mental health

Redefining Mental Health

by Neseret on January 30, 2013

How would you define mental health? Is it the presence or absence of mental illness? Is it the ability to experience more peace, joy, love, beauty, and creativity? Is it the absence of negative emotions? Is it about your moods and thoughts or both? Is it about our ability to achieve our highest potential?


“There is evidence that many mental health problems post-date experiences of abuse. Therefore, ‘mental health issues should be treated as effects of abuse and not as  mental disorders per se.’ The association between woman abuse, substance use and mental health issues has been well documented across demographic groups and diverse treatment settings. Strong evidence shows […]


Lower-energy emotions like fear, anger, regret, and jealousy are magnets for health issues. Release the mind from such disturbing thoughts, and you will find much more room for joy and love. ~ J.J. Goldwag Have you ever had overwhelming feelings of anxiety? A feeling of impending doom? Feeling of just being on edge? and just […]


Being Gentle with Yourself

by Neseret on February 8, 2012

The fact is more often than not it has taken you years to get to where you are now. Healing takes time. Change takes time. Nothing ever happens overnight. Of Course it is understandable that you want to get to where you want to be fast! You say, “I want it yesterday.” “I wanted to be […]


Overcoming Negative Self Talk

by Neseret on February 5, 2012

Everytime you decide to do something good and worthwhile for yourself and for others you may experience a critical, harsh voice that says, “Who Do You Think You Are?” This is part of what is called  “negative self talk”. I believe most women and human beings in general experience this at one point or another in their lives. However […]


5 Things Therapy Won’t Cure

by Neseret on December 24, 2011

By John M. Grohol, PsyD I’ve extolled the virtues and benefits of psychotherapy for years. But therapy isn’t a cure-all, and it won’t help every person, with every problem, in every situation. In fact, it’s important to realize when going to see a therapist isn’t likely to help your situation much, because it can save […]

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Suicide: When Pain Exceeds Resources for Coping

by Neseret on November 22, 2011

“Suicide is not chosen; it happens when pain exceeds resources for coping with pain.” As a mental health nurse I have worked with many individuals from all walks of life who felt suicidal. Many people have fleeting thoughts of ending their life or a wish that they were no longer alive when going through extremely […]


Women’s Mental Health

by Neseret on November 9, 2011

photo credit: bterrycompton Many women fear that they have some sort of character flaw because of their flactuating moods. It is often very easy to become overwhelmed by feelings of guilt, shame and worthlessness on top of acute suffering and misery. This is a topic many women are afraid talk about because of fear of being judged or […]