Life Can Change for the Better

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Charlotte Underwood This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked author and advocate Charlotte Underwood about her history of mental health challenges and her current activities. Here’s our interview: DS: Tell us about when you first started becoming aware of … Read more…

Lessons Learned from Making a Mistake

Have you ever made a mistake and then beat yourself up with self-criticism? Did you say negative things to yourself, like “I’m such a loser!” or “I can’t believe I was so stupid!”? Or did you get angry at yourself and end up feeling miserable, depressed or ashamed? Perhaps you even threw things, yelled at the … Read more…

“Why Don’t People Get Treatment? (& How Can We Help?)” – CXMH Podcast Interview

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Robert Vore for the CXMH Podcast. Let me first tell you a little about Robert and the podcast, then we’ll dive into a little preview of what we discussed on the podcast. If you can’t wait and want to jump right over to hear the podcast, … Read more…

Bipolar is Not Who I Am

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Clare Malcolm  This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked writer and author Clare Malcolm about her history of mental health challenges and her current treatment. Here’s our interview: DS: Tell us about when you first started becoming aware of … Read more…

10 Things You May Not Know About Your Therapist

Like many clinical psychologists, I’ve been fortunate to help a lot of people through psychotherapy. I’ve written before about the significant benefits of therapy, and I do firmly believe that psychotherapy is a highly effective approach to help manage many different types of mental health challenges. I also recognize that there are many different types … Read more…

The Journey to Healing Begins Within

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Heidi Sullivan-Inyama This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked author and mental health advocate Heidi Sullivan-Inyama about her history of mental health challenges and her current activities. Here’s our interview: DS: Tell us about when you first started becoming … Read more…

A 10-Step Plan to Fix Our Mental Health System

To say we are in a time of great unease and uncertainty is an understatement. We are stressed, oppressed, bullied, harassed, victimized and our mental health is often stretched to the limit. As many as 1 in 4 of us will deal with a mental health challenge at some point in our lives. Record numbers … Read more…

Be Brave and Have Hope

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Marie McCormack This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked mental health advocate Marie McCormack about her history of mental health challenges and her current activities. Here’s our interview: DS: Tell us about when you first started becoming aware of … Read more…

Let’s Stop “Committing Suicide” Once and For All

We were shocked to learn that one of our Kentucky state representatives, Dan Johnson, recently accused of molesting a 17-year-old girl in 2012, killed himself on December 13. Johnson denied any wrongdoing in a recent press conference. Stepping aside from the issue of Johnson’s alleged behaviors, his death by suicide is tragic. Johnson’s death was … Read more…

Life is About Creating Yourself

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Cynthia Dudley This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked peer support program administrator and mental health advocate Cynthia Dudley about her history of mental health challenges and her current activities. Here’s our interview: DS: Tell us about when you first started … Read more…

Three Years as a Mental Health Blogger

Whether this is the first time you’ve visited my blog or you’re a loyal follower, I want to say thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet. Since this week is the third anniversary of my mental health and wellness blog, it’s time for my annual recap about trends and numbers from my … Read more…

Your Life Has Purpose

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Kitt O’Malley This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked writer and mental health advocate Kitt O’Malley about her history of mental health challenges and her current activities. Here’s our interview: DS: Tell us about when you first started becoming aware of … Read more…

Tap Into the Power of Giving Thanks

As I write this, during the Thanksgiving season, I’m reminded of many of the wonderful things I’m grateful for in my life: family, health, friends, a safe and comfortable home, a satisfying career, and the privilege of living in a free country. As I reflect on these things, I can’t help but feel a little … Read more…

Thriving on the Other Side of Illness

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Mark Hattas This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked entrepreneur Mark Hattas about his history of mental health challenges and about the recent launch of his new mental health organization. Here’s our interview: DS: Tell us about when you first … Read more…

Find Value in All Parts of Your Precious Self

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Tina Busby This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked peer support specialist and advocate Tina Busby about her history of mental health challenges and her current activities. Here’s our interview: DS: Tell us about when you first started becoming aware of … Read more…

When Recovery Hurts

I’ve written a lot about recovery from mental illness and addiction on this blog and in many other forums. I’ve described what recovery is and what it isn’t, and how to develop your own personal recovery plan to achieve your goals. It’s also worth repeating that one of my favorite definitions of recovery is “a process … Read more…

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