How to Be There for Someone Who Survived a Horrible Trauma

Related Information A recent series of tragic deaths has underscored how traumatic events can claim lives years after the fact. Three people affected by mass shootings—the father of a girl killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012 and two students who survived the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in February […]


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Mental Health Awareness Means Talking About All Types of Mental Illness

Mental illness is incredibly common: Nearly one in five adults in the United States lives with a mental illness, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH). But in spite of its prevalence, there still exists a tremendous amount of stigma associated with mental health conditions. That stigma can have far-reaching consequences, from limiting […]


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Breaking Up With Your Therapist? Here’s Exactly How to Do It

It’s a little twisted that breaking up with your therapist is one of those things it would be really nice to process with…a therapist. Most of us don’t like to hurt other people’s feelings, and having to break up with a therapist might make you worry you’re doing just that. Think of it this way: […]


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Find a Therapist: 7 Ways to Find an Actually Affordable Therapist

Therapy can be incredible. Trying to find a therapist you connect with and can afford? Not so much. “There’s a lot of legwork on behalf of the patient-consumer [trying] to find the right care for themselves, and that can be discouraging,” C. Vaile Wright, Ph.D., director of research and special projects in Practice Research and […]


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Here’s What Alexithymia Actually Is—and Why It Can Make Therapy Challenging

When you first enter therapy, it might be surprisingly difficult to answer the question, “How are you feeling?” Answering that question can be even more of a challenge if you deal with what is known as alexithymia, a dysfunction that makes it tough to recognize and name your emotions. Many people who have depression, post-traumatic […]


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There’s an Anxiety Drug Shortage—Here’s What You Need to Know

The shortage of an anxiety medication sounds like some sort of cruel joke. But it’s a very real situation for people who take the prescription drug buspirone: A shortage of buspirone has been going on since November, as the New York Times reported last week. And currently at least five manufacturers of the generic drug […]


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Fear of Flying: How to Finally Overcome Yours

I know a little something about having a fear of flying. About six months ago, on a flight from New Jersey to California, I had a panic attack. It was likely induced by a lack of sleep, which provokes my anxiety, and my fear of becoming panicked on the plane, which is ultimately exactly what […]


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Antipsychotics and Pregnancy: What to Know

Deciding to have a baby (or another one) is a big step for anyone. But, if you also happen to take antipsychotics for a mental health issue like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, that may cause additional questions: Can your medications impact your fertility? Is it safe to be on those medications during your pregnancy? Is […]


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How Circus Training Helps Me Manage My Anxiety Disorder

I hovered 30 feet off the ground, trying not to look down, a long loop of fabric my only support. How did I get here? My heart rate increased before I went to complete the drop—the most complicated trick I’d ever done, which involved flipping through the sling from high in the air. (Did I […]


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