I was pleasantly surprised to see O magazine’s February issue dedicated to mental health. Although it was shown mostly in the back of the magazine’s personal essays, it gave an honest and gripping perspective of what it’s like to live with mental illness. Here are a few takeaways that do a wonderful job in capturing the often misunderstood and rarely discussed issue we all face.
“…perhaps those who are depressed, anxious, and struggling won’t be doubly handicapped by a culture asking what’s wrong with them rather than asking that question of itself.” – Elizabeth Berg, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”
“I began, slowly, to walk the path to wellness, but soon found I had another battle to fight: Once I admitted that I was recovering from depression and PTSD, my voice became suspect. My decisions, my career, my ability to parent were questioned. It was as if the broken glasses I had removed had been taken up by others. Some never saw me the same way again.” – Cynthia Bond, “Back to Life, Back to Reality”
The beautiful thing about sharing your story is that it heals yourself while it heals others. When we read about the difficulties others have endured, we feel less alone and more normal. I hope our posts this week will give you that same sense of ease.
A Parent’s Worst Nightmare: 5 Possible Signs of Teenage Sociopathy
(Caregivers, Family & Friends) – No one wants to believe their child could be a sociopath. But if your teen is exhibiting these behaviors, you should seek help.
Beware – The Narcissist Wound
(The Recovery Expert) – Know a narcissist? Then you might have already experience this response when you tried to protect yourself.
The Emotional Kill Switch for Men in Relationships
(NLP Discoveries) – Is your man emotionally unavailable? One woman shares what you’re doing to turn him off.
Self-Care: Essential After Narcissistic Abuse (Pt. 2 of 2)
(Narcissism Meets Normalcy) – Self-care is essential especially for those recovering from abuse. Here are some common self-care mistakes you may be making along with several creative ways you can begin to start taking care of yourself.
7 Things Sigmund Freud “Nailed” About Love & Sex
(Practical Psychoanalysis) – Sigmund Freud admittedly got a few things wrong when it comes to love and sex. But here’s what he got right.