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5 Tips for Dealing with Guilt

 

Guilt has an incredible way of popping up even when we’re barely doing anything at all. Most of us learn guilt throughout normal childhood development. Guilt clues us in when...

Psychology Around the Net: May 18, 2019

 

Could establishing a stronger life purpose help you maintain a healthier lifestyle? Which mental health concern is your state most interested in (and does it apply to you)? What’s the...

Sign our Letter to the G7 Today to Make a Difference for Youth Mental Health

 

Join Us: #ChangeDirection Want to make a difference in youth mental health? Sign on now to drive global collective action for youth mental health, as we petition G7 Leaders to make...

Best of Our Blogs: May 17, 2019

 

How do you end something that’s not serving you? It’s one thing to get rid of a toxic relationship or the unhealthy workplace. But how do you let go of...

How Our Brains & Guts Work Together for Mental Health

 

Ten years ago, if you had asked a neuroscientist are we on the right path to understanding the inner workings of the brain, she probably would’ve gave a hearty “Yes!”...

Podcast: Humanizing the Patient Experience

 

Being hospitalized for any reason is never a fun time, but there are some instances where it can be a harrowing experience. This is especially true for psychiatric patients, who...

‘At Least You Don’t Have…’ How to Be Supportive of Someone with Chronic Illness

 

I was speaking with someone recently who has a series of chronic and painful conditions; some of which are noticeable and some ‘invisible’. What is particularly distressful is that people...

Common Signs of Someone Who May Be Suicidal

 

About 70 percent of people who commit suicide give some sort of verbal or nonverbal clue about their intention to end their life. That means you could be in a...

Best of Our Blogs: May 14, 2019

 

I haven’t watched the movie yet, but when I heard Kelly Clarkson’s song, “Broken and Beautiful” from Ugly Dolls, I thought it was so touching and moving that I wanted to post it...

Dying for the Ultimate Selfie: We’re Really Bad at Accurately Assessing Risk

 

Selfies are the journaling of our time. We take them everywhere we go, not only to remind our future selves of things we’ve done, but to also broadcast to the...

Podcast: Social Anxiety, Delusions, Rejection, and Mental Illness!

 

 Most people suffer from certain social anxieties. Just the idea of speaking in front of a crowd can make otherwise confident people break into a nervous sweat. Fear of...

How to Master the Art of Resiliency

 

You may have encountered someone who during a crisis just seems to rise above it all, wondering how evasive and elusive this all seems to you. The good news is...

What People Don’t Know About Introverts and Extroverts

 

When you characterize someone as an introvert, you are most likely referring to behaviors that seem quiet and withdrawn. We think of introverts as shy and anti-social, preferring to be...

When Your Anxiety Doesn’t Have a Trigger

 

It’s very common for Kristin Bianchi’s clients to tell her that they’re feeling anxious, but they’re not sure why. They say they recently haven’t experienced anything particularly stressful or anxiety...

5 Ways to Build Confidence & Reliability in Leadership

 

  Self-confidence is a cornerstone of effective leadership. What makes a good leader? And how confident are you, especially when it comes to your judgment and abilities in the face...

‘At Least You Don’t Have…’ How to Be Supportive of Someone with Chronic Illness

 

I was speaking with someone recently who has a series of chronic and painful conditions; some of which are noticeable and some ‘invisible’. What is particularly distressful is that people...

Common Signs of Someone Who May Be Suicidal

 

About 70 percent of people who commit suicide give some sort of verbal or nonverbal clue about their intention to end their life. That means you could be in a...

Dying for the Ultimate Selfie: We’re Really Bad at Accurately Assessing Risk

 

Selfies are the journaling of our time. We take them everywhere we go, not only to remind our future selves of things we’ve done, but to also broadcast to the...

Podcast: Social Anxiety, Delusions, Rejection, and Mental Illness!

 

 Most people suffer from certain social anxieties. Just the idea of speaking in front of a crowd can make otherwise confident people break into a nervous sweat. Fear of...

When Your Anxiety Doesn’t Have a Trigger

 

It’s very common for Kristin Bianchi’s clients to tell her that they’re feeling anxious, but they’re not sure why. They say they recently haven’t experienced anything particularly stressful or anxiety...

Small Things I Do Every Day to Manage My Depression

 

Some days you feel well, and other days, darkness envelopes you. You feel achingly sad, or you feel absolutely nothing. You’re exhausted, and every task feels too big to start....

Preventing Youth Suicide: Strategies That Work

 

American children are taking their own lives at an alarming rate. Over 7 percent of high school students say they engaged in non-fatal suicidal behavior, while 17 percent say they...

Podcast: Does Sleeping Alleviate Mental Illness Symptoms?

 

 Not getting enough sleep impacts every single person. It makes us irritable, slows our reflexes, and reduces our ability to think and reason. When a person is sick or...

I Believe It’s Possible to Fully Recover from an Eating Disorder

 

When I first started struggling with food and body image at eight years old, I was convinced it would be a lifelong struggle. My days were spent getting on and...

What I Want Someone Who’s Overwhelmed with Their Mood Disorder to Know

 

You have depression, or bipolar disorder. And on some days, you feel like you’re treading water—at best. You’re tired of struggling. You’re tired of regularly feeling tired. You’re angry that...

Body Dysmorphic Disorder’s Impact on Kids Today

 

The teenage years are hard on kids’ sense of identity and self-esteem, especially as their bodies and minds are changing and growing at a rapid rate. As a parent, it...

Mental Illness Deniers Are as Dangerous as Climate Change Deniers

 

Back in the mid-80’s, I was one of a few, fortunate psychiatrists in Massachusetts in charge of administering the just-released atypical antipsychotic medication clozapine. In our clinic, its use was...

Overcoming Trauma Is Possible – with Help

 

When you see news accounts of people experiencing traumatic events, shootings, violent or sexual assaults, kidnappings, accidents, fires, drowning and more, it may seem both commonplace and far removed at...

Small Things I Do Every Day to Manage My Bipolar Disorder

 

Living with bipolar disorder can feel overwhelming. Maybe you’re tired of the ups and downs of different episodes—the soaring energy, the debilitating fatigue, the racing I-need-to-do-everything-and-I-need-to-do-it-now thoughts, and the dark,...

How an Innovative Therapy Technique Made Me Feel like a Superhero When I Was at My Worst

 

“Take another deep breath, hold it, and let yourself feel like you’re drifting and floating.” The voice overtook me as I felt my body slip into that weightless feeling between...

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