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by H. Yavuz Ince, MD

Omar: “My name is Omar. I came to Istanbul in the summer of 2012. I lost my mom and toys in Aleppo. I was eight and my younger brother, Aziz, was seven when we crossed the border with my dad. Dad received a back injury during the war.

by Lynne Siqueland, PhD

Families often ask themselves what to look for to know if their child or teen is struggling with anxiety, depression or OCD. And other families are often beating themselves up for not noticing or missing what their children are experiencing.

by Michelle C. Lozano, AMFT

Discussing mental health is difficult for everyone, especially for those who experience their own mental health challenges. Our society has made this a taboo topic, which only exacerbates the issue.

by Paul Greene, PhD

Living with chronic illness can sometimes feel like an insurmountable challenge. It can be demoralizing, scary, isolating, and frustrating. But there is hope. Read on to learn several helpful strategies to cope with chronic illness.

by Sarah Bloch-Elkouby, PhD

As a clinical psychologist and a researcher, I often hear patients and friends tell me how isolating it feels to deal with stress, anxiety, and depression. Our human nature does not prepare us to strive without deep, meaningful, and fulfilling connections to others.

by Rachel Aredia, LCPC, NCC

Imagine that you are talking to your friend and (s)he just told you that they are struggling with depression. Your cousin who shared with you that they are experiencing suicidal ideations, and your coworker who has anxiety. How do you respond? What do you say to all of them?

by Nicole J. LeBlanc, MA, Kate H. Bentley, PhD, and Naomi M. Simon, MD, MSc

The loss of a loved one to suicide is a far too common tragedy. In 2017 alone, 47,173 people in the United States died by suicide [1] and it is estimated that an average of 135 people are exposed to each suicide death [2].

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Drs. Debra Kissen and Kevin Chapman hosted a Twitter chat under the title #MythBusters where they debunked common myths surrounding anxiety and provided the actual corresponding facts.

by Karen G. Martinez, MD, MSc

Culture affects the way we express our thoughts, behaviors and emotions. It is therefore not surprising that there are cultural differences in the way anxiety and depression is manifested and treated.

by Kathariya Mokrue, PhD

College is an exciting time for many young adults. It’s a time of newfound freedom, opportunity to expand one’s social network, develop new friendships, engage intellectually and consider one’s future career paths. However, it can be a challenging and stressful time for many.