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Making Adjustments and Moving Forward – My Brain’s Not Broken

Making Adjustments and Moving Forward – My Brain's Not Broken

Something I expect in life is that unexpected things happen all the time. This isn’t an indication that anything big has happened lately, but the most recent unexpected thing is that I need to find a new therapist (scream at insurance for ruining another good thing). This is nothing new – in fact, the last…

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A Reflection During Men’s Health Week – My Brain’s Not Broken

A Reflection During Men’s Health Week – My Brain's Not Broken

After learning about Men’s Health Week for the first time last year and sharing a mental health experience from one of the best men I know (thanks again, Stephen!), I decided to use the space this year to thinking about men and mental health health. There are many aspects of men’s health that should be…

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Using Exercise to Improve Your Mental Health – My Brain’s Not Broken

Using Exercise to Improve Your Mental Health – My Brain's Not Broken

Hello friends! Today at My Brain’s Not Broken we have a guest post from Pamela Zuber, a writer / editor for Sunshine Behavioral Health, who writes about how we can use exercise to improve our mental health and wellbeing. Are you anxious or depressed because of racial injustice, the COVID-19 pandemic, financial worries, or other…

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The Persistence of Negative Thoughts – My Brain’s Not Broken

The Persistence of Negative Thoughts – My Brain's Not Broken

I don’t always like to start my posts with “this week in therapy,” but … this week in therapy, I’ve absently pointed out that my negative thoughts have been more present lately. When I think about my negative thoughts, I don’t really see them as something to get rid of right now. They are here,…

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Focusing On Mental Health And What’s Next – My Brain’s Not Broken

Focusing On Mental Health And What’s Next – My Brain's Not Broken

This month I made a decision to purposely focus on the mental health impact of the pandemic. We’re also closing Mental Health Awareness Month and I was delighted with the content people have created and the wonderful way people have recorded mental health conversations. Today I want to focus on what lies ahead – not…

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Finding Mental Wellness During Uncertain Times – My Brain’s Not Broken

Finding Mental Wellness During Uncertain Times – My Brain's Not Broken

On Tuesday, I wrote about what my approach to mental health was like during the pandemic – an approach that involves a bit of pessimism, an emphasis on focus, and a willingness to let out my emotions when I need them. The more I wrote about these things, the more I thought about how I…

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Mental Health Awareness Month 2021 – My Brain’s Not Broken

Mental Health Awareness Month 2021 – My Brain's Not Broken

It’s May, which means it’s another big month for mental health! May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States, an annual event dedicated to raising national mental health awareness. While mental health awareness occurs year round, this month is a time for specific conversations about reducing the mental health stigma and advocating the…

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Challenging My Instinct to Minimize Accomplishments – My Brain’s Not Broken

Challenging My Instinct to Minimize Accomplishments – My Brain's Not Broken

Most days I don’t feel like I am doing anything. I definitely don’t feel like I am getting things done – and for me an accomplishment is anything from completing a book to getting up. I would attribute this to the anxiety and depression I live with, but it’s also part of my personality to…

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