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Welcome to the Resources section of Transform Through Therapy. We’ve curated—and continue to add—a collection of articles, videos, and blogs on a variety of mental wellness-related topics. We invite you to look around, and it is our hope that you find beneficial information that will help you with whatever you’re facing right now. You can click the type of resource you want and jump right to that section, use the search function to find specific keywords, or scroll at your leisure. 

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All our resources are categorized by topic, and then by type—articles, videos, and blogs. Click on the type under a specific category to jump to that section, or simply scroll through the page. 

Caregiving

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Helping a Loved One Cope with a Mental Illness

It can be very difficult and heart-wrenching to see a loved one struggling with symptoms of mental illness. And often it can be hard to know how to best help and support your loved one.

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What does it mean/look like to hold space for someone?

You’ve heard this term before. This idea of holding space. Most likely from friends on their Eat Love Pray journey, doing therapy for the first time, having “huge” revelations, and bringing that kind of language into their everyday life.

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Taking Care of Yourself

To be able to care for the people you love, you must first take care of yourself. It’s like the advice we’re given on airplanes: put on your own oxygen mask before trying to help someone else with theirs. Taking care of yourself is a valid goal on its own, and it helps you support the people you love.

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Maintaining a Healthy Relationship

Relating to someone you love who has a mental illness can be difficult and frustrating, but there are strategies you can use to improve your communication with them. There may be a lot you don’t know about how your relative sees things when they’re symptomatic. These tips can help you build a stronger foundation for your relationship.

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Being Prepared For A Crisis

No one wants to worry about the possibility of a crisis, but they do happen. That doesn’t mean you have to feel powerless. Many healthcare providers require patients to create a crisis plan, and may suggest that it be shared with friends and family. Ask your loved one if he has developed a plan.

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When Mental Illness Strikes: Tips for Couples

Here’s what you can do to maintain a healthy relationship rather than a relationship overwhelmed and steered by mental illness.

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Raising Children With Mental Illness

My kids are all adopted from foster care. I got my girls when they were five and six, and my son came when he was seven. They all came from abusive or neglectful pasts and have struggled with their mental health since before they first stood on my doorstep. And before you ask: Yes, I had been fully prepped on their family histories before I adopted them. 

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Infographic: How to Prevent Caregiver Burnout

Parents and caregivers of children and adults with special needs such as autism often pour every ounce of energy into their loved ones. But this all-in devotion, common in parents of young children, can lead to some ill effects on mental and physical health.

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Caregiver Mental Health

Caregivers often sacrifice a lot of time, energy and their own physical and emotional needs which could lead to stress, anxiety, and/or depression.

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Your First Appointment With a Psychiatrist

Psychiatrist Dr Samantha Loi talks about what will happen in your first appointment, how to prepare and what to expect.

5 Pieces of Advice for Dealing with Toxic People

Dr. Phil, Iyanla Vanzant, T.D. Jakes, Steve Harvey and Oprah share their strategies for limiting the negative influence of toxic people on your life.

Caregiving in Your 40s: Hoda and Jenna Have Candid Talk About Challenges

After actress Valerie Bertinelli shared her desire to start a wellness journey in 2020, women took to social media to share their own stories. To continue the discussion, “Why We Can’t Sleep” author Ada Calhoun and AARP’s national family and caregiving expert, Amy Goyer, join TODAY to talk about the toll of caregiving on women.

Brené Brown on Empathy

What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities. 

Blogs on Caregiving

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Her Sister’s Keeper: Caring For A Sibling With Mental Illness

When sisters Jean and Ruby were growing up in Harlem, they invented a game of make-believe called “Eartha.” The little girls would put on their prettiest dresses and shiniest shoes and sit down to tea as grown-up ladies. They discussed details of their hoped-for husbands and children, and all the exciting things they would do together.

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Why It’s Hard to Talk About Your Child’s Mental Illness with Other Parents

When a child is diagnosed with mental illness, it can overwhelm the family. On the one hand, many parents feel that they finally have answers for behaviors that are confusing and often scary. On the other hand, finding the best treatment, dealing with insurance, and understanding the details of the diagnosis and how to best support the child in the home is time-consuming and each piece a difficult task. 

