Habits of People With Concealed Depression

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There will be two main types of people reading this blog: those finding themselves better equipped to understand some of the people they love and those who see their own reflections in these habits.

Depression often goes unseen, unrecognized, and undiagnosed. A person with concealed depression is someone who is conditioned to deal with their inner demons in a way that doesn’t make them clearly visible. They may or may not be diagnosed, and this may or may not be something they’ve shared with even their closest of companions. The problem is that the world becomes darkest when we all stop being able to understand each other. We tend to believe that hardship is worn openly upon one’s chest like a battle scar, but many of these wounds do not easily reveal themselves to those that do not take the time to look. Click here to read more…

How Mental Health Disorders Influence Communication Styles

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People with mental health disorders may communicate differently than people who don’t.

This brings a new meaning to the phrase “It’s not about what you say, but how you say it.”

Dr. Isabelle Bauman, interim communication department head at Missouri State University, studies how mental health influences communication styles. She is writing a book on her research. Click here to read more…

Five Childhood Experiences That Lead to a More Purposeful Life

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According to a new Gallup survey of over 2,000 college graduates, 80 percent believe it’s very or extremely important to have a sense of purpose in their work. Yet fewer than half of them actually succeed in having this experience. 

It’s not surprising that young people are seeking purpose—adolescents with greater purpose experience greater well-being and hope. Purpose is an abiding aim that directs your behavior, provides a sense of meaning in life, and (under some researchers’ definitions) matters to the world beyond the self. Click here to read more…

Let’s Rumble

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At the heart of daring is a deeply human truth that is rarely acknowledged: Courage and fear are not mutually exclusive. Most of us feel brave and afraid at the exact same time. We feel vulnerable. Sometimes all day long. During those moments, when we’re pulled between our fear and our call to courage, we need shared language, skills, tools, and daily practices that can support us through the rumble. Click here to read more…

Hormone Duo May Protect Some Women Against PTSD

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Childhood trauma is known to increase the risk of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) in adulthood, especially for women, but the biological reasons for this correlation remain largely unknown.

Researchers now propose a solution to this mystery in the form of a model that could help psychiatrists better understand the far-reaching impacts of early trauma on women. Due to hormonal differences between the sexes, the study focused only on women. Click here to read more…

How To Be An Empath If It Doesn't Come Naturally To You

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Being a shoulder to cry on costs nothing and gives someone the world of comfort. But if being an empath doesn’t come naturally to you and you find nodding a lot easier than actually engaging in empathy, there could be science-backed reasons why and a way to overcome it.

According to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, people often avoid empathy as it requires too much mental effort and if they didn’t think they were good at it then it made them feel insecure, irritated or distressed. Click here to read more…

5 Destructive Effects of a Toxic Childhood

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   "I panic when there’s fighting or any kind of conflict. Even a minor disagreement. My parents fought and yelled at me too, and I just learned to duck. But being a doormat isn’t good for me or for my marriage either."—“Trina,” 53

     "My problem is that I’m a peacekeeper. I always have been. But the cost of keeping the peace is never having your opinion respected. Never being heard. It has wrecked my friendships for sure and has hurt me at my job. I am always saying ‘I’m sorry.’"  —“Ginger,” 38. Click here to read more…

10 Signs of Walking Depression

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Note: I wrote this article to raise awareness of low-grade depression, which many people don’t recognize in themselves. I am an author and creativity coach, so I wrote it particularly for writers and artists, but these signs could apply to anyone ~ I believe we are all creative in one way or another. Click here to read more…