Brain and Behavior

5 Common Traits of Psychologically Healthy People

How psychologically healthy are YOU?

We all have a general idea of what we think a psychologically healthy person looks like. Maybe it’s not being depressed or anxious, not suffering, or not having a diagnosis. Maybe it’s being happy, or simply able to live a good life. All of these things are important and have great merit, of course. But what are the specific factors that make a person psychologically healthy? Here are the five hallmarks that hardly anyone thinks about.
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10 Tips for Talking to Someone With Mental Health Problems

"Lots of people with your illness live highly functioning and fulfilling lives."

As someone who's quite open about having bipolar disorder, I've experienced a number of unusual and upsetting responses from friends, co-workers and even some family members who didn't know how to deal with the information. Reactions like, “I feel like I'm walking on eggshells!” to, “You don't seem that bad!” are hurtful and unhelpful.

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5 Red Flags Your Relationship Is Toxic

Do NOT miss these signs.

When we’re in the thick of our day-to-day life with an *******, we don’t see the long-term negative impact our relationship has on our mood, self-esteem, self-confidence, values, goals and our other meaningful relationships. We can transform from a motivated, healthy, happy person into a miserable, sniveling wreck no one wants to be around without even knowing it’s happening.

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Grief and Loss

Why We Grieve So Intensely for Our Pets

Your own pet is never "just a dog."

My wife and I recently went through one of the more excruciatingly sorrowful experiences of our long married life: the death of a pet -- the euthanasia of our beloved dog, Murphy.

Losing a dog is hard enough; setting the time and date in advance and then counting down the hours that we had left with her was almost more than we could bear.

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3 Ways to Work Through the Anger Stage of Grief

(And how to get over it.)

Saying goodbye to him was the hardest thing I ever tried to do. I couldn't do it.

People told me to reach out to God but I was too angry. People told me to call them but what did they know? I was too resentful. I’d see old men and wonder why did they get to live and he had to die? I was too pissed.

When Kubler-Ross did her seminal work on grief, she was sure to include a stage on anger.

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