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5 Things to Know Before Attending Your First Psychiatry Appointment

As a psychiatrist, I often hear from my patients during their initial visit about how long they’ve been putting off seeing a psychiatrist out of fear. They also talk about how nervous they were leading up to the appointment.

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How You Can Help Your Child After They’ve Been Diagnosed with Mental Illness

Within the past few years, you’ve probably heard more people talking about the issue of mental health—and for good reason. According to the National Mental Health Association, mental health problems affect one in every five young people at any given time. Moreover, an estimated two-thirds of all young people with mental health problems are not receiving the help they need. 

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How Caregiving Can Impact a Caregiver’s Mental Health

An estimated 44 million adults serve as caregivers in the United States today, and the stress can take a toll on their emotional and mental health.

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Caregiver Stress and Burnout

The demands of caregiving can be exhausting and overwhelming—especially if you feel that you’re in over your head or have little control over the situation. But there are steps you can take to rein in stress and regain a sense of balance, joy, and hope in your life.

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6 Self-Care Tips for Caregivers

LoveLivesOn.com provides six tips for caregivers’ self-care. 

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13 things you shouldn't say to someone who is struggling with their mental health

Therapist and psychologist Perpetua Neo spoke to Business Insider about what you shouldn’t say to someone who is struggling with their mental health. Here are the main topics and phrases to avoid.

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31 Empathetic Statements for When You Don’t Know What to Say

Do you struggle to find the right words when someone shares difficult? This list will help you show that you care.

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21 Questions to Ask When Your Partner Is Depressed

Mental illness, including depression, is something every person must face and manage in their own way. But it also impacts relationships with friends, family — and particularly partners.

Relationships

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Grief

Articles on Grief

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What is Grief?

Grief is the acute pain that accompanies loss. It is deep, because it is a reflection of what we love, and it can feel all-encompassing.

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How to Deal With Grief in the Workplace

How much support are employees owed? Plus: mistrusting trustees, and a work flow issue.

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Coping with Grief and Loss

Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. 

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The Five Stages of Grief

When we lose a loved one, the pain we experience can feel unbearable. Understandably, grief is complicated and we sometimes wonder if the pain will ever end. We go through a variety of emotional experiences such as anger, confusion, and sadness.

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Coping with Depression After a Loved One’s Death

There are many beautiful and uplifting things in life, but there is also loss. Losing a loved one can trigger intense feelings of grief. 

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Stages of Grief vs. My Experience

A look at the five stages of grief and how they might feel in real life. 

Articles on Grief - Infertility/Miscarriage

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Male infertility and you

When the word “infertility” rears its worrisome head, most people first think about female infertility. However, males are responsible for 20-30 percent of cases of infertility and “contribute to 50 percent of cases overall.”

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High-Risk Pregnancy

Healthcare providers use the term “high-risk pregnancy” to describe a situation in which a mother, her fetus, or both are at higher risk for problems during pregnancy or delivery than in a typical pregnancy.

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Infertility

If you and your partner are struggling to have a baby, you’re not alone. In the United States, 10% to 15% of couples are infertile. 

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Herbs and supplements: Can They Enhance Fertility?

My husband and I have been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant. I’ve seen many ads for fertility herbs and supplements. Do they work?

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Can I Get Pregnant If I Have Endometriosis?

Many women with endometriosis can get pregnant — though endometriosis can make getting pregnant more difficult. 

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Infertility Awareness Infographic

Understanding Infertility, from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 

Videos on Grief

Talking About Grief

Stephen Colbert and Anderson Cooper’s beautiful conversation about grief.

How Grief Affects Your Brain And What To Do About It

Understanding grief is an important part of healing after a loved one dies.

Refuge in Grief

How do you help a grieving friend?

Life After Loss: Why It’s Okay to Not Just “Get Over” Grief

Life after a loss is difficult. But it’s okay not to “get over” grief. Here’s why.

A Discussion of Miscarriage, Infertility and Early Pregnancy Loss

One of the toughest things a patient can go through is Early Pregnancy Loss, and it’s to be dealt with on an emotional level. Watch as patient and doctor come together to raise awareness for this emotional topic.

