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Podcast: What’s So Inspirational About a Bipolar and a Schizophrenic?

 Throughout our lives, we are inspired by many people, from our parents to our teachers to celebrities to great thinkers of the past and present. And sometimes, we find ourselves being an inspiration for others. Also, sometimes, this fact surprises us. In this episode, Gabe and Michelle talk about both being inspired by others and how it feels to be an inspiration to others.   SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW “In the right light, all of us are fantastic. In the right light, we all suck.”...
Tags: A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast, Bipolar, Inspiration & Hope, Schizophrenia, Success & Achievement


‘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 sometimes say to her, “At least you don’t have cancer.” How dismissive is that? I know they are trying to help her feel better about what she does have and perhaps even attempt to minimize the impact, but it is not compassionate or helpful. There are diagnoses such as fibromyalgia, lupus, diabetes, arthrit...
Tags: Psychology, Personal, Lyme Disease, Chronic Illness, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Inspiration & Hope, Health-related, Lupus, Lyme, Peer Support, Arthritis, Neuropathy


Are You a New Mom Struggling with Scary, Shame-Inducing Thoughts?

You recently had a baby, and everyone keeps saying that you must be in sheer and utter bliss. Clearly, you’re captivated by your bundle of joy. You must be enamored and in absolute love. I bet you’re just walking on cloud nine. You finally have what you’ve always wanted. Life is complete now, isn’t it? you hear. And all you want to do is cry (or scream) in their face. Because that’s not how you feel. And those aren’t the thoughts running through your mind. Instead, you keep thinking that you’ve ...
Tags: Psychology, Books, General, Parenting, Self-help, Women's Issues, Mental Health And Wellness, Inspiration & Hope


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. You feel weighed down, as though there are sandbags attached to your shoulders. Managing the symptoms of depression can be hard. But even the smallest steps taken every day (or on most days) can make a significant difference. Below, you’ll learn how five different women live with depression on a daily basis, and the small...
Tags: Psychology, General, New York City, Habits, Disorders, Self-help, Depression, Carrier, Hudson, Central Park, Self-compassion, Mental Health And Wellness, Inspiration & Hope, Self Care, Thomas, Blackman


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 your to-do list just keeps getting longer and longer. You’re angry that you have to deal with so much darkness day in and day out. Some days are just hard. Some days you feel so overwhelmed. It is on these days that you probably feel like the only person on the planet who’s struggling with persistent sympto...
Tags: Psychology, General, Disorders, Self-help, Depression, Bipolar, Mood Disorder, Inspiration & Hope, Overwhelm, Thomas, National Alliance, Blackman, Laughlin, Peer Support, Fiona Thomas, Kea Blackman


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 the same time. The fact that the news tends to sensationalize such terrible events might numb you to the magnitude of the trauma these victims endured. But when it happens to you, you’re stunned, frozen with fear, totally unprepared. The aftermath leaves you deeply scarred, physically, psyc...
Tags: Psychology, Time, Support, Personal, Ptsd, Trauma, Inspiration & Hope, Trauma Therapy, Long Road Back, Traumatic Experience


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, decelerated, bleak thoughts. Maybe you’re exhausted from struggling with an especially stubborn and deep depression, which makes it tough to concentrate on anything, and feels like you’re walking through a river of waist-high molasses in a fog. Managing bip...
Tags: Psychology, General, Disorders, Self-help, Bipolar, Bipolar Disorder, Self-compassion, Mental Health And Wellness, Mood Disorder, Inspiration & Hope, Self Care, Manic Episode, Brown, Arlington, Gamble, Boardman


25 Quotes to Foster Emotional Resilience

“I ask not for a lighter burden, but broader shoulders,” says a Jewish proverb. That is the essence of emotional resilience … broader shoulders. We can’t control what illness we are diagnosed with, what tragedies come our way, or how many disappointments we will run into in our day. However, we can control how we face adversity of all kind: the big whoppers that feel as though they are sealing our fate and that we will never ever breathe fresh air again, and the inconveniences and frustrations ...
Tags: Psychology, Inspiration, Self-help, Self-esteem, Resilience, Albert Camus, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope, Herman Melville, Coping Skills, Marcel Proust, Beatrix Potter, Louisa May Alcott, Helen Keller, Albert Schweitzer


6 Inspiring Books That Will Lift Your Mood

Losing yourself in the pages of a riveting novel or memoir is a legitimate form of therapy. Even better is coming away from the characters and the story with a renewed purpose and sense of hope. John Green, one of my favorite authors, said “Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.” I think that’s true especially for people who struggle with depression and anxiety or some other chronic illness that is stigmatized in our culture. Between the covers of a book, we find a n...
Tags: Psychology, Motivation, Books, Inspiration, Reading, Self-help, Santiago, Amsterdam, Shakespeare, Eddie, John Green, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope, Julius Caesar, Jonathan


