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17 Guided Journal Options to Try, According to Therapists: Amazon, Papier, BestSelf, Standard Dose

As the new year approaches, you might be thinking about goals or resolutions you’d like to accomplish. Maybe a guided journal is in the cards—especially if you’ve always wanted to start a journaling practice but have felt overwhelmed about where to begin. We tapped the pros to give us all the advice about journaling, plus […]

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8 Coping Skills Therapists Use When They’re Really Angry

If taking a few deep breaths simply isn’t cutting it (you know, when you’re super ticked off), you can still use the power of your lungs to your benefit. Atmakuri recommends exhaling forcefully (think a dragon breathing fire), sighing loudly, exercising in a way that gets your heart rate up, or just crying it out to expel […]

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Jonah Hill’s Netflix Documentary Is an Actually Helpful Film About Mental Health

Jonah Hill’s new documentary Stutz, out on Netflix November 14, is a beautiful, up-close look at the power of talk therapy at its best. The film focuses on the 38-year-old actor’s relationship with his therapist, Phil Stutz, MD, and features snippets of their sessions over the years. Hill’s sessions cover everything from self-worth to grief […]

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Spider-Man Star Laura Harrier Wants to Destigmatize Therapy in the Black Community

Laura Harrier covered a lot of ground in a recent interview with Cosmopolitan. She shared what her new home looks like (think 1920s Paris), her go-to reality TV show (90 Day Fiancé), and details about her friendship with Spider-Man: Homecoming costar Zendaya. But the 32-year-old actor also spoke candidly about how she prioritizes her mental […]

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Nearly 1 in 4 Young Adults Received Mental Health Treatment Last Year

The number of young adults who received mental health care surged during the height of the pandemic, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Roughly 23% of people between the ages of 18 and 44 got mental health treatment in 2021, up from 18.5% in 2019. It was […]

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I’m a Therapist Who Tried MDMA—Here’s How It Shaped My Perspective on Psychedelic Therapy

The onset effects of MDMA can be physically and emotionally intense. For me, this intensity felt like an unmasking that was necessary for the journey—an undoing of expectations of what I wanted the experience to be and a surrender to what was happening before me, to me. As the medicine and the music carried me […]

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What’s the Safest Way to Try Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Right Now?

Therapy and medication are currently the most powerful tools we have to treat mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety, among so many others. But for some people—especially those who do not respond to these conventional treatments—researchers are discovering a promising new pathway to transformative mental health care: psychedelic therapy. This […]

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Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Is Transforming the Way We Think About Mental Health Care

The drug’s signature effects are feelings of emotional connectedness, closeness, warmth, and empathy, which tend to last for three to six hours. MDMA can also cause an increased heart rate, sweating, blurred vision, restlessness, and (in rare cases) a life-threatening increase in body temperature. Much of the research looking at the therapeutic potential of MDMA-assisted […]

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The Definition of Trauma Is Evolving—Here’s How That Can Help Us Heal

Traumatic experiences can also radically change the way a person thinks of themselves and the world at large. Feelings like overwhelming guilt and misplaced self-blame are common. Shattered beliefs in concepts like justice or the inherent goodness of humanity can make it difficult to connect with others or solve problems. These changes can lead to […]

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Here’s How to Find Empathetic Mental Health Support for Your Trauma

Finally, you’ll want to learn about how the therapist works, Dr. Crawford says. In addition to some of the points covered earlier, ask direct questions like the following: What trauma-informed approaches are you trained or certified in? How does that treatment work? How would you describe your style of working? 10. Ask yourself if you […]

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Harry Styles Opens Up About Therapy and Letting Go of Shame

Pop megastar Harry Styles, 28, opened up about going to therapy after years of feeling like it wasn’t for him, in a recent interview published in Better Homes & Gardens. “I thought it meant that you were broken,” Styles told the magazine, which featured the singer as their June cover star. “I wanted to be the one […]

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How to Find Support If Social Media Is Hurting Your Mental Health

In your consultation or first session, try asking your therapist something like, “Do you use a different approach when working with people who experience depression connected to social media?” If their response doesn’t align with your values—say, they suggest cutting out all social media and that’s not what you want—then the therapist likely isn’t a […]

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Chrissy Metz Opens Up About How Therapy Changed the Course of Her Life

Chrissy Metz opened up about how therapy helped her process childhood trauma and change her relationship with food in a new interview with VeryWell Mind. The 41-year-old This Is Us actor revealed her 30th birthday marked a turning point in her mental health journey. On that day, she experienced a panic attack while watching a […]

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C-Sections Aren’t Failures—So Let’s Stop Treating Them That Way

I’m still working towards taking my birth-story power back. When I heard my doctor utter the dreaded words, “It’s time to consider a C-section,” my heart shattered into a million sharp pieces. It was May of last year. My baby was crowning. I’d already been through more than 22 hours of labor, the last two […]

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Camila Cabello Says She and Shawn Mendes Are ‘Very Transparent’ About Their Mental Health

Honesty and emotional support are foundational parts of a healthy partnership. For Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes, being open and understanding with each other about their mental health journeys has been extremely helpful for strengthening the trust and intimacy in their relationship.  Cabello opened up about how she and Mendes take care of their mental […]