Essential Reads

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

Crazywise

Rethinking madness

Building Muscles in Your Brain

Work out in your inner gymmmmmmmmmmm....

Recent Posts on Personal Perspectives

The Menopause – A Cause For Worry Or Celebration?

By Sarah Rayner on March 06, 2015 in Worry and Panic?
It’s International Women’s Day this weekend, and as we mark the occasion and focus on all things female, 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.

Getting Back on Track Successfully

By Hope Perlman on March 04, 2015 in Unmapped Country
Now seems like a good time to check in with those New Year resolutions. It’s the end of February, and my email inbox and Twitter feed are full of strategies for implementing habits, keeping resolutions, and bits about why We Are Failing To Do So. When I say “we” I mean me. I was struggling to get my routine back on track. I have resolutions to keep me busy.

The Psychology Behind 3-Year-Olds Are A**holes

By Sarah Fader on March 04, 2015 in Panic Life
The Meaning Behind 3-Year-Olds Are Assholes - The Book

Preschool For Adults in NYC

By Sarah Fader on March 02, 2015 in Panic Life
Preschool Mastermind is a preschool for adults! Be a kid again in NYC!

The Kanye West In All Of Us

Kanye West is a polarizing figure. But we possess many of the same qualities that lead to him being described as “a caricature of the egocentric modern celebrity” (Hawking, 2013). Projection, our own hypocrisy, and a fervent desire to holder own opinions as correct contribute to us being no better.

A Long-Time Secret Revealed

At the end of a meeting I had with her several days later I proposed an idea. “Tell me if this is crazy,” I said to her. Perhaps that wasn’t the best way to start. “We have a rather ill population here at the clinic. I want my co-workers to see that it is possible to live a full and productive life despite having a mental illness.

For Our Sanity, It's Time to Return to Reading Our News

By Patricia Prijatel on February 28, 2015 in All Is Well
When you read, you’ve got to focus on what you are doing, rather than listening with one ear while you make spaghetti and try to housebreak the puppy. You have to ponder the words and put the meaning together yourself, without the inflection added by the newsreader. You have less visual stimulation and more mental challenge.

What I Know for Sure about People with Mental Illness

By Victoria Maxwell on February 28, 2015 in Crazy for Life
11 Things I know to be true about those of us in the mental illness tribe.

Stopping the Enablers

By Ken Brack M.Ed. on February 26, 2015 in Unspeakable Gifts
Many parents with children addicted to opiates face a disbelief gap: saying no and casting them out goes against their natural instincts. For addicts to hit rock bottom and enter treatment, that's often what they need.

Maternal Depression as a Consequence of Stillbirth

By Tara Shafer on February 25, 2015 in To Begin Again
The link between stillbirth and a heightened risk for maternal depression has been established. This is important for the actionable information it yields, and can be incorporated into standard medical practice.

Anxiety Is Separate From Who I Am

By Sarah Fader on February 25, 2015 in Panic Life
Anxiety is not me.

Discovering my Father's Battle With Bipolar Disorder

By Mimi Baird on February 25, 2015 in He Wanted the Moon
I was only six years old when my father was hospitalized for manic depression in 1944. It wasn't until I reconnected with his family fifty years later that I learned of his unpublished manuscript, and his own research into the disease.

Partisan Politics - Part 4

The American people need to regain confidence in themselves and in their government. We need to get back to remembering and acting on the values that this country was built upon.

Why Moving Is Hell for Anxious People

By Judith Fein on February 24, 2015 in Life Is a Trip
Why is moving so horrible, and what can you do about it?

Anxiety Is a Tricky Monster

By Sarah Fader on February 23, 2015 in Panic Life
Anxiety makes me believe that people hate me.

Reflections on a Very Personal Anniversary

March 1, 2015 will be one year since I attempted suicide. I have been doing a great deal reflecting back on this past year and even before, the events and the thinking that led up to the overdose and what ensued. I’ve been thinking about this past year in therapy and what I’ve learned about myself.

Emotional Abuse Exposed: Part II

By Amy Lewis Bear LPC, NCC on February 20, 2015 in From Charm to Harm
Emotional Abuse Exposed is an ongoing series that provides a language to spot and describe hidden emotional abuse. Knowing how to recognize controlling tactics and their effects leads to protection and healing.

The "S" in SHINE

By Cami Ostman M.S. on February 19, 2015 in Second Wind
To see the world through the eyes of a foreigner, or a beginner, we have to remember that we really aren’t experts at living—we are experimenters. We aren’t expected to know what we don’t know, to understand what we don’t understand, or to have an edge on anyone else. And this is oddly both disconcerting and freeing.

No Excuses: You Can Seek Help

By Sarah Fader on February 18, 2015 in Panic Life
There are no excuses; get help now.

Dealing With Trolls: Walk Away

By Sarah Fader on February 17, 2015 in Panic Life
How do deal with trolls online.

Why Is it so Hard to Stop People Pleasing?

People pleasing is not just a habit; it's an identity.

Cursing is F**king Cathartic

By Sarah Fader on February 16, 2015 in Panic Life
Cursing is catharic.

Words vs. Actions

By Robert Evans Wilson Jr. on February 16, 2015 in The Main Ingredient
When someone, whom we consider to be an authority, tells us something - good or bad - about ourselves, we accept it and make it part of our internal belief system. ... And, then there are actions...

Digging Deep Can Make You Happy

By Laura Deutsch on February 13, 2015 in Memory Catcher
Studies by psychologists show what we writers always knew: writing can have a positive effect our health and happiness. In writing we dig deeper for the truth. We are curious about people and events, we explore without a destination. We may recast our experience, see regrets in a new light, see what we thought were failures as necessary steps on our path.

Feeling Guilty for Feeling Good

By Terri Cheney on February 12, 2015 in The Bipolar Lens
It's okay in the midst of great suffering to smile now and then.

Partisan Politics - Part Three

Americans have lost a good deal of confidence the present political system and in themselves as well.

Diagnosis: Cooties

How do I explain to a 9-year-old why her new friend can't come over to play? Why does Amanda' mom think there's something wrong with our two-mom family -- something so wrong it might infect her child?

Antidepressants and Weight Gain

Weight gain has long been associated with antidepressant medication. Evidence, in fact, suggests that while serotonergic changes from antidepressants aid in reducing depressive symptoms, they actually aggravate weight gain by increasing carbohydrate cravings. The irony is cruel, but the opportunity for healing is compelling. Read more here.

Bipolar Coming Between Brothers

By Victoria Maxwell on February 09, 2015 in Crazy for Life
It's hard to watch a relationship become estranged. And even harder when you don't know what the future holds. I cannot predict the future, but I have seen horribly wounded relationships return to loving caring ones (including my own). Here are four tips that may help start the healing journey.