Mental Illness Articles

Robin Williams and Death: Dealing With the Physical and Mental Pain

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Robin Williams committed suicide earlier this week.

Say that again, out loud.

Robin Williams — one of the world’s funniest and, despite suffering from depression, seemingly happiest men on earth — committed suicide.


Help Raise Funds for The Bipolar Parenting Project!

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

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NOTE: The following is a courtesy post for fellow Psych Central blogger Rebecca Moore. For more information about Rebecca, please visit her websites rebeccamoorestorms.com and the Bipolar Parenting Project.

Fellow Psych Central blogger Rebecca Moore, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder three years ago, has decided to turn her Bipolar Parenting Project into a non-profit organization.


Why My Boyfriend Told Me to “Just Go!”

Friday, July 11th, 2014

I’m running a 5k tomorrow and I’m extremely nervous about it.

Maybe “nervous” isn’t the word. Maybe “anxious” is better.

So, I’m extremely anxious about it.


The Best Way to Hold Yourself Accountable: Get a Friend

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

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If it hadn’t been for one of my friends, I probably wouldn’t have made it to a yoga class last week.

Actually, I’m pretty sure I absolutely would not have made it.

It’s not that I didn’t want to go — the class is part of a series I’ve been waiting on for a while and so I really, really wanted to go — but for some reason I just couldn’t do it.


Food and Exercise as Antidepressants

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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How many of you eat when you’re stressed, anxious, panicky, or depressed?

Now, how many of you exercise when you’re experiencing those same feelings?

I didn’t conduct any formal poll, but I’m willing to bet more of you raised your hands for the first question than the second.

(After all, according to the CDC as of 2010, the percent of Americans 20 years old and older who are overweight, including obese, is 69.2%.)

Basically, more than half of American adults are overweight or outright obese.

Geesus Ayche.


5 Mental Reasons to Get Physical in 2014

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

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Exercise is about more than just getting into those skinny jeans.

Actually, even though our country’s obesity rate is mind blowing, EXERCISE IS ABOUT WAY MORE THAN JUST LOSING WEIGHT.

Getting physical works wonders for your mental health, and here are five reasons you might consider creating a workout regime for your mental health.

1. Alleviate Mental Illness Symptoms

Yay, Captain Obvious!

Still, I couldn’t create this list without including the fact that exercise helps alleviate symptoms like those associated with depression and anxiety.

I’m sure you already know this, BUT if you want to read the science behind it, check out Exercise for Stress and Anxiety (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) and Exercise for the Treatment of Depression and Anxiety (National Institute of Health).


5 of My Favorite Yoga Poses for Stress

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

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I’ve been feeling a lot of stress lately. I mean, a lot.

You might remember reading about my family’s recent health crisis, aaaaaaaaaaaaand how I’ve been treating myself like crap lately.

I admit, I’m still doing some stress eating and I haven’t started running again (which would be awesome, if only I weren’t in a hospital so many hours a day).

However, I have started practicing yoga again. Sort of.

You see, depending on the poses and sequences, you can practice yoga just about anywhere–including a hospital room, hallway, parking lot…


So, I’ve Been Treating My Body Like Crap. Guess How That’s Working Out?

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

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As some of you might know, a close family member of mine was diagnosed with malignant ascites recently.

I’m only mildly embarrassed to admit it, but my physical health has gone to crap since we found out.

(Mildly, because, honestly, my mind has been elsewhere and I don’t actually feel guilty for that.)

I haven’t hit the track, I haven’t practiced yoga (much less gone to a yoga class)–I haven’t even worked out at home. I’ve eaten any ol’ thing I could get my hands on (some of it just because there was no time or other options; some of it because I was stress eating) and to be frank, I can’t remember the last time I had a full glass of water.

Maybe Sunday.

The point is, I’m falling apart physically–during a time when it’s especially important to hold it together–and it’s causing me to fall apart mentally.


Yoga Week: Yoga for Depression and Anxiety

Monday, January 21st, 2013

This post is part of a week-long yoga series at Your Body, Your Mind.

Exercise, mediation, massage therapy – these are all complementary (and, for some folks, solitary) ways to

Halogen TV, which describes itself as “the only television network focused on socially conscious entertainment,” recently presented a piece outlining yoga poses we can use to better manage our anxiety and depression symptoms.


NIH NCCAM Hosts Twitter Chat On Managing Holiday Stress, Anxiety With Body, Mind Practices

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Happy Tuesday, beautiful readers!

We’ve survived Thanksgiving, but with Christmas just a week away and New Year’s just a week after that, it’s safe to say we’re still in the thick of the holiday season.

Which means, for some of us, there are still a lot of stress and anxiety triggers coming our way.

As such, the good people over at the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) are hosting a Twitter chat on using complementary health practices like yoga, meditation, and tai chi to manage stress and anxiety – specifically, the safety and efficacy of these mind and body practices.

During the chat, you’ll get to meet John Glowa, Ph.D., the NCCAM expert who oversees the organization’s behavioral health research portfolio, and Daniel Pine, M.D. from the NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Note that:

  • The chat is today (Tuesday, December 18, 2012) at 3:30 p.m. EST. (Got a free minute between now and then? Check out highlights from a previous NIH NCCAM Twitter chat: 5 Resources for Depression and Complementary Health Practices)
  • You should go ahead and follow the NIH NCCAM on Twitter at @NCCAM.
  • The hashtag for the chat is #nccamchat.

Hope to see you there!

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