40 Reasons to Keep Living

September 10th is National Suicide Awareness Day.  My favorite mental health organization, To Write Love On Her Arms is currently running a hashtag to facilitate the discussion of suicide prevention (go check out #IKeptLiving).  According to their blog, more than 800,000 people die by suicide worldwide every year.  American suicide rates have increased by 24% […]

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Getting Prepared for College with Anxiety

The beginning of a new college semester can be stressful for anyone, but with chronic anxiety, it can start to feel like you’re not prepared at all.  The best way to ensure that you have a successful semester is to utilize every resource that may become beneficial to you.  College brings different challenges and responsibilities depending […]

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When Should You Cut People Off?

For some people, it’s hard to let go of people who wreck havoc on their lives.  For others, cutting people off is a habit.  Either way, it’s important to know what kinds of people are hazardous to your well-being.  Although it’s important to support the people you care about, you shouldn’t have to risk your […]

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Psychological Conditions Aren’t Quirky Character Traits, So Stop Minimizing Them.

People with mental illnesses and psychological conditions already struggle to be accepted by society.  It doesn’t help when their conditions are used as exaggerations to describe negative behaviors and situations. People with medical conditions are diagnosed by a doctor and treated by professionals.  If you truly feel that you display symptoms of a psychological condition, the […]

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Don’t Let Instagram Damage Your Self-Esteem

Have you ever browsed Instagram and stumbled upon an image of someone you’d wind up envying?  Perhaps they managed to make their eyeliner come out perfectly, or maybe their skin is flawless.  They could have the muscles that you wish you had, or the hair you only have in your dreams.  You might be attracted […]

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What Dialectical Behavior Therapy Taught Me

Although I have been to many therapists with different approaches since I was eleven years old, I’ve found that the most effective form of therapy for me was Dialectical Behavior Therapy. This type of therapy, often abbreviated as DBT was developed by psychologist Marsha Linehan as a treatment for borderline personality disorder.  Since its inception […]

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Recognizing Mental Health Every Month

  As a society, we need to have more honest conversations about mental health in order to bring awareness to the issues that people face.  While people may be familiar with the names of mental illnesses, harmful stereotypes may prevent people from truly understanding what others are going through.  Awareness days/weeks/months are perfect opportunities to create discussions about […]

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