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Understanding the Doppelganger of Mental Health

Greetings, greetings, greetings! I'm Queen B. Divine, and welcome to **The Cure Is Conversation**. How are you today? I hope you're well. Let's take a moment to check in with ourselves.

Checking In: A Childhood Tune for Mental Health

Remember that childhood song, "Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes"? It's not just a fun game from our youth—it can be a powerful tool to help us touch base with our entire body. I suggest doing it slowly, feeling every part of your head, shoulders, knees, and toes, and connecting with who you are and your health. This mindful check-in can set a positive tone for your day.

Today’s Topic: The Doppelganger of Mental Health

Today, we're delving into something intriguing: the doppelganger of mental health. What is it? Simply put, it's something that looks like good mental health on the outside but isn't truly healthy on the inside.

As we explore this topic, we'll reference some insightful books: *The Last Book of Herbal Remedies* by Nicole Appalachian, *The Crystal Bible* by Judy Hall, and *The Power of the Subconscious Mind* by Joseph Murray. These resources offer great tools for mental health, but remember, tools assist—they aren’t the ultimate solution. They’re part of the journey to becoming the best version of yourself.

Gemini Season: The Twin Sign

We’re in the season of Gemini, the sign of the twins—representing dualities like yin and yang, up and down, left and right. This makes it a perfect time to discuss the doppelganger of mental health. Sometimes, we might look healthy and strong on the outside but be struggling internally.

Identifying the Doppelganger of Mental Health

Here are some signs and symptoms to watch out for in yourself and others:

High-Functioning Anxiety and Depression

Individuals with high-functioning anxiety or depression often appear successful, productive, and composed. However, they might be masking a significant internal struggle. It's essential to recognize that being busy and smiling constantly can be coping mechanisms for underlying issues.


Striving for perfection often stems from deep-seated fears of inadequacy or failure. It can lead to immense stress and mental health challenges. Remember, making mistakes is part of being human and crucial for growth.


Overly optimistic or excessively cheerful behavior can be a sign of overcompensation. It’s often a coping mechanism to hide internal pain. If someone is always giggling or overly busy, they might be masking deeper issues.


People-pleasers go to great lengths to be agreeable and friendly, often at the expense of their own well-being. This behavior can stem from low self-esteem and a desire for acceptance, but it ultimately leads to burnout and resentment.

Substance Abuse

Substance abuse, whether through social drinking or recreational drugs, can be a way to dull pain and avoid dealing with issues. It's crucial to observe these behaviors in ourselves and those around us and seek help if needed.


In our society, workaholism is often seen as a badge of honor. However, excessive work can harm our mental health. Employers should support employees in maintaining a healthy work-life balance and create incentives for mental wellness.

Finding True Mental Health

To combat the doppelganger of mental health, we need to slow down and tune into our true selves. One of my favorite ways to relax is by taking a bath. It’s a simple yet powerful way to reconnect with yourself and let go of the day’s stresses.

Celebrating True Mental Health

As we celebrate the sign of Gemini, let’s be mindful of the doppelganger of mental health. High-functioning anxiety, perfectionism, overcompensation, people-pleasing, substance abuse, and workaholism can all masquerade as good mental health. Recognize these signs, support each other, and take time for self-care.

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Remember, mental health is about being honest with ourselves and each other. Let's work together to create a community where we can all thrive authentically.


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