• Closure. What Is It and Why Do We Want It So Badly? -- At the end of the day, it’s up to you: hold on and stay stuck or let go and move forward. I’ve said to myself over and over, “If only I could have closure, then I could move on.” But what exactly does closure mean to me and why do I think I need it in order to move on? Why am I putting my life in someone else’s hands? Am I waiting for someone else to give me permission... Read Article
  • The effects of PTSD on war veterans – the struggle to reintegrate PTSD occurs when someone experiences a severe trauma or a life-threatening event, whether during a time of war or in a noncombat situation, such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, serious accidents or violent personal assaults such as rape. According to maketheconnection.net, during the event, you may have felt as if your life or the lives of others around you were in danger or that you had no control over what is happening. As a soldier, you might have witnessed people... Read Article
  • When My Weight Became My Protective Shield -- Our bodyweight doesn’t define us, yet it can cue us in a lot on our internal environment. I sit here after just eating an entire loaf of Jimmy John sandwich bread. I feel sick, guilty and embarrassed. I want to feel good, proud and beautiful. I want to feel sexy in my own skin. I know everything I need to do to lose the weight, to get in shape. I have tried almost every weight loss product and plan... Read Article
  • How I Learned to Own My Relationship Needs Let heartache crack your heart open. Learn from the past. Don’t let mistakes define you. I CHEATED. Yep, you read it right. I cheated. I am NOT a cheater. Cheating doesn’t define who I was or who I am. For many years, I placed the blame on my husband for my heartache, my loneliness and my insecurities. If HE would only show me he loved me more, if HE would only spend more time with me, if HE would only buy... Read Article
  • CHANGING THE DIALOG AROUND MENTAL HEALTH Along with changing the stigma surrounding mental health, how we phrase specific terms that relate to depression and anxiety is important as well. These days, people are not considered drug addicts in the press, you say they suffer from addiction, and as Inc reports, it can be beneficial if people rephrase and rethink how they talk about mental health. *As Amy Morin, the author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, writes, “The phrase ‘mental illness’ tends to be... Read Article
  • Why You Need to Lose Your Head The English writer G.K. Chesterton once said of his rational detective, Father Brown, "In that instant, he lost his head. His head was most valuable when he had lost it. In such moments he put two and two together and made four million." You might be thinking that this is just a quote from literature which is trying to portray a particular situation romantically, but it is something that holds scientific truth to it. In fact, recent studies are showing... Read Article
  • HOW STEVEN SPIELBERG USES ANXIETY TO HIS ADVANTAGE Steven Spielberg is the most successful director in Hollywood. With so many big hit movies, and a net worth reportedly in the billions, you would think he’d relax and take it easy, but he still admits he has anxiety while making movies. *When his upcoming movie, Ready Player One, premiered at the South By Southwest film festival, the director confessed, “This is the greatest anxiety attack I’ve ever had.” But with many artists, they use anxiety to push them further... Read Article
  • Depression in romantic relationships We all want to love and be loved. It's just how we are wired. No matter how successful your career might be you still need someone to share your happiness with when you get that promotion or finish that project that you’ve been working on so hard. Same goes for your leisure time. Even if you travel some of the most exotic, exciting countries of the world and have an unforgettable journey, it’s not going to be perfect without your... Read Article
  • A TOP MUSIC MANAGER CALLS OUT FOR MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS IN THE INDUSTRY Sex, drugs and rock and roll is one of the oldest clichés in the music business, but after many years we’ve seen the terrible toll they can take on musicians. Many in the music business have been yelling “enough” and want it to stop, including manager Nick Jarjour, who says, “Our negligence should have changed 25 years ago after Kurt Cobain’s tragic suicide.” *Jarjour manages Alex Da Kid and Cirkut, and he wrote an editorial in Variety about how the... Read Article
  • Smiling depression? "Smiling depression" isn't recognized as a condition but it is instead a term that is used to describe people who are experiencing depression inside but appear perfectly happy and content on the outside. Typically, depression is associated with feelings of sadness, loneliness, hopelessness, and despair. Not everyone is experiencing depression in the same way. It varies from person to person. Some might not even realize or acknowledge their symptoms of depression, especially if they are managing their day-to-day life well. People... Read Article