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Escapades of a bipolar princess.
Because of my dad and the change in him that I witnessed, I was inspired to support MOSAIC, a non-profit that serves newcomers helping them succeed and overcome discrimination.
Guess what? I haven’t been wasting my time watching cute animal videos afterall. Science shows viewing cute images of animals can boost mood, improve focus and even productivity.
I want to be an effective non-optical ally, not just someone who tweets a hashtag. I have a lot to learn.
Knowledge is power, they say. Getting accurate information about anxiety, how it works, and the tips to increase "uncertainty tolerance" can be anxiety-reducing in itself.
I’m excited to pass along this new workplace mental health resource I’ve discovered: the evidence-based 'Workplace Mental Health Playbook for Business Leaders.'
For years I tried to manage without help from the medical system. I put up all the clichéd roadblocks: I don’t trust big pharma, doctors just want to push their agenda and their pills.
Rob Osman, who has struggled with social anxiety and depression, created a dog walking group for guys to gab about their feelings and struggles (if they so choose).
The following COVID-19 "silver linings" might not be relevant to you—but I offer them in the spirit of kindness and support.
When perfectionism is running roughshod all over me and my mind, one way I manage it is by creating my own mantras. Here are my current “progress-not-perfection” prompts.
True stories may be the most powerful stories there are.
Recovery is possible. Recovery should be the expectation. There is still reason to hope. There are solutions, though the road may be arduous.
Think of moments of joy like moments of silence – but without the focus on dead people. Personal, brief and meaningful.
Perfectionism can become a destructive live-in monster. Here are nine tips to begin to let go of perfectionistic tendencies.
Until recently, I never identified as someone who went through childhood trauma. Ron Doctor’s definition describes trauma in a new light.
Here are questions and approaches my family, psychiatrist, other health professionals and my friends could have used to help me become more aware and more accepting of my illness.
Distraction is an underrated coping strategy. It gives me a focus other than my rumination. It’s important for me to choose the "right" kind of music, however.
What is wabi-sabi? Contrary to what I thought it was, it’s not related to wasabi or sushi. Though it is of Japanese origin.
I’ve been talking to strangers from foreign countries online. Wait. It’s not what you think.
When anxiety overwhelmed me the whole letting it be and noticing seemed like a really bad idea. Until I listened to a podcast reminding me of 1 paramount ingredient I'd forgotten.
A chronic mental health condition is like addiction. Even when well managed, its presence is still felt in the relationship.
Mental illness and spiritual awakening are not mutually exclusive.
The anxiety that needles my stomach and muddles my mind offers a way in for me to comprehend all those years when you fretted and paced and wrung your hands.
Besides good communication strategies, employers and co-workers need resources - these are some of the ones I recommend.
This is a strategy I’ve set up with my husband. It’s not a miracle solution, but it can help lessen the blows of bipolar disorder, psychosis, and anxiety that I live with.
Some of you know my story. Many don’t. Every experience is unique and equally valuable. Though our stories are ours alone, it always amazes me how similar our journeys can be.
A radio segment rings in the New Year by celebrating our unique messy lovely selves with a particular partiality on self-acceptance.
The following are ‘bon mots’ that I think are divine. I mean that literally. I believe, words and their authors are often supernaturally (in the good sense) inspired...
Each morning I dribble a little bird seed on the railing. The juncos gobble it up. I don’t have to do anything except watch. I get this happy, present-moment feeling seeing them.
Superfan Steve shows the big impact small but specific gestures of support can make. It’s this kind of social support that was key to my recovery from mental illness.
Effectively talking to someone who you think may be struggling with a mental health condition at work can be fiddly and unclear. O.A.R.S. makes it simple.
Victoria Maxwell is a playwright, actor, and lecturer on her 'lived' experiences of bipolar disorder, anxiety, psychosis and recovery.