Going Back to School

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School is starting again which can be extremely anxiety-inducing for many teenagers. I know it is for me at least especially since it is my senior year and I have to apply to colleges. When returning to school, you see many people whom you haven’t seen for three months which may make you feel like they are judging you and, especially in high school, you get a ton of homework almost immediately. I have a few strategies that help me reduce my anxiety in school. Continue reading Going Back to School

Always Thinking “What If?”

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One big thing I have always struggled with anxiety-wise are the “what ifs.” What if I fail this test? What if nobody likes me? What if I embarrass myself? What if….. The list goes on and on. I knew I had to work through this as it was keeping me from doing some pretty important things, such as getting dental work done. My fear of the dentist combined with my constant “what ifs” surrounding the dentist. What if it hurts? What if he’s mean? What if I panic and cry? All of these things combined made me put off dental work causing me pain and yes, further anxiety surrounding the whole situation. I reached out to my therapist for help. Continue reading Always Thinking “What If?”

“I can handle this on my own”

Adolescence is a time where we want to and feel like we can do everything on our own. This desire to be an individual without asking others for help happens with pretty much everyone once they start puberty. As we get older, we realize we have the option to make our own choices and don’t always have to rely on what those who are older than us. Continue reading “I can handle this on my own”

Insensitive Provider? Switch ASAP

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I was first diagnosed with anxiety and depression when I was eight years old. My life was messy and chaotic. Divorced parents, custody battles, money troubles, and a mentally ill mother in and out of jail who later attempted suicide. It’s no wonder I was struggling. After my mom’s suicide attempt, my dad was granted full custody which brought some stability to my life. Continue reading Insensitive Provider? Switch ASAP

When Work Affects Your Mental Health

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It’s difficult to find a job that you enjoy, makes you happy, has great coworkers, and does not stress you out. When I first started my job in January, I thought I found a place that ticked all those boxes. Within a few months, it became clear that I had not experienced enough of the job to understand what I was getting into  Continue reading When Work Affects Your Mental Health

The Benefits of Group Therapy

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Do you have one night a week free? Even just an hour of extra time? If so, you should try to join group therapy. I go to group therapy on my college campus, and it has changed my entire college experience for the better. It has been a great complement to my one-on-one therapy sessions. There are groups for each diagnosis, meaning everyone else in the group can relate to what you are going through. There is no judgement, and you can be assured that others in the group understand what it is like to juggle mental health and school requirements. Continue reading The Benefits of Group Therapy

5 Ways to Keep a Level Head for the Start of School

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With the splendor of summer coming to an end and the stress of the school year following shortly behind, it’s important we maintain our sanity and stability through these busy transitions.  One way we can help keep our anxiety levels low during this time is by creating and consistently maintaining self-care routines before our schedules get crazy.  Then, when things do start to pick up, our self-care is already built into our daily lives.

Here are five tips to help you keep a level-head this fall: Continue reading 5 Ways to Keep a Level Head for the Start of School

First Time Blogger

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As I’ve already mentioned in the title, this is my first time blogging. I have never shared my experiences in a format quite like this, so this should interesting. I feel as if I have so many stories to share and so much to say, but nobody has time to read all of that in one sitting. So… I’ll try not to ramble on for too long. Part of me hopes lots of people read this and part of me hopes nobody does. It can be really difficult putting yourself out there, but hey too late now. Continue reading First Time Blogger

Saying “No” Can be Good

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At the end of last school year, I told myself to get involved in something I’d wanted to do the past three years: marching band.

Now, I’ve never taken a band class before. I don’t play a musical instrument (not at school, anyways). But some of my friends are very involved in band, and they often talked about the people they know (from band), the things they do (in band), and how the band director is looking for more people to sign up (for band) next year.

Well, the decision seemed obvious. Continue reading Saying “No” Can be Good

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is typically a highly recommended method of treating mental illnesses. From personal experience, I feel it is a very helpful method of treatment. They provide you with different methods of positive thinking and just help you work through different issues you discover in your life. Continue reading Cognitive Behavioral Therapy