I saw an article recently criticizing workplace mental health programs as nothing more than attempts to make people work harder and longer. That’s a valid criticism if a workplace or an individual is trying to use “stress relief” as an excuse to ignore the things they’re doing to cause that stress. But for me, that […]
One thing I found key to recovery was preparing to walk away from the illness. After years of fighting, I didn’t know how to live without mental health problems to manage. My existence was just a reaction to controlling anxiety. I only knew how to feel good by first feeling bad and then controlling that […]
Theodore Melfi, director of Hidden Figures, got behind the camera for a FedEx advertisement and it’s a wonderfully accurate–only slightly exaggerated–depiction of how people compulsively engage in compulsions as an attempt to escape stress at work. No amount of salt lamps, acupuncture, inspirational posters, incense, inversion therapy, rock gardens or levitation lessons can help you with […]
It’s like any addiction–the more you try to get the feeling you want, the more withdrawal you’ll experience until you’re left with nothing but the withdrawal and you’ve destroyed your life and the lives of those around you chasing a feeling it’s impossible to grasp if you try to grasp it.
When we’re struggling with anxiety or mental illnesses like OCD, reacting to fears can take over our lives. From all around us and inside of our heads, there’s a never ending stream of uncertainties to react to and catastrophes to prevent. As we get started on recovery, we learn to not react to that stuff with compulsions. […]
For OCD Awareness Week, Mark did a Q&A with The Mighty all about recovery from OCD, an overview of some of the OCD symptoms he dealt with, the benefits of approaching comorbid mental illness labels as one big bucket rather than a million different problems, the problems with our mental healthcare system, the differences between how his […]