Posts in category Professional Submission

The Agoraphobic Life

The Agoraphobic Life

What the agoraphobic wants *normal* people to know: When I say I can’t go out I really can’t. For some reason my brain reacts as if it’s life threatening event. And what I experience is very similar to what everyone does when they start to pass away, scary huh? Imagine having those feelings through out […]

I Finally Met My Mom, Sober

I Finally Met My Mom, Sober

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.” — John Wayne When I was twenty-two I got a call from my father early in the morning before work. He called to […]

My Journey Through The Darkness

My Journey Through The Darkness

I knew I’d been running on fumes for months but I had to keep going anyway. There is always something to take care of but sometimes it can get so overwhelming you don’t know where to start and ultimately nothing gets done. I woke up on a Thursday morning and noticed I had what felt […]

Depression: And The Switch That Might Turn It Off

Depression: And The Switch That Might Turn It Off

Could we “turn off” diseases like Parkinson’s or depression? A neurosurgery pioneer shows how he’s doing just that (the video clips of patients are particularly moving):

Everything Is Awful and I’m Not Okay: Self Care Checklist

Everything Is Awful and I’m Not Okay: Self Care Checklist

Having a mental illness is sometimes a life long battle. You will feel alone, you will be judged, and you will doubt yourself. Others will tell you that you are fine, that nobody has it perfect, and that nobody is normal. The fact that you have learned coping strategies and that you piece together a […]

What Is Transcendental Meditation, And What It Is Not

What Is Transcendental Meditation, And What It Is Not

Below is a fascinating video in which Bob Roth explains: • What TM is • What TM is not • What happens during TM • How we know TM really works • TM’s effect on the brain • The natural tendency of the mind • What a mantra is • Where TM came from • […]

Living With Myself: Army Tattoos, OCD and Social Anxiety

Living With Myself: Army Tattoos, OCD and Social Anxiety

Living With Myself: How I Reconciled Army Tattoos, OCD and Social Anxiety Into A Fruitful, Self-Aware Life Albert Chessa is an Australian Artist currently living in Canberra. 1988 – 2005 – Early Life & Education Albert Cedric William Chessa (A.C.W.C) was born in Waratah, near Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia, and is the second […]

8 Things To Do When Your Friend Has A Drug Problem

8 Things To Do When Your Friend Has A Drug Problem

Fraser and I met at Voorhees High School in the the winter of the 1991-92 school  year. We were in honors sophomore English. There were a number of difficult kids in that class, and I still feel a bit badly for our teacher, Peggy Quadrini. Fraser and I spent the next couple of years partying, joking, […]

There Is No Magic Behind Psychotherapy

There Is No Magic Behind Psychotherapy

At least not the way I do it…. It’s scary to think or much less believe that you are in charge in your session. Not the person you think of as the expert. Get this: Every single thing that happens comes from you. Your counselor gets credit for nothing. If they are good…they have spent […]

Why Do People Cry?

Why Do People Cry?

What is it that causes people to express themselves in tears?  Conventional wisdom has it that, if you are crying, you are sad.  Likely you are depressed.  While this is sometimes true, it is often, perhaps most often, not true. We cry for many reasons, it happens when our feelings physically overflow.  If we are […]