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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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Broken Vows: Emotional Abuse in Intimate Partnerships (part 3)

In part one and part two of this article, I discussed my early experiences of emotional abuse from my husband, including gaslighting and economic abuse–as well as my multiple thwarted attempts to leave the relationship. I disregarded a lot of awful things my husband did, such as him being mean and abusive to my oldest…

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Broken Vows: Emotional Abuse in Intimate Partnerships (part 2)

In part one of this article, I discussed the different ways that my husband has emotionally abused me over the course of our relationship, including his attempts to completely isolate me. The scariest part to me now is the fact that if he had ever accomplished his goal of completing isolating me, he would’ve become…

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PTSD and VR – How Virtual Reality could change the way we treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

The future is now, apparently. When I first heard about the Oculus Rift, a Virtual Reality headset that was premiered on Kickstarter, it was like all of my childhood dreams had come true. Now, I would be able to play video games that felt like they were taking place around me. It’s been a few…

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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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Are Rage Rooms Helpful? MindPath Care Centers Providers Weigh In

Last summer, a woman brought a wedding dress, cake, and decorations into the House of Purge in Charlotte, NC, where she and her friends smashed and destroyed all of it. This woman was a bride left at the altar, and had sought out this newly opened “rage room” to confront her anger and frustration over…

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CODEPENDENT BEHAVIOR: What it is, how to spot it, and what to do about it

I had my fair share of unhealthy relationships. I’ve been in both positions during breakups: The one who did everything in their power to keep the relationship going, and the one who pushed the other person away out of fear. I have allowed my insecurities to get the best of me, and I have hurt…

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Mental Health in the Military

As someone who has known more than a few soldiers from the military in my life, I can say with confidence that soldiers with mental health conditions are overlooked, and often struggle to get the care that they need. On top of this, there is a huge stigma that surrounds mental health, especially for military…

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The biggest global fundraiser for men’s health awareness, Movember, has made a huge impact since in conception in 2003. Since the event is so easy to get involved with, it has stood the test of time, growing more each year. To increase visibility for this awareness campaign, men are encouraged to collectively grow out their…

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by Kristy Southivilay Please note: This content contain mentions of sexual abuse. We often imagine PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as being reserved for military veterans, or mothers experiencing postpartum PTSD after childbirth; but PTSD can happen to anyone who has gone through terrifying events that have significantly affected their well-being. Car accidents, unexpected deaths, military…

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I began my training as a improv comedian right around the time I was disentangling myself from a horribly abusive relationship of four-ish years. Improv training might be the single most important part of my entire recovery process. For the uninitiated, let me back up. Improvisational Theatre, or improv, is a type of performing arts…

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