The Problem With Being Perfect

Striving for perfection is often portrayed as a positive trait; however, extreme perfectionism can lead to depression, anxiety, and even suicidal ideation. Therapists say there are many different ways that perfectionism can manifest - and some include procrastination and self-sabotage.

Lawsuit Over a Suicide Points to a Risk of Antidepressants

"Concerns about safety have long dogged antidepressants. In 2006, the makers of Paxil upgraded their warning label to caution that among adults of all ages with major depressive disorder, the frequency of suicidal behavior was higher in patients treated with paroxetine (Paxil) compared with placebo — 6.7 times higher."

Collision with Reality: What Depth Psychology Can Tell us About Victimhood Culture

"A diagnosis carries with it a sense of absolution. It isn’t our fault that we have anxiety or depression. Forces beyond our control have conspired against us... when our diagnosis becomes an important part of who we are, we are encouraged to abdicate responsibility for our plight. We are adrift on life’s turbulent currents, without blame, but also without agency. [...]

‘13 Reasons Why’ Through the Lens of A Clinical Psychologist

By Amy E. Ellis of Thrive Global “13 Reasons Why”, a Netflix-original drama that boasts Selena Gomez as one of the executive producers, is a series that focuses on Hannah, a young high school girl who has recently committed suicide. She leaves behind carefully orchestrated narratives on cassette tapes in which she names individuals whom she alleges all had a [...]

What Does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain?

"As the popularity of mindfulness grows, brain imaging techniques are revealing that this ancient practice can profoundly change the way different regions of the brain communicate with each other – and therefore how we think – permanently."

Loneliness actually hurts us on a cellular level

A scientist explains how the pain of loneliness makes us sick: Companionship is an asset for human survival, but its mirror twin, isolation, can be toxic. The very cells of people who live through periods of chronic loneliness look different. More specifically, the white blood cells of people who suffer through chronic loneliness appear to be stuck in a state [...]

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