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Best of Our Blogs: May 15, 2015


I’ve had a lifelong battle with expressing myself when it matters most. It’s always been easier to hide behind my true thoughts by nodding, staying quiet and pretending to be agreeable.

But life doesn’t favor conformity. It doesn’t bring out the brass band for copy cats. It awards and rewards brilliance, individuality and difference. I think when we’re afraid to share who we are, we’re really scared of rejection.

That’s why we hide our flaws. That’s why we struggle so desperately to fit in. It explains why we tuck away our secrets and pretend everything is all right, when we’re really in need of help.

For every person that works hard at perfection is a vulnerable soul who so badly wants to be liked and accepted, they’re willing to bury their true selves in sacrifice.

How do you know this is you?

If you read our posts this week and feel drawn to it, not just for its message, but for our bloggers courageous and genuine personal expression of their experience, then you’re probably challenged by the same thing. Let their personal stories inspire you to take a small risk this weekend to reveal something about yourself to someone you love.

Confessions of a Depressed Mental Health Advocate
(Confessions of a Depressed Mental Health Advocate) – In divulging his true, but not always positive experience with mental illness, Gabe opens the door to many of us who suffer, but are too afraid to share it.

Identifying People In Need: Can You Spot Mental Distress?
(Caregivers, Family & Friends) – Many of us judge a book by its cover and overlook those that truly need our help. See if you’ve fallen for any of these superficial characteristics that blind us to hidden issues with mental health.

What do you do when you’re burned out?!
(Tales of Manic Depression) – Feeling stressed, overwhelmed or burnt out? Instead of completely throwing in the towel, read this.

Can Bipolar Disorder Worsen Procrastination?
(Bipolar Laid Bare) – While procrastination affects all of us, those with bipolar disorder may have a harder time with it. Here are five tips that can help anyone who struggles with getting things done.

The Stigma Of Self Harm
(Cubanity: Brian Cuban’s Recovery Rantings) – This inspiring post reveals something that could help a lot of people. Brian courageously shares his past struggles with self-harm and how he came through on the other side, stronger, more self-aware and with a greater sense of self-worth and love.

Best of Our Blogs: May 15, 2015

Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.

Brandi-Ann Uyemura is a freelance writer specializing in self-help, spirituality, psychology and small business articles. She has a BA in English from University of Oregon and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She writes for various companies and publications and teaches stress management workshops. For more information, see her website

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Uyemura, B. (2018). Best of Our Blogs: May 15, 2015. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 28, 2020, from
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