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Sometimes You're the Monkey and Sometimes You're the Dog

Or why sometimes we get more when we give and sometimes receiving is hard

What I Learned from Having Breast Cancer

6 Ways to Develop Resilience

How Do You Feel About Depending on Others?

Can you count on other people?

Celebrate Your Shame, It’s Getting You Healthy

Shame attacks could mean you're getting well

Recent Posts on Personal Perspectives

Stop Telling People What to Do On The Internet

By Sarah Fader on August 26, 2015 in Panic Life
Now, I realize that by writing this article, I am (ironically) telling you what to do. So, I'll end with a caveat. If you want to write an article telling other people what to do, I can't stop you. I just wonder if it's worth it.

Do You Really Feel For Other People?

By Judith Fein on August 26, 2015 in Life Is a Trip
Have you lost your capacity to feel deeply for others?

Losing the Numbers Person

Divorce can lead to financial stress. How the skills and attitudes of resilience can help you through this difficult shift.

Tell Me About Your Day

There are a number of forces working against sustained effective and meaningful conversation in relationships. These forces range from evolutionary drives to acclimation to drives to succeed. Despite the forces working against a relationship, there are strategies that can be utilized to prevent or reverse these negative trends. It starts with mindfulness.

Bipolar Disorder and Making it into the Super Bowl

By Victoria Maxwell on August 25, 2015 in Crazy for Life
In football, recovery is measured in weeks or months, not years. This time around, it’s not my knee that’s had to recover, it’s my mind. And it’s taken me years and been far more difficult than making any NFL roster.

A Vicious Cycle

I’m in a revolving door and right now, I’m having a hard time finding my way out. I’m just going around and around in way that is self-sabotaging. I see a slice of light, I grab for it much like a child on a carousel grabs for the golden ring, but it continues to elude me. I need to, I must find my way out.

I'm Afraid of Success

By Sarah Fader on August 23, 2015 in Panic Life
I am terrified to succeed. I only know what it is like to fail.

Four Ways Writing Helps My Anxiety

By Sarah Fader on August 22, 2015 in Panic Life
Writing is healing for so many reasons. The next time you're feeling anxious or overwhelmed, try picking up a pen and writing your heart out.

Sometimes You're the Monkey and Sometimes You're the Dog

By Madora Kibbe on August 22, 2015 in Thinking Makes It So
The world sometimes seems to be divided into givers and takers, with the takers taking over! But for some people the act of asking for, and accepting help, is very very hard.

The Pharmacist Knows My Name

By Allie Burke on August 21, 2015 in Paper Souls
Even if the world never opens their mind enough to understand, even if all our advocacies come to a screeching halt the second our credibility is measured by the number of hospital visits under our belt, we'll always have each other

Leaving Your Legacy

By Laura Deutsch on August 20, 2015 in Memory Catcher
Who wants to die with a suitcase full of ideas under their bed? If you're a writer, get those ideas on paper, so that you can leave a legacy of your life and times. Add colorful details, like the music that was playing on the radio or the clothes that people were wearing, to bring your stories alive. But most important, tell your story.

The Enduring Legacy of Motherhood

By Helen Davey Ph.D. on August 16, 2015 in Wounded but Resilient
For all families and extended families that are expecting a new baby, or have a young child already: the profound importance of building sensory memories.

Dealing with Difficult Emotions

Emotions are our internal messaging system

The Immigrant

The skills and attitudes of resilience are vital in helping immigrants adapt to living and connecting in a new country and different culture.

A Day of Death, Fear, and Lost Innocence

I heard this story 18 years ago, and was deeply moved by the drama these young boys endured for the better part of day. One of them would later relate that it felt as they were reliving the book "The Lord of the Flies."

I'm Using The Technique of Journaling

I hadn’t kept a journal in a long time. The last time was my string of hospitalizations from 2005 to 2007 when I had an extended collapse. I’d take a notebook when I'd go into the hospital and the process of putting pen to paper and recording my thoughts helped contribute to keeping whatever piece of sanity that was possible to hold onto in the midst of all that insanity.

The N in SHINE

By Cami Ostman M.S. on August 04, 2015 in Second Wind
“If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.” --Abraham Maslow

Feelings are Not Facts

By Victoria Maxwell on August 03, 2015 in Crazy for Life
Sinister self-talk slithers in & with it unpleasant emotions. It’s the usual suspects (like the Seven Dwarves but meaner): useless, worthless, hopeless, clueless, shameful, guilty & unlovable. Recognize feelings for what they are: feelings, not facts. This creates a buffer zone between yourself & your belief in them. Just because you feel worthless, doesn't mean you are.

Why Colouring Books Are Red Hot In Self-Help Right Now

By Sarah Rayner on August 03, 2015 in Worry and Panic?
Why is colouring red hot in self-help right now?

Everybody is F*cked Up

By Sarah Fader on August 03, 2015 in Panic Life
What people show us and what is actually going on beneath the surface are two completely different things.

This Past Week Was A Real Test Of My Emotional Strength

The shock of having a heart condition hit me hard. Not only that but the coronary artery spasms are my third chronic medical condition, on top of the chronic obstructive asthma and the migraines, and the second to be diagnosed in 2015.It’s as though I fought so hard to become emotionally healthy only to be struck down by chronic physical illness.

Banish Stigma Forever!

By Terri Cheney on August 02, 2015 in The Bipolar Lens
Even when your heart is tired, you have to wage war against ignorance.


By Susan Sexton on July 30, 2015 in Better Judgment
Incapacity and guardianship: are our elders truly being protected?

Introvert? Extrovert? Or a Bit of Both?

By Deborah Ward on July 30, 2015 in Sense and Sensitivity
. Like walking a tightrope without slipping, the extrovert HSP has to maintain a constant balance between their needs for social stimulation and sensory stillness. It can be a confusing, and exhausting ride, but there are ways that you can cope.

The Fever

As young children we learn about resilience from the actions of our parents.

Hand me that Cape; I am Schizophrenia Girl

By Allie Burke on July 27, 2015 in Paper Souls
I mean, it’s more than that, right? I’m more than that?

A Sudden Death

By Pia Savage on July 27, 2015 in Odd Girl In
None of us met Carl in real life. Yet we mourn his death as much or more as anybody who knew him.

Is Luxury Good or Bad for You?

By Judith Fein on July 27, 2015 in Life Is a Trip
Our culture seems to crave luxury--but is it good for you?

Coming To Terms With The Experience Of Psychosis

When I was in the hospital for the second time last year following my suicide attempt, in April of 2014, I experienced psychotic symptoms. They were delusions, beliefs about situations that I believed in some respect to be true. They were not. For me, they were incredibly frightening and distressing.

Everyone Has Won, And All Must Have Prizes

"Everyone has won, and all must have prizes." The Dodo Bird Verdict, as it is now called, is from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The Dodo Bird suggested a competition where everyone ran around to dry off. Since no record was kept of how far or long everyone ran, when asked who won the dodo bird proclaimed all had won. This was later used to proclaim all therapies work.