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The Health Benefits of Staying Organized: An Interview With John Linden

Ever since I moved into my very own office — away from the dirty laundry and magazine piles of my home office in the bedroom — I’ve been studying the relationship between space and productivity/mood. As I organize my files, hang paintings, and eliminate the first threats of clutter, I am paying special attention to what promotes health and creativity and what destroys it. Interior designer John Linden knows this subject well. He is a nationally recognized designer of mirrors and other wall décor...
Tags: Psychology, Productivity, General, Organization, Stanford, Self-help, John, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Interior, Marie, Kondo, Therese Borchard, John Linden


When Your Recovery Is Frustratingly Slow

It seems like you’ve been ill forever. For weeks, maybe months, it has felt like a major effort to do life. On a good day, you might muddle through. On not so good days, it’s hard to get out of bed, much less shower or get to work. Major mental illness has knocked you down and out. Worse, it seems like you aren’t getting any better. Hold onto the fact that long term studies have shown that most people diagnosed with even the most severe forms of mental illness at least get relief from s...
Tags: Psychology, Sweden, Sleep, Recovery, Mental Health And Wellness, Medications, NIMH


Don’t Force Gratitude

In his book What Happy People Know, Dan Baker argues that you can’t be in a state of appreciation and fear, or anxiety, at the same time. He explains: During active appreciation the threatening messages from your amygdala [fear center of the brain] and the anxious instincts of your brainstem are cut off, suddenly and surely, from access to your brain’s neocortex, where they can fester, replicate themselves, and turn your stream of thoughts into a cold river of dread. It is a fact of neurology th...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Happiness, Personal, Self-help, Depression, Arkansas, Oprah, Baker, Mental Health And Wellness, Brain And Behavior, Rutherford, Dan Baker, Margaret Rutherford, University of California in Berkeley


Does Calling Depression an Illness Worsen Stigma?

I plead guilty to expounding on the biochemical vulnerabilities and abnormalities in neural wiring of depression to make the case that it is a legitimate illness alongside lupus, breast cancer, or psoriatic arthritis. I thought I was doing a good thing by quoting experts like Peter Kramer, M.D, who believes that because depression can be associated with the loss of volume in parts of the brain, it is the “most devastating disease known to mankind.” My intention, like so many other mental health ...
Tags: Psychology, General, Research, Mental Health, Self-help, Depression, Treatment, Psychiatry, Mental Illness, Stereotypes, Stigma, Joe, Mental Health And Wellness, Brain And Behavior, Mood Disorder, Hahn


6 Good Reasons to Laugh More

It’s been 40 years since Norman Cousins published his classic An Anatomy of an Illness, in which he documents curing himself with a high dose of vitamin C and a continuous stream of humorous films. Since then research has further established the medicinal benefits of laughter, helping everything from Alzheimer’s disease and allergies to backaches and muscle cramping. Following one of his studies on the benefits of laughter, Dr. Michael Miller said he envisioned a time when physicians might rec...
Tags: Psychology, General, South Park, Time, Happiness, Research, Stress, Fun, Humor, Time Magazine, University of Oxford, Baltimore, Mental Health And Wellness, Health-related, Laughter, University of Maryland School of Medicine


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


Empower Your Inner Peacekeeper

Inner peace is the centerpiece of your soul. Stress is  a constant, a fact of life, a silent killer. These catchphrases grab our attention because, yep, they sound pretty stressful   —    as though we’d better put on our protective gear, grab our weapons, and prepare for combat… or else . No doubt, our daily exposure to the stress factor can make us feel like we’re in the trenches and quickly losing the war. And when stress eventually retreats, there we stand  –   bloodied and bruis...
Tags: Psychology, Stress, Mindfulness, Self-help, Tai Chi, Mental Health And Wellness, Health-related, Breathing Exercise, Overstimulation, Peace of Mind, Inner peace, Qigong, Zumba Boot Camp


