Posts tagged mental health
Rest, Unraveling, and the Nonlinear Road to Recovery

Particularly for those with my same approach to recovery – a hopefulness that can occasionally border on denial – signs of an impending relapse can sound somewhat of a muted alarm. You want to trust your progress, to know you have grown and learned to handle the worst of it; this is why the alarm is not blaring with abandon.

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Making Amends with My Body: Chronic Illness and Body Image

When I’m in pain, there is nothing but pain. Other people do not speak. Pain dissolves others into disembodied voices, whose cacophony is most annoying because I cannot fathom how it exists amidst the ubiquitous force of my pain. There is nothing and no one that can steal my attention or energy because it is all diverted to the gut-wrenching, who-knows-when-it’s-ending pain.

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Collegiate Mental Health Services Fail to Make the Grade

“The whole point is that they just want you to not be sobbing and once you’re not sobbing, they don’t really care.” said one university junior. She had tried to seek help from her school’s counseling center during a crisis and was greeted with what she refers to as “less than helpful” aid.


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Depressed Brain Says...

Well, a good goal to have is attempting to recognize and challenge these types of negative thought patterns when they appear. This can be really hard, especially when you’re in the middle of spinning out, but once you get a little practice it tends to get easier. I tend to step out of the situation when I can feel my mood take a drastic dip.

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Words Matter: How "Harmless" Comments Have Affected My Body Image Over the Years

I grew up plus-sized. I have always felt uncomfortable with my body and how I looked, and the comments I heard or read often made it worse. From a young age, I struggled not to internalize those comments and use them for my own self-destruction and self-sabotage, but failed.

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An Intrauterine Device and the Uphill Battle to Understand Female Pain

I keep telling myself that a crazy heavy flow and the constant consumption of Advil isn’t that bad. And in the grand scheme of things, it isn’t. But the fact that women simultaneously give up  control of their bodies to gain it back in another aspect demonstrates that there is more work to be done.

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Get To Know Your Anxiety: 5 Myths That Desperately Need To Be Dispelled

We’ve become accustomed to the media depiction of  anxiety as the old, annoying friend we put up with who sometimes keeps us from being our best selves. This is an incredibly damaging and dangerous stereotype which negates the real-life implications of anxiety disorders.

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