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Latest by Mike Veny

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Living With

Small Trauma: How to Recognize and Deal With It

Trauma doesn’t always involve violence, death, or something big. Sometimes a stressful event is enough to trigger a depressive episode. Understand small trauma and how to get help.

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Relationships

Who Do You Talk To About Depression and When?

How much information do you divulge about your depression? Patient advocate Mike Veny provides the who, what, why, and when of sharing.

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Relationships

Tips for Reaching Out to an Estranged Family Member During the Holidays

Is it possible to reconnect with an estranged family member? Patient advocate Mike Veny offers five tips to decide and instructions on how best to do it.

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Diagnosis

Are Anxiety and Excitement the Same?

The symptoms of both anxiety and excitement are strikingly similar. Knowing this can provide you with a way to redirect your anxiety into something positive.

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Patient Narrative

How to Create Your Morning Routine

Waking early and having a consistent morning routine improves our mood, as well as memory, work performance, alertness, and attention. Here are some strategies to design your own.

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Myths

7 Ways to Beat Mental Health Stigma in the Black Community

The combined stigmas of being depressed and black can make getting the right care extremely challenging. Mike Veny offers seven ways to combat the stigma.

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Living With

Race and Depression: How I Became the Strong, Black Man I Am Today

Get inspired by this story about a brave man who persevered through the double discriminations and stigma of race and mental illness to become even stronger.

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Work

Hate Your Work? Finds Tips for Engaging at Work and Finding Fulfillment

Americans spend most of their waking hours at work and yet two-thirds are disengaged. Find out how to find more fulfillment at work, which leads to better mental health.

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Living With

Why Are So Many LGBTQ Youths Depressed?

LGBTQ individuals are almost three times more likely than others to experience depression. Here’s why we need to address depression among LGBTQ youths.

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Transforming Mental Health Stigma Into Acceptance

A stigma surrounds mental health, and this stigma says that you should be scared of someone who struggles with their mental health because they are “crazy” or dangerous, when this is simply not true.