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.
Daphne Merkin is something of an authority on antidepressants — having relied on them for more than 30 years — but when the subject came up at a dinner party she attended a few years ago, she held her tongue.
As anyone who takes medication for an illness that is not physical will know, sometimes you feel you have to out of fear of judgement. And it can really suck.
Teachers, you’re no use to anyone if you break yourself. Here are the five friends everyone needs in a time of mental health crisis, writes the former government mental health tsar and mental health campaigner.
The trivialization of mental illness, especially among college students, undermines the struggles of other students that have serious mental health problems.
Mental illness, looks like unmade beds, unwashed hair, personal hygiene that somehow gets lost in time… The energy and the will to have a shower, to brush your teeth, to eat something, has long but faded to the back of your thoughts. Read more…
I stopped talking in the 80s, and my selective mutism marked me out as a strange, silent kid. But one teacher helped me begin to find my voice.
Fear of confronting the tensions and conflicts brought on by existential concerns–the “big questions” of life–is linked with poorer mental health, including higher levels of depression, anxiety and difficulty regulating emotions.
When it comes to self-advocacy, we talk a good game. We tell patients to ask questions, to seek clarification when they don’t understand the answers, and to make sure their values and goals are part of the discussion.
The secrets within the hospital walls bonding us together are the same web, that when one of us succumbs to the beast of depression, is torn apart forever.
Humans are hardwired to interact with others, especially during times of stress. On the other hand, when we go through a trying ordeal alone, a lack of emotional support and comradeship can increase our anxiety and hinder our ability to cope.
The Central Paradox of Love: Esther Perel on Reconciling the Closeness Needed for Intimacy with the Psychological Distance That Fuels Desire
“Love rests on two pillars: surrender and autonomy. Our need for togetherness exists alongside our need for separateness. One does not exist without the other.”
Reading what other people are feeling is an important skill that helps us navigate conflicts, deepen relationships, and negotiate effectively. So what’s the best way to approach this?
Persuasive technologies, designed to change people’s attitudes and behaviours, are being deployed in every corner of society. Their practitioners are not so much software engineers as they are social engineers.