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Valarie Ward

Habits and Mental Illness: Finding Some Consistency Between the Depression Naps

Habits are important Abraham Maslow lists “homeostasis” (consistency in your life) as a fundamental human need in his hierarchy of human needs In episode one of her podcast, “Happier”, Gretchen Rubin talks about the one-coin loophole. Just as we make wealth one coin at a time, we build habits one…...

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A Day in the Life of Sam Dailey

We are profiling the lives of those suffering from mental illnesses. In honor of Autism Awareness Month, we are interviewing Sam Dailey, a member of the MH Crisis Angels (@MHCrisisAngels on Twitter). What country do you call home?  The United States. Specifically the state of Massachusetts where I have lived…...

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A Day in the Life of Nicole Carman

We are profiling the lives of those suffering from mental illnesses. In honor of MHAP’s week dedicated to Bipolar I and II awareness, we are interviewing Nicole Carman, founder of MHAP. What country do you call home?  I live in Mississippi, in the US. When were you first diagnosed with…...

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A Day in the Life of Shirley Davis

Today is Dissociative Identity Disorder day – and with that, we kick off our series called “Day in the Life”.We are profiling real people living with mental illness(es). This week we interviewed Shirley Davis – freelance writer, public speaker, author, and MHAP blogger living with DID. What country do you…...

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Self-Therapy Can Actually Relieve Depression & Anxiety – For Free

Before I started freelance writing, the last job I held was as head cashier for a retailer. I helped ensure our cashiers’ satisfaction via rewards for certain goals. We would create Candyland-esque games to track employee progress. In other words, half of my job involved arts and crafts. It was…...

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