On Choosing to Share Your Abortion Story Online—Or Not

Related Information The headlines broadcasting the many attacks on abortion access are nonstop: Georgia signs a six-week abortion ban into law; Missouri’s last abortion clinic risks closure; Alabama enacts a near-total abortion ban with the most restrictive bill in the nation. Thankfully, none of these bans have actually gone into effect, but the threat remains […]

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How Skin Care Became a Crucial Part of My Sobriety Toolbox

My skin was the last thing on my mind when I stopped drinking after 20 years of weekend binges and using wine to self-medicate. Sure, I expected clearer skin to be one of the welcome side effects, like having more disposable income and remembering everything from the night before. What I didn’t expect was how […]

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How to Help a Friend in an Abusive Relationship

If you have a friend in an abusive relationship, you might feel scared, hopeless, and most of all, helpless. Whether the intimate partner violence in question is physical, emotional, economic, or falls into multiple categories, you may be at a complete loss as to what you can do. The best ways to show up for […]

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How I Balance My Skin-Care Routine and My OCD Symptoms

In the past year, thanks to the proliferation of skin-care recommendations via social media, I’ve become unexpectedly preoccupied with what I’m putting on my face. For years, I was content to lazily rinse with water in the morning or apply years-old drugstore exfoliator. Then I learned about toner, and from there my skin-care education expanded […]

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IBD and Depression: Is There a Connection?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and depression can go together. After all, IBD doesn’t just affect you physically. It can take a toll on your self-confidence, your relationships, your work life, and your zeal for new adventures and activities. If you experience regular episodes of severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, and cramping, your life may revolve around […]

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This Is the Difference Between Feeling Anxious and Having an Anxiety Disorder

Your thoughts are racing. Your heart is practically pounding out of your chest. Your forehead is damp with sweat. Whether you’re about to have a job interview or walk into a party alone, you might chalk up these feelings to run-of-the-mill anxiety. But when does feeling anxious actually qualify as having an anxiety disorder? How […]

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Depression: Supporting a Family Member or Friend

Helping someone with depression can be a challenge. If someone in your life has depression, you may feel helpless and wonder what to do. Learn how to offer support and understanding and how to help your loved one get the resources to cope with depression. Here’s what you can do. Learn the symptoms of depression. […]

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How to Be There for Someone Who Survived a Horrible Trauma

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 2018—have died […]

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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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