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New article on Unsinkable about something truly terrifying

My post on the newly launched Unsinkable Stories is all about an issue that I now know is quite common when people are making progress on recovery from mental illness, but it’s not something anybody had prepared me for when I was interacting with the mental healthcare system. Overcoming this challenge is key to preventing relapse and leaving mental illness in the past, but it might surprise you, because it’s precisely the thing we think we’re chasing: freedom from anxiety

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New York event: April 18th at Luminary

On April 18th, I’ll be at co-working space, Luminary (1204 Broadway), for a discussion on launching and running your business without losing your mind in the process. It is possible to be a healthy entrepreneur! Grab tickets here on Eventbrite I’ll be chatting with Vivian Nunez, Forbes writer and founder of TooDamYoung, and Ramona Ortega, CEO and founder of My Money, My Future (Mi Dinero, Mi Futuro). The event is sponsored by Azlo. See you there!

LARB Interview: Writing as mental health practice.

I didn’t wake up to the fact I was struggling with my mental health until I couldn’t write anything. I loved writing and I couldn’t do it anymore. Forget anxiety about being poisoned or going back to check the door locks over and over again or being paralyzed by anxiety attacks–here was a real problem! Writing YOU ARE NOT A ROCK was only something I could do because I learned how to take care of my mental health and because

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Toronto Event: Mindfulness Recovery

Update: Awesome panel! Thanks to Myodetox and Studio YYZ for making the space to have these conversations. This was the first panel I’ve been on where everybody was talking about recovering from mental illness to get back to doing the businesses they’re passionate about. It is amazing to see this cultural shift towards recovery. You can struggle with serious mental health issues and learn how to handle them and be the boss (of your brain and your business). I’ll be

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Meetups in Hyderabad and Delhi

Let’s get together and work on some skills! I love to meet up with people when I’m traveling and share time together building skills and capacity to do the things that matter to us in life. During these workshops, we’ll spend a few hours exploring where we want to go, understanding the challenges that can get in the way, and what supports can help us overcome those challenges and take steps in a direction that we value while having all

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You’re ready to change things.

A reader sent in this personal story of overcoming compulsions at a difficult time in his life. He’s now working on becoming a therapist:  I’m 26 years old and I’ve been struggling with my mental health ever since I was just a little kid. In December of 2017 my mother got the bad news that she only had a year to live due to her cancer coming back. My mental health, which was already very bad at the time just

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Is that old-school approach to CBT giving you a chronic problem?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has evolved and changed significantly over the years. CBT is a category of therapies that include cognitive and behavioral components. It’s a category in the same way that “cardio” is a category of exercise. What a person does within that category, can lead to profoundly different outcomes. And the exercises evolve over time–we find more effective ways to reach the outcomes we’re pursuing. Group fitness in 1988 looked like this: 30 years later, group fitness looks a

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