Infertility: The Hidden Struggle

With fourteen years of clinical experience dealing with fertility issues, Jessica has gained a reputation for helping people to conceive where everything else has failed. Jessica is co-author of the “Guilt Free Gourmet”, and regularly features in Irish media. She has also featured as the “Ask the Expert” on herfamily.ie and rollercoaster.ie. As your “Fertility Detective”, Jessica’s goal is to help her clients “get pregnant and stay pregnant!”

We Survived With Infertility, And Now We Have Quadruplets

Have you been to a circus? 

Blogs on Grief

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The Uninvited Guest: Making Room for Grief

On the day your loved one died, or perhaps the day when you realized your loved one was going to die, grief turned up on the front doorstep of your family home, bags in hand, and said: “I intend to stay for quite some time.”

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10 Things to Read When You’re Grieving

My father died nearly 10 years ago, and it was Joan Didion’s “The Year of Magical Thinking” that pulled me through.

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Cartography of Grief

Here it is, our newest grief comic, the Cartography of Grief.

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64 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Grief

We think about grief a lot around here – we write about types of grief, grief theory, personal reflections, creative expression for coping with grief, practical ideas for managing grief, and on and on and on.  But there are some days that all seems like a lot to take in.

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5 Ways I Learned to Deal With Grief During the Holidays

The end-of-year holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, were always the most beautiful, loving, and hopeful time of the year. Unfortunately, it’s not so much the case this year, and I’m working on enjoying the jingle bells ringing, the good times and singing, and the feeling of life all aglow.

Blogs on Grief - Infertility/Miscarriage

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It's Time to Normalize Infertility

There’s no word to describe a person who’s lost a child — or the potential of a child. And as a result, bringing it up is almost always a conversation stopper.

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The Counterintuitive Reason We Need Better Infertility Education

When Jessi Kintanar, a 30-year-old woman who lives in the Chicago area, was first referred to a fertility doctor, she’d been trying to conceive for three years. She’d never been told the gold standard advice on conceiving: If a year of unprotected sex doesn’t result in a pregnancy, it’s time to see a doctor.

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What You Shouldn't Say To A Mom Who Is Struggling To Get Pregnant Again

In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, here’s what not to say to women and couples who are struggling to conceive again, and what to say instead.

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12 Mind-Blowing Stats Everyone Should Know About Infertility

Getting pregnant, if at all possible, is a lot harder than most people think. While about 60 percent of couples will conceive without medical assistance within six months of trying, one in eight couples are struggling with infertility issues.

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5 Things I Wish People Would Stop Saying About Our Struggle To Conceive

5 most common things people say, and I wish they wouldn’t.

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Pregnancy After Infertility: What To Consider, What Not To Worry About

Congratulations! You’re pregnant after months, or maybe years of trying and struggling with infertility or recurrent loss. What do you need to know now?

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What 8 Women Who Had Miscarriages Want You To Know

Even though not everybody openly talks about them miscarriages are more common than you may think. 

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5 Women Share What It's Like to Have a Miscarriage

If you or your partner haven’t had a miscarriage, statistics indicate that you likely know someone who has. 

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Miscarriage: A Guide for Men

Miscarriage is common, but it’s hard to say exactly how often it happens. This is because many miscarriages happen before a woman knows she’s pregnant. Around one in five confirmed pregnancies are miscarried.

Mental Wellness

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Depression and the CPA

No matter where you work, there is a good chance that depression is right in front of you: in yourself, a colleague, a friend, or a client. Most of us don’t see it, and, if we do, we don’t talk about it.

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You Are Not Alone

Millions of people are affected by mental illness each year. Across the country, many people just like you work, perform, create, compete, laugh, love and inspire every day.

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Mental Health Care Matters

Mental health treatment — therapy, medication, self-care — have made recovery a reality for most people experiencing mental illness. Although taking the first steps can be confusing or dicult, itʼs important to start exploring options.

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The Ripple Effect of Mental Illness

Having a mental illness can make it challenging to live everyday life and maintain recovery. Let’s look at some of the ways mental illness can impact lives — and how the impact can ripple out.

