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Mental Health Stigma & What To Do About It

by Anna Yoni Jeffries When many people hear the words “mental health,” they think of a “crazed” individual who is unfit to live amongst others socially. Characters with mental illnesses are often sensationalized in the media and in fictional stories, exacerbating the stigma that already exists. The recent popular horror film Midsommar, for example, has…

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Women’s Mental Health Concerns are Often Dismissed: Here’s What to Do About It

by Nia Spencer As a woman, I find that my mental health concerns often get brushed off or dismissed by professionals. Studies show that women are twice as likely as men to experience depression, and although hormonal changes alone cannot account for depression, women’s mental health concerns are nonetheless frequently dismissed as merely hormonal. Dr.…

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How Support Systems Benefit Recovery

by Ari Borhanian It’s easy to feel alone when coping with mental illness. The sense of otherness and general isolation can not only make it harder to get the help you need in seeking recovery, but can make your symptoms worse. This isn’t just the case with depression, either: whether you have anxiety, substance abuse…

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Driving the Car Expectation through Disappointment City: Part Two

by Laura Harris, MS, LPC Illustrations by Kristy Southivilay In part one of this article, I shared the beginning of my allegorical story about disappointment. Here, I’ll finish the story and unpack it for readers. ___________________________________________ Depressed’s bus only stops on three streets: Indulgence, Despair, and Hope. You and your Feelings give the remainder of your…

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Driving the Car Expectation through Disappointment City: Part One

by Laura Harris, MS, LPC Illustrations by Kristy Southivilay Disappointment is a feeling that doesn’t get enough respect. It’s the Jan Brady of feelings. Lately, I’ve found a community of disillusioned people, making a perfect sample to explore this feeling called “Disappointment.” This year, my favorite sports team (the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers) lost their last…

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Hoarding Disorder Explained

It is incredibly and overwhelmingly easy to accumulate “stuff.” Everywhere we go, people are handing out free and useless junk: pens, keychains, water bottles, stickers, brochures. Every store we visit has beautifully designed displays luring us in and convincing us that we need brand new, seasonally appropriate stuff in order to feel happy. Most of…

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Challenges and Advice

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative cognitive brain disorder that causes a loss in memory, thinking ability, and reasoning. It is a fairly common disease that usually affects the elderly population although cases of early-onset Alzheimer’s also occur in populations under 65 years of age. Five hundred thousand cases are added yearly, and it is the…

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Mental Health Effects of Colorism in the Black Community

One great oversight of our modern generation is that we turn a blind eye to the subconscious colorism that occurs in our society. Colorism within the African American community is defined as the attitude among African Americans discriminating against other African Americans because of their skin complexion – for instance, being too light or too…

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