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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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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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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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Let Them Eat Kale: My Struggles with Overeating

I’d like to share some about my journey to a healthier me, but first I must tell you why I’m not already healthy. Comfort food and overeating are, unfortunately, the definition of “love” in my family. In American culture it’s common to see people not only eating more than the recommended serving size but binging…

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Improving Empathy

Sometimes, people are so caught up in their day-to-day lives that they lose a crucial part of themselves, something many people might call “empathy.” Empathy doesn’t just measure how much you care for others – it encapsulates an ability to navigate a variety of social cues. For example, being able to read someone’s facial expressions…

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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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