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May 20, 2019

It can be hard to know what to say to a person in the thicket of grief; when someone is grieving a loved one’s suicide, the right words — any words, even — can feel all the more elusive and fraught. Suicide can leave survivors racked with anger, confusion and guilt, an...

May 20, 2019

During my first few months as an inpatient on the obsessive-compulsive disorder ward, I would stare at the ceiling at night and list all the reasons I wasn’t crazy.

However, the day I paraded across the unit, sleep-deprived, eyes bleary and pushing a moving cart filled...

May 8, 2018

The consequences of mental health stigma are extensive. It makes mental illness seem like a character flaw, which is totally untrue, and can prevent people from seeking support that could help them manage their condition.

The worst part? People contribute to that stigma...

May 4, 2018

Odds are, you are trying to break a bad habit or institute a good one right now. As a species, we are impressively committed to self-improvement, and most of us believe that habits are an effective means to that end.

Habits -- actions performed with little conscious tho...

May 4, 2018

Ryan Reynolds may be a superhero on screen — but out of the spotlight, he's plagued with crippling anxiety.

The movie star revealed in an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday that he's struggled with anxiety for most of his life and faced a "real unhinged phas...

May 1, 2018

The #MyYoungerSelf campaign is back for the 
second year, bigger and more diverse.

#MyYoungerSelf returns on May 1st, bringing together more than three dozen actors, Olympians, authors, comedians, businesspeople and others to share personal videos speaking to...

April 24, 2018

The Surprising Power of Extreme Empathy
By Cris Beam
(251 pp. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. $26.)

Depending on your point of view, Cris Beam’s “I Feel You: The Surprising Power of Extreme Empathy” might seem either laughably behind the times or naïvely, maybe e...

April 23, 2018

I Feel Pretty” is based on a pretty little lie: Looks don’t matter. It’s what’s on the inside that counts.

In the film, the down-on-herself Renee (played by Amy Schumer) conks her head in a SoulCycle accident and awakens believing that she has miraculously become superm...

October 30, 2017

One of the first things I do every morning when I wake up is check the latest news on my smartphone. In the last few weeks alone, that means — like so many other people — I’ve started the day with some of the most horrific news imaginable: a mass shooting, devastating...

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