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What gay men's struggles and successes reveal about resilience and community
Healing from a traumatic experience requires learning to reframe the story of what happened. It’s work. But the payoff is when you are healed enough to be “strong” for a loved one.
You can make the autumn of your life its most brilliant season yet, like my friend Steve did. Even while he was living with a brain tumor.
Biomedical HIV treatment and prevention are remarkable. But even the strongest drugs fail if we're too depressed, strung-out, or traumatized to take them.
As "deaths of despair" rise in America, it's not surprising that so many already living with stigma turn to drugs to escape their pain. Meth actually makes their problems worse.
Weathering another "storm," a personal history of resilience comes to bear in making one of life's hardest choices.
Dealing with a loved one's impending death is tough. But you'll be better able to be present and provide care to your loved one if you also take care of yourself. Here's how.
Gay men long have used camp humor to cope with homophobia, and gallows humor to cope with deadly health crises.
The 1969 Stonewall riots changed the way LGBTQ people tell the stories of our lives. Now we can speak about our courage and resilience, not our victimhood.
"Before Stonewall" shows LGBTQ women and men surviving and thriving in the years when homophobia was the law of the land. What they knew about resilience is still relevant today.
The HIV-AIDS epidemic traumatized gay men. It also showed us to be highly resilient and heroic. We need to celebrate those qualities and tell healing stories that highlight them.
Keeping memories and hope alive help keep us going as individuals and communities. Visual reminders can keep us connected even to long-ago people and events that still inspire us.
We must keep alive and honor our heroes' memories because they show us how to live with courage and strength, just as Bill Bailey did until AIDS took his life when he was only 34.
What we let our challenges and traumas "mean" makes all the difference. The words and language we use to tell our stories make it either a heroic journey or a tale of woe.
There is a widespread perception that "all" religions reject LGBTQ people, and that "all" LGBTQ people reject religion. It's not true. Just ask these religious leaders.
Gay men loved our female divas like Judy Garland. But Stonewall showed us our own power to create the lives and society we want here and now, not in a longed-for someday.
An early and strong leader among black gay men, Reggie Williams showed how to draw from black history, gay pride, and even a "ghetto" upbringing to prevent HIV and resist stigma.
Heroes dismiss the praise heaped on them. Their compassion, well-aimed outrage, and sense of justice model for us how we can be heroes, too.
It takes work to bring out the natural shine in an object. The same goes for people.
We can understand and appreciate our place in history when we consider those who came before us. Their stories of courage and daring can inspire us to be brave and more resilient.
Dancing, and dance music, can lighten your mood, relieve anxiety, and even cut through the dark clouds of depression. Why do you think gay men love it?
However you define "family," it's important to have people with whom you can share your gratitude at Thanksgiving and all year long.
Choosing strong, empowering new words to describe your health condition can make all the difference in how you feel about living with it. That makes a stronger, happier you.
Transgender Americans are just one of the minority groups feeling persecuted in Trump's America. But their fight for equality is a fight for good health and a stronger country.
Gay men with AIDS insisted they be known as 'people with AIDS,' refusing to let a diagnosis define them. They offer a lesson for everyone.
Summer's ripening into autumn provides a perfect metaphor for healthy aging. Celebrating fall's colors and coolness brings renewed energy.
Tired of feeling weighed down by secrets you keep because "what would others say"? Free yourself by rejecting the stigma that keeps you quiet.
As women and men speak out, understanding and forgiving their own vulnerability, healing becomes possible.
LGBTQ people born between 1981-1999 are less resilient than the 1942-1964 Boomers. How steep a price are they paying as the first generation brought up on social media?
Anyone ever say "you think too much"? Reminding yourself to stick to what you know can be the difference between stress and serenity.
Millions of Americans may be experiencing "Donald Trump Anxiety." You don't have to be a nervous wreck each time you hear him. Here's how.
John-Manuel Andriote is an award-winning author, journalist, speaker, and communication consultant.