Essential Reads

How to Be a Successful Writer

By Laura Deutsch on May 14, 2016 in Memory Catcher
Use phrases you like as prompts for freewrites. Reading one book, I noted “It reminded him of slicing a yam with a newly sharpened knife" and “Her oval face was smooth as an egg."

Depression and Mother's Day

Living with depression can make Mother's Day challenging.

Forest Fires: The Disasters That Keep On Taking

By Patricia Prijatel on May 07, 2016 in All Is Well
Living with the loss of the forest and with the charred ruins of our once-stately trees is living with a grief few understand, least of all us.

Amidst Pain, Soaring Together

By Ken Brack M.Ed. on April 27, 2016 in Unspeakable Gifts
Parents and families fresh in their grief are lifted by a surprising, and sometimes unthinkable source: others walking the same road

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My Pain Is as Real as Your Pain

By Sarah Fader on May 23, 2016 in Panic Life
We can learn from the XOJane article. There are people out there who think human beings who have mental illness are damaged, fundamentally flawed, broken and beyond help.

Catalyst for Creativity & Courage Booklist

By Victoria Maxwell on May 20, 2016 in Crazy for Life
You just may find that these books fortify your mettle so you forge forward in your creativity and your life.

Stop Fearing NLD

By Pia Savage on May 20, 2016 in Odd Girl In
When I learned about NLD I couldn't find any positive literature, or literature that fit me. The Facebook groups were wrong for me, also.

The Psychology of Enlightenment

One way to overcome, or at least mediate the pain inherent in life is to seek enlightenment. However, we often become entranced in the veneer of life, but yearn for something more.

Post-Traumatic Growth

Long before extensive research was done in this area, most of us were quite aware of the individuals that we had worked with who had actually grown and developed new skills.

Wiser After 40

By Pia Savage on May 11, 2016 in Odd Girl In
I thought I learned everything I needed to know for a successful life before I was 40. I didn't realize that I was laying the foundation for much more growth

What Are You Missing?

Sometimes our minds change the actual things we see to match our worldview.

Stop Calling People With Anxiety Needy

By Sarah Fader on May 10, 2016 in Panic Life
You deserve to be loved. You are important. Ask for what you need until you get it. You are not needy. You are a beautiful human.

My Favorite Self-Help Author Isn’t a Self-Help Author at All

By Anna David on May 06, 2016 in After Party Chat
I used to passionately follow the wisdom of people like Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson and Byron Katie. But now I've started to learn the most from a former hedge fund manager.

Why I Stay Compliant on My Medication

By Terri Cheney on May 05, 2016 in The Bipolar Lens
Compromise is a major side effect.

Does Your Job Put You At Risk For Terrorist Acts?

You work for a company that contracts with the U.S. government to provide services to the military. Your boss decided that he wants you to travel to the Middle East, to Baghdad.
Andrea Mathews

How to Let It Go

Letting go is not the same as trying to make oneself stop thinking about it. And while there's not a five-step, easy-peasy plan for letting go, we can learn how to do it.

On This Anniversary Of My Father's Death

Today, April 24, 2016 is the 3rd anniversary of my father’s death. He died after spending 10 days in Cavalry Hospital in the Bronx, NY which is devoted to palliative care.

I Tried Cryotherapy as a Treatment for Depression

By Anna David on April 22, 2016 in After Party Chat
Every week for two months, I went into a freezing cold chamber for two minutes because studies showed that this could help with depression. But did it work?

The Fear of Terrorism

Terrorism is about instilling fear, restricting peoples’ lives, creating stress. If you are unable to control your fear, you basically are giving the terrorists what they seek.

You're So Selfish

Self-centered behavior is natural, but is detrimental to interpersonal relationships and an impediment to personal growth. Awareness can lead to using it to one's advantage.

Men Grieve Baby Loss Differently But No Less Accutely

By Tara Shafer on April 13, 2016 in To Begin Again
Perinatal loss strains and sometimes ends relationships. This does not have to be the way of it. We can do better to support men in grief - and families overall.

Confessions of a Mr. Mom

My Dad passed away when I was 19; it was a loss that would deeply influence every aspect of my being a parent.
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Asthma and Migraines Are Painful, but Depression Hurts More.

I’ve been struggling with my physical health — migraines and asthma to be specific and the combined fight has been taking a toll on my energy so I haven't been posting.

How I Learned to Work Through My Issues

By Anna David on April 06, 2016 in After Party Chat
Turns out that sobriety, while the beginning of my road to peace and happiness, wasn’t the entire trip.

Presidential Politics: That's Entertainment

We can enjoy the entertainment value of this political season, yet I would encourage us not to ignore it. What is happening is serious business.
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Therapy and Spiritual Abuse

How can we establish a real connection to a divine entity if we don't even know who we are?

Coming Back from Depression

By Terri Cheney on April 03, 2016 in The Bipolar Lens
The greatest happiness on earth is the absence of pain.

Mental Health Stigma Is Evaporating (Allegedly, Anyway)

By Anna David on April 01, 2016 in After Party Chat
According to CNN, the stigma against mental health seems to be shifting. But accepting something's important and not judging it aren't exactly the same.

A Place Where There is Absolutely Nothing to Do

By Judith Fein on April 01, 2016 in Life Is a Trip
What happens if you are in a place where there is nothing to do.

Gratitude

By Laura Deutsch on March 31, 2016 in Memory Catcher
I was the queen of negativity. Then I started sending a friend three things a day I was grateful for. Amazingly, my attitude changed.

How to Be a Successful Writer

By Laura Deutsch on March 31, 2016 in Memory Catcher
All writers love to read, right? Reading a lot is one of the secrets to becoming a successful writer. This article tells how I do it.

Confessions of an Addiction and Recovery Writer

By Anna David on March 26, 2016 in After Party Chat
In the middle of a coke-binge, you don’t think you’ll be telling audiences about your addiction one day, let alone focusing your entire career on the topic.

Dealing With Death

Finding the purpose and the meaning of our lives is something that often comes up when we have lost someone close to us.

I Went Off My Meds to Be More Spiritual

By Victoria Maxwell on March 20, 2016 in Crazy for Life
Well ok – let me qualify that. I reduced my meds.See there’s always been this niggling feeling if I could just reduce & eventually not take any medication I would be better off.