Essential Reads

Living Through a Disaster

How a tragedy can unite people

Depression in Later Life

Myths and Facts about Geriatric Depression

How to Break the Habit of Being Worried and Anxious

A simple approach to overcoming fear and panic to help you gain more joy in life

David Brooks: Writing for a Better Life

A better life, his own and ours.

Recent Posts on Personal Perspectives

Living Through a Disaster

By Cynthia Kim Beglin on May 27, 2015 in Culture Shocked
How a shared tragedy can bring out the best in people

Looking Up

By Allie Burke on May 27, 2015 in Paper Souls
You don't get past schizophrenia.

When Your World is on Fire

By Allie Burke on May 25, 2015 in Paper Souls
All I can tell myself is "yeah, it is going to be okay."

A Story of Reflection

I started a training for my new job this past Monday and due to several combined factors, the main one being stress, I was hit with a brutal migraine on Tuesday. The migraine lasted until Saturday morning when I was home and able to get a hold of some different medications which gave me total relief. Thank goodness.

Bored? Train Your Brain for Adventure

By Judith Fein on May 23, 2015 in Life Is a Trip
Transform your life by learning how to create adventure.

Walk Through The Fire

By Sarah Fader on May 22, 2015 in Panic Life
Walk through the fire. Keep going and conquer depression.


Your job has changed recently and now you must work with this person each day. How can you use the skills and the attitudes of resilience to deal with this person and manage this situation?

Depression in Later Life

When it comes to understanding depression in later life, it’s vital to recognize the myths that surround this serious, but treatable disorder.

Don't Call Me Schizo

By Allie Burke on May 18, 2015 in Paper Souls
I do think that Schizophrenia Awareness Week is important, to show that there are people with schizophrenia who are real people, not just these stigmatized images of a walking corpse or a man with a gun we have internalized.

The Plea that Bargains

The more we want, the less we are likely to have.

Two Astonishing Works About Depression

In my recent perusal of the Internet, I had the good fortune to stumble across two different people’s interpretations of depression. They both are courageous and powerful in their own right and I related to both of these moving pieces. I wanted to share these works of art with you.

The Kindness of Strangers—the Ripple Effect of Compassion

By Sarah Rayner on May 17, 2015 in Worry and Panic?
The Kindness of Strangers—the Ripple Effect of Compassion How small acts of kindness can make a big difference and help spread joy

Essential Things To Know If You're Contemplating Suicide

By Terri Cheney on May 15, 2015 in The Bipolar Lens
There are four surprisingly hard truths about trying to end your life.

Petal Power: Why Is Gardening So Good For Our Mental Health?

By Sarah Rayner on May 13, 2015 in Worry and Panic?
Petal Power! From boosting self-esteem to providing an outlet for anger, here are 10 reasons why gardening is so good for our mental health.

I Don't Look Schizophrenic

By Allie Burke on May 12, 2015 in Paper Souls
What does a person with schizophrenia look like?

Escape from Eden

Motivation is the process of solving problems. The contrast between ‘what we want’ and ‘what we have’ is what motivates us. The contrast is the problem. The more the contrast, the stronger the motivation.

How to Break the Habit of Being Worried and Anxious

By Sarah Rayner on May 11, 2015 in Worry and Panic?
Anxiety is perfectly normal reaction, but can pop up when we don't want or need it - like a weed in a beautiful garden. So how can we break the habit of worried and anxious thinking?

Breaking the Box

By Allie Burke on May 11, 2015 in Paper Souls
There are people who care, and that is really the whole point.

Are We Living in a State of High Anxiety?

By Sarah Rayner on May 10, 2015 in Worry and Panic?
British author Sarah Rayner asks what the future holds for people suffering poor mental health.

I Still Miss My Mother

Over thirteen years have passed since my mother died and I still miss her terribly. When our family learned that she had pancreatic cancer and that she had only a matter of months to live we embarked on a flurry of photo-taking. One of those photos — her standing at her kitchen counter, poised beside a vase of dark pink tulips — is the one I chose to frame.

Recalling Mom’s Figures of Speech

By Joseph Cooper on May 08, 2015 in Pauses and Moments
“Tarrr-nation!” was her variation on “Darrr-nation!” which was her version of “Damnation!” which was as close as she ever got to “Damn!” “Tarrr-nation” told me that she had burned her forearm at the stove (again) or – still worse, to her way of thinking – burned our dinner. Jests provoked, “Oh, go sit on a tack.” – delivered with a guilty, embarrassed smile.

What Anti-Psychotic Medication has Taught me About Myself

By Allie Burke on May 07, 2015 in Paper Souls
I was suddenly caring in the right places, which gave me an entirely new perspective on life.

Mastering Self-Control. Or Not.

By Hope Perlman on May 07, 2015 in Unmapped Country
Scene: kitchen table. Remains of dinner present. Children absent. Just the husband and I and the dog, despairing of collecting any treats at all. The husband reaches into the snack cabinet and takes two cookies. He offers one to me. Me: (After a pause.) No, thanks. IF I don’t have one now, THEN I can have a bigger one later. Husband: Ah! The Marshmallow Test in action.

The Storm

I didn't know about tornadoes but she did. It was hot. Very hot. I felt I could hardly breathe. The wind blew louder. The shutters and windows rattled. The rain came, beating hard against the roof and the windows. My mom pulled me closer. But in the middle of the storm I felt safe.

A Bitch of a Week

By Pia Savage on May 07, 2015 in Odd Girl In
I have no mother. No child. No reason to celebrate this week.

The Justice System and Mental Health

By Susan Sexton on May 05, 2015 in Better Judgment
Long term treatment options for mental health patients should include involuntary hospitalization.

Before Liberation, A Tormented Flight

By Ken Brack M.Ed. on May 05, 2015 in Unspeakable Gifts
On the 70th anniversary of being liberated from the Mauthausen concentration camp, a Holocaust survivor recalls that for he and his wife, freedom came at a great cost.

David Brooks: Writing for a Better Life

By Madora Kibbe on May 05, 2015 in Thinking Makes It So
David Brooks used to be, in my opinion any way, a bozo who wrote about bobos. And then something happened. And suddenly or gradually he morphed into a spokesperson for the living a life of meaning movement (I just made that up but the movement should and actually does exist. In our hearts at least.)

On Mother's Day: Remembering Mothers Without Living Children

By Tara Shafer on May 04, 2015 in To Begin Again
Mother's Day is about honoring the experience of all mothers - this includes mothers without living children. Here are five things you can do to honor the experience of bereaved mothers everywhere.

When Excitement and Anxiety Come Together

After almost seven years at my current position at the outpatient mental health clinic In New York city I am leaving. I resigned a couple of weeks ago to the surprise of many of my colleagues and I think my boss as well. It has been a roller-coaster rise, with an initial rise in responsibilities, then a drop as I became ill last year, and a slow incline back to recovery.