Some people think suicide is a cowardly or selfish act, but carrying it out is far from easy. Forming the foundations of all life is the urge to survive. Something catastrophic must happen to rob someone of their will to live, convincing them that death is the only thing that can end their torment.
Mental health is a large part of the our individual lives and, as such, plays an important role in our existence and the ways in which we interact. In a modern society in which global and economic upheaval often pushes people and systems to the edge, psychology plays an important role in rationalizing the complicated human condition.
It starts off so innocent, like the smell of the earth before it rains. “I feel fine, I feel OK, I feel content.” But I know how you really feel. I know the heaviness that creeps over your body when you lie down at night. I know the thoughts that start to linger in your Read more
“[Thriving] appears to come down to an individual experiencing a sense of development, of getting better at something, and succeeding at mastering something. In the simplest terms, what underpins it is feeling good about life and yourself and being good at something.”
Thanks to social media, purpose and meaning have become conflated with glamour: Extraordinary lives look like the norm on the internet. Yet the idea that a meaningful life must be or appear remarkable is not only elitist but also misguided.
Through the ups and downs, Blue ― as her fans call her ― has relied on art to help her express her pain, fears and other difficult thoughts and feelings. The East London-based artist has accumulated a large following on the site DeviantArt, where she posts her colorful, imaginative and deeply emotional drawings.
After making it through the maelstrom of middle age, many adults find themselves approaching older age wondering “what will give purpose to my life?” now that the kids have flown the nest and retirement is in the cards. How they answer the question can have significant implications for their health.
Those who accept all their emotions without judgment tend to be less likely to ruminate on negativity, less likely to try to suppress mental experiences (which can backfire by amplifying these experiences), and less likely to experience negative “meta-emotional reactions,” like feeling upset about feeling upset.
“There are more things … likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality.”
What many aren’t happy to tell you about are the ‘aches and pains’ they experience in their minds. This is because mental health is often misunderstood and not everyone appreciates that we all have it (whether good or not so good).
I was so terrified of both living and dying that my anxiety became a kind of living death. It was an existence, but nothing more than that. I was on something terrible that I couldn’t get off. I felt like I was always hurtling towards disaster.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been told to strive for balance. Yet I’ve noticed something interesting: The times in my life during which I’ve felt happiest and most alive are also the times that I’ve been the most unbalanced.
“There is robust evidence that social isolation and loneliness significantly increase risk for premature mortality, and the magnitude of the risk exceeds that of many leading health indicators,” Holt-Lunstad said in a statement about the research.
From the viewpoint of evolutionary biology, altruistic suicide on behalf of others might possibly be genetically advantageous. But egoistic suicide, simply to stop the self from hurting, could only be severely disadvantageous.
The Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being review explored how and why happiness is linked to physical well-being. Specifically, researchers found subjective assessments of well-being—such as enjoyment of life or greater life satisfaction—appear to improve physical health.
While it’s normal to feel bummed out after a hard day, it’s not so normal to feel bad for extended periods of time — especially if you’re staying in bed, feeling hopeless, or skipping out on your favorite activities.
In a cultural age that’s decidedly pro-positivity, the pressure to suppress or camouflage negative feelings is real. However, psychological studies have shown that acceptance of those negative emotions is the more reliable route to regaining and maintaining peace of mind.
It’s important to realize that personality traits are a matter of degree, says Dr. Roman Kotov, an associate professor in the department of psychiatry at Stony Brook School of Medicine in New York. They fall on a continuum, just like intelligence.
Research shows that a weak sense of belonging is correlated with depression. Finding a greater sense of purpose and developing the belief that you are deeply cared for by others creates a willingness to endure life’s challenges.
Even when my patients think they’re doing a decent job of caring for themselves, we almost always discover at some point in therapy that that’s not entirely true. Although most have surface reasons for not prioritizing self-care; usually lack of time or resources, the root cause is often guilt.
Nature is beneficial – maybe essential – for human health. Psychologists and health researchers are finding more and more science-backed reasons we should spend time outside.
Therapeutic gardening can be a powerful way to ground psychiatric patients because it puts them in contact with nature and other people and gets their bodies moving. Grounding techniques help people detach from emotional pain by reconnecting with the external world and the present moment.
The belief that mental illness is worse in industrialized and urbanized environments is supported by some evidence. For example, much recent research suggests that rates of mental illness are higher in urban centres, compared with rates in the countryside.
James C. Harris, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral science and director of Johns Hopkins University’s Developmental Neuropsychiatry Clinic, spent more than a decade writing monthly essays that connect the visual arts to larger issues of psychiatry and mental illness.
As I wait for contacts in Cuba and Tobago/Trinidad to answer interview questions, my mind ponders the concept of worlds. Private worlds, of isolation, sadness, and suffering. Today, I brushed past one of those worlds on my morning walk along the river where I live.
What we all have to realize is that even though one works as hard as possible to live, sometimes, people lose. Sometimes people lose their fight against cancer and sometimes people lose their fight against mental illness and addiction.