My name is Margarita Tartakovsky. Nice to meet you!

I’m an associate editor at PsychCentral.com, an award–winning mental health website that’s been around since 1995! Honestly, it’s my dream job. I write all sorts of articles on mental health and psychology for our main blog, World of Psychology. I also pen two blogs on Psych Central—one on body image and the other on creativity. (You can learn more here — link to “my writing” page.)

Often I write the words I need to read. I write to let others know they’re not alone. You’re not alone in feeling alone. You’re not alone in feeling anxious. In having a really loud inner critic. In having a hard time navigating your grief. In having a hard time.

I write to give readers practical, empowering tips to help them take compassionate care of themselves and others. This might be anything from being kind to yourself when you’re anxious to sitting with your pain to getting out of bed when you’re depressed to getting organized when you have ADHD.

I live in Florida with my husband, Brian. He makes me tea, and he makes me laugh. And he makes everything better and brighter.

I’m originally from Moscow, where I lived until I was six years old. I immigrated to America with my family—seven humans and one cat—in 1989. When I started second grade at P.S. 52 in Brooklyn, I had no idea what anyone was saying to me. I also failed every vocabulary test. For a while. After finally learning English, I started falling in love with words. With stories. And with writing.

Today, writing is how I make sense of my thoughts, my feelings and my world. In addition to my family and friends, writing has been one of the greatest gifts for me.


– My Favorite Things –


“Isn’t that the only way to curate a life? To live among things that make you gasp with delight?”

~ Maira Kalman, My Favorite Things

  • art-booksMaking a mess–in my journals, on scraps of paper and on the computer screen
  • Anything with Brian, especially bike rides
  • Walks, talks and shopping ‘til we drop with my mom
  • Family trips
  • My beautiful cousin’s beautiful photos
  • A gold necklace from my grandma; my father’s chain and bracelet, which is engraved with his initials, which I never take off.
  • Old books, the dustier and mustier the better
  • Dark chocolate, big salads + chocolate ice cream with rainbow sprinkles
  • Challenging workouts
  • Castle, Elementary, Big Bang, and many a show on HGTV
  • Staring at the stars
  • Tulips, lilies and carnations (my father’s favorite flowers)
  • Yummy smelling candles, especially if they smell like cookies
  • Boring things. Because everything holds a story. Everything is a piece of history. Everything is an invention. Maybe even a miracle.