How Writers Write About Heartbreaking Things and Care for Themselves in the Process

For more than 20 years, Mary Cregan wanted to write her recently published memoir The Scar: A Personal History of Depression and Recovery, but she felt that she couldn’t. It’s primarily because she wasn’t ready to face the exposure required to be so honest about such a devastating, difficult part of her life. Because that’s the thing about writing: We let readers into our innermost thoughts and feelings, into our souls, and that can be scary. We tackle topics we’d never bring up with a ...
Tags: Psychology, Books, General, Writing, Habits, Disorders, Vulnerability, Creativity, Stigma, Hemingway, Mental Health And Wellness, Inspiration & Hope, Sweeney, Goldberg, Heartbreak, Blum


Looking for the Light When There’s Darkness

“ There is mud, and there is the lotus that grows out of the mud. We need the mud in order to make the lotus.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh Over the past few years, many of us in the helping professions have noticed an emotional shift that feels like a sense of gloom hanging over much of our universe. Many factors have no doubt contributed to these feelings, such as personal, political, environmental, and global issues. Some people have found themselves harboring a deep sense of darkness or nega...
Tags: Psychology, California, Happiness, Mindfulness, Self-help, Oakland, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope, Thich Nhat Hanh, Carl Jung, Barbara, Lotus Berkeley


Free Mom Hugs: How a Mother’s Love for Her Son Turned into a Revolution

Sometimes the spiritual dark night of the soul can bring forth radiance that emanates from the individual experiencing it and gets carried out into the world and inspires others. Sara Cunningham from Oklahoma found herself in such a dilemma. Her religious upbringing was devoutly Christian. She felt she lived it in all aspects of her life. Then her beloved son Parker came out to her as a Gay man. She was in a tailspin,  as she attempted to reconcile those two realities. As a result of many...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Parenting, Interview, Support, Personal, Gay, Transgender, Spirituality, Homosexuality, Christianity, Lgbtq, Oklahoma, Discrimination, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bisexual


7 Women Who Inspire Me

Proverbs 13:20 says, “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.” In other words, hang with the winners. A few months ago, my therapist gave me the assignment to think about the wise women in my life, warriors who had persevered through difficulties in their lives to emerge as stronger figures, examples of resilience who could serve as my teachers. I went even further and interviewed each one, asking them about the force or philosophy behind their strength. The ...
Tags: Psychology, Nike, Self-help, Bob Dylan, New Jersey, Bob, Women's Issues, Kesha, Meetup, Central America, Tolkien, Johns Hopkins, Mental Health And Wellness, Inspiration & Hope, Mother Teresa, Rose


25 Inspiring Quotes on Embracing Your True Self

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” It is also the greatest struggle, in my opinion, to leave at the door the sentiments and expectations of others and lead with your truth. Lately I’ve looked for inspiration in the words of others to help me resist the urge to become an imitation of someone else and to embrace the person I am. Here are some of my favorite quotes. 1. Embrace the glorious...
Tags: Psychology, Steve Jobs, Self-help, Self-esteem, Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde, Perfectionism, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope, Eleanor Roosevelt, Judy Garland, Don, Elizabeth Gilbert, Ralph Waldo Emerson


What It Means to Be a Mental Health Advocate—And How to Become One

Over the years, the stigma surrounding mental illness has significantly decreased. One of the biggest reasons? Mental health advocates. These are the individuals who tirelessly share their stories in all sorts of ways. They remind us that we’re not alone in our struggles—and there is real, tangible hope and healing. They shatter stereotypes and myths about mental illness, helping the public see that people with mental illness are just people. As Jennifer Marshall said, “By showing th...
Tags: Psychology, General, Youtube, Suicide, Love, Disorders, Self-help, Treatment, Policy and advocacy, Psychotherapy, North Carolina, Kennedy, Stigma, Mental Health And Wellness, Inspiration & Hope, Marshall


Why Therapy Is Actually Cool

When we start going to the gym, start taking a replenishing yoga class, start drinking more water, start taking a multivitamin, start going to an acupuncturist or a massage therapist, we can’t wait to shout it from the rooftops. In other words, when we do something for our physical health, we’re proud, excited, inspired and empowered. We feel great about our decision, and we want to tell everyone. But how often do we beam with pride or happily shout that we’re going to therapy? How many ...
Tags: Psychology, General, Happiness, Psychotherapy, Stigma, Mental Health And Wellness, Inspiration & Hope, Health-related, Walnut Creek Calif, Iglesia, Christina Iglesia Psy


