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STUG: When Grief Hits Like a Bolt Out of the Blue

A sudden (or subsequent) temporary upsurge of grief, or STUG, can knock you off your feet and leave you in a puddle, but being aware of it can lessen its power.

Horses Have an Extraordinary Ability to Help Humans

Horses are extremely sensitive to human emotions and are able to pick up on our subtlest feelings to help us uncover emotional blind spots.

Millions Are Texting — Instead of Calling — Crisis Hotlines

Many young people would rather text than call, even if they're facing a crisis. But is a hotline conversation by text as effective as by phone?

What's the Difference Between Enabling and Supporting?

If you have a loved one fighting drug or alcohol addiction, it can sometimes be hard to know when helping them is actually hurting them.

Why Seeking Therapy Can Be Taboo for African-Americans

Although African Americans are 20 percent more likely to experience serious psychological distress than white Americans, they are far less likely to get help. Here's why.

Are Private or Public College Students More Stressed? Reddit May Hold the Answer

Researchers have been analyzing Reddit posts to figure out which colleges have the most stressed-out students.

How Medically Assisted Suicide Works

Brittany Maynard brought the issue of medically assisted suicide into the mainstream when she moved to Oregon to end her life. We'll look at the pros and cons of this difficult issue.

Learned Optimism Yields Health Benefits

People who learn to maintain an optimistic attitude may not only avoid depression, they may actually improve their physical health. Learn more here.

How to Confront Your Mom About an Obsession

Gayle Paul, therapist from My Mom is Obsessed, talks about how to face the obsession together as a mother-daughter team.

Overcoming a Traumatic Experience

There is a scientific reason why we often freeze during a traumatic experience. It's the brain's way of protecting us in the moment. But what happens when this becomes a way of life?

5 Ways to Help Someone Being Abused

There are times when a friendship is put to the ultimate test. If you suspect your friend, relative or peer is being abused, there are steps you can take to help.

5 Crisis Intervention Strategies

We can't always avoid traumatic events in our lives, but we can heal from them. That's the idea behind crisis intervention.

5 Tips for Changing the Way You Think

In an ideal world, we'd frequently meet new and interesting people, and we'd constantly discover new aspects of our emotional lives. For many of us, though, personal ruts and situational repetition are the norm. Let's change that.

5 Tips for Conscious Living

Somewhere in our brains beyond the worries about credit card bills and looming layoffs at work, many of us want to live a more conscious life. So how do we get there?

What are enneagram personality types?

Heroic characters from one story often share traits with heroic characters from another tale. The same holds true for the fool of the tale and the bad guys. Do personality traits predict the kind of person we'll be?

Develop Your Own Prayer Rituals

Why is it important to develop your own prayer rituals. Learn more about the importance of prayer and how you can introduce it into your life.

Living a Spiritual Life: A Path, Not a Destination

Spirituality is unique to every individual. Learn more about religion and why it is seen as a path and not a destination.

Emotional Recovery From Job Loss

If you've ever lost your job unexpectedly, you might know how difficult emotional recovery can be. Check out great tips for coping with stress and dealing with loss or illnesses.

How to Help a Friend or Loved One Suffering From a Chronic Illness

If someone you love is diagnosed with cancer or a life-threatening disease, you may feel desperate and completely helpless. Check out great tips for coping with stress and dealing with illnesses.

How to Cope With Loss

Having a significant loss of any kind can be difficult, but there are steps you can take to help you get through the grieving process. See expert advice from Richard Tedeschi, Ph.D. on coping with loss.

How to Manage Your Boss

If you have a stubborn, difficult boss, knowing how to manage your boss is a good skill to develop. Check out great tips for coping with stress and dealing with illnesses.

Living Well Despite Illness

Learn what you can do to maintain quality of life even if you have a serious illness in this article.

Rallying the Troops Inside Our Bodies

Learn about the link between psychological factors and your physical health in this article.

10 Ways to Build Resilience

Life's stressors can't always be avoided. Take a look at 10 ways to become more resilient when coping with trauma or stress.

Tips on Writing for Emotional Health

Learn how writing out your thoughts and feelings can help your emotional health in this article.