Latest by Mike Veny

Choosing Happiness Over Depression Is Where Healing Begins

Credit: iStock Let’s face it: living with depression is painful, frustrating, debilitating and exhausting. “It’s complete apathy and fatigue,” Kaitlynn Kelly wrote in her article, “The Myth of ‘Choosing Happiness’ to Heal Depression,” published on th...

10 Practical Ways to Cope With Social Anxiety

Social anxiety often occurs in anticipation of, during, and after social situations. Its debilitating effects, meanwhile, can keep people from doing what they would like to do, or going where they would like to go. A person suffering from social anxi...

Crushed Masculinity and the Agony of Depression

According to Merriam-Webster, the word “emasculation” is defined as “making a man feel less masculine” or “depriving a man of his strength and/or role.” When I first heard that word several years ago, during a session with my therapist, I felt surpri...

9 Powerfully Effective Tips for Fighting Winter Depression

“Winter depression” typically manifests, as the name implies, during winter months. The symptoms usually begin in late autumn and become more severe as winter sets in. Also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), winter depression usually improve...

How to Use a Gratitude Journal for Depression

To cope with your depression and live the best life possible, you need to have as many tools at your disposal as you possibly can. The tools that you choose to keep in your toolbox should be easy to use and work fast. Writing in a gratitude journal i...

We Can Help Homeless Veterans - Together

Recovery from mental illness is possible for all veterans. To help support this, it’s important to address the issue of housing for veterans.

Beat Back to School Stress

“Ba de ya - say do you remember Ba de ya - dancing in September Ba de ya - never was a cloudy day” September by Earth, Wind & Fire Listening to the song “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire can be a very uplifting experience (for me at least). M...

Powerful Lessons That Your Depression Can Teach You

triumph “Sometimes the most difficult, horrific things can be the greatest spiritual teachers.” -Cameron Mathison When I started therapy in 2011, I just wanted the pain to go away. I was determined to figure things out so I could feel better. My life ...

Introducing Health Central's New Mental Health Social Ambassador

Dear Health Central reader: My name is Mike Veny and I am super excited to be a new mental health Social Ambassador and writer for Health Central. The subject of mental health is becoming increasingly important, and p...

What the Experts Say About Meditation for Anxiety

As my mind was racing and my heart was hammering, I knew something was wrong. Standing on a New York City sidewalk that I walked down every day, I found myself confused and disoriented. It felt very overwhelming and seemed to get worse by the minute. ...