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The Alternative Road to Health and Wellness

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

The Alternative Road to Health and WellnessMany mental health professionals have long conceded that while temperament is inborn, personality can change a bit over time. Factors that can influence this susceptibility to change include variables such as family, genetics, environment and circumstances, which all serve to contribute to the shaping of an individual’s unique personality over the course of a lifetime.

One’s environment — which largely is controllable — is a major factor in achieving and sustaining happiness. In Spontaneous Happiness, holistic health pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil shares his secrets to finding happiness based on his own lifelong battle with depression.

3 Strategies for Getting Things Done When You’re Depressed

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

3 Strategies for Getting Things Done When You’re DepressedDepression is a difficult illness. Not only does it sink your mood and self-esteem, but it also saps your energy and motivation. It makes getting things done — everything from working to cooking to paying the bills to making decisions — incredibly challenging.

“I’m still depressed more than I’m well,” writes Julie A. Fast, in Get It Done When You’re Depressed: 50 Strategies for Keeping Your Life On Track, a valuable book written with neuropsychologist John D. Preston, PsyD.

Listening to Our Emotions

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Listening to Our EmotionsIlene Dillon is a world-renowned change agent and transformation specialist. Believing that truth is simple, she seeks and imparts the most straightforward and simple ways to understand and live life. Known as the Emotional Pro, Ilene has conducted her Parenting Consciously and personal awakening workshops worldwide and on Internet radio. She was interviewed by Francine Silverman.

3 Communication Errors We Make All the Time & How to Fix Them

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

3 Communication Errors We Make All the Time & How to Fix ThemCommunicating seems relatively simple. All we have to do is open our mouths to speak, and, other times, hear what the other person is saying.

In reality, however, communication is a bit trickier. In a single conversation many things can get lost in translation.

Being Authentic, Not Obnoxious

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Why Men Don't Ask for Directions

Do you know people who pride themselves on being authentic, yet when you walk away from them, you feel badly about yourself and the interaction? Perhaps they’re angry, accusatory, blaming, and shaming, yet they have no clue how they’ve hurt you.

“I tell it like it is,” they proudly declare. “I say exactly what I think. You want me to be honest, right?”

Cutting Down on Chronic Lateness for Adults with ADHD

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

 Cutting Down on Chronic Lateness for Adults with ADHDPeople with ADHD have a distorted sense of time. Sometimes, the passage of time is excruciatingly slow. “Waiting in line feels like hours,” said Roxanne Fouché, an ADHD coach and consultant.

Other times, time flies. What feels like 15 minutes of engaging in a fun activity is really 45 minutes, she said.

According to professor and ADHD researcher Russell Barkley, Ph.D, many people with ADHD are “time blind.” They forget the purpose of their task and feel uninspired to finish it.

Lived Experience Coping Tips for Suicidal Thoughts

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Lived Experience Coping Tips for Suicidal Thoughts For the last couple of years I’ve been asking people on Twitter, “What’s your favourite way to cope with suicidal thoughts?”

Answers were then retweeted, and favourited by my account @unsuicide.

They range from physical activity — cycling, walking, yoga — to cognitive exercises and reframing that helps with perspective when confronted by suicidal thoughts. Sleep, art, music, and writing were all mentioned more than once. And one popular method of coping was pets.

Now I’ve collected those tweets onto one web page, Lived Experience Coping Tips.

It includes adorable photos of supportive cats.

How Adults with ADHD Can Become Better Listeners

Monday, March 31st, 2014

How Adults with ADHD Can Become Better ListenersBecause adults with attentive deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are easily distracted by their environment and their own thoughts and feelings, listening to others is a challenge, according to Beth Main, a certified ADHD coach.

It’s a challenge in all kinds of settings, from one-on-one conversations to classroom lectures to work meetings.

After all, “Inability to sustain attention is one of the hallmark symptoms of ADHD.”

4 Proven Ways to Overcome Adversity

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

4 Proven Ways to Overcome Adversity   Does it seem like every challenge that you experience becomes a big headache in your life?

No matter what adverse events you are currently experiencing, there is a purpose behind each one. For most of us, it’s difficult to imagine that losing a child or finding out that you have cancer is a blessing. I know from personal experience.

Signs Your Boundaries Are Too Loose or Too Rigid

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Signs Your Boundaries Are Too Loose or Too RigidMany of us might not realize it, but the boundaries we currently have may be too restrictive or too permissive. Since boundaries are our rules for relationships and really how we live our lives, it’s important to make sure we’re maintaining healthy limits — which both protect us and permit intimacy.

Psychotherapist Joyce Marter, LCPC, described healthy boundaries as the “midway between Diva and Doormat.”

The Diva is grandiose and entitled, while the Doormat is passive and has low self-esteem. The Diva doesn’t respect others’ boundaries, while the Doormat doesn’t respect her own, she said.

Fidgeting Strategies that Help People with ADHD Focus

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Fidgeting Strategies that Help People with ADHD FocusWe’re taught that we need to sit still and focus on one thing when we’re studying, writing, working or engaging in other activities.

But for people with ADHD those things usually don’t work. They’re especially ineffective when they need to focus on tedious or mundane tasks. People with ADHD often work best when they’re doing something else, too.

Dancing in the Rain: Learning to Live With Treatment-Resistant Depression & Chronic Pain

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Dancing in the Rain: Learning to Live With Treatment-Resistant Depression & Chronic Pain“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass … it’s about learning to dance in the rain,” wrote Vivian Greene. Dancing in the rain is the modus operandi of folks living with chronic pain. They spend a lifetime figuring out how to dance gracefully — with little effort visible to the observer — and to resist the urge to sit down and close their eyes until the sun comes back out.

Living with treatment-resistant depression, the kind of melancholy that hangs around for years or decades or sometimes a lifetime, requires the same skills. We don’t often categorize it as such, but treatment-resistant depression is a type of chronic illness, sometimes involving disabling pain on a daily basis.

Like most people with compromised health, I have concentrated my energy for the last 40 years on how to get rid of the pain, how to get to a better spot where I will be able to live more freely and won’t have to spend so many hours with my nose to a self-help book or scribbling symptoms in my mood journal, recording the day’s number, between a serene 0 and a suicidal 5.

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