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Common Warning Signs of Mental Illness

Diagnosing mental illness isn’t a straightforward science. We can’t test for it the same way we can test blood sugar levels for diabetes. Each condition has its own set of unique symptoms, though symptoms often overlap.

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Mental Health Conditions

A mental illness is a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling or mood. 

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How To Love Someone With A Mental Illness

Understanding how to provide support for someone who is suffering from a mental illness can be overwhelming and emotionally exhausting, and there are few good resources told from the perspective of the mentally ill for the support of the family/spouse. 

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Warning Signs of Mental Illness

Major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder rarely appear “out of the blue.” Most often family, friends, teachers or individuals themselves begin to recognize small changes or a feeling that “something is not quite right” about their thinking, feelings or behavior before a illness appears in its full-blown form.

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How Common are Mental Health Disorders Among Children and Teens?

Major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder rarely appear “out of the blue.” Most often family, friends, teachers or individuals themselves begin to recognize small changes or a feeling that “something is not quite right” about their thinking, feelings or behavior before a illness appears in its full-blown form.

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Why Are So Many Teen Athletes Struggling With Depression?

When high-school sports replicate the training methods and intensity seen at the college level, players feel the toll.

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Depression in Men

As men, we like to think of ourselves as strong and in control of our emotions. When we feel hopeless or overwhelmed by despair we often deny it or try to cover it up. But depression is a common problem that affects many of us at some point in our lives, not a sign of emotional weakness or a failing of masculinity.

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Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Spouse or Partner

Almost all couples have their share of challenges. However, when half of a couple has an anxiety disorder, both partners face a new set of challenges, and other challenges may be exacerbated.

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Major Depression: The Impact on Overall Health

According to the BCBS Health Index, major depression is the second most impactful condition on overall health for commercially insured Americans, second to hypertension (high blood pressure).

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Tips for Coping With Depression in a Relationship

If you are in a relationship with someone who has depression, you are likely struggling with a mix of emotions and hosts of questions. 

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Diet and Depression

Just this week, I have seen three patients with depression requiring treatment. Treatment options include medications, therapy, and self-care. Self-care includes things like sleep, physical activity, and diet, and is just as important as meds and therapy — sometimes more so.

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Recognizing the Hidden Signs of Depression

Some people with depression may try to hide the signs from others, or they may not even realize that they have depression. Although the typical symptoms of depression, such as sadness or hopelessness, can be easy to recognize, there are symptoms that may be less obvious.

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The Mood-Boosting Power of Pets

Most pet owners are clear about the immediate joys that come with sharing their lives with companion animals. However, many of us remain unaware of the physical and mental health benefits that can also accompany the pleasure of snuggling up to a furry friend.

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It's Okay to Talk About Suicide

Thoughts of giving up and suicide can be frightening. Not taking these kinds of thoughts seriously can have devastating outcomes.

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Myth vs. Reality

Common myths about depression. 

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7 Ways to Boost Your Mood With Food

If you sometimes indulge in sweets when stressed or upset, you know how immediately satisfying they can be. But all too often, they result in a quick blood sugar crash and irritability. Just as some foods can have a negative effect on your outlook, recent research explores whether eating certain foods can improve your mood and well-being.

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How to Deal With Stress and Anxiety

Tips for the mind, body, and actions to take when dealing with anxiety and depression. 

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How Physical Exercise Benefits Mental Health

While the physical health benefits of exercise are frequently discussed, the psychological benefits are often overlooked. But research shows exercise can be quite beneficial for mental health.

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Effective Stress Relievers for Your Life

From minor challenges to major crises, stress is part of life. And while you can’t always control your circumstances, you can control how you respond to them.

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Why It’s So Hard To Get Mental Health Care

This episode of Patriot Act includes the topics of mental illness, self-harm, and suicide.  Mental health is finally having a moment in the national conversation, but insurance companies, like Blue Cross and UnitedHealth, are finding ways to deny mental health treatment to thousands of patients. Hasan talks about his own experience with mental health therapy and shines a spotlight on the fight to bridge the disparity in treatment between mental and physical health.

Oprah's 2020 Vision Tour Visionaries: Amy Schumer Interview

Amy Schumer joined Oprah on stage in Charlotte, N.C. Check out their honest conversation on parenthood, autism, IVF, and more.

