Tag: Mental Health

Opioid Epidemic – Part 2
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Opioid Epidemic – Part 2

“Realizing and listening to what your body and mind is telling you — that’s most important.” -Author Tianna G. Hansen In yesterday’s post, I discussed a few but certainly not all, of the factors that may have contributed to the current opioid epidemic. In this part, it’s my hope and my goal to not only…

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Opioid Epidemic – Part 1

“The worst thing about prescription medication is that  sometimes it works too well.” -Unknown “A doctor was arrested for writing X number of prescriptions.” In the past month alone, I’ve read about twelve or thirteen such headlines in the news. I’ve also read countless accounts of people going bankrupt to fulfill the need of an…

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Bipolar Disorder

“Bipolar disorder is a challenge but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life.” -Carrie Fisher For as long as I can remember, my personal battle with mental health has always been centered on depression. And while that certainly doesn’t imply a lack of knowledge about other…

The Power of the Written Word
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The Power of the Written Word

“One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” -Malala Yousafzai I do it. Every contributer to this site does it. And everyone reading this post probably does it too. It’s one of the most theraputic and cathartic activities ever. And yet, it still remains grossly underrated. I’m talking about writing….

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Suicide Prevention

“Suicide doesn’t take away the pain, it just gives it to someone else.” -Unknown While I’ve written about suicide before in a previous post, I thought it would be appropriate to expand on it in light of National Suicide Prevention Week. In my family, there have been two cases of suicide. And although I was…

Self-Harm & Cutting
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Self-Harm & Cutting

“One cut here, one cut there. No one will see, no one will care.” -Unknown One of the most hazardous symptoms of mental illnesses is self-harming. And to narrow it down even further, the most common form of self-harm, especially in younger people, is cutting. During my high school and college years, I knew a…

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The Art of Listening

“Listening is an art that requires attention over self, over ego.” -Dean Jackson As someone diagnosed with clinical depression, a movement that has been very critical in shaping up my confidence is the #IDONTMIND movement started a couple of years back. The #IDONTMIND movement encourages people dealing with a mental illness to speak up. With…

Anxiety
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Anxiety

“Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere.” -Traditional Proverb Though never having experienced it personally, it’s said that an axiety disorder is one the most common mental illnesses in the world. Much like depression, the symptoms and triggers of it vary from…

Depression – Part 2
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Depression – Part 2

“Depression is an illness; not a choice.” -Unknown I’ve written about depression and mental illnesses before on this platform. But while the previous posts were written with people just like me in mind, this one is written more for people who have never experienced a mental illness or never quite understood it. There are a…

Mental Health Awareness
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Mental Health Awareness

“Depression is being colorblind and constantly told how colorful the world is.” -Atticus Although I’ve talked about depression and other mental health conditions before, this post has a slightly different agenda. I urge anyone dealing with mental health issues to spread awareness of what your issues are and how specifically they become roadblocks during various…

What Doesn’t Kill You…
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What Doesn’t Kill You…

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” -Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche I know today’s quote was never meant to be taken in the literal sense. I’m well aware that it’s meant to be more psychologically. For example, if you’re in a car wreck and you survive, it obviously doesn’t make you stronger physically. With…

Being There For Someone
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Being There For Someone

“There are only four words that mean so much more than I love you, and those four words are I’m here for you.” -hplyrikz.com When a loved one is hurting, it’s a perfectly natural feeling to want to make their troubles go away. It’s natural to want to be their knight in shining armor and…

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
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Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” This proverb was first written by author Margaret Wolfe Hungerford in 1878. Unfortunately, as time passed and pop culture became more and more inundated with stereotypical definitions of what beauty is, Hungerford’s expression, sadly, has been put out to pasture. Perhaps it’s time now to not only…