The Story of an Adolescence, Interrupted

It was early fall, just past the autumnal equinox, that the fires started. Winds pushed flames through the sunburnt, thirsty hills of Southern California, and it was the ash — gray flakes floating like snowflakes covering the surface of the earth — that I remember most clearly. I remember my own mental state much

By |2022-06-21T09:02:20-08:00June 21st, 2022|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Knowing and Managing My Triggers

Recently I was watching one of my favorite movies, “A Few Good Men.” I had been a fan of the movie, a legal drama about marines, even before I joined the army. It features incredible performances from its A-list cast and a good “twist and turn” storyline. At one point in the movie, two

By |2022-06-13T08:26:25-08:00June 13th, 2022|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Understanding The Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness

Early warning signs often emerge at the onset or worsening of mental illness symptoms. Simply, put these warning signs are any thoughts, feelings, or behaviors that significantly impair day-to-day functioning — such as feeling excessively sad or low — and they may indicate you need help. Understandably, if you are experiencing unusual thoughts and feelings, you

By |2022-06-06T11:18:16-08:00June 6th, 2022|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Knowing and Managing My Triggers

Recently I was watching one of my favorite movies, “A Few Good Men.” I had been a fan of the movie, a legal drama about marines, even before I joined the army. It features incredible performances from its A-list cast and a good “twist and turn” storyline. At one point in the movie, two

By |2022-06-01T10:19:06-08:00June 1st, 2022|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

The Consequences of Stigma Surrounding Schizophrenia

As those of us who live with the diagnosis know, schizophrenia is a difficult condition to relate to. Most people can sympathize with someone who is suffering from an evident physical injury, such as a broken leg. They can also understand the plight of someone with a less visible illness, like cancer. Perhaps they

By |2022-05-11T07:13:19-08:00May 11th, 2022|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Developing Effective Anti-Stigma Interventions

As mental health experts and people living with mental illness know all too well, the stigma surrounding mental illness can be highly destructive. Indeed, negative and discriminatory attitudes that are commonly held about people living with mental illness can adversely impact nearly every aspect of their lives. Notably, this cultural taboo discourages many people from seeking

By |2022-05-02T10:47:23-08:00May 2nd, 2022|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Fighting Internalized Stigma and Changing My Attitude

In 2011, when I was diagnosed with major depressive order and generalized anxiety disorder during my first semester of college, I wasn’t exactly surprised. Mostly, I was relieved to have an explanation. The diagnoses felt like a validation of the sleepless nights, unexplainable chest pains, spiraling thoughts, crushing despair and constant exhaustion. There was

By |2022-04-25T09:24:41-08:00April 25th, 2022|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Fighting Stigma with Education

As I reflect on my journey with mental health, both personally and professionally, I am reminded how stigma pervades casual conversation and language — and just how damaging this stigma can be. For as long as I can remember, I have heard people use mental health diagnoses to describe everyday scenarios, like temperature changes

By |2022-04-18T11:09:34-08:00April 18th, 2022|Categories: Blog|0 Comments
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