Hasan And Charlamagne Tha God On Mental Health

Breakfast Club co-host Charlamagne tha God visits Hasan on this week’s Deep Cuts for a candid conversation about their respective journeys with mental health and how they cope with anxiety. Charlamagne discusses how going to therapy changed his life and how a relative committing suicide opened up a conversation surrounding mental health within his family that had never happened before.

How to Practice Emotional First Aid

We’ll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don’t have to.

Oprah Interviews Lady Gaga About Mental Health

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If You Don’t Know, Now You Know: Mental Health Stigma in the Black Community

Trevor looks at the ways black people are kept from therapy by racial inequalities in diagnosing mental illness, a lack of black therapists and stigma from within the black community. 

We All Have Mental Health

We All Have Mental Health is an animation designed to give young people aged 11-14 a common language and understanding of what we mean by mental health and how we can look after it.  It has been created for young people in Key stage 3 and can be used with accompanying teaching resources.

Demi Lovato Gets Candid About Her Eating Disorder Struggle

Demi Lovato got candid about her eating disorder, and revealed to Ellen what she recently found out about her previous team and what they did when it came to her food. She also explained how eating cake on her birthday brought her to tears, and how she found happiness during a self-care night routine.

Break the Stigma

It’s not always easy to tell others that your child has challenges managing their thoughts or feelings. And it might not be easy for your child to express that either. Even though it is normal for people of any age to experience these challenges, our culture has told us we need to fear them. In this video, we ask why it is this way and what we can all do to give each other the support we need to get help.

"I'm Fine" - Learning To Live With Depression

Jake is 31 and lives with Depression. Last year Jake embarked on a journey to manage his mental health in a new way, through exercise, sharing and the great outdoors. In this talk, Jake shares his insights into living with depression and how connecting to and opening up to a wide online community has affected his relationship with depression. 

What Is Depression

Helen M. Farrell examines the symptoms and treatments of depression, and gives some tips for how you might help a friend who is suffering.

The Anxiety of Getting Your Prescription Filled

If you have anxiety you know getting your meds refilled can be anxiety inducing in itself. This video depicts situations and experiences that may cause panic in viewers who have experienced similar events.

How Stress Affects Your Body

Our hard-wired stress response is designed to gives us the quick burst of heightened alertness and energy needed to perform our best. But stress isn’t all good. When activated too long or too often, stress can damage virtually every part of our body. Sharon Horesh Bergquist gives us a look at what goes on inside our body when we are chronically stressed.

What Would Happen If You Didn't Sleep?

In the United States, it’s estimated that 30 percent of adults and 66 percent of adolescents are regularly sleep-deprived. This isn’t just a minor inconvenience: staying awake can cause serious bodily harm. Claudia Aguirre shows what happens to your body and brain when you skip sleep. 

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99 Highly Effective Ways To Improve Your Mental Health

When it comes to mental health, I’m always happy that there are so many techniques, tools and helpful ideas that can help us cope with whatever we have to.

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These Charts Perfectly Illustrate The Things We’re Overthinking

Is it too early to plan my Halloween costume? Do I have too many plants? (Excerpts from Am I Overthinking This? written and illustrated by Michelle Rial.)

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Why Shrill Took Aim at ‘Sinister’ Empowerment Conferences

“All day they talked about self-care, but it’s not self-care to agree that you’re ugly and need to be fixed,” Annie (Aidy Bryant) tells her editor in the sixth episode of Shrill’s second season, as she’s sorting out her feelings about a female empowerment conference she covered.

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Illustrator Draws Humorous Comics About Her Mental Illness to Help Destigmatize It

Humor is a powerful way to deal with the barbs of life. On its face, mental illness is nothing to laugh about, but illustrator Gemma Correll has used her biting wit as a coping mechanism for her own depression and anxiety. 

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When It Comes To Mental Health, Don’t Mind Your Own Business

Lawyers are 3.6 times as likely as non-lawyers to suffer from depression. We have the highest problem drinking rate. It seems like once a month I read about a lawyer dying by suicide (this month has been no exception). We are fourth in that category.