When Faith Alone Can’t Heal Depression

There is no question that religion and spirituality can help pull us out of darkness and provide the hope and inspiration that is needed to persevere through despair. Several studies over the last decade have confirmed the positive role of faith in recovery from depression. How Faith Helps Depression A 2016 study from the University of Utah School of Medicine demonstrated how religious and spiritual experiences activate the brain reward circuits. In the study 19 young-adult Mormon church mem...
Tags: Psychology, General, Research, Depression, Spirituality, Faith, Jesus, Sam, Stigma, Jesus Christ, Miller, Mental Health And Wellness, Brain And Behavior, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope, Lifeway


The Power of Creativity in Helping Us to (Kind of) Cope

The intensity of Maureen “Marzi” Wilson’s anxiety varies day to day. Some days, it’s a “mild uneasiness,” a nagging feeling that she’s forgotten something important. “Other days, it’s closer to terror, a horrible premonition that something catastrophic is imminent,” she said. The outward expression varies, too. Sometimes, she fidgets. Other times, she’s “sitting in the corner of a closet wrapped in a blanket.” Because “some days are harder than others,” she said. Wilson has been strugg...
Tags: Psychology, Books, General, Disorders, Stress, Self-help, Anxiety, Creativity, Wilson, Mental Health And Wellness, Anxiety And Panic, Inspiration & Hope, Coping Skills, Overwhelm, Emotion Regulation, Marzi


4 Strategies to Foster Self-Compassion

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” ~ Quote often attributed to Buddha Nurturing self-compassion is by far the most difficult part of my recovery from depression because the self-hater is loudest when my mood dips, charging me to try harder, be tougher, and comparing ...
Tags: Psychology, Books, General, Happiness, Vulnerability, Personal, Austin, Self-help, Resilience, Shame, Perfectionism, Personal Growth, Self-compassion, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope


The True Meaning of Regret, According to Science

Everyone has regrets, but you always imagine that those regrets revolve around action you took and the mistakes you believe you’ve made. We focus so much on the decisions we make in the moment, wondering if we made the wrong choice in hindsight, but a recent study published in the journal  Emotion indicates that the old adage still rings true: it’s not the things you do in life that you regret, it’s the things you don’t  do. In a  study entitled “The Ideal Road Not Taken,” Corn...
Tags: Psychology, Regret, Research, Cornell, Worry, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope, Success & Achievement, Rumination, Gilovich, Tom Gilovich, Irene Blecker Rosenfeld, Davidai S Gilovich


Feeling Completely and Utterly Alone Because You Have a Mental Illness? This Can Help

You have a mental illness, and you feel incredibly alone. Intellectually, you know that you are one of millions of people who also have a mental illness—people who also have depression or an anxiety disorder or bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. You know that you’re not the only person on this planet to be in pain. But it doesn’t matter. Because it looks like everyone around you is just fine. You’re the only one who has a hard time getting out of bed, who feels overwhelmed by everything, no matt...
Tags: Psychology, General, New York City, Support, Disorders, Self-help, Mental Illness, Loneliness, Stigma, Inspiration & Hope, Chapman, Louisville Kentucky, Saenz Sierzega, Chandler Ariz, Irvine Calif, Kingman


12 Ways to Keep Going with Depression

About once a week I hear the same question from a reader, “What keeps you going?” The short answer is lots of things. I use a variety of tools to persevere through my struggle with depression because what works on one day doesn’t the next. I have to break some hours into 15-minute intervals and simply put one foot in front of another, doing the thing that is right in front of me and nothing else. I write this post for the person who is experiencing debilitating symptoms of depression. The follow...
Tags: Psychology, Motivation, Facebook, Europe, New York, Sleep, France, Spain, Personal, Self-help, Depression, Santiago, Santiago De Compostela, Stress Reduction, God, Brussels


A Life Worth Living: How to Find and Follow Your Meaning

If you’d like to know how to decrease depression, alleviate anxiety, and live an all-around better life, there is a simple answer. The good news, too, is that it doesn’t entail any kind of medication, money, or treatment modalities. Simply put, it’s about making decisions based on what’s truly meaningful, essentially what makes both your inner world and the outer world a better place. Similar to discovering your mission and following your passion, consciously pursuing your own personal mean...
Tags: Psychology, Self-help, Self-esteem, Meaningful Life, Grief And Loss, Inspiration & Hope, Cari, Existential Dilemma, Lightner, Purposeful Life, Lightener


