About the Author

Alison Palkhivala

Alison Palkhivala

Alison Palkhivala is an award-winning freelance writer and journalist specializing in lifestyle, health, and medicine. For nearly 20 years, she has worked with some of the online health world’s most high-profile players. While Alison has written about virtually everything health-related, from arthritis to zoster, her main passion is helping people better understand mental illness. Those suffering from anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses frequently lack the strength and resources to make sure their stories are heard and their suffering treated. They frequently become relegated to life’s margins, and everyone misses out on their potential contributions to a more caring and inclusive society. In that light, Palkhivala has worked with Belvoir on educational materials about depression and anxiety. She is also developing books about palliative care and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Alison is active in her professional community and is a member of both the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) and Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC). Alison’s non-professional time is largely taken up with family life. She lives in Montreal, Canada with her husband and two children. She is active in her community, volunteering at her children’s school and with various local charitable endeavors. Her meager free time is spent reading and looking for lakes to swim in. She also enjoys the occasional Netflix marathon and playing Civilization on her Smartphone, to her family’s ongoing chagrin.

Articles by Alison Palkhivala

Personality Test: Can It Put Focus in Your Life?

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Personality Test: Can It Put Focus in Your Life?

Have you ever taken a personality test? It’s an intriguing idea—you answer a few questions online and come away with insights into your personality, from hidden strengths and weaknesses to your ideal job to your perfect soulmate.

In real life, online personality tests can be overblown, and perhaps inconclusive. How can

The Power of Positive Thinking

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The Power of Positive Thinking

There is no question that positive people are happier, more successful, and healthier than negative people. Several studies have established the role of positivity and optimism on health—essentially, the power of positive thinking. People who are optimistic have a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, even after taking into account other

15 Mental Breakdown Symptoms: Are You on the Edge?

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15 Mental Breakdown Symptoms: Are You on the Edge?

When people are suffering from a mental illness such as depression or anxiety, they often ask themselves, “Am I having a mental breakdown?” Intense, negative feelings and any number of mental breakdown symptoms can make you feel like you’re losing control.

The truth is that, for better or worse, most people