General Articles

There is a broad range of topics and general information about mental health and life experiences that at one time or another we may want to understand better.

With that said, below you'll find a variety of topics and articles about some of the most common questions, concerns, and opinions associated with experiences and problems in life; and particularly how some people choose to address them.

A Brief Look At The Science Of Respondent Behavior

Respondent behavior is the same type of behavior that is brought about by classical conditioning. That is, just like the dogs in Ivan Pavlov’s experiments that learned to...

What Is Cognitive Disorder, NOS, And Do I Have It?

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is a new diagnosis added to the DSM-V-TR, the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for mental health disorders (Pujol...

Why Is It That Nothing Makes Me Happy?

If your days drag on, merging into gray nothingness, and you are noticing that the things that used to bring you joy simply do not anymore, this could signify the beginning of...

Talk To Strangers? Approaching The Great Unknown

Want to talk to strangers but don’t know how? Whether you want a new romantic relationship, friendship, or acquaintance, talking to an unfamiliar person can enrich your life...

Talk To Someone: The Key To Happiness

In the era of social media and over-connection, loneliness is pervasive. It seems that we have forgotten the art of face-to-face communication. Not only that, but as a society...

Beyond Irrational Thoughts: What Causes Them?

You are more likely to produce irrational thoughts when you are in serious emotional disarray. During these times, you are mainly concerned with yourself as you are trying to...

“I Need Help”: Why Is It So Necessary That You Ask For It

It has been said that the world is too terrible not to have a friend. Everyone needs someone to confide in when circumstances arise in which it feels like living is too hard to...

I Need Someone To Talk To About My Problems – But Where Do I Turn?

If you’re thinking to yourself, “I need someone to talk to about my problems!” but it seems that no one is out there to help,you are not alone. It’s in human nature to need...

Talk To Strangers Online Without Being A Troll

A good way to practice social skills, especially for those of us who tend to be a little awkward in company, is to talk to strangers online. Over time, a set of rules have...

How You Should Talk To Strangers Online About Your Mental Health

As the Internet has become an integrated necessity in many people’s lives, it has made the world feel smaller. You can instantly speak with people from anywhere in the world...

No One Cares About Me: What Can I Do To Find Support?

When you say the words “No one cares about me,” you may feel extremely lonely, sad, and even despairing. Yet, when you decide to look for a support system, your life is going to...

Why Am I So Unhappy: A Question Worth Answering

You deserve answers to your life’s most important questions. Not all answers are available to everyone, but you certainly can explore the potential causes if you find yourself...

Identifying Anger Problems And Addressing Them

Year by year, anger is becoming more prevalent in America. In fact, in a survey conducted by Esquire Magazine, half of all who responded said they were angrier than they were a...

10 Anger Management Tips To Help You Control Your Anger

Anger is an issue that many people deal with on a daily basis. This anger starts to take over their lives, making them feel miserable throughout the day. They may be ready to...

Talking With Strangers And Getting Over Social Phobia

Your mind is racing, your palms are sweaty. You don’t know which small-talk item to pull out of your brain when you’re faced with having to talk with someone. You’re right...

I Need to Vent: Where To Turn

If you need to vent, you aren’t the only one. At one point or another, everyone needs to release fears, inner turmoil, and emotions. Without the willingness or ability to...

I Feel Empty: When A Lack Of Meaning Is Something More Serious

Feeling empty inside can make you feel helpless , like nothing you do can get rid of this state of being. You may even try to blame external factors for your empty feeling...

What Could Be Gained From Child And Family Counseling?

Child and family counseling tends to focus on the inner workings of your family, not necessary the relationship between a child and the parent only. Family therapists believe...

Anger Counseling: Finding The Root Of Anger And Addressing It

Anger is an uncomfortable, non-productive, and exhausting emotion. Individuals diagnosed with anger disorder experience uncontrollable anger, and angry is often their normal...

Things To Do When Feeling Sad

There’s probably no-one on the planet who doesn’t have the blues at some times. Whether it’s because of a recent disappointment, rainy weather or for no real reason at all, everybody is inevitably in a bad mood at one time or another. Luckily, for most of us this is something...

Step-By-Step Guide To Never Feel Lonely Again

Loneliness doesn’t care if you are in a crowded room full of acquaintances or a mansion all by yourself; it can creep up on you and consume your entire life, driving your thoughts and actions. Whether you are married or single, feeling lonely is a tough emotion to...

Feeling Overwhelmed? Strategies To Cope And Survive

Despite early 20th Century predictions, technology has made life more complicated and hectic, rather than less so. Sure, the invention of the washing machine means that nobody has to churn and squeegee their filthy shirts for three hours a day. But...

The Complete Guide To Talking To Strangers

Whether you want a new romantic relationship, friendship, or casual acquaintance, learning how to talk to strangers is a game-changer. Connecting with a new person brings the opportunity for personal growth, new...

How To Overcome Boredom And Add Spice To Your Life

Feeling bored? Boredom is no trivial matter. Scientists have discovered that you really can be bored to death. That is, people who report being bored often run a greater risk of dying from heart disease or stroke. Not only that, but...

I Need Help Now: Seemingly No One To Talk To

Talking has been a form of therapy since the first spoken words. The ancient philosophers of Greece and Rome met and talked of the problems of the times, sharing wisdom, and advice. Many of their words still live on today, many quote...

Mental Health Writing Contest – Ends May 31st, 2017

BetterHelp.com is focused on both providing online counseling services, but we’re also passionate about educating people about subjects related to mental health. With that being said, BetterHelp is looking for talented and motivated students that would be interested in...

Understanding Grief

Grief is a common reason that people reach out to us at BetterHelp for services. As stated before, grief is a natural response to loss. It is how we feel when we perceive that something that we loved or cared about, something that was meaningful, is taken...
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