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This Is Exactly Why You’re Having Difficulty Sleeping

Even though I’ve overcome the sleep disorder I had when I was a young mother, I still have nights that I don’t fall asleep . . . or I wake up after a couple of hours — and that’s all the sleep I’ll get for the night. Even though I overcame insomnia, I still sometimes…

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mental health awareness

Having a Real Conversation About Mental Health Awareness

For Mental Health Awareness Month, we’ve been encouraging people to have a #RealConvo about mental health. To help make it easy, AFSP’s Vice President of Programs, Dr. Doreen Marshall, recorded a series of videos providing guidance on mental health awareness topics. Topics include: how to broach the subject and start a real conversation with someone,…

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mental illness

What Happens When Nobody Talks About Mental Illness?

How many more self-inflicted deaths will it take to finally destigmatize mental illness in this country? Recently, we’ve once again seen what it takes for the mainstream media to give mental illness the attention it needs. With the loss of both the chef and storyteller, Anthony Bourdain, and fashion designer Kate Spade only days apart,…

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Why Some People Never Suffer from Depression

Have you ever wondered why some people never suffer from depression? Confronted with some of life’s upsetting experiences (i.e., marriage breakdown, unemployment, bereavement, failure of any kind) many people suffer from depression. But others don’t. Why is this? I’ve been studying myself and my thoughts for over 30 years – wanting to understand a debilitating…

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Does Self-sabotaging Behavior Keep You from Sleeping?

Add insomnia to the list of self-sabotaging behavior. Tossing and turning, struggling to calm your racing thoughts, and watching the hours crawl by at night . . . Living with insomnia is a lonely and stressful experience.  Doesn’t it sometimes feel like you’re being punished for not knowing how to just “let go” and turn…

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