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From Villain to Hero: Reimagining the Role of Mental Health in Pop Culture

Stephen King is a master storyteller. His novels, spanning the genres of crime, fantasy, science fiction and horror, have sold nearly 400 million copies, and his work has been adapted into critically acclaimed films and television series. Personally, one of my favorite films of all time is “The Shawshank Redemption.” I often find myself

By |2021-06-18T13:09:25-08:00June 18th, 2021|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Misrepresented Diagnosis

Like 1 in 5 American adults, I live with mental illness. My diagnosis, however, is less common. Due to early and severe childhood maltreatment, my personality fragmented, resulting in episodes of dissociation and the emergence of alternate personalities, or “alters.” In other words, I have dissociative identity disorder (DID). Thanks to dramatized media depictions of DID,

By |2021-06-08T14:12:07-08:00June 8th, 2021|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

How a School Project Helped Me Face My Trauma

I experienced my first panic attack at 13 years old. In the following years, I cut a lot of class due to having panic attacks. Usually, the symptoms were dizziness, clamming of my palms and feet, and feeling sick to my stomach. The butterflies were so intense that I often found myself gagging or

By |2021-05-26T10:38:32-08:00May 26th, 2021|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

How Hope Affects Your Health and 5 Ways to Build It

When you have a child in treatment for emotional or behavioral problems, it can be hard to know when it’s time to stop. What role should parents, the therapist and the child have in reaching that decision? And how can you ensure that the ending will be a positive experience for the child? In

By |2021-05-21T11:34:34-08:00May 21st, 2021|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

12 Tips for Raising Confident Kids

Right from birth, kids learn new skills at a dizzying rate. And along with those new abilities, they also acquire the confidence to use them. As children get older, that confidence can be as important as the skills themselves. To thrive, kids need to trust in their own capabilities while, at the same time, knowing that they can handle

By |2021-05-26T10:33:42-08:00May 18th, 2021|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

How Hope Affects Your Health and 5 Ways to Build It

How Hope Affects Your Health and 5 Ways to Build It Uncertainty of the pandemic and its long-lasting effects can leave little hope. “It’s very common that when we’re faced with multilevel challenges in terms of finances, health, lifestyle, relationships, and just living in the pandemic, that we have to dig deeper and work

By |2021-04-26T10:41:03-08:00April 26th, 2021|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Bipolar Delusions

Delusions are beliefs that aren’t based on reality. During a delusion, you might believe that you’re close friends with a famous musician you’ve never met or that you’re leading the country’s space program. Having delusions can be a condition of its own, called delusional disorder. They also can occur during the manic or depressive

By |2021-04-21T12:16:32-08:00April 21st, 2021|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Zoomed: My Experience with Online Group Therapy

Every weekday, I sit at the child-sized desk in my daughter’s old room, plug in my laptop’s charger, put my headphones in, and place my water bottle on a coaster. Underneath the desk’s writing surface, the obsolete keyboard tray bruises my thighs, kicking off the discomfort of the next four hours. In my pandemic

By |2021-04-14T07:52:57-08:00April 14th, 2021|Categories: Blog|0 Comments
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