When the Holidays Bring More Pain than Joy

By Cece Flores

The holiday season is one that brings images of togetherness, comfort and joy to mind…depending on whose mind you’re examining. For some of us, the seemingly immediate jump from Halloween to Christmas feels like someone stomped on the panic button in our brains. The transition is so quick it can feel subtly violent, like a month of your time has just been erased from your life. Why do we Eternal Sunshine the month of November? Not cool.
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Self-Care Is An Inside Job

Self-Care Is An Inside Job

By Catherine Miele

Nowadays, “self-care” is as ubiquitous as gym selfies and Instagram-worthy slices of avocado toast.

That is to say, self-care is everywhere.

As the wife of a licensed professional counselor and as somebody who lives with my own mental health issues, I believe that practicing self-care is a critical component to living a well-balanced life.

But are we taking the concept of self-care too far? Are we misunderstanding what it means to care for ourselves deeply and compassionately? Continue reading

Addressing My Addiction To Anxiety

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By Julie Winsel

So much of my anxiety revolves around fear. Fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of people finding out about my failures (linked to fear of rejection). But I also fear the anxiety itself and what it could or has already done to me or my relationships. My depression, in conjunction with this fear, leaves me unmotivated to face these fears and, in fact, makes them into reality. Continue reading

Hey Drake, Depression Isn’t Weakness

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By Molly Burford

Drake, the sensitive guy whom we’ve all learned to know and love for his introspective, crafty, and vulnerable lyrics has disappointed the Internet and fans alike in a big way. In his new song released yesterday, “Two Birds One Stone,” the rapper dissed Kid Cudi for his struggles with depression and suicidal urges – battles which led Kid Cudi to check himself into rehab, as he announced on Facebook on October 4th. Continue reading

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Struggled With Depression

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By Maggie Winkler

The National Alliance on Mental Illness says that one conversation can save a life. It’s true. But starting that conversation or knowing how to continue it can be terrifying. We don’t have the vocabulary built into our culture, so it’s easy to feel that we are not equipped to help someone in distress. Even though we don’t like to talk about suicide, we need to for the sake of those we love who may be suffering. Continue reading

What Depression And Anxiety Aren’t

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By De & Kate

We hear a lot about what depression is and what it means. About the fatigue, and the sleeping, or the lack there of. About the weight gain and the weight loss. About the lack of interest and irritability.

We also often hear about the fear and isolation of anxiety. About its physical manifestations and its all-consuming nature. We hear about the symptoms and impact of mental health disorders daily, through magazine articles and TV ads, through talk show segments and sit-down interviews. We know that depression and anxiety often accompany one another. Continue reading

Mental Health And Our Vets: A Conversation That Needs To Happen

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By Kristina Leigh

Since 1949, May has been observed as America’s National Mental Health Awareness Month. As our world becomes more intertwined yet somehow still fractured, populations grow alongside income disparity and poverty, and many of the world powers, including America, are drawn into protracted wars that demand a heavy military presence, mental health issues affect more and more people each day. One group that is severely affected is our returning veterans.  Continue reading