The Pursuit of High Self-Esteem Is Making Us Miserable
“We think of boosts to self-esteem as analogous to sugar: tasty but not nutritious.”
Why Is It Still So Hard For Young People of Color to Get Therapy?
More Black and brown millennials are seeking therapy, but there are still major obstacles in a mental health care system designed for white people.
After I Got Hit By a Car, I Never Expected Crosswords Would Save Me
When I felt isolated or resentful, puzzles helped me remember how to connect with the world outside my head.
Postpartum OCD Is Real. This Is What You Need to Know About It
The sheer volume of terrifying thoughts can transform new-parent nerves into unmanageable anxiety.
How Letter Writing Became an Unexpected Mental Health Aid
More people have realized how taking pen to paper can force you to consider the nuances, logic, and depth of your thoughts.
Long Walks Were the Antidote to My Fear of Failure
The meditation of walking in a city is not as internal as that of hiking. You do not lose yourself in the silence; rather, you melt into the physical beat of observation.
How Small Talk With Almost-Strangers Profoundly Affects Your Happiness
Research shows weak-tie relationships can be just as important as strong-tie relationships for our mental health.
How Do You Help an Online Friend Who Seems Depressed?
When you barely know someone, it's hard to tell what’s a mental health crisis and what’s just run-of-the-mill venting.
What Happened When I Stopped Going to Therapy
"During the last loss of both therapist and psychiatrist, I became technically homeless for four months."
This Week in Science
More People Are Feeling Despair and it Might Be Killing Us
A study of over 18,000 Americans found that despair increases in your 30s and could be leading to an increase of "deaths of despair."
I Tried Rope Bondage as a Coping Mechanism for My Anxiety
It felt like yoga—a steady, reliable movement from discomfort to comfort and I was in control of the pace.
The Idea of 'Manifesting' Your Future May Be Bad for Mental Health
The Law of Attraction says thoughts eventually become reality. That's an anxious person's worst nightmare.