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Mark Freeman

I’m teaching another round of my writing workshop! The Write Your Brain mental health writing workshop starts February 13th. It’s focused …

January 11, 2021

I always enjoy collaborating with OCD UK because they have such a helpful focus on recovery and promoting effective treatments for …

November 19, 2020

Bring your brain by the Toolkit Shop for the Tune-Up twice each month on Twitch. Working on recovery from mental illness …

October 10, 2020

One of the reasons I originally started to share about mental health and recovery skills was because I was fortunate to …

March 10, 2020

I’ve been facilitating workshops for years, in mental health and business strategy. Adapting design thinking exercises to mental health has been …

June 20, 2019

On my adventures exploring meditation retreats around the world this year, I was always looking for an opportunity to visit Plum …

June 6, 2019

My post on the newly launched Unsinkable Stories is all about an issue that I now know is quite common when …

April 23, 2019

On April 18th, I’ll be at co-working space, Luminary (1204 Broadway), for a discussion on launching and running your business without …

April 11, 2019

I didn’t wake up to the fact I was struggling with my mental health until I couldn’t write anything. I loved …

March 30, 2019

Over the past year, I’ve been exploring and researching different meditation modalities around the world to deepen my own practice and …

February 22, 2019

Update: Awesome panel! Thanks to Myodetox and Studio YYZ for making the space to have these conversations. This was the first …

February 15, 2019

While I was in India, I stopped by Bangalore to meet with the Wysa team. They’ve created my favourite chatbot to …

January 25, 2019

Let’s get together and work on some skills! I love to meet up with people when I’m traveling and share time …

January 8, 2019

A reader sent in this personal story of overcoming compulsions at a difficult time in his life. He’s now working on …

December 17, 2018

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has evolved and changed significantly over the years. CBT is a category of therapies that include cognitive and …

December 2, 2018

Dating is all about uncertainty and learning how to sit in emotions! I had a chat with the Bustle Huddle about …

November 22, 2018

A reader shared this awesome adventure he took his brain on recently: I can experience anxiety and panic attacks pretty regularly. They …

October 31, 2018

Anxieties around panic attacks triggered by exercise, and specifically issues with riding bicycles, have been popping up frequently when I’m connecting with …

October 21, 2018

I just returned from a 7-day silent Chan meditation retreat at Dharma Drum Mountain in Taiwan, focused on the Silent Illumination …

October 10, 2018

Since YOU ARE NOT A ROCK launches in North America this week, I wanted to share about how we got here and …

September 2, 2018

It’s easy to get caught up in compulsions around things that really happened. In fact, over the years, I’d say that getting …

August 31, 2018

  When I was a kid, out at summer barbecues, I always went hunting through the coolers for the grape soda. So …

August 24, 2018

Be 👏 kind👏 to👏 yourself👏 When I started out taking care of my mental health and digging out of the mental illness …

August 7, 2018

Back in the fall of last year I was facilitating a workshop with Syntegrity Group and IEEE that brought together machine …

April 29, 2018

Build a new relationship with uncertainty throughout your life or your daily practices will just logically and rationally have you struggling and …

January 28, 2018

I like to get up early and get food in me as soon as I can because I love writing in the …

January 18, 2018

Recently, Matt and I did a couple of videos exploring intrusive thoughts or anxieties and why it’s useful to look at why …

January 5, 2018

We could also call this: Recovery is like rowing. You’ll be bad at both until you’re not. And then you’ll just push …

October 3, 2017

Recently, Daniela posted over on the Everybody has a Brain Tumblr about some anxiety challenges she tackled after getting laid off, then …

September 26, 2017

I was in Shanghai to participate in a meeting on the future of manufacturing. It had been ten years since I …

June 28, 2017

The steamer which crossed the Pacific from Yokohama to San Francisco made a direct connection with that from Hong Kong, and …

May 31, 2017

The steamer which crossed the Pacific from Yokohama to San Francisco made a direct connection with that from Hong Kong, and …

May 20, 2017

My book, The Mind Workout, all about the steps anybody can take to get comfortable with the stuff in their heads as …

May 19, 2017

I’m teaming up with Mind Matters to do a workshop at The Drake Hotel in Toronto on May 15th, at 6pm, all …

May 8, 2017

I think back to when I was a pre teen and there was so much happening, not only physically but also mentally… …

May 8, 2017

The steamer which crossed the Pacific from Yokohama to San Francisco made a direct connection with that from Hong Kong, and …

May 7, 2017

The steamer which crossed the Pacific from Yokohama to San Francisco made a direct connection with that from Hong Kong, and …

May 1, 2017

The steamer which crossed the Pacific from Yokohama to San Francisco made a direct connection with that from Hong Kong, and …

April 27, 2017

I was part of a panel discussion at the University of Toronto recently on community engagement work in the mental health sector. …

April 8, 2017

I was in Indonesia with Syntegrity Group and the Knowledge-Sector Initiative to help over 50 public sector and academic leaders from …

April 7, 2017

The steamer which crossed the Pacific from Yokohama to San Francisco made a direct connection with that from Hong Kong, and …

April 5, 2017

The steamer which crossed the Pacific from Yokohama to San Francisco made a direct connection with that from Hong Kong, and …

April 1, 2017

I had watched Mark’s videos over and over again, especially my favorite one, “How to Deal With Intrusive Thoughts”. The end of the …

March 4, 2017

The steamer which crossed the Pacific from Yokohama to San Francisco made a direct connection with that from Hong Kong, and …

