It’s not always apparent why we do the things we do. Sometimes our decisions are out of habit, out of fear or pure comfort. We take the same road home after work, for example, or eat at the same restaurant every week. There are these innocuous decisions we make and then there ones that are much more damaging.

We may snap at a loved one over something trivial or stay with the same partner, doctor or friend for years even though we know that doing so is not good for us.

While deciding to do the same workout or eat the same cereal will hardly hurt us, being aware of why we make other decisions that do is integral to our physical and mental health.

This week our bloggers are shaking things up by calling attention to issues we may otherwise accept without question. Whether it’s being conscious of our options for mental health treatment, how we treat our children, why we feel self-conscious crying in front of others, or spreading truth not stigma, these posts address important issues of awareness. It may be perfectly fine if we choose to laugh off a joke on mental illness or take antidepressants, but the key is knowing why you’re doing it.

If you are clear about your own beliefs and intentions and guard yourself with accurate information, you’ll be better able to make the right decision for you.

Depression? Anxiety? Why Take a Pill, When It’s Your Nature to Heal? Part 1 of 2

(Neuroscience & Relationships) – Over diagnosis and over reliance on psychotropic medications are increasingly becoming an issue when it comes to Americans and mental illness. Why is our culture heavily dependent on drugs as the treatment of choice and why are we leaning away from other sources of treatment such as talk therapy? This controversial post investigates the intention behind options for mental health treatment in the United States.

Tears and Emotions

(The Emotionally Sensitive Person) – We may be afraid of crying out of the erroneous belief that others will judge us as weak. But is there any truth to it? What does shedding a tear really mean and what is their truth purpose in our lives? Read this intriguing post to find out.

Kmart Stigmatizes Children With Mental Illness – Selling Offensive T-shirts

(Mental Health Humor) – What’s on a few Kmart T-shirts that have Chato and his readers upset? Find out why he feels the shirts are “perpetuating hate by stigmatizing mental illness” and then share your own thoughts in his comments below.

Laptop Dads, Tiger Mothers, And Other Dubious Parenting Styles

(Real World Research) – No one’s denying the difficulty of child rearing here. But this guest post by developmental psychologist Dr. Lara Mayeux is frowning upon bad behavior-not kids, but their parents. Learn what type of parenting behaviors can have the best and most detrimental impact on your child.

Whitney Had No Demons

(Depression On My Mind) – Whitney Houston may have suffered in her life, but what killed her wasn’t her “demons.” Christine explains why it’s not only inaccurate to say so, but labeling illness as a demon is taking a step backwards in our attempt to destigmatize mental illness.