Why We Don’t Perform at Our Best and How to Change That

Riley Jenkins, a consultant at an elite firm, prides herself on responding to her clients’ emails within an hour. She works every Saturday. She never takes a flight that doesn’t have internet access, so she can work (and of course attend to her inbox). She stays up late working on clients’ proposals. She always picks work over her personal life. And her face is always in her phone. But none of this makes her a star employee. And she doesn’t feel any more caught up. Instead, she constantly fe...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, General, Habits, Happiness, Stress, Self-help, Mental Health And Wellness, Industrial And Workplace, Success & Achievement, Riley, Laura Vanderkam, Vanderkam, Doug Lemov, Riley Jenkins


Mental Health within Athletics: The Invisible Competition

Imagine a common scenario, two athletes on the bench. One struggling with depression, and one recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon. Which seems more severe? Glaring social stigma points to the athlete with the physical injury. But mental illnesses are just as detrimental to performance. After battling depression my freshman year, and rupturing my Achilles during my sophomore year, I can declare firsthand that both setbacks are equally valid. Committing to Towson Univers...
Tags: Psychology, Students, Society, Ncaa, Mental Illness, Stigma, Publishers, Athletes, Mental Health And Wellness, Drexel University, Towson, Towson University, Kean University, Mental Health America, Collegiate Athletes, Physical Injury


Mental Health and Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis is defined as abnormally excessive sweating unrelated to heat or exercise. If you have this condition you might find yourself sweating so much that it soaks through your clothes or drips off your hands. Hands, feet, underarms and the face are areas that are typically affected, and the sweating usually occurs on both sides of the body. The most common form of hyperhidrosis is known as primary focal (essential) hyperhidrosis. The nerves responsible for signaling sweat glands be...
Tags: Psychology, Mental Health, Dehydration, Sweat, Mental Health And Wellness, Glaser, Sweating, Hyperhidrosis, International Hyperhidrosis Society, Dee Anna Glaser


Boiling Mad? It Might Not Be Anger After All

Sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar, as Freud may or may not have said. That is, sometimes anger is just anger. You’re annoyed or aggravated, because you’re genuinely annoyed or aggravated. But other times, anger sits on the surface while other emotions and past experiences swim underneath. According to Chris Boyd, a psychotherapist in Vancouver, these underlying emotions might include: “fear, shame, rejection, exhaustion, embarrassment, stress, disappointment, powerlessness, envy, sadness...
Tags: Psychology, General, Relationships, Stress, Self-help, Anger Management, Vancouver, Rochester, Anger, Frustration, Freud, Douglas, Mental Health And Wellness, Marriage And Divorce, Boyd, Chris Boyd


A Room of One’s Own: Why We Need Space and Quiet

Virginia Woolf believed that if a woman was to write fiction that she must have money and a room of her own. I would say the same for a mental health blogger or anyone in a creative field. Money can be hard to come by. But a creative soul should at least have a fort or office somewhere in her home or in the neighboring vicinity that is hers alone, where she can hang up a “Do Not Disturb” sign. A space to spread out notes and books and journals for days or months on end until the project is fini...
Tags: Psychology, Productivity, Family, General, Work Life Balance, Independence, Personal, Self-help, Creativity, Bob Dylan, Autonomy, Silence, Learned Helplessness, Virginia Woolf, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration


6 Mindfulness-Based Techniques to Help You Fall Asleep

You’re all-too familiar with the cracks and indentations of your bedroom ceiling. Because you’ve spent one-too-many sleepless nights staring at it. And staring. And staring. And staring some more. You likely don’t struggle with insomnia or another sleep disorder, but on some nights, it’s simply tough to fall asleep–and stay that way. Psychotherapist Melissa Divaris Thompson, LMFT, noted that it’s tough to slow ourselves down when our minds and nervous systems have been going, going, going...
Tags: Psychology, General, Sleep, New York City, Habits, Stress, Mindfulness, Self-help, San Francisco Bay, Thompson, Mental Health And Wellness, Health-related, Yoga Journal, Williamson, Tate, Denver Colo


8 Vital Ways Dads Can Support Their Partners’ Mental Health Postpartum

You’ll be bringing your baby home soon. Or maybe you already have. And you want to be there for your spouse. You know that having a baby not only affects your wife’s body, but it also affects her mental health. You want to be supportive, encouraging and helpful. But you’re not exactly sure how to do that. What does it look like to support your spouse’s mental health? Where do you start? What should you avoid? Here, you’ll find suggestions from Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC, a perinatal me...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Family, General, Parenting, Friends, Pregnancy, Self-help, Salmon, Child Development, Fatherhood, Mental Health And Wellness, Chapman, Brunner, Postpartum, Gary Chapman


