An Overview of Therapeutic Possibilities: Talk Therapy and Hypnotherapy

Mind-boggling emotions and mental states are daunting on their own, but wondering which form of mental health therapy can help you is a stress inducer, too. Let’s look at some time-honored methods of calming down, reflecting on your life and doing some introspection. They and a competent therapist can help you to change the way […]

Healthy, Healing Laughter

Why does laughter have an enduring reputation as a healer? Does it lead to a chemical reaction that’s good for us? Is it a psychological tool? Is something else going on? Let’s look at the evidence to understand the result of, and purpose for, laughter. When a person allows themselves to laugh at their own […]

Dialectical Behavior Therapy – A Detailed Overview

Though Dialectical Behavior Therapy  (DBT) also helps people who suffer from depression, eating disorders or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and substance abuse, this article focuses on how Dialectical Behavior Therapy helps people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), particularly if they are suicidal. Let’s break down that mind-boggling mouthful with definitions for those words and initials.   […]

Overview of CBT

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Psychoanalyst Carl Jung opined that “Thinking is difficult; that’s why most people judge [Ed: instead of thinking].” There’s an unspoken corollary to Jung’s statement: the consequences of being judgmental rather pensive. Anyone who opts for being prejudiced one way or another rather than willing to ponder the ramifications of issues and beliefs, is a person […]


Will Google Be Our Mental Health Savior?

Google recently partnered with NAMI: the National Alliance on Mental Illness to create a depression test. NAMI’s chief executive officer Mary Gilbert shared her optimism about the joint venture in a brief statement. Her reference to the PHQ-9 indicates that anyone may respond to a 9-line Patient Health Questionnaire online, thereby indicating the severity of […]

I'm Not Okay

Is There a ‘Right’ Way to Help Someone Dealing with Mental Illness?

To answer the question of this article’s title, “Yes there is a ‘right way to help someone dealing with a mental illness.” There are wrong ways to respond to someone dealing with a mental illness, too. Many of them are preventable. All of them are inappropriate. Let’s start at the beginning, which is usually filled […]


Motivational Routines Make You Work Better

Some people don lucky hats first, others stroke a rabbit’s foot, tidy up their desk, home or office, and still other people follow a different set pattern of behavior before taking on a given task. They do it to charge up their energy, to get their thinking patterns focused on the mission that they want […]


Double Take: Looking at the Social Justice Warrior Phenom

The term “Snowflakes” can be considered a pun, so to speak, but some Americans have been slow to catch on to it. “Snowflake” is the nickname coined by social justice advocates who explain that each person is as unique as a snowflake. That line of thought seems lofty at first blush. However, it is hardly […]


Are People Living with a Mental Illness More Resilient Than Others?

The saying “if it doesn’t kill you then it makes you stronger” is a nuisance that’s hard to describe in polite company. Most people enduring an upheaval of their emotions are not interested in such philosophizing. Only rare individuals recognize that worthwhile and survivable character-building happens when we actively face painful situations and choices rather […]

Letter to Myself

A Letter to My Teenage Self: Don’t Give Up

Remember being a teen and reading all those warnings about pimple-popping, questions about your millionth mood of the day or month, your horoscope sign, and explorations into your sexuality? NOTHING mattered unless you had the right clothes, cosmetics and gear advertised in the publications. It was enough to make a kid feel self-conscious, and that’s […]