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22 Male Athletes Speaking Out About Depression

We are sharing quotes from male athletes from around the globe who’ve fought depression, highlighting the importance of speaking up and reaching out.

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11 Comics That Nail What It Feels Like To Live With Mental Illness

Mental illness is nobody’s fault. And because it affects one in five Americans during a given year, we should feel especially free to talk about how mental illness meddles with our everyday lives.

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10 Mental Health Blogs We Enjoy Reading

Across the world, people use blogs as a platform to share experiences, increase awareness and understanding, and provide comfort and support. And that’s a very good thing. We thought we’d pop a list together of the blogs we frequently read, admire, and appreciate. We hope you enjoy them as we do. 

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Athletes Share Their Mental Health Coping Strategies

I’ve come to realize that knowing you’re not alone—that other people go through similar experiences—and building a support network are two of the more powerful things you can do if you’re dealing with something like anxiety, depression, or OCD. 

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43 Small Things People With Depression Do Every Day To Feel Good

We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community who deal with depression to tell us about the tiny things they do to keep it at bay. Here are some of their excellent tips.

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After Experiencing Burnout, Here’s How I Learned to Change My Relationship With Work

Work had been my sanctuary — my source of stability, self-worth, and meaning, and protection — but when it all began to backfire, I knew it was time for a change.

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Why Trying to Numb Emotional Pain With Drugs Makes the Problem Worse

One of the reasons that many people use drugs is to cope with pain, whether that pain is physical or emotional (or both). At times when emotional pain is overwhelming, all you can think of is, “How can I stop hurting?”

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Drug Side-Effects: The Comedown, Crash, and Rebound

Regardless of gender, age, or demographic, the use and abuse of drugs has become a universal problem.

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How to Get a Family Member Into Drug Rehab

It’s never easy to send a family member to rehab. Staging an intervention and asking a loved one to enter treatment means that the individual either is unaware of a substance abuse problem or aware but has so far declined or neglected to seek treatment. 

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The Many Ways Addiction Affects the Family

Battling a substance use disorder is viewed by many as a personal experience. Because harmful substances have devastating effects on the user, many may not take into consideration other people directly involved—how addiction affects the family.

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6 Ways Your Environment Is Influencing Your Addiction

Anyone with an interest in, or struggle with, addiction will be curious about how someone ends up with an addiction to alcohol, drugs, sex, or food. Is it caused by something within a person like genetics, or something external like the way a person is raised or who they hang out with? Are there spiritual factors or is it a result of childhood trauma?

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The agony of opioid withdrawal — and what doctors should tell patients about it

The United States accounts for five percent of the world’s population but consumes almost 70 percent of the total global opioid supply, creating an epidemic that has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths each year. How did we get here, and what can we do about it?

Jessica Simpson Speaks Out About Her Alcoholism, Relationships, Childhood Abuse

In a new memoir called “Open Book,” Jessica Simpson speaks out about sexual abuse she suffered as a child, addiction, and challenging relationship both with men in her life and her own body. TODAY’s Hoda Kotb sat down the singer and fashion designer for an emotional conversation. “I just realized that I had to surrender,” Simpson says of her sobriety.

Intervention: How to Talk to a Family Member with an Addiction

American Addiction Centers Interventionist Robert Phillips offers up advice on starting the conversation with a loved one about drug or alcohol abuse. Finding a place to start is often the hardest thing to do when confronting a loved one, but preparing yourself with answers is a great way to begin.

Jamie Lee Curtis Opens Up on Her Drug Addiction and Recovery

Jamie Lee Curtis opens up about struggling with a Vicodin addiction for more than a decade early in her career. In February of 1999, she had a moment of clarity in the middle of the night that she says saved her life, and she started to take sobriety seriously after that day. Since then, she’s been working hard every day to stay sober and keep recovering.

How I overcame alcoholism

A hugely successful actress who saw her personal life and career tested by addiction, Claudia shares her journey of overcoming alcoholism and offers fresh perspectives on alcohol use disorder treatments.

What Opioid Addicts Want You to Know About Addiction

Here’s what opioid addicts want you to know.

Dax Shepard: Rock Bottom Isn't Always What Makes You Change Your Life

Dax Shepard talks about the struggle of recovery, and that there are just some things in life that money can’t fix.

