The Silent Fighter

Since it is Mental Health Awareness Week, I am sure we will hear all the ways to fight stigma and about the most vocal stigma fighters. And I believe, rightfully so, these people deserve their recognition. However they are not my focus for this post. I want to recognize and thank the silent fighters. I want to recognize those who live day to day beyond the stigma....more

The Semicolon Project; The Sentence Is Your Life

A few months ago, a dear friend of mine posted on Facebook with a link to something called “The Semicolon Project.” I’d never heard of it before and was curious what it was all about. Have you heard of it?It turns out, the Semicolon Project is a nonprofit organization that provides support to people and communities suffering with any kind of mental health issues. Specifically, those who may be contemplating suicide....more

Choosing a Path to Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is the treatment of mental problems or disorders via psychological means instead of medical therapies. Psychotherapy is a general term as there are various types of psychological treatments that may be employed to help clients deal with their mental and emotional problems. The cornerstone of the treatment, in any case, is the relationship that develops between the therapist and the patient as they work together to deal with the patient's mental problems....more

When the children are watching

Ever think about the things your child may say or do, or even the personality they develop over time. How much of that do you attribute to genes? How much of that do you attribute to learned behavior or learned response? When people say, “you got it honest,” in reference to someone’s attitude or temper etc., I consider they are attributing the characteristics you are displaying, to your surrounding or experience in seeing that as a way to respond. ...more

#suicideprevention Stay Connected

Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, L'Wren Scott and closer home, Jiah Khan, Anuradha Bali alias Fiza, ...more

How to Create an Emotional First Aid Kit

In an earlier post about preparing for times of stress or mental unwellness, I suggested creating your own emotional first aid kit.  An emotional first aid kit works in a very similar way to a traditional first aid kit that you would keep in your home for treating minor injuries and physical health issues.  The idea is that you create a central place where you can store the ...more


I have to start this post by saying that I am so glad I found this site because Blogging is SOOOOO cathartic!!!  Can I get an “Amen!?”  ...more

From Happiness to Satisfaction

I became very depressed after an unexpected break-up. School was impossible to continue for the quarter, and the level of sadness that consumed my heart, mind, and soul appalled my friends and family. Yes, Kanye. This was a truly cold winter. I told my friend goodbye, and asked myself if I will ever love again. “You need to be happy, Marwa. You’re not a happy person anymore. You used to be so happy and carefree! What happened? All of this for a guy? ...more

Depression, Anxiety and Panic Attacks: This SH¡T is for Real! (VIDEO)

*Post written in May 2014*I was in San Francisco this week for a the PBS Kids Annual Meeting as one of their VIP (Very Involved Parent) Ambassadors. This was the FIRST time I was able to travel to any event/conference and I was excited for a few days away. I’ve been dealing with depression since my daughter was born in January 2013 (on medication) and more recently began having severe anxiety and panic attacks....more

Blog Post: When Depression Feels Like Drowning

Photo by Eyes of OdysseusSometimes, as someone who is extremely sensitive to pain and suffering, I find an image that I can’t let go of, no matter what I do. This is one of those images....more