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Mental Health, Meditation, & Mindfulness

By: Jorge Arredondo Meza When I was a student at Duke University, meditation and yoga saved my life. The trials of academia consumed my mind to the point where I was constantly thinking about what assignment needed to be done next. I can confidently say that adopting a mindful practice—in my case, meditation—drastically improved the…

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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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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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Silenced through Sexual Assault: Part 3

In parts 1 and 2 of this blog post, I shared the story of my preteen and early adulthood experiences with sexual assault and how I began to heal from both. In this post, I finish the story. On March 31st, 2017, it was brought to my attention that the man who assaulted me as…

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Healing the Healer

My first job as a budding therapist, fresh out of grad school, was at a psychiatric hospital. Many memories from that time have stayed with me, but it was a comment I heard a fellow therapist make that altered my understanding of the importance of emotional self-care for those whose life’s work is serving others.…

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Transgender Individuals, Dysphoria, and Depression

Being transgender myself, I have experienced my fair share of dysphoria and depressive thoughts. It can be hard to cope sometimes. The thoughts become overwhelming. Sometimes it becomes hard enough that you feel like you’re being swallowed whole. I find solace in my friends who have accepted me for who I am – but sometimes…

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5 Signs of Burnout

Everyone experiences stress from time to time, some more than others. Whether it’s due to generalized anxiety or more day-to-day worries like large amounts of work, it’s important that people who are working — employees, students, or even artists — keep track of their mental health and wellbeing to avoid burnout. As described by Ada…

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Road Rage: What Is It and How to Prevent It?

For some, driving can be a leisurely activity. Some people don’t mind driving for long periods of time, and it can be a relaxing experience for them. For others, though, driving can be very stressful, inciting some strong emotional responses. In extreme circumstances, people might experience road rage. What exactly is road rage? According to…

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