Welcome to This Emotional Life

Every year, the National Institute of Mental Health estimates that about one in four adults in America experiences a mental health issue that stands in the way of happiness. Our critically-acclaimed and award-winning television series, This Emotional Life, explores why. Drawing upon cutting-edge insights from brain and behavioral experts, we tell the stories of everyday people on their paths to mental and emotional wellness. This exploration continues here on this site. While the series is available on YouTube, learning more about your emotional wellness and how to improve your life’s relationships is an ongoing process.

Your Mental Health Matters

Just like everybody has physical health, people also have mental health. If you ignore your mental health, your life will inevitably suffer. Because your mental wellness is just as important — and perhaps even more so — as your physical well-being.

Read our blogs and articles for the latest information. Watch our scenes and outtakes, which share open and personal stories from the famous and the not-so-famous. And join our community conversations on Facebook and Twitter to share your own story and keep tabs on the latest buzz on emotional wellness.

Balancing Support and Boundaries: Navigating Mental Health Challenges in Friendship

In today’s episode, Gabe and Michelle discuss the challenges Michelle faces with her friend who exhibits erratic and aggressive behavior, likely due to untreated…

Podcast: Good vs Bad Vulnerability and What’s The Difference?

Today Gabe and Michelle continue openly discussing living with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, respectively, aiming to reduce stigma around mental…

Podcast: Navigating Gifts, Criticism, and Friendship While Managing Mental Illness

Today, Gabe and Michelle share their insecurities and lament that they do not feel more successful. They discuss navigating their…

Podcast: Can Schizophrenics and Bipolars be Good Pet Owners?

In today’s episode, Gabe and Michelle talk about the positive impact their dogs, Peppy and Paisley, have on their mental…

Podcast: Passively Suicidal: Are You Still in Recovery?

Today, Gabe and Michelle explore the nuances of navigating passive suicidal ideation within the context of long-term mental illness recovery. They highlight that occasional…

Podcast: Women v Men: Who Has More Stigma From Mental Illness?

Today's discussion explores the challenges men and women face in managing mental illness, examining societal expectations, medication, and support systems.…

Discover trusted and vetted information –- even help –- for the things that trouble you or those you care about.

The Emmy Award-winning team of Vulcan Productions and the producers of NOVA have created a three-part series that explores improving our social relationships, learning to cope with depression and anxiety, and becoming more positive, resilient individuals. While Vulcan has closed its doors, the power of knowledge and information about yourself lives on on this website.

You can learn more about your mental health and emotional well-being by checking out the hundreds of articles and resources we’ve published here. Everything is written by a mental health expert, researcher, or academic. You can trust the information you find here, as it was vetted by medical and psychology experts.

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