"My daily life is the working through of my losses. My daily life happens on account of what has been taken away. Everything I have and everything that I have lost is present. And if I can allow myself – that is my heart, body, soul, and mind – to traverse the terrain of myself. Then I am living. There [...]
"High-functioning depression is when someone seems to have it all together on the outside, but on the inside, they are severely sad. Carol Landau, PhD, a clinical professor of psychiatry and human behavior and medicine at Brown University, says she primarily sees this in women with a penchant for perfectionism—AKA the same people who are likely your colleagues and friends [...]
"Organizations like Toronto Psychotherapy Group, whose members provide professional help for a wide array of issues experienced by patients of all ages, are seeing a growing interest in talk therapy from millennials who are concerned about aspects of their mental health....."
"Current, medical treatments suppress symptoms but long-term use hinders the process of new self-construction…research tells us that we should use our medications carefully, sparingly, and temporarily. We should always use them in conjunction with serious psychotherapy that aims to help personal reintegration (not just superficial ‘counselling’ about ‘how to live with your illness’). Healing must involve a new integration of [...]
"...But here’s an alternative view, which should be obvious but apparently is not: playing is learning. At play, children learn the most important of life’s lessons, the ones that cannot be taught in school. To learn these lessons well, children need lots of play — lots and lots of it, without interference from adults."
The cost of loneliness may be much greater than emotional discomfort. In this article from NPR, Angus Chen discusses the potentially lethal effects loneliness can have on our immune systems. In this way, understanding - and tending to - our loneliness becomes a crucial step in maintaining our good health.
"Emotional intelligence is still not completely understood, but what we do know is that emotions play a very critical role in the overall quality of our personal and professional lives, more critical even than our actual measure of brain intelligence. While tools and technology can help us to learn and master information, nothing can replace our ability to learn, manage, [...]
Here is beautifully written and important piece by Alison Crosthwait in which she addresses the question of what constitutes emotional health - a concept that is too often reduced to snap judgments, assumptions and sometimes damning assessments of ourselves and others. In fact, "emotional health" is a deep and multi-faceted state of being, existing on a continuum.