Good News for Stigma Fighters

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Stigma is created by public opinion. If the public could have more empowering and empathetic views toward people who have a mental illness, it could lead to a paradigm shift that could help more people see diagnosis as a blueprint rather than a bombshell.  – Jen Reviews, “A Blueprint When Feeling Blue: How A Mental […]

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How High On Life Principles Threaten Young Minds

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As an observer of cultural change and generational difference, I took notice when High On Life posted a video in which a group of millennials encourage the 575,000 subscribers to adopt their core principles. These principles are shockingly opposed to what psychological research and common sense dictate is healthy for young minds. The video is a […]

Don’t Sweep Anxiety Under the Rug

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Learn More: There are 600 outpatient mental health facilities available in the country. However, there are no facilities exclusively for children and adolescents.  – WHO, Viet Nam Office, Report Feelings of guilt, shame, and weakness inhibit the Vietnamese from admitting mental health problems and delay treatment. Individuals, for their part, avoid openness with personal difficulties, and […]

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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 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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Parents! For more information about bullying, Ambra encourages you to read’s guide: Bullying & Substance Abuse: Who it Affects & Why. “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 […]

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 […]

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 […]