When Your Teen is Struggling with Anxiety

Since she was 10 years old, Sophie Riegel felt like something was off. “My friends all seemed so carefree. And I had the weight of the world holding me down.” Riegel writes these words in her beautiful, invaluable new book, Don’t Tell Me to Relax: One Teens’ Journey to Survive Anxiety (And How You Can Too). Shortly after, in middle school, Riegel was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), trichotillomania, generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder. As a parent, you a...
Tags: Psychology, Family, Parenting, Disorders, Self-help, Anxiety, OCD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Adolescence, Mental Health And Wellness, Anxiety And Panic, Panic Disorder, Children And Teens, Natasha Daniels, Daniel, Duke University


Language Matters: You Are Not an Illness

A person should not be defined by an illness or condition.  Often in popular media or casual conversation, people speak about the subject of a news story or an acquaintance by saying, “he is bipolar”, “schizophrenic”, or “mentally ill.” No one says, “She is cancer,” “she is a heart condition,” or “she is lupus.” Aside from a few very select common physical illnesses, such as diabetes where people find community and comfort in sharing their diagnosis, we would never consider insulting a person b...
Tags: Psychology, General, Validation, Mental Health, Discrimination, Nami, Stereotypes, Stigma, Labels, Mental Health And Wellness, Minding the Media, Neurodivergent, Crisis Counseling, Destigmatization


How Hard Should You Try with Depression?

With depression we are told to “fake it til we make it,” to “act as if,” to go through the motions until we can feel again. But what if doing so sabotages your health? What if you push yourself straight into a wall of debilitating symptoms? Conversely, what if efforts to baby yourself keep you where you are? This issue of knowing when to push yourself and when to coddle is undoubtedly one of the most challenging aspects of recovery from depression. I ask myself this question a few times a day. ...
Tags: Psychology, General, Self-help, Depression, Self-compassion, Mental Health And Wellness, Brain And Behavior, Rumination, Emotional Processing


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


Secrets, Shame & Mental Health

An interesting study published in the journal Emotion this month examines different types of secrets and how we feel about them. In particular, the researchers concentrated on secrets based on feeling shame as well as those rooted in guilt. Michael Slepian, PhD, of Columbia University was the lead author of the study and clarified the difference between shame and guilt, the two most studied self-conscious emotions. While basic emotions such as anger and fear refer to something outsi...
Tags: Psychology, Research, Mental Health, Guilt, Trauma, Columbia University, Shame, Secrets, Stigma, Mental Health And Wellness, Rumination, Slepian, Deceit, Michael Slepian


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


How to Become a Digital Minimalist—And Why It’s So Meaningful

Right now minimalism is all the rage. Which means you’ve likely come across a variety of minimalist-based tips and tricks on websites and podcasts—and possibly everywhere you look. When something becomes this trendy, it can quickly become meaningless, just another swiftly passing fad. But minimalism is everywhere for good reason. Minimalism encourages us to cut out the clutter and excess in our lives, which gives us more time (and energy and attention) to spend on the things that truly ...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Technology, General, Habits, Happiness, Social Media, Stress, Self-help, Digital Media, Mental Health And Wellness, Newport, Cal Newport Ph D, Gary Rogowska


Unwanted Thoughts? Don’t Try to Suppress Them

We all do it. We try to wish our thoughts away. When our mind turns to a stressful work situation, a craving for a cigarette, or a fantasy we shouldn’t be having, we immediately try to remove the thought from the gray matter of our brains. We start a random conversation with the person next to us, we concentrate harder on a work assignment, or we put our index fingers in our ears, and sing, “La la la la, I can’t hear you!” Consider every long song you hear on the radio. How many begin or end wit...
Tags: Psychology, General, Stress, Meditation, Mindfulness, Self-help, Intrusive Thoughts, OCD, Worry, Mental Health And Wellness, Rumination, Wegner, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Daniel Wegner, Carol Barber, Thought Suppression


