Finding the way out of the black pit of despair can sometimes be extremely difficult. It is an experience that leaves the individual exhausted, unmotivated, and in deep, hopeless despair. There seems to be nowhere to turn and no way to escape these horrible feelings. Depressed feelings and depressed experiences vary both in quantity and quality and therefore different for each individual.
Depression is a condi...
People tend to wait for an ideal environment for communication: face-to-face, alone, and with no distractions. Those conditions are ideal, but rare. Most interactions are constrained: in an open-plan office, with family members, on a car or train, with background noise, or amidst distractions, lack of sleep, and preexisting stress. The communication channel may limit tone of voice and facial expression: email / text / IM /phone / h...
10 guidelines for having fun with technology and minimizing the risks.
One of the questions most commonly asked by parents is, “What is the 'right' age for my child to begin texting and using social media?”
As with most aspects of child-rearing, there isn’t a simple one-age-fits-all guideline. It’s best for parents to know about how to prepare kids to use technology—at whatever age they de...
You can tell yourself all you want that even the best of us makes the occasional mistake now and then, but when you’re the one who makes the mistake, it can be difficult to believe.
Consider, for example, the fact that many of the top box office and Oscar-winning movies contain bloopers. In fact, the IMDB website regularly includes a list of “goofs” in such acclaimed movies as Chicago, and there is an entire website d...
Some conversations feel like daggers, yet these conversations can lead to honest revelations. The truth is that all families have to come face to face with the reality of drug addiction, even for kids. It is important to understand the danger, especially for those who have a history of addiction in their family. Kids and teenagers need to hear about your family’s addiction problems, and they need to be prepared for the reality of ...
Teenage Bullying, A Global Issue
Pop Quiz: What do American teenagers have in common with the children of Pakistan, Uganda, and Sierra Leonne? Answer: They all live in fear of constant bullying
Believe it or not, bullying is a global issue, even in war-torn areas such as the ones listed above.
UNICEF conducted a portal U-report that included 100,000 teens from developing 3rd world nations, such as Mozambique, Swaziland...
What If Physical Diseases Were Treated Like Mental Illnesses?
As many as one out of four Americans suffer from at least one type of mental illness. What's more, one in six adults will admit to having a mental disorder this week alone. It's safe to say we have an issue with mental illness in this country; an issue that remains largely ignored.
If millions of Americans suffer from a mental illness, why is so much suffering falling...
Not why addiction, but why the pain? – Dr. Gabor Maté
What Dr. Maté—a leader in addiction medicine and world-renowned author and speaker—is saying, is something we’ve long known to be true and yet the field of addiction treatment still lags behind the research: addiction is usually a symptom of underlying trauma, or mental health issues that are the manifestation of trauma. Dr. Mat&eac...
Nature and Its Mental Health Benefits
When it comes to effective mental-health treatment, the natural world probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. In fact, when seeking psychiatric care for mild-to-severe mental illness, nature is probably around the 1000th thing that comes to mind (somewhere between joining the Church of Scientology and volunterring with the peace corps.). And why wouldn't it be? After all, we live in a pi...