Going to College With a Mental Health Concern

Author: Valery B. Starting college is a nerve-racking and exciting process, an event unlike any other experienced by eighteen and nineteen year olds thus far. For many of us, college is the first time we branch away from our families. Some of us travel far, while others close, but regardless of the distance, we all … Continue reading Going to College With a Mental Health Concern

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EDNOS: My Experience With the Unnoticed Disorder

Author: Lauren S. EDNOS, also known as ‘Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified,’ is an eating disorder where an individual experiences the dangerous behaviors of eating disorders but does not meet the criteria for bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, or binge eating disorder. A common misconception with eating disorders is that to have an eating disorder, the … Continue reading EDNOS: My Experience With the Unnoticed Disorder

Time to Start the Conversation: There Is Nothing Wrong With Asking for Help

Author: Valery B We talk about diminishing the stigma around mental health, but what about acknowledging the stigma around asking for help?  At 11-years-old, I had my first, face-to-face encounter with mental health. I do not remember exactly what led me to open the internet and look up symptoms of depression, but there I was, 11-years-old, looking … Continue reading Time to Start the Conversation: There Is Nothing Wrong With Asking for Help

Self-Care Requires Distancing Yourself From Hurtful People in Your Life

Author: Valery B. If anyone makes you feel inadequate, that person does not belong in your life. Whether it is a friend, a parent, a grandparent, an aunt, uncle, cousin, a neighbor, a teacher, or anyones else, if a person brings you down, always looks for the things that are wrong with you, does not … Continue reading Self-Care Requires Distancing Yourself From Hurtful People in Your Life

Self-Love, Self-Acceptance and Positivity Are the Best Remedies for Conquering and Overcoming Any Obstacle

Author: Valery B. The other day, something pretty extraordinary happened to me - something that had never happened before. I got up in the morning, ready to start my usual routine, when I looked into the mirror and noticed the blemishes that were spread across my face: a patch of skin here, darker than the … Continue reading Self-Love, Self-Acceptance and Positivity Are the Best Remedies for Conquering and Overcoming Any Obstacle

Why You and I Need to Stop Being So Negative About Ourselves

Author: Valery B. For the past four years of my life, I lived each and every day with a negative outlook on my environment and the people within it. Whether that negativity showed up as demeaning self-talk or as anxiety that everyone around me was judging my every word and action, I would live life … Continue reading Why You and I Need to Stop Being So Negative About Ourselves

My Depression and Anxiety Are Not Who I Am: Sarah’s Story

Author: Sarah M. I am not my anxiety. I am not my panic disorder. I am not my depression, and I am not my suicidal ideations. I am not my irrational thoughts about not wanting to leave my house. I am not my thoughts about wanting to crash my car, and I am not dramatic. … Continue reading My Depression and Anxiety Are Not Who I Am: Sarah’s Story

My Scars Do Not Define Me

Author: Lauren S. Many people use self harm as a coping mechanism, as it is thought to release chemicals in the brain that make us - those with mental illness - feel happier. Although there are other forms of self harm, including punching, scratching, pinching, and hair-pulling, some forms, such as cutting and burning, can … Continue reading My Scars Do Not Define Me

Why Living for Yourself Will Change Your Life

Author: Valery B. Life is a beautiful thing. It is physically beautiful, as the mountainous steeps of the Bavarian countryside or the saturated sun of a Budapest-morning euphoria will show. It is emotionally beautiful, as the multitude of connections human beings have the power of making – the connections that range from complete, stranger-to-stranger interactions … Continue reading Why Living for Yourself Will Change Your Life