May 15, 2019

Following on from our 25 March workshop led by Kindall Tyson at Moishe House, here’s a short summary of what we learned. These tips are useful whether you are goingthrough a job transition or thinking about one, struggling to keep on top of work stress, or when dealing with other anxiety.

What we learned: Coping strategies for professional and personal anxiety 

For young professionals, it is all too easy to fall into a comfortab...

May 11, 2019

CandleX works with schools to build resilience and mental health awareness in the Beijing community. Beijing-based counsellor Katie shares with us her tips for dealing with cyberbullying.

With the increasing popularity of social media and online presence, it seems natural that bullying is alive and well in the online community. This is a threat that might even be hard to recognize, as cyberbullying doesn’t typically include the...

November 5, 2018

Is it the first time that you and your child are living in different countries? Nov has arrived, and  so have your feelings. Along with the hope and joy, you also cannot help feeling worried, anxious about whether your child will adapt to new customs, languages, and food, which is really scary.

Mainland Chinese students represent the largest body of international students in the US. Your concern is not absolutely unnecessary. A...

March 5, 2018

“I can save the world! No, I am a coward.” |What is it like to experience bipolar disorder?

The majority of people have not experienced bipolar disorder before and we want to share some real life experiences of what living with bipolar disorder is like. All of the following stories are true stories that patients have voluntarily shared. We hope to raise awareness, improve understanding, and better enable the support of those st...

March 5, 2018

“She is sometimes a ranged shrew, with shrieks pierced my ears and frightful expressions in her eyes; standing on the stage, she forgets her lines, sings the wrong words, assaults other actors and falls into frustration from time to time. While she comes to a silence, her suffering martyrdom reveals her facet of a child.”

Vivien Leigh may leave us with an impression of the sprightly, shining Scarlet in Gone with the Wind. Howev...

March 5, 2018

Starting today, we are going to bring to you our “Depression Essential Series” that answers all of your questions about depression. This series is composed of multiple coherent, and progressive articles to complete your picture of “What is depression?!”

In this series, you’ll find information that will help you to understand the basics of depression. For example, “What is the average age of onset of depression?”, “I am feeling...

March 5, 2018

Welcome to the second class in our first chapter of “Depression Essentials Series”. Our last lesson was on general background of depression mainly on the prevalence of depression. Now, today we are going to dive into the core essentials: the symptoms of depression.

Without further ado, fellow students,
Lesson 2 begins

Symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder

What is it like to experience depression? What are its symptoms? Depression...

March 5, 2018

Depressed in Beijing? Sometimes we do not know if our bad mood has gone out of the norm and become a depression.

Welcome to lesson 2.2: How do I know if I have depression? Please read lesson 2.1 if you need a refresher about what the symptoms of depression are. Today we will be speaking about self-assessment. When we speak about depression within a community or at an event, one of the most frequently asked questions is:

“I somet...

March 5, 2018

For people in Beijing, have you noticed that your mood changes depending on AQI (Air Quality Index)? Yes, environment has a big influence on our mood, and when it’s getting too much, we say: the pollution in Beijing really makes me depressed! So what else makes us depressed? Let’s begin today’s lesson by looking at the most common causes from the angle of environment.

The causes of depression are probably the most difficult one...

March 5, 2018

Welcome to the third class in our “Depression Essentials” series. In our first lesson, we learned about the prevalence and general background of depression. In our second lesson, we learned about the symptoms of depression. Now, today we will jump into the next lesson of CandleX Classroom series, the causes of depression.

What are the causes of depression?

One often asks why depression happens. Is it a real sickness? Does d...

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