The Biggest Piece of the Pie: Identifying Mental Health Issues and Seeking Success

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This is a guest article from Dan Lerner, co-teacher of NYU’s most popular class “The Science of Happiness” and author of the new book U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life), a fun, comprehensive guide to surviving and thriving in college and beyond.


Knowing how to bounce back and then bounce higher—the ability to shrug off adversity and succeed in the face of tremendous challenge—these are the characteristics of resilience.

Resilience can come from within, but it can also come from the people around us. It can also come in the form of therapy from a mental health professional. Going through therapy is one of the most resilient acts we can engage in. While many believe that mental health issues are uncommon, 50 percent of people will experience challenges to their mental health in their lifetime. If it’s not you, it is certainly many of the people you know.

The peak age for mental illness? Eighteen to 25. That growth stretch from childhood to adulthood, freedom, pressure, adversity, change – it lends to mental health challenges. What is alarming is that we aren’t told how to cope with mental illness or provided the tools to overcome it, especially at those ages.

People are designed to bounce back from hard times. It is biological to survive, adapt and thrive, but emotional overload leaves you feeling like you are crazy sometimes. A therapist can help you find your way back again.

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How to Lessen Your Emotional Attachments to Things


Materialism and consumerism are seen as twin evils of the modern, capitalist world. There is nothing wrong with a mercantile culture in theory – choice for self-expression and self-betterment is a pretty good thing to have. It certainly beats bland conformity. However, wanting things for the sake of having them and having an almost non-spiritual animist belief in the emotional need to keep things or have things you do not need is unhealthy. These can ruin our lives and detach us from reality, but it is possible to free ourselves of them and move on.

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Beginner’s Guide to Detoxing the Body


If you’re ready to feel your best and want to have a higher quality of life in the process, you may want to strongly consider detoxification. This is an excellent way to get rid of unwanted toxins in the body that may drag you down at times. It’s a great idea to know various things you can do that will allow you to detoxify your body with the greatest amount of ease and less stress. Being aware of specific things you can do that will render some of the best results are sure to be ideal for your health and well-being.

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Beat Brain Fog and Get Back Your Energy


We’ve all had those days where we feel like zombies. When you’re having one of those days, the problem isn’t that you have no brain, but that you have brain fog. You have a hard time concentrating, and you find it hard to remember details, even including the right words to use. You may feel confused or even a little irritable. Brain fog is also usually accompanied by personality changes like fatigue, lack of motivation, and sometimes even low-level anxiety and depression.

Brain fog is not a serious condition, but it can have a serious impact on your quality of life. You won’t be able to get much done or have a good time if you can’t concentrate and you’re tired and mildly depressed all the time. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to beat brain fog and get back your energy.

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