30 Healing Quotes on Self-Forgiveness

Just as mantras are helpful for me to process emotions, so are quotes. I often turn to them for wisdom and inspiration. The following sound bytes have been especially helpful in trying to learn how to forgive myself. Like most people I know, I judge my own indiscretions with a different standard than those of others. While I can often separate the kindness of a loved one from the wrong she did, I make no such distinction for myself. I become my mistake. The words of the following writers, phil...
Tags: Psychology, Self-help, Self-esteem, Spirituality, Mcgill, Forgiveness, Maya Angelou, Perfectionism, Self-compassion, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope, Inspirational Quotes, Buddha, Rumi, Tara Brach


Volunteer – It’s Good for You

The nightly news on TV, posts on Facebook, and articles in our local newspapers give us plenty to feel down about every day. More people are struggling financially and emotionally. The threat of violence has become a constant shadow. Addictions are up. Help for the addicted is down. The general social safety net seems to be getting more tattered by the day. It’s understandable to feel helpless in the face of it all. Compassion fatigue, disconnecting emotionally from so much suffering, can set...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, General, Activism, Isolation, Charity, Habits, Happiness, Compassion, Self-help, Depression, Volunteer, London School Of Economics, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Carnegie Mellon, Mental Health And Wellness


Dancing in the Rain: On Becoming More Emotionally Resilient

During the first half of my life, I tried to find THE solution to my depression and anxiety — a cure that would forever eradicate my symptoms. I was a gullible consumer of dogmatic books and advice promising Nirvana: by balancing my gut bacteria, by committing to a daily meditation practice, by taking fish oil and vitamin D, or by sweating out my toxins through hot yoga six times a week. While those are all pieces of my recovery program today, none of them alone provided the answer. After years ...
Tags: Psychology, England, New York, Friends, Habits, Stress, Mindfulness, Self-help, New York Times, Patience, Perfectionism, Self-compassion, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope, Self-worth


The Value of Our Mistakes

None of us like to fail. But some of us find it especially difficult to rebound from a mistake. We beat ourselves up for months, even years, rehashing our blunder. We ruminate about what we could have done differently. We are stuck on what we lost. However, with time, we often discover that our failures are packed full of blessings, that our errors open doors to surprising opportunities. Even if they don’t lead us to fame and fortune, our mistakes make us better people. April Fool’s! Or Not T...
Tags: Psychology, Apple, Steve Jobs, Self-help, Harvard University, Oprah, Baltimore, Perfectionism, Walt Disney, Stanford University, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope, Success & Achievement, Rowling, Helen Keller


A Real Dose of Hope When You’re Feeling Hopeless

You’re trying to find a job, and after way too many interviews, you’re still unemployed. You’ve had a string of awful dates, and you’re convinced that you’ll never find your person. You’ve repeatedly asked your spouse to work less or spend less or drink less and after promising to make a change, they still haven’t. You have depression, and nothing seems to be helping. And, so, you feel hopeless. And you assume that this feeling of hopelessness carries with it some significant truth: your circ...
Tags: Psychology, Books, General, California, Disorders, Stress, Self-help, Depression, Treatment, Self-esteem, Voice, Allan, Mental Health And Wellness, Inspiration & Hope, Boyd, Vancouver Canada


8 Ways to Hear Your Own Voice

For the last 12 years, I have kept a binder full of advice from friends and mental health professionals. After every doctor’s visit or coffee date, I would scribble down notes of what they said so that I could access their words when I needed them. Similarly, I kept a self-esteem file, full of positive comments from readers and loving notes from friends to pump me up when I needed reassurance and validation that I was a decent person who ought to stick around. We all need to rely on doctors, ps...
Tags: Psychology, Mindfulness, Self-help, Personal Growth, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope, Rumi, Eckhart Tolle, Present Moment, Mindfuless-Based Stress Reduction, Ways to Hear Your Own Voice


How Practicing Compassion May Help You Feel Better

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” — Aesop Think about the most disagreeable person you know or ever met. This might even be you on one or more occasions. If you ask people who are a little rough around the edges, those individuals who seem gruff, know-it-all, smug, superior and can’t be bothered, they’d likely say they don’t need anyone else. While compassion is an admirable and fairly basic trait, some of us either lack it (we’re short on empathy) or could use a l...
Tags: Psychology, Happiness, Compassion, Self-help, Self-esteem, Self-compassion, Inspiration & Hope, Association for Psychological Science, York University, University of York, Aesop Think