Category Archives: Stories

How Do Mental Health Diagnoses Work? This Video Explains

For the most part, mental health issues don’t come with the extremely straightforward diagnostic criteria that many physical illnesses do. You can’t check for the presence of certain antibodies to identify depression or take an x-ray for anxiety. So how do psychiatrists and physicians differentiate between, say, sadness and major depressive disorder, or anxiousness and […]

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The Hottest Thing in Online Therapy is a Chatbot That Teaches CBT

Online therapy is a thriving field — with good reason. While research shows that face-to-face therapy can be more beneficial in a lot of contexts, online therapy is accessible to a lot of people for whom traditional therapy may be out of reach in cost or distance, or because of stigma. But where reputable online […]

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In This Comic, Depression Is a Balancing Act

From illustrator Kotaline Jones, a comic about the ups, downs, and in-betweens of depression. You can find more comics and illustrations from Kotaline Jones on her website. Her work deals with mental health, sexuality, and self-discovery — and the occasional video game, too.

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If Anxiety Gives You Word Problems, This Comic Might Feel Familiar

Social anxiety and other mental health issues can make expressing yourself a challenge — which increases your anxiety — which makes expressing yourself even harder. This comic by Incidental Comics’ Grant Snider explores that particularly recursive issue.

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Why This Streamer Opened Her Channel Up For Mental Health Conversations

At their best, our online communities can be sources of strength. At their worst, they can tear us down and do their best to destroy us. Twitch streamer Alinity has found herself at both those extremes in recent years, and this month, she’s opening up about the experience. A week ago, Alinity shared the video […]

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How Games, TV and Film Get Schizophrenia Wrong

Mental health often gets a bad reputation from the media. When I was diagnosed with schizophrenia, I had no idea how misrepresented and misunderstood the condition really was. The symptoms of schizophrenia are exaggerated to an extreme degree in movies and shows alike. The portrayal of schizophrenics as violent killers is incredibly damaging to people […]

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This Beautiful Short Explores Anxiety, Identity and Relationships

Anxiety can be a huge challenge in relationships, particularly when it keeps you from offering your partner the emotional support they need. This affects people of all sexual orientations, but there’s a host of reasons that anxiety can affect people in the LGBT community particularly, some of which come into play in this beautiful animated […]

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‘Tiger’s Toe’ Reminds Us to Take the Good Days as They Come

Living with mental health issues is an ongoing challenge, one that can take more from us than people realize. For Mental Health Awareness Month, illustrator Tevy Khou shared this personal story about life with depression, anxiety and PTSD, and the cost of those struggles. Hope is healing, and it’s important to hold onto it — […]

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On Grief and Loss When We Lose an Icon

This week, we lost a brilliant artist to an unexpected death. Chris Cornell’s death is hitting me harder than I might have expected. I’ve lived in Seattle my whole life. I remember coming of age in the 90s when the “Seattle Sound” was at its zenith. I jokingly tell people I still bleed flannel and […]

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