Perspectives

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.

Being, Not Doing, is a Tough Assignment

By Laura Deutsch on March 27, 2015 in Memory Catcher
My physical therapist gave me a challenging assignment: stop doing so much, lie on a heating pad and breathe deeply. Did she also mean I should stop checking my email, stop going to the Farmers Market, and stop watching Law and Order reruns?

Hope and Willingness

By Ken Brack M.Ed. on March 26, 2015 in Unspeakable Gifts
An addict’s commitment to help others reminds us that fighting opiates need not be a quixotic chase.

Difficult Experiences

By Phoebe Marrall on March 25, 2015 in A Sister's Sorrow
She plunged into adolescence unprepared.

Chronic Illness: Part 2

Chronic illnesses can make it very hard to exercise the skills and the attitudes of resilience. Time, patience and support can change things for the better.

Psychotherapy and Meditation: Means To The Same End

Meditation and psychotherapy have much in common. Mindfulness, a focus on oneself, detachment from thoughts, and ultimately, enlightenment are all aspects and goals of both.

Is Community Based Participatory Research Actually Research?

By Victoria Maxwell on March 24, 2015 in Crazy for Life
At a talk, a researcher discussed a community based participatory research project where individuals with mental illness were involved from start to finish. In the next row, I heard a delegate say “it’s just the new macramé.” Ironically the talk was being presented at an anti-stigma conference. Go figure. But perhaps due to the history of tokenism, skepticism is justified.

Corporate America, May I Introduce You to Schizophrenia

By Allie Burke on March 24, 2015 in Paper Souls
I wonder how I have become such a failure. My paranoia seemed like child's play now.

Trolls Attack Your Flaws

By Sarah Fader on March 22, 2015 in Panic Life
Trolls attack your flaws.

The Vacation Dilemma

My psychiatrist, Dr. Adena (not her real name) has left on vacation. She is on the other side of the Atlantic for two weeks, unreachable. There is another psychiatrist covering for her, a kind woman that I’ve seen previously, but I would only call her in case of a dire psychiatric emergency which I’m not anticipating.

Fear: The Fuel of Schizophrenia

By Allie Burke on March 22, 2015 in Paper Souls
I could make a list, but that is not the type of mental health advocacy that I am interested in or passionate about. I want to, with my voice, strike down the stigma associated with schizophrenia.

Truth and Transformation

I'd convinced myself that the records would be no more than a curiosity. Yet I began to feel intensely anxious when I knew they'd soon be arriving at my front door. Some long silent part of me sensed what was coming.

Why the Menopause Creates a Perfect Storm for Anxiety

By Sarah Rayner on March 21, 2015 in Worry and Panic?
The female body undergoes enormous chemical changes as a result of the menopause which create the perfect environment for anxiety, depression and mood swings - bestselling author Sarah Rayner investigates.

Listen to Yourself and Ignore The Voice of Depression

By Sarah Fader on March 20, 2015 in Panic Life
Depression can tell you how terrible you are all it wants. It's a liar. It doesn't know anything about you.

It’s Not About You

Don’t take it personally when someone puts you down. Don’t assume you know what is going on inside of their head. They have their own issues which they are likely projecting onto you.

Anorexia, Yoga and Asthma (Part II)

Last week I wrote a post titled “Anorexia, Yoga and Asthma” about some of the efforts I have made to strengthen my mind and body in my first full year of recovery from anorexia and some of the obstacles I have encountered. This post is a continuation from last week because there have been new developments that I would like to share with you as I continue to forge ahead.

When Your Mind Won't Let Your Body Move

By Terri Cheney on March 15, 2015 in The Bipolar Lens
Mental illness can be excruciatingly physical, too.


Who is zooming who? That's the real question of the manipulation game.

Discrimination in the Workplace Due to Mental llness

By Sarah Fader on March 13, 2015 in Panic Life
I was discriminated against because of my mental illness.

Chronic Illness

While emotional control may be an extremely difficult for someone with a chronic illness, resilience skills and attitudes can help.

Men With Depression: Come Out of Hiding

By Sarah Fader on March 09, 2015 in Panic Life
Encourage men with depression to speak up.

Anorexia, Yoga and Asthma

Saturday, March 7th started out great. Actually as I was driving home from work the evening before I realized that it had been over a year since I had succumbed to the temptations of anorexia. Well I had one bad week about six months ago, but quickly got back on track. My eating has been a little sideways due to limitations imposed by problems with my new dentures.

Emotional Abuse Exposed: Part III

Healthy anger is okay. Manipulative anger is not okay. Know the difference and avoid encouraging controlling behavior in your relationships.

The Menopause – A Cause For Worry Or Celebration?

By Sarah Rayner on March 06, 2015 in Worry and Panic?
It’s Change-for-Change day on March 11, and to mark the occasion, I invite you to spend a few minutes reading about something common to all women that we still rarely speak of: the menopause.

AD/HD Is Wonderful...No It's Not!

By Sarah Fader on March 05, 2015 in Panic Life
Some days I feel like I am a superhero. I am extremely creative, productive, funny and a joy to be around. Other days, I am impulsive, irritable, and I feel like I am annoying everyone around me.