March 1, 2017

The steamer which crossed the Pacific from Yokohama to San Francisco made a direct connection with that from Hong Kong, and …

February 24, 2017

I often get questions about the “right” foods to eat for mental illness recovery: What are the best foods to prevent intrusive thoughts? Will …

February 24, 2017

We can always come up with a rational reasons to excuse self-destructive compulsions while we chase safety. But chasing that feeling is …

February 20, 2017

The steamer which crossed the Pacific from Yokohama to San Francisco made a direct connection with that from Hong Kong, and …

February 14, 2017

The steamer which crossed the Pacific from Yokohama to San Francisco made a direct connection with that from Hong Kong, and …

January 21, 2017

The steamer which crossed the Pacific from Yokohama to San Francisco made a direct connection with that from Hong Kong, and …

January 4, 2017

I got this question over on the EHAB Tumblr: Can I ask why it’s not good to define yourself based on your …

December 12, 2016

I recently gave a keynote presentation at Diabetes Linkup, a conference for Type 2 Diabetes bloggers, on the topic of overcoming stigma …

November 11, 2016

For OCD Week, I joined The Mighty for a live Q&A on their Facebook page all about my journey with recovery from …

November 6, 2016

I sat down with Stuart from The OCD Stories for another wide-ranging interview (you can find the first one here) on a …

September 11, 2016

When I was doing Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP) therapy for OCD, it was very behavior-focused. It was all about progressively …

June 22, 2016

It’s very popular in OCD patient communities, and in mental health communities in general, to get stuck on labeling superficial symptoms. But …

June 12, 2016

This past weekend I was at the Toronto Peer Health Network’s annual symposium to facilitate a workshop on peer engagement. There were around …

January 13, 2016

If you’re starting off the new year with plans to make changes that will support recovery from mental illness, be honest about where …

January 4, 2016

Stuart Ralph has launched a podcast to go along with The OCD Stories site, all about exploring OCD and recovery from OCD. …

December 10, 2015

Stanford’s Medicine X conference was definitely the best health-related event of any kind I’ve ever attended. Launched by Dr. Larry Chu and an …

October 13, 2015

Ruminating on reasons you can’t recover because your symptoms are different or you have very unique circumstances that prevent you from …

September 6, 2015

If you’re new to the practice of mindfulness, these ten tips can help you incorporate the practice into your daily life. Any …

August 30, 2015

In anticipation of this year’s Medicine X Conference, some reflections on one of the stickiest problems in mental healthcare innovation… In less …

August 26, 2015

When we’re struggling with mental illness, it’s often the compulsions that get all of the focus, both when we’re trying to …

August 7, 2015

When we’re struggling with mental health issues, they can come become a filter that defines how we see the world. We …

July 9, 2015

When it comes to dealing with horrible, weird, upsetting, terrifying intrusive thoughts or whatever else your brain is throwing up when …

July 6, 2015

I was recently part of a design workshop with local government and mental health services, exploring how to collaborate better around …

March 16, 2015

When I say that mental illness is like drowning and building better mental health is like learning how to swim, I’m …

March 15, 2015

I will fail because trying not to fail has only made things worse. I will fail my assumptions about other people and …

November 13, 2014

It’s normal. It’s healthy. It’s responsible. Talking about stuff in your brain is no different than talking about stuff going on with …

November 13, 2014

Accepting silence is an advanced recovery skill. Learning how to be happy with silence and maintain your focus in silence takes practice. …

October 26, 2014

You’re an expert in where you are now. But if you want to move to a place you’ve never been, it helps …

October 4, 2014

OCD isn’t chronic. But mental health is, just like physical health. If you don’t take care of your physical health, it’s entirely …

September 22, 2014

Recovery is heroic. And I don’t mean that just because recovery is a journey best taken in spandex tights and knee-high boots. …

September 4, 2014

It’s not possible to be awesome at focusing unless you practice focusing and push your limits, just like it’s not possible to …

August 11, 2014

Receiving or providing mental health treatment requires significant amounts of tolerance and acceptance on every side of the equation (and it’s …

June 16, 2014

I often get asked what supplements I took or what medications I took to recover from OCD and all of the things …

May 24, 2014

Recovery isn’t something you do once and are finished with. Taking care of your mental health is a lifestyle, just like taking …

January 24, 2014

If you struggle with anxiety, you’re very likely going to work in a way that’s built around trying to avoid anxiety. So …

January 12, 2014

A meditation journal can be a helpful way to spot patterns in challenges you’re encountering while meditating and that can help you …

September 16, 2013

When it comes to avoiding anxiety triggers, approach them in the same way you would if you had a physical injury: understand …

January 28, 2013

When it comes to the question of what causes Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, the simple answer is that the causes are complex. But …

November 30, 2012

It really is the Swiss-army knife of lessons. Take it everywhere. Use it on everything.      

November 13, 2012

I often hear people talking about “normal” and wanting things to be the way they used to be before they got diagnosed …

October 6, 2012

When we’re talking about stigma, we’re really talking about the fear of stigma. People don’t open up about mental health because …

October 3, 2012

Don’t get into the habit of thinking there are good places for meditation or bad places. Like many things we do …

August 28, 2012

Doing behavioral therapies like Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP) or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) are tough. And to be successful at those …

August 8, 2012

A quick video talking about my old, OCD door checking compulsion and the huge spike in anxiety I experienced the first time …

January 26, 2012

When I began to speak openly about my mental health issues, people would often tell me about stigma–that it’s something to be …

December 10, 2011
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