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Recommendations for Reporting on Mental Health & Mental Illness

Despite providing education online for mental illness and mental health issues for more than two decades, we still see people — and sometimes even fellow journalists — reporting on mental health and mental illness in ways that perpetuate ignorance and…

Best of Our Blogs: October 3, 2017

There was a time when we thought we could turn our backs on people who were “weird,” or “different.” Until the day came when we woke up to the truth. Everything that affects him or her also affects us. We…

The Long Journey Home

Nearly three months ago, I found myself quietly celebrating an anniversary that very few people knew about. I really didn’t want to give it too much attention to be honest. I wanted to avoid triggering thoughts that would take me…

How to Get More of What You Want

“It is a universal principle that you get more of what you think about, talk about, and feel strongly about.” – Jack Canfield Do you have dreams that make you smile? Goals you make fervent plans for and do your best…

OCD and Shopping Anxiety

By the time my son Dan entered a residential treatment center for OCD, he was barely functioning. Using exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy he tackled his hierarchy (a list of anxiety-provoking situations created by the person with OCD), and…

3 Things that Keep Us Lonely

As a psychotherapist, I frequently observe how lonely and isolated people feel. Although they may be married or successful in their career, people often report a painful sense of disconnection or alienation. Although there are varied reasons for experiencing a sense of isolation,…

Best of Our Blogs: September 29, 2017

There are devastating things happening in the world today. Can we find paths to peace when everything feels like it’s falling apart? When I was a kid, I thought money was evil. It did crazy things to people-made them jealous,…

Why Is Trust Important?

Who do you trust? Ideally, family, friends and co-workers in our inner circles would be first among those to whom we offer our vulnerability. As children, we are taught to trust police officers, clergy and doctors. Sadly, those in all…

Happiness as a Choice

There are thousands of theories of happiness and how people feel such profound personal satisfaction that they are genuinely happy people. Some believe that happiness comes from achieving your goals. Others believe it comes when certain parts of their life…