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Escapades of a bipolar princess.
A Personal Perspective: Food can be a source of pleasure and comfort. It can be a source of struggle. For others, like me, it was both.
I have a great therapist. Andie. Hard-Ass Andie, that’s what I call her. All my previous therapists had a nurturing style. But Andie doesn’t. Thank God.
A Personal Perspective: Advice from my older self to my younger one would have made my path a little less fraught.
A Personal Perspective: I can't let this depression and ticker-tape of doomsday thinking sidetrack me. I’m in India, to see a teacher, to find peace.
Whenever I wake up with "morning anxiety"—and its ticker tape of doomsday thinking that accompanies it—here's what I do.
Here's why recovery messages and hope are so important.
A Personal Perspective: The paradox is the more willing I am to feel and be gently curious about my unpleasant feelings, the more like they will settle and calm a bit.
In the present moment, there's a chance to find some peace—even if only momentarily. The more you practice this technique, the more often and easily you can discover some calm.
A culture of mental health starts at the top of organizations, and nothing is more powerful than a leader sharing personal struggles with mental health.
My life goes better when there’s some structure in it. My real low points occurred when there wasn’t enough. If you can relate, and have bipolar disorder, you're not alone.
Depression by nature creates a dangerous cradle of meaninglessness. In my quest to recapture that fleeting but pivotal peak experience, I sought the guidance of a guru.
When the Tasmanian Devil of anxiousness runs amok in my internal landscape, some breathing strategies just don’t cut it. This one does.
All of us are born natural "belly-breathers," but as we age and stress affects us, we become chest-breathers.
In October 1991, I had my first (of several) psychotic episodes and landed in the psych ward. The following February, I was on a plane to India to sit with a guru.
Part II of II: Spiritual experiences are part of the bipolar disorder I live with, particularly mania and psychosis. Depression, not so much. Funny that.
My mental illness (perhaps like some other people’s) is a big yarn ball of psychotic and spiritual experiences. I’m trying to tease them apart; make sense of them.
Slaying our sacred cows is one way to heal with humor. My reasons to go back to the psych ward: the drugs are better, I get more rest and I don’t have to clean the toilet.
Uncertainty has always been part of life, but with COVID, there’s more ambiguity than ever. These four tools and strategies can help reduce anxiety.
On a date, you can't casually say, "No, I don’t know how to ice skate, but I have had three psychotic breaks." Well, you can, but I wouldn't recommend it.
This year has been one gigantic sh*% show. To maintain my sanity, I've been using one of my favorite and most effective strategies to help with stress and anxiety.
Imposter syndrome feels like a gummy fear slithering around my internal landscape whispering, “You don’t belong here. They’re going to find out you don't know anything."
I’m writing a book. As I write it, I’m going to, from time to time, share excerpts with you.
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.
Victoria Maxwell is a playwright, actor, and lecturer on her 'lived' experiences of bipolar disorder, anxiety, psychosis and recovery.