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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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The Intrusive Thoughts of Postpartum OCD

While maternal mental health is finally getting more attention, a lot of the challenges faced by mothers remain unknown or misunderstood. Postpartum Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a one such perinatal mood disorder that’s more common than reported, is rarely discussed, and deserves more attention. As a therapist, I’m well aware of anxiety, both professionally and…

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Deception of Memory: How mental health shapes our memory, and vice versa

When I was a kid, I had a tendency to remember obscure trivia and unimportant information. I could basically quote half of the movies I liked to watch over and over again, and I loved to spout meaningless trivia that I had picked up from here or there. But when it came to my day-to-day,…

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Overcoming Barriers to Reaching Goals

The beginning of the year is a natural time of reflection and goal setting.  This can be a happy and motivating time for some, and a disappointing reminder of failure for others. Goal setting is not as easy at it seems to be, and people go year after year setting goals and not reaching them.…

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Anxiety in Children

Ever wonder why on the first day of school your stomach ached, and you felt as if you’d throw your breakfast up on the steps of your school? It was an anxiety attack. If you were not one of these children, don’t worry — you didn’t miss out on any special milestones. That said, a…

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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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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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