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Mental Health

Examining the Pieces When Everything Falls Apart
The pressure subtly built a reality around me that I could not achieve. If the dream of that success failed, then everything was lost.
Slowly Digging Out of Depression’s Darkness
A metaphorical description of my personal inner battles
Divine Distraction
Divine distraction does not mean being apathetic to what is truly important, such as issues related to danger or morality. What it does mean is we can build our “distraction muscle” by consciously choosing the focus of our attention in order to remain faithful, functional and grateful in trying times.
The Wake-Up Call
My Battle with Depression
As my sisters, my boyfriend, my friends and my students rallied to help me cope with physical illness, my mind was being warped by something more insidious. Realizing that I would live the rest of my life as a disabled person, I started to wonder whether or not life was worth living...
Growing Up in the Shadow of OCD
I can't blame my mother, whose illness and family history prevented her from being able to mother, nor can I blame my grandmother for raising a daughter unable to mother...
Postpartum Depression
A Personal Account
PPD would never happen to me. I was too "happy"! I was always the type of person that people viewed as so capable, energetic, and positive. But I suddenly realized that PPD could happen to anyone, even me...
Signs of Postpartum Syndromes
Many women are depressed after childbirth; at least 80% suffer in some way! However, there are differences in how individual women respond. This article describes the range of depressive symptoms a woman might feel after childbirth...
Combatting the Stigma of Mental Illness
I wondered how she could look me in the eye and think that I had been stripped of my humanity and my agency. I wondered how she figured that any person with mental illness could somehow get by without humanity or agency...
A Fractured Mind
The Pain of Mental Illness
All that was left of Matt's beautiful bride was a medicated shell of a human being whose brain had short circuited and whose soul had somehow disconnected...
A Torah Approach to Anxiety Relief
How do we deal practically with the anxiety in our lives, the difficulties that come our way, the very things that make us feel like we are stuck in a rut and unable to overcome basic life challenges?
Understanding Anxiety Disorder
Maybe you know a woman who checks her stove three times before leaving the house. Or, perhaps you have a friend who refuses to fly on a plane, or who seems to worry excessively about her children’s health...
Mental Health Myths
There is a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation when it comes to mental illness. Read about the common myths and learn the truth behind something that affects us all, directly or indirectly.
Understanding Postpartum Illness
For those who have never been affected by Postpartum Illness, it is difficult to fully comprehend how the excitement and anticipation of a new birth can turn into depression...
Regaining My Balance
I often found myself standing at the kitchen counter, mindlessly eating one piece of cake after the next. I wasn't even hungry, but I kept on eating...
To Run and Return
Winter brings a certain hopelessness and fatigue, irritability towards other people, and a desire to stay in and dissociate to daytime television with a jar of chocolate spread and a spoon. But this year was different...
A Narrow Bridge
Working with Anorexia
A year ago I started working with young women who have Eating Disorders. It is not an easy job. I have moments where I want to quit. I tell myself, "I'm not qualified for this. I'm not strong enough for this. I just can't do it." My boss tells me, "If you don't, who will?"
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