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  • What is self-harm?
    When she was eight years old, Juliet took her father’s Swiss Army knife, fascinated by everything it could do. She marvelled at the idea it could perform as a pair Read more
  • How can I build my self-esteem?
    At 45, Felicia is what one would describe as successful – she’s a happily married wife to her college sweetheart, mom to two sons consistently on the honor roll, and Read more
  • What is panic disorder?
      As a teenager, Denise remembers being in her bedroom at her parents’ house, watching TV while painting her nails. It had been a quiet, uneventful Saturday afternoon, when suddenly she Read more
  • Can a person be addicted to food?
    At 25, Francesco had been a stellar athlete, a member of several amateur sport organizations in his small city. He’d battled obesity as a young child, and fought for years Read more
  • Depression and oversleeping: what's the link?
    For many hardworking Americans, more sleep is the ultimate dream. We rise to the sound of the alarm, and delight in the ability to hit the snooze button. We look forward to Read more
  • I was bullied as a child. I've had depression my whole adult life.
    The following story was shared with HOPE.    We immigrated to the United States when I was four years old from India. We spoke English – my parents were both professionals in Read more
  • Can nature impact our happiness?
    The late Wayne Dyer famously encouraged getting back to nature, to be in touch with the natural world, to be in awe of air, water, clouds, trees, birds, and grass. He Read more
  • Is there a connection between addiction and childhood trauma?
    Rick’s first memory of his father hitting him was from when he was five years old. “It probably started before that,” Rick admits, “but this is the earliest memory I have Read more
  • I have depression... and sexual addiction.
      This first-person account was shared with HOPE by Yvette, a 50-year-old warehouse associate. All names have been changed for privacy.   I was always the funny one in the family. I was Read more
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder in men
    “We’d make fun of Dad all the time… still kind of do,” says Anita, a choir director, with a laugh. Her father, Dan, was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), nearly Read more
  • What is performance anxiety?
    Ask any athlete, singer, dancer or public speaker. Performance anxiety is very real. Performance anxiety, put simply, is the fear to perform something specific – usually something that must be accomplished in Read more
  • Is smiling depression a real thing?
      As a mother to two teenage sons, owner of a thriving business, and a happily married wife, Anya, 43, is the very definition of success. She carves out time for Read more
  • What's the difference between situational and clinical depression?
    “What makes you think you’re actually depressed?” Jamie had just lost her boyfriend, Matt, to a car accident; at 27 years old, he’d been at the prime of his life, and Read more
  • What is late-life depression?
      Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States, impacting nearly 35 million people in this country alone. There’s a lot of conversation about depression Read more
  • I'm a 43 year old woman with ADHD
    The following post is as told to HOPE Therapy and Wellness. Name has been changed for privacy.   My name is Amanda, and I am 43 years old. I run a bakery Read more
  • What is Post Traumatic Relationship Syndrome?
    Elaine remembers meeting Scott ten years before; he was handsome, successful, and “perfect on paper. “If I could have designed a man, it would have been him,” the 38-year-old writer says Read more
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