The Different Stages of Grief

Outlined in Elizabeth Kubler Ross’s book On death and Dying, there are stages of grief. To begin with, there were five stages of grief, and more recently two more have been added. Here are the stages of grief. Stage one is denial. Stage two is anger. Stage three is bargaining. Stage four is depression. Stage […]

Death Awareness: The Upside

Most often people experience a wide range of emotions when faced with a diagnosis of illness. Shock, fear, anxiety, panic, sadness, and guilt are some emotions commonly experienced by people being told that they have an illness. Have you ever thought that there is an upside? Have you ever heard a patient speak in a […]

Coping with Grief

“Grief is something all of us have or will anticipate. It is a painful process that forces us to clarify ourselves, our values, and our relationships. It forces us to confront the fragility of life.” Carol Becker (1992). Here I see Becker’s statement about the fragility of life being so true. I often use the […]

How does our thinking affect our mental state?

We establish our mood based on where we are in our thinking.  An example may be if we have regrets about our past, i.e. I should not have worn that dress to my sister’s wedding, or I should have spoken up more at my work meeting. The ‘should have’s ‘ , the ‘ could have’s’ […]

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 […]