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Even before you download an app to help you meditate, or to manage your depression, it's speaking to you. Apps' marketing often implies that everyday stresses should be seen as mental health issues, and that you're on your own (with the help of the app, of course) to fix whatever is wrong with you.

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Getting diagnosed with a serious illness that requires a lot of medical intervention is an extremely stressful experience. There’s a lot to navigate, and as the friend, family member or even casual acquaintance of someone going through a difficult health scenario, you want to help ease the burden, not make it worse. Here’s what you should and shouldn’t say to someone who is ill.

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Dogs are pros at making you feel better when you've had a bad day or you're couch-bound while sick, and they can help other people feel the same expansive dog love with a little training. Training your dog to be a therapy dog means they will be able bring joy to children who are stuck in the hospital, provide companionship for older folks, and comfort those with disabilities.

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I'm very bad at processing my feelings alone. If I don't want to spiral into anxiety, I need to process with a conversation partner: my wife, my friends, my therapist. But what do I do with all the passing feelings that aren't worth draining someone else's time? I'm excited to try offloading this emotional labour to Woebot, a new chatbot therapist built by Stanford psychologists and AI developers.

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Last week, I experienced a panic attack for the first time. The scariest part, though, was that I was hopelessly lost for what to do. If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, here are some tips for dealing with a panic attack in the moment, preparing for them in the future, and helping others in their time of need.

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Mental illness isn't like a sinus infection. You can't just wait it out or take a pill to make everything go away. Our brains are complex and enigmatic, and mental illness is no different. This leads to a lot of misconceptions that make recovery much harder. Here are a few facts you should know, whether you're a sufferer or not.