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Three Lessons I Learned from a Decade in Therapy

This year marks a decade since I first sought treatment for my mental health. During my sophomore year of college, following nearly five years of chronic and debilitating migraines, I was referred to a school therapist. Shortly after visiting the school psychiatrist and therapist, I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder

By |2022-04-15T07:59:52-08:00April 15th, 2022|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Reimagining Mental Health in Schools

During P.E. in my sophomore year of high school, the coach had the class stand up in a circle. “Take everything off your wrists,” she commanded. A few teens had bandanas and wide bracelets on; they took them off. “Now, lift your hands to the ceiling, wrists facing me,” she said sternly with furrowed

By |2022-04-05T09:35:43-08:00April 5th, 2022|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Improving the Hiring Process for People with Mental Illness

In her autobiography, CBS Sunday Morning anchor Jane Pauley reveals that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her late forties. She also mentions that upon hospitalization for her symptoms, a doctor recommended she tell her employer that she was receiving treatment for a thyroid condition. Pauley goes on to describe the incident as

By |2022-03-24T13:49:58-08:00March 24th, 2022|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Why We Need Mental Health Care Integration

Oftentimes, physical and mental health symptoms are deeply interwoven. Stress may give us headaches. Panic can feel like a heart attack. Receiving a long-delayed surgery may bring relief from physical symptoms as well as worry and anxiety. While we experience mental health symptoms throughout our entire bodies, our health care system has long separated

By |2022-03-14T08:17:13-08:00March 14th, 2022|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Changing the Conversation about Eating Disorders

As I’ve progressed in my eating disorder recovery, I have chosen to be very open with friends, family and others about my struggles. I have dealt with anorexia, and I have several very close friends who have histories of disordered eating, specifically binge eating. Discussing our challenges and gaining a better understanding of each

By |2022-02-24T11:44:01-08:00February 24th, 2022|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Boredom as a Symptom

Everyone experiences boredom at some point in their lives. Of course, we can all recall times when we were left without anything to do, when we weren’t interested in our surroundings or when we felt that our days were particularly dull. Feeling this way on occasion is perfectly normal. But sometimes, as I’ve seen

By |2022-02-22T08:28:30-08:00February 22nd, 2022|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Recognizing the Lesser-Known Symptoms of Depression

Thanks to sensationalized media depictions of mental illness and stigma surrounding mental health conditions, people tend to have a limited view of what depression actually looks like. When you think of a “depressed person,” perhaps you envision an image from a movie or medication commercial: Someone lying alone in a dark room, crying into

By |2022-02-17T16:00:27-08:00February 17th, 2022|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

How Walking Has Helped Me with My PTSD Recovery

Last summer, I completed a 10-mile sponsored walk to raise money for the hospital that cared for me after my accident. By the end of the day, I realized I’d walked almost 16 miles. It was a remarkable achievement, given that nine months earlier, I couldn’t walk at all. I was crossing the street,

By |2022-02-08T13:12:54-08:00February 7th, 2022|Categories: Blog|0 Comments
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