Iyanla: You Need to Work Your "No" Muscle

How do you say no? Life coach Iyanla Vanzant says you need to work your “no” muscles, because your decisions matter! 

Kelly McGonigal: "The Willpower Instinct" | Talks at Google

Neuroscientists talk about how we have one brain but two minds. We have a mind that acts on impulse and seeks immediate gratification, and we have another mind that controls our impulses and delays gratification to fulfill our long-term goals. We face willpower challenges when the two minds have competing goals. Learn what influences us to procrastinate or why we fail to resist temptation, and learn about small interventions that can have large, positive outcomes.

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Robert Downey Jr.’s Incredible Comeback from Addiction

A great Hollywood comeback story, Robert Downey Jr. is now one of the most bankable and highly paid actors in show business, starring in blockbuster comic book films like Iron Man and The Avengers as Iron Man—a role he continued in 2019’s box-office juggernaut Avengers: Endgame. But not so long ago, he was practically unhireable due to his drinking and drug misuse—not to mention the time his addictions landed him in prison.

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Growth Mindset Toolkit

What is a growth mindset, and why does it matter? 

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Kelly McGonigal on Why It’s So Dang Hard to Stick to a Resolution

By the second week of January, that resolution that once seemed so reasonable — go to the gym every other day, read a book a week, only drink alcohol on weekends — is starting to seem very … hard.

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The Difference Between a 'Habit' and an Addiction

The difference between a habit and an addiction isn’t always clear. Sometimes it depends on the mindset of the individual. 

Special Focus

Articles on Purpose

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How to Find Your Purpose In Life

Are you struggling to discover your purpose? That may be because you feel isolated from other people. Here’s how you can overcome that.

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7 Tips for Finding Your Purpose in Life

The combination of a successful career, a loving family, and a strong social network may seem like the recipe for a perfect life. However, even those who can check each of those boxes might feel like something is missing—and that “something” is their purpose in life.

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The Power of Purpose

The need for purpose is one the defining characteristics of human beings. Human beings crave purpose and suffer serious psychological difficulties when we don’t have it. 

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The Psychology of Purpose

Reviewing six decades of research into the meaning, development, and benefits of purpose in life.

Videos

5 Rules to Follow as you Find Your Spark

New Look is an organization that helps teens find their “spark”, or passion, & live purpose-driven lives. In this video from our Signature Event, author, optimist & TED celebrity, Simon Sinek, gives 5 rules to follow as you find your spark! 

How to Know Your Life Purpose in 5 Minutes

Adam Leipzig has overseen more than 25 movies as a producer, executive and distributor. and has produced more than 300 stage plays and live events, and he was one of the founders of the Los Angeles Theatre Center.

Ask Oprah: How Did You Discover Your Purpose?

Over the years, Oprah Winfrey interviewed thousands of guests. In an exclusive interview produced for the #WatchingOprah exhibition, Winfrey responds to questions about her life, career, and legacy.

What Is Your Purpose?

What’s your purpose in life? Thats a question asked by many and a key to having great success in life. When you find your purpose, that will be the reason to get out of bed every morning and push your boundaries to achieve new heights. Purpose is a key, as Oprah Winfrey explains to students as graduation advice. 

Blogs

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The Difference Between Passion & Purpose

It’s happened to me, and I’ve seen it happen to people around me. We confuse something that’s a passion and believe it’s our purpose. 

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5 Differences Between Finding Your Passion and Finding Your Purpose

“If you wanted to start a campfire with passion and purpose, you’d start with a foundation of wood (your purpose), and start the flame with a match (your passion).” – Jessica Lauren DeBry

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How to Find Purpose in Life and Make Yourself a Better Person

Some mornings, you may feel that there’s something deeper you could be a part of. You feel the pull towards something but you can’t exactly pin it down—it eludes you and frustrates you. “What is my purpose in life?” You wonder.

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What does it mean/look like to hold space for someone?

You’ve heard this term before. This idea of holding space. Most likely from friends on their Eat Love Pray journey, doing therapy for the first time, having “huge” revelations, and bringing that kind of language into their everyday life.