The anxiety I had from nearly dying almost submerged my life in depression and fear. But I had an escape. I'd turn on a gaming console, play a bit, and it would all fade away—if only for a while.
There is nothing more uncomfortable than feeling as though you are not in complete control of the systems that function within you. You know there is no logical reason for feeling this way. And yet, in spite of it all, you do.
In light of Tim Hunt's comments, everyone's been weighing in on whether men or women cry more often. But who cares? What's wrong with a little weep every now and then?
A few months ago, sitting on a tram at lunchtime, I noticed a young girl staring at me with her mouth wide open. Staring back I thought: There's nothing like the puzzled look of a child on public transport to tell you you're not passing.
Death makes us vulnerable, incoherent, and depressed. Death doulas are here to help.
I've begun to think that my feelings of depression are trying to tell me something pure and true—a message from my soul about the way I live my life and the nature of life itself.
I was in an antisocial shell after a suicide attempt, but multiplayer gaming brought me back.
The frustration that accompanies being friends with someone with mental illness has nothing to do with the friend herself. I am frustrated that her medications don't work, the doctors can't seem to help her, and neither can I.
I've had chronic pain in the pit of my stomach for about two and a half years. I move around sluggishly, the color drained from my face, always distracted by what's going on in my bowels.
The planned merger of emergency and non-urgent telephone hotlines may see people at high-risk of suicide face more barriers to finding help, and cut jobs in the process.
I used to think people with anxiety could talk themselves out of it. Now I know better.
The one thought that completely invades my brain when I'm awake (and even, at times, in my sleep) is: "Will I vomit today?"
Australia's correctional system is all too frequently the first place of treatment for indigenous people with mental issues.
One in five of us will experience depression in our lifetime. Here are some tips on how to help someone who is unwell.
The stigmatizing of mental illness continues to discourage people from seeking help or speaking openly about their experiences.
"The internet is the biggest source of misinformation about mental health that has ever been created," says Dr. Robert Epstein, mental health expert and former Psychology Today editor-in-chief.
I've tried to come off Prozac in the past but felt awful when I did. Does that make me an addict? I've given up worrying—as a depressive, life is livable on them. That's all that matters.
Over 250,000 new mothers experience perinatal mental illness each year in Britain. So why did I find it so hard to get help?
"Depression" was a just a word to me before, like "sandals" or "matinée." Now, I get a pang in my chest whenever I hear it.
There's little concrete evidence to suggest there is any relationship between depression and hook-ups, but that doesn't stop foreboding headlines and biased studies from trying to tell us otherwise.
Will Russell was depressed, homeless, and down on his luck until he came up with the idea to start a festival for The Big Lebowski fans. Since this, his life has been on the upswing.
It's hard to be depressed yourself when you're confronted with the most depressing stuff imaginable.
Millions of us take drugs. But for those who aren't feeling great about themselves, the need for escapism can be stronger. Unfortunately, this chemical sanctuary can worsen people's mental health.
Is the appearance of mental illness in young people a matter of environment or biology?