Therapy Isn’t for “Crazy People”

Therapy often has a bad connotation. Many people associate therapy with being “crazy.” By crazy, I mean someone who may experience delusions or engage in highly erratic behavior. I have heard a plethora of people avoid going to therapy simply because they believe “it’s for crazy people.”
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Caffeine and Mental Health

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Last month, I wrote about the comforting properties of hot beverages. I’d like to dig a little deeper into a component of some popular hot drinks: caffeine.

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Queer Adolescents of Color

QPOC, an acronym standing for “queer people of color,” are minorities in several ways. Not only are they racial minorities, but they are also members of the LGBTQ+ community. This intersectionality – the ways that things like discrimination and disadvantages overlap if you belong to more than one marginalized group – can be difficult, especially during adolescence.

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Therapy: Myths vs. Reality

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Interested in therapy, but not sure what to expect? Maybe you’ve heard some therapy horror stories, or seen some memes online that have deterred you from seeking services? As somebody who has seen a number of different therapists, I’ve learned that a lot of the societal beliefs of therapy and stigmas against therapy are entirely unfounded and untrue. Most importantly, therapy is not at all as scary as it may seem.

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Have Your Coping Mechanisms Changed?

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There is not a single universal coping mechanism that helps each and every person with mental illnesses like depression and anxiety. Instead, there are a multitude of options available for us to explore and we can find what helps our individual needs. As we grow up and develop new interests, our coping mechanisms when it comes to mental illness may change too.

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Foster Care’s Effect on Mental Health

Those in foster care are seven times as likely to have a diagnosis of depression.

They are also six times as likely to have behavioral problems, 4.6 times as likely to have anxiety, 3 times as likely to have ADD or ADHD, and twice as likely to have developmental delays, according to a 2011-2012 National Survey of Children’s Health. While there can be many possible explanations for this, one absolute explanation is uncertainty, a main characteristic of the foster care system.

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The Mind-Gut Connection

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Have you ever gotten ready to do something nerve-wracking (like for me, giving a speech in class), and  you start to feel nauseous in addition to being nervous? Or have you ever gotten excited about something and felt “butterflies” in your stomach?

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