8 Ways to Instantly Feel Empowered to Face an Upcoming Challenge, A New Opportunity or a Tough Day

You’re about to ask for a promotion at work. You’re about to ask for a raise. You’re about to resign from your 9-to-5 to start your own business. You’re about to take a step toward expanding your business. You’re about to give a speech. You’re about to have a hard conversation. You’re about to say ‘yes’ or say ‘no’ to a significant opportunity. You’re about to advocate for yourself—which is something you’ve actually rarely done before. And you need to feel empowered. Because right now you...
Tags: Psychology, General, New York City, Stress, Self-help, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Industrial And Workplace, Success & Achievement, Garcia, DBT, Alyssa Mairanz, Mairanz, Leslie Garcia, Mairanz LMHC


7 Ways to Let Go of a Past Love

According to Oscar Wild, “the heart was made to be broken.” Few experiences are as painful as severing the ties with a romantic partner — even if you’re the one who initiated the breakup. Your world may feel groundless, colorless, meaningless. However, a heartbreak can also inspire surprising self-growth and gift you with a sense of independence and vitality that you didn’t know what possible. Often tears fertilize the seeds of self-transformation and nurture a new self that needed to be discov...
Tags: Psychology, Relationships, Divorce, Self-help, Woody Allen, Breakups, Grieving, Grief And Loss, Ralph Nader, Robert Redford, Personal Growth, Mental Health And Wellness, Marriage And Divorce, Coping, Heartache, Buddhist


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


Podcast: Service Animals vs. Emotional Support Animals

Service animals have been around for a long time, and we’re all familiar with them. These are animals (usually dogs) trained to assist persons with disabilities of one sort or another. We’re also seeing today a lot of “emotional support” animals. A lot of them. This week’s guest explains the difference between them, how they are used, and some surprising laws (or lack thereof) pertaining to them. Subscribe to Our Show! And Remember to Review Us! ...
Tags: Psychology, Amazon, General, Wales, Military, San Antonio, Vincent, Mental Health And Wellness, Gabe Howard, Stephanie, University of Texas, Gabe, Vin, John Grohol, Killeen Texas, Stephanie Taylor


When You Feel Uninspired at Work—And Can’t Quit

It’s another day at the office. Another boring, blah day. In fact, lately every day has felt this way. You’ve even thought about leaving, maybe fantasized about it on your lunch break or while sitting in another meeting you didn’t really need to attend. But right now, that’s not an option. Because money is tight. Because you’re the breadwinner. Because you carry the benefits for your family. Because you’re trying to get a mortgage or pay off your credit card debt. Because of any number of—valid,...
Tags: Psychology, General, New York City, Happiness, Inspiration, Work Life Balance, Self-help, Creativity, Boredom, Mental Health And Wellness, Industrial And Workplace, Success & Achievement, Career Goals, JILL JACINTO, Jacinto, Meneghello


Understanding the Loneliness Epidemic

Much like the opioid crisis, loneliness is an epidemic. According to results from Cigna’s U.S. Loneliness Index, a survey of more than 20,000 American adults ages 18 and older, nearly half of Americans report sometimes or always feeling alone or left out. One in four Americans rarely or never feel as though there are people who understand them. Two in five Americans sometimes or always feel that their relationships are not meaningful and that they are isolated from others. And one in five people...
Tags: Psychology, Family, Sleep, Relationships, Friends, Happiness, America, Social Media, Social Withdrawal, Harvard, Cigna, Social Isolation, Loneliness, Behavioral Health, Mental Health And Wellness, McPherson


Overcoming the Double Standard Surrounding Psychiatric Medications

Women hold themselves to this standard where we’re supposed to be perfect. We all have our own image of what that should be, and it doesn’t involve taking psychiatric medication. I’m walking up Lexington Avenue towards the subway on a cold Manhattan winter day from my psychiatrist’s office. It’s a route I’ve walked for five years, at varying frequencies, depending on the intensity of my mental health issues. My doctor is warm and nurturing with a great sense of humor, and I always walk out he...
Tags: Psychology, Personal, Psychiatry, Manhattan, Psychotherapy, Medication, Stigma, Publishers, Mental Health And Wellness, Medications, Lexington Avenue, The Fix, Psychiatric Medication, Anti Depressants