Michael Stahl

Michael Stahl is a journalist, writer and editor based in Queens, New York. His work has appeared in several print and online publications, including RollingStone.com, Huffington Post, Splitsider, and Narratively where he serves as a features editor. Read more of his writing here.

mental health

I’m So Into Therapy That I Might Be Self-Sabotaging so I Can Stay in it

If I keep myself buried in the muck of my mind, I could continue to absorb the compassion, empathy, acceptance, and support my therapist gives me twice a week.
Michael Stahl
11.26.18
mental health

These Bikers Are Trying to Break Stereotypes About Masculinity and Mental Health

“If just one person starts opening up, that usually encourages others to do the same and what real strength and courage is, in my opinion, is showing your vulnerability.”
Michael Stahl
10.8.18
mental health

This Is How a Therapist Decides How Much They Need to Praise You

Strength-based perspective therapy plays out kind of as a “rent-a-friend” dynamic with deeper psychological analysis happening in-session.
Michael Stahl
7.17.18
relationships

Sometimes the Breakup-Instigator Struggles With Closure

Why was I having so much trouble moving past my own decision to end the relationship?
Michael Stahl
4.12.18
mental health

When Therapy Makes You Feel Terrible Before It Makes You Feel Better

Talking to a psychologist after my last breakup meant mourning all my exes.
Michael Stahl
1.25.18
mental health

Creativity and OCD Go Bizarrely Hand-in-Hand

The disorder presents a unique set of challenges—and sometimes freedom—for people in the performing arts.
Michael Stahl
10.4.17
Occupational Hazard

The Extreme Anxiety of Being a Freelancer

That "freedom" will test your mental health.
Michael Stahl
5.24.17
Sleep

The Benefits of Cuddling with Inanimate Objects at Night

Spooning a pillow can seriously soothe a troubled sleeper.
Michael Stahl
3.31.17
depression

Let's All Laugh at How Depressed We Are for a Sec

The hilarious John Moe dissects my Trump desolation.
Michael Stahl
2.17.17