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Don’t Sweep Anxiety Under the Rug

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Meet Hannah Tran, a beautiful and gracious young woman who volunteered to share the unique challenges she faces as a Vietnamese-American supporting her teenage sister who is struggling with mental illness. Although rooted in a culture that views mental disorders as weaknesses to be swept under the rug, Hannah sees them as obstacles to be […]

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Suicide Prevention Strategies: There’s Always Hope & Help

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I’ve always compared suicide to being so unbearably ill that you can’t see the forest from the trees. To the person suffering, there are absolutely no other options. It’s a horrible feeling that  many people face day in and day out. I am fortunate that I have been able to learn how to manage my […]

Recovering Addicts Talk About Gaining Forgiveness

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By Guest Blogger Cecelia Johnson RecognitionWorks.org Photo Credit: Pixabay Addicts face a major obstacle on the road to recovery, and that’s gaining back trust and forgiveness from those they’ve hurt while under the influence. Depending on just what the addict has done, forgiveness can seem nearly impossible in some cases. I’ve spoken with a lot […]

Fighting Anxiety with the Support of a Mother’s Love

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By Guest Blogger Rosa Talavera  My teenage son was involved in a serious car accident Thanksgiving Day, 2015. His jeep fishtailed off the road, and he was ejected from the car suffering fractures on his neck, spine, and pelvic bones. After a week in the ICU, he required 24-hour care for approximately six weeks, followed by […]

High School Bullying & Suicide: How to Protect Your Child

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“Art installation on Mental Illness” the advertisement read. The event was to take place at my niece’s high school, so even though we didn’t know exactly what “installation” meant or who the artist was, my sister and I decided go. There we met Olivia Stewart. Stewart is the young artist responsible for the art installation […]

Why Millennials Don’t Jibe With Corporate America

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In my book Escape from Dark Places: Guideposts to Hope in an Age of Anxiety & Depression I write: “Millennials are different. If you are not convinced by now, go out there and see for yourself—watch them, talk to them, interact. They are different, right?” In the book, I anchor the problem of anxiety in […]

Good News for Stigma Fighters

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The statistics are grim: 350 million people worldwide currently live with some form of depression. More than 50% (in many countries, more than 90%) do not receive treatment (WHO) Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the US age 18 and older 70% do not receive treatment (NAMI) One in four college students has a diagnosable […]

Help Your Children . . . Tell Your Story!

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My family has always been pretty close. Growing up we talked, we ate dinner together, and we supported each other. But like many boomers, I moved out of my parents’ home when I started college. Then I moved hundreds of miles away when I married and started a family. My family gets together with the […]

Got Anxiety? Maybe You are Vitamin or Mineral Deficient!

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This is the second post in The State of Anxiety series.  The first post, “Anxiety: No Clear Cause,” established that while what causes anxiety disorders is complex and multi-faceted, these disorders are certainly diagnosable and treatable. This post considers a simple diagnosis—a physical cause. Last summer I took some flyers with me to Pilates to share information […]

Anxiety: No Clear Cause

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Anxiety is not just a fear response; it’s a fear response that is excessive and irrational. Anxiety is not just worrying about a stressful situation or event; it’s pervasive worrying that extends for a long period of time.1Anxiety is excruciatingly painful, and it interferes with a person’s ability to perform those activities that constitute what […]