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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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Speak Up: How to Talk to Your Family About Mental Health

by Nia Spencer Talking to your family about something personal is never easy, especially with touchy topics like mental health and sexuality. There is so much stigma around these subjects that often we hold things in—which usually causes more harm than good. One strategy is to write it out. When we can’t find the words…

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Birth: The Neglected Story

I love stories. Sometimes I think my job title should really be, “Professional Story Listener.” That’s why I can no longer keep quiet about something frustrating I’ve noticed. As a therapist who focuses on mothers’ mental health, I am pleased to see that women’s mood disorders are getting some well-deserved attention lately. Mood disorders affect…

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“Don’t Be Hysterical” – The History of Sexism in Psychological Treatment

We as human beings would like to think that our beliefs and actions are founded in reality and logic. While we have made mistakes as a species, we often see these as temporary blips in the grand scheme of history: sure, our psychological theories and treatment of women was sexist and not based on any…

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The First Mental Health Appointment: What to Expect and How to Calm the Nerves

It’s completely normal to feel nervous or scared before you see your first psychologist. It may even feel wrong in some ways, which is also normal. [1] Rest assured, though, the fact that you are taking or even considering this step is mighty impressive — so give yourself a firm pat on the back. Many…

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Bipolar in the Workplace – Part 2

In part 1 of this blog post, I discussed how my bipolar disorder has affected my work life. My experiences in the workplace have been good for the most part in terms of controlling my mood swings. However, manic episodes and the ensuing impulse control issues are another story altogether. A lot of people who…

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Bipolar in the Workplace – Part 1

About 1 in 5 adults in the United States experience some form of mental illness each year. That’s approximately 43.8 million people who are in the workforce or will be at some point. Thankfully, there are laws in place to protect us from discrimination based on mental illness. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was…

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Growing up with a Depressed Mom

In part one of this blog post, I discussed the “quirks” of my mother—her OCD and her irrational paranoia and how they affected me as a child. Looking back, however, I don’t consider any of the aforementioned behavior toxic to the point that it damaged me or my brothers. My mom’s depression, on the other…

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Count with Me: Bipolar Disorder & Anger

In a recent blog post, I talked about the difficulties of being a parent while managing bipolar disorder. But one of the most difficult aspects of this is dealing with the accompanying anger, which requires a whole separate discussion. Many people don’t know that bipolar mania isn’t just a precursor to depression: it also causes…

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10 Tips for a Happier Holiday

No matter who you are or what your circumstances, the holidays can be a stressful time for numerous reasons. Maybe traveling is hectic; maybe this is your first holiday season without a loved one; maybe you have strained relationships with family; maybe the holidays bring up bad memories; maybe finances are tight; maybe you struggle…

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A Mental Health Friendly Gift Guide

The holidays are a time of gift giving, and it is common to struggle to think of just the right gift for your loved ones and friends. Many times we end up buying something out of desperation that we are not even sure the person will like, just because we felt obligated to purchase something.…

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