Essential Reads

Advice I Never Write Without

By Jessica Lourey on March 20, 2017 in Discover Your Truth
What are the two most valuable pieces of advice for any writer? Read and find out.

What It All Comes Down To: Everything's Gonna Be Just Fine

By Kate Dolan on March 10, 2017 in The Internal Debate
Bad day? Don't let it define you.

Annals of Success: Be an Anteambulo

By Hope Perlman on February 27, 2017 in Unmapped Country
What is this anteambulo, you ask, Readers? It's a Roman term. An anteambulo was an artist slash writer with a patron. Ah, the glory days of Roma, when patrons took on artists....

The Truth in Fiction

By Jessica Lourey on February 13, 2017 in Discover Your Truth
According to common wisdom, we all have a book inside of us. But how do we select and then write our most significant story?

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What's the Next Sriracha?

By Laura Deutsch on March 25, 2017 in Memory Catcher
"What's the next sriracha?" asks chef Michael Vaughn (SF Hilton), re trends in green hotels and cookery. Dept stores are dying. But grocery stores are delivering. Literally.

Incomplete Endings: Coping With a Runaway or Lost Pet 

By Adam Clark LSW, AASW on March 25, 2017 in Animal Attachment
Mistakes happen when dogs get out, cats escape, or the gerbil runs away. Not knowing where your companion animal may be, or how they are doing, present unique challenges in grief.
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Life Cycles—Pivotal Moments That Enhance Our Lives

Life cycles consist of births, deaths, and all the milestones in between, but I also wonder, too, about the often small, pivotal moments—the highlights—of these cycles.

Bipolar Disorder, Psychosis and Comedy

By Victoria Maxwell on March 22, 2017 in Crazy for Life
I try to find the punch line in living with mental illness.

Red and Blue Politics In America—Part Two

People often have made decisions supporting their candidate not based on logic or reason, but based on emotion.

Those Damn Pills: A Rant

By Terri Cheney on March 21, 2017 in The Bipolar Lens
The muddle behind the perfect medication cocktail.

The Shame of Writing

By Jessica Lourey on March 21, 2017 in Discover Your Truth
What is it that keeps us from writing even when we know we should?

Bring Positive Energy Into Your Life and Create Your Dreams

By Aleida K Wahn J.D. on March 20, 2017 in The View From Here
Do you want to bring positive energy into your life and create your dreams? Spiritual teacher Gary Quinn taught me how.
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Setting Boundaries and Saying No #AnxiousHomies

By Sarah Fader on March 20, 2017 in Panic Life
You got this, and I believe in your ability to say "I can't right now" because that means you are truly taking care of yourself. To all my #AnxiousHomies out there: say "no."

It Is What It Is

"It is what it is" is often said as. a negative, as if one has no choice. However, the same words can be the beginning of an enlightened approach to life.
Vincent Fitzgerald 2017

I'm a Client and a Clinician

By Sarah Fader on March 19, 2017 in Panic Life
There are times I don’t have answers for clients, and when that happens, I don’t fabricate, nor do I allow anxiety to convince me I’m stupid for not having one.

Don't Call People Who do Bad Things 'Mentally Ill'

By Victoria Maxwell on March 15, 2017 in Crazy for Life
We are living in a society where it's more insulting to call someone mentally ill, than evil.
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Is Friendship Colorblind?

How racially diverse is your friendship group?

Support, Nurture & Love: Talking to Children About Pet Loss

By Adam Clark LSW, AASW on March 15, 2017 in Animal Attachment
Knowing how to support children through the death of a pet can be incredibly intimidating. Explore the best way to support children through the pain of pet loss, in a healthy way.

Laugh. Jest for the Health of It.

By Victoria Maxwell on March 13, 2017 in Crazy for Life
Regardless of how we define laughter or humor, the important thing is that we make room for it in our lives. The health benefits are hard to deny.

I Was Motivated by Nostalgia Until Good Sense Kicked In

Have you ever wanted to do something for a very long time, but when the opportunity finally arrived you had second thoughts about it?

My Pet Died And I Can't Stop Crying

By Adam Clark LSW, AASW on March 12, 2017 in Animal Attachment
After experiencing the death of a pet, our grief can be overwhelming. It's healthy to cry as we face our loss. Explore why we cry for our companion animals and how to heal.

What does it mean to be "traumatized"?

By Michelle Stevens, Ph.D., on March 12, 2017 in Trauma Queen
Can a person be traumatized by a hair in their linguine?
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A Gift to Myself: Forgiveness

Gratefully, I do not hold grudges. One might attribute this to good fortune, or to my father’s genetics, but actually it is a result of committed and conscious work.

Surviving Spring Break While in Eating Disorder Recovery

By Angie Viets, LCP on March 09, 2017 in Inspired Recovery
If you are in eating disorder recovery, spring break can be challenging but with these tips you can not only survive this week, but also enjoy it!

6 Ways to Say "I Care" to Friends Who Are Facing Pet Loss

By Adam Clark LSW, AASW on March 09, 2017 in Animal Attachment
For friends grieving the death of a pet, comments are too often made that end up harming instead of healing. Here are six ways to tell your friends you care, without the hurt.

Red and Blue Politics in America — Part One

Bounce Back added two new "decks” to the game, ripped the headlines. Want to play?

Making (Book) Sausage

By Jessica Lourey on March 07, 2017 in Discover Your Truth
One writer shares why authenticity is crucial to the creative process.

Blame, Shame, and Guilt: Making Decisions for Our Pets

By Adam Clark LSW, AASW on March 07, 2017 in Animal Attachment
Why do we place so much blame, shame, and guilt upon ourselves? Making decisions on behalf of our pet is important, especially in sickness or end of life. Here's how to process.

Thoughts on Memoir Writing from Mary Karr

By Laura Deutsch on March 04, 2017 in Memory Catcher
Whether you're writing about your life for your family or a wider audience, these tips from memoir author Mary Karr can help you shape your story.
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Our Souvenirs Reassured Us That We Would Survive

An important part of who we are is not only where we've been, but also how far we've come. We need to find ways to celebrate this!

This Is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2017

I was having a great time during the years that led up to my first hospitalization from anorexia. My career as a promotion development manager in New York City was taking off.

How to Protect Yourself in a Difficult Relationship

Compassionate detachment can protect you from painful relationships.

Turn an Enemy into an Antagonist and Set Yourself Free

By Jessica Lourey on March 02, 2017 in Discover Your Truth
Has somebody done you wrong? Turn them into a fictional villain and let them go.

Children and Antidepressants

If antidepressant medication is being a considered in your child's treatment plan, there are five things you need to know.