Essential Reads

Ringing In the Year of the Monkey

By Cynthia Kim Beglin on February 09, 2016 in Culture Shocked
Curious about how the Chinese celebrate the New Year? Learn more about importance of the Chinese zodiac.

Success Is Like Light

By Hope Perlman on February 01, 2016 in Unmapped Country
What is so difficult about defining success?

The Other Side of the Needle

By Melanie Butera DVM on January 17, 2016 in Animal Love
As a cancer patient, I have seen the view from the patient side of the needle. The lessons I have learned can make me a better clinician.

Blue-Gened Girl?

By Anthea Rowan on January 05, 2016 in Living Around the Blues
Is depression really heritable? Can you pass it from mother to daughter? Anthea Rowan argues not.

More Posts on Personal Perspectives

F*ck Valentine's Day

By Sarah Fader on February 12, 2016 Panic Life
Valentine's Day is an inauthentic holiday. We don’t need one day to make our partner feel special.

There’s No Such Thing as Being Stubborn

Just because I won’t budge doesn’t make me stubborn. Throwing a hissy fit isn’t going to change me. Calling me stubborn is YOU being lazy.

Fear - Part Two

Fear is a normal and can be an adaptive reaction to dangerous situations. But when fear is prolonged or unrealistic, it can be destructive.

The Key To Healthy Relationships is Safety

By Sarah Fader on February 09, 2016 Panic Life
In due time, if you create a safe environment, that person will feel comfortable enough to share their feelings with you.

I Gravitate Toward People Who Don't Like Me

By Sarah Fader on February 07, 2016 Panic Life
People who love and appreciate me know that I'm sensitive, caring and passionate. Those are the people that I will work harder to appreciate in my life.

Therapy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Persons

Could it be that the LGBT population is sending us a message about authentic living?

Doctor Shock

By Terri Cheney on February 01, 2016 The Bipolar Lens
Mental illness should never have to be defended.

#HumanLikeUs Tim-Can Werning Says We are All Human

By Sarah Fader on February 01, 2016 Panic Life
No matter what we experience, what our diagnosis is, we are human beings and we deserve to be treated as such. That’s why I started the hashtag #HumanLikeUs.

The Science Behind Why Cats Pee on Things and Hiss at People

By Sarah Fader on January 30, 2016 Panic Life
The next time that your cat pees on something, try not to get too “pissed” back at her. She is just communicating with you.

My Big Fat Naked Psychosis (told in 3 three-word sentences)

By Victoria Maxwell on January 28, 2016 Crazy for Life
It started when a writing friend told me of an exercise her teacher gave her. Write your life story, but write it in 3-word sentences. Here’s the long and the short of it.


Fear often makes our thinking rigid and it handicaps our ability to make realistic plans and take action to carry them out. Resilience is the antidote.

What People Really Think of Us

By Judith Fein on January 26, 2016 Life Is a Trip
Read this is you really want to know what people think of us.

Instagram is the Happiest Place in the (Internet) World

By Allie Burke on January 24, 2016 Paper Souls
As long as you stay away from subjects that are likely to have people trolling as I do, and keep your feed limited to happy people, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Mindful Arguing

Arguing is often negatively affected by emotions. Mindfulness can go a long way to defusing this interference, and allowing a disagreement or conflict to be thoughtfully resolved.

Do Mental Health Apps Help Anyone?

By Anna David on January 19, 2016 After Party Chat
Every week it seems a new mental health app is released. But studies show they work better with a professional involved. Butf you have a professional, why do you need an app?

You B*tch - How Dare You Write About Me On The Internet

By Sarah Fader on January 19, 2016 Panic Life
It's my life and my story- I have the right to tell it. I'll be mindful of the feelings of others, but not to the point where I can't express myself.

A Whinny and a Neigh Keeps the Psychotherapist at Bay

By Adam Clark on January 18, 2016 Animal Attachment
How the calming presence of horses has sparked a new therapeutic trend. A whinny and a neigh certainly does keep the psychotherapist at bay!

Altruism - Give Without Getting Anything Back

By Sarah Fader on January 18, 2016 Panic Life
I know that helping other people makes me feel good. What can you do today that is an altruistic gesture?

Guest post - Why Jesus Couldn't Save Me From Depression

By Sarah Fader on January 17, 2016 Panic Life
"Depression isn't something you can pray away. I needed support. Unfortunately, the stigma is so strong in black communities my cries went unheard." - Christy Lynn Abram

I am Labeling Myself

By Sarah Fader on January 16, 2016 Panic Life
Before you instruct me not to label myself, understand this: labeling myself is the way that I choose to heal. I am not ashamed of having ADHD. In fact, it's part of what makes me

I'm Worried About You

By Allie Burke on January 15, 2016 Paper Souls
Don't be afraid to burden your friends, family, and loved ones.

What's Matters Most to a Madly Successful, Wealthy Woman?

What does Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg value?

What Does the Loss of David Bowie Teach Us about Ourselves?

By Sarah Rayner on January 15, 2016 Worry and Panic?
What Does the Loss of David Bowie Teach Us about Ourselves? How the passing of an icon sheds light on creativity and criticism.

Practicing Good Survivorship

By Victoria Maxwell on January 14, 2016 Crazy for Life
I know there are others like me out there, loving someone like my brother. I don’t know what concrete guidance I can give you, other than continue to love that person.

Shrinking in an Expanding World

By Ken Brack M.Ed. on January 14, 2016 Unspeakable Gifts
Let’s try turning down the vitriol on gun violence. Listen to the other side, and reach out. Instead of shrinking further into our set ideas.

Keeping Perspective

Media coverage often encourages people to be more fearful, to see what's happening as being an event that could have a permanent and pervasive impact on everyone’s lives.

Surviving Schizophrenia

By Allie Burke on January 12, 2016 Paper Souls
No one has the right to claim that theirs is harder or more important because of mental illness or anything else.

People Are Really into Happiness in 2016

By Anna David on January 12, 2016 After Party Chat
While there are plenty of new recommendations out there for those seeking more joy, none of them will work if you're clinically depressed and need professional help.

A Funeral For Anxiety And Depression

By Sarah Fader on January 12, 2016 Panic Life
I was compelled to write this after a session with my life coach Eileen O'Grady. She helped me see that I'm ready to release Anxiety and Depression.

When Is It Real Love?

How do I know, is a question still being asked by people of all ages.