Pitter patter, purr, meow! Sniff sniff, boop, woof!

Those are the sounds of lovable little animals on their way to make your day. Maybe today has left you exhausted (or maybe you woke up exhausted). Maybe your depression or anxiety is hitting extra hard today. These precious pets have just the thing to lift your mood! Here are 5 humorous things to discover today that’ll leave you grinning:

1. This Adorable Doggie Twitter Account

Thoughts of Dog has become a popular Twitter account to follow because of its charming and pure renditions of dog thoughts. This cute pupper tweets updates…

Be honest — you’ve probably Googled “tips for coping with bipolar disorder” before. You’ll get thousands of self-help tips, most of them from qualified professionals (so it’s pretty good advice).

But it’s different when you’re living with the disorder. You’re the expert when it comes to your mood episodes. So you need to know how people living with bipolar actually cope with it, not just what’s recommended by psychologists.

I won’t tell you to “avoid caffeine, eat a balanced diet, and get enough exercise.” Those might be useful. But in the midst of the bipolar life, they don’t help me…


That’s about how much energy I feel like I have most days. Maybe you feel the same way.

Depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders drain your strength. They make you feel like it’s almost impossible to function. It’s all you can do to get through the day, struggling to manage your symptoms.

There’s no easy fix to make this mental and physical exhaustion go away. But there are some simple things you can do that don’t require much effort at all. …

Legal barriers to legalization exist — and for good reason

The debate over medical marijuana legalization continues to be a prominent political issue. This potential decision also has significant implications for healthcare. The strongest opposition to legalization is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug. Some U.S. states have already legalized its use, generating dispute about its medical properties. Until the FDA downgrades its current status, widespread support for medical marijuana will be sparse.

Schedule I drugs are substances with the highest potential for abuse. These substances also cause significant psychological or physical…

A psychological explanation of why students may fail to assimilate into the university culture

Students from different backgrounds face unique psychological stressors upon entering college. Nearly two decades ago, Matsumoto and his colleagues theorized why these experiences may be particularly stressful. Discrepancies viewed between an individual’s psychological culture (as termed by Matsumoto and colleagues in a 1999 study) and the perceived societal culture could create such stressful responses.

This is especially evident in the case of college students, who have their own psychological culture, and are confronted by a new environment and societal culture. …

Incarceration of non-violent criminals with mental disorders is a moral quandary caught between values of justice and care.

The number of individuals in prison who have a mental illness is steadily rising in the United States. By 2015, more than half of all the inmates in state and federal prisons and jails had a mental disorder, with the majority of those inmates concentrated at local jails, state prisons, and federal prisons, respectively. Mental disorders included depression, mania, and psychotic illnesses. Almost three-quarters of these inmates also met the criteria for substance dependence or abuse.

Regardless of the prevalence of mental…

Skylar Childress

Mental Health Freelance Writer / Blogger @ www.thedysfunctionalmind.com

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