Why Do Depressed People Push Others Away?

Having friends is cool, but have you ever cut everyone off and disappeared for like three months? Depression manifests differently for each person. It’s no more the forlorn, incapacitated person with bedhead seen in antidepressant commercials, than the polished and high-functioning attorney having liquor for lunch. While some depressed people might feel deep despair, others […]

College Depression and Anxiety Are Serious – Here’s How to Help Yourself or a Friend (as featured in Good Housekeeping)

More than 41 percent of college students stated they felt so depressed that it was “difficult to function” in 2018. There are many exciting things about entering college: possibly living apart from parents for the first time, new classes and friends, more freedom. But there’s a dark side to all of that new opportunity: U.S. […]

Guest Post: Is Anxiety Killing Us as a Culture?

Anxiety is currently a serious problem. As a whole, the collective mind – particularly in Western cultures and North America – seems to be getting more distraught, more stressed, and more anxious. This is creating a number of problems in society as a whole. Is anxiety killing us as a culture? How Could Anxiety Do […]
4 Ways to Reduce Anxiety in the Workplace

Guest Post: 4 Ways to Reduce Anxiety in the Workplace

Anxiety can be a debilitating condition, especially in the workplace. If you have high anxiety all of the time, anxiety while you are at work can make it very difficult to do your job effectively. Anxiety in the workplace can affect your relationships with your coworkers and supervisors, as well as your interactions with clients […]

If You Want to Know What’s Really Going on in Boys’ Heads, Ask Their BFFs (as featured in Good Housekeeping)

Boys talk honestly with their besties about friendship, social media, and what they wish adults knew. If there’s one situation where boys do show empathy, compassion, and openness, it’s when they’re with their best friends. And that type of relationship has to be protected: In a report published in the Journal of Research on Adolescence, NYU Professor […]

Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body. Unless it’s Cancer … On Your Birthday.

On Burning Bridges and Nuzzling Adversity. As an adult adoptee, the older I get the more mannerisms I see in myself from my parents. If there’s any question regarding the nature versus nurture debate, I can tell you firsthand that it hardly matters if you’re bought or birthed. By way of example, my brother (Jeff) […]

If You’ve Ever Thought These 7 Things, You Might Have Relationship OCD (as featured at YourTango.com July 2018)

And the 10 Steps to Take if You Do. The power of the human mind is wonderful and boggling – except when it turns on you while peppering your psyche with a staccato of queries about your relationship.  One minute your partner’s grandeur is so intense, it’s cartoonish. How did you ever land such a […]

What’s Under His Suit? Depression and Anxiety (as featured at PsychCentral.com)

Let’s get candid about male mental health. Men don’t get a lot of compassion — not as a gender, not toward one another, and not toward ourselves. We are the more impulsive, less refined gender that has not progressed much since our cave-dwelling days. We’ve learned to use a salad fork since then, however, and […]

ANXIETY: Find the Humor, Find the Cure (as featured at ADAA.com, March 2018)

The first time I saw a flameless cigarette lighter anywhere but a car was on an enclosed patio wall of the Oakland psychiatric facility where my therapist had sent me due to anxiety and depression. Smoking was the only vice afforded to us. Though even while despondent, I wasn’t interested in adding nicotine to a […]

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