Radical Acceptance

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One mental health technique that I have been thinking a lot about recently is radical acceptance.  According to Psychology Today, radical acceptance is the process of accepting life the way it is, even if it makes you uncomfortable.  Continue reading Radical Acceptance

Online Therapy

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Do you have reservations about online therapy? Do you feel like your therapist won’t really “get” what you’re trying to say if you’re not physically in the room with them? I’ve been in therapy for a few years, and I hated the idea of online therapy so much that I had never tried it, until COVID forced my sessions onto a virtual platform. While I hated the idea, I actually didn’t mind it at all once I got started! Online therapy has definitely grown on me a lot over the last few months. Continue reading Online Therapy

My Struggle with Binge Eating

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Writing this is very freeing to me.

For as long as I can remember I’ve had an issue with food. I’ve associated food with good feelings, and to have that make sense, every time after a good soccer game, we would go get ice cream. Situations like that began my unhealthy relationship with food. Continue reading My Struggle with Binge Eating

What is Excoriation?

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BFRB’s, or body-focused repetitive behaviors, is an umbrella term for a variety of conditions that include excoriation disorder (skin picking), trichotillomania (hair pulling), nail biting, cheek biting, and other BFRBs that arise as a form of obsessive compulsive disorder. Continue reading What is Excoriation?

My Experience in IOP

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Over the past few weeks, I have had the experience of attending an IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program). This happened three days a week for three hours each time for a total of nine hours. For me, it was a transition out of what was a pretty difficult time with my mental health. I had just left a job that was extremely draining and did not have the best work-life balance. Although I was tired going into the program, I decided to give it a try after visiting the hospital and getting advice that this would be the best option for me. Continue reading My Experience in IOP

My Experience with Therapy

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I was diagnosed with clinical depression and generalized anxiety disorder a couple years ago and therapy has really helped me through it. For a frame of reference, I had severe agoraphobia which means I would get panic attacks anytime I would have to go any further than five minutes away from my house. Continue reading My Experience with Therapy

How Will I Deal With Being Home 24/7 This Fall?

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Since March of this year, I have been working at my internship entirely from home, along with doing my college courses from home as well. I have always been a social butterfly, and since my university journey started, I would be bopping between the office and campus Monday through Friday from 11am, to 10pm. I would be the type to take on any and every opportunity that came my way. I strive off a busy social calendar, and I still am that way 6 months into a pandemic.  Continue reading How Will I Deal With Being Home 24/7 This Fall?

College Application Anxiety

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If anyone is familiar with the college application process, you would know that this is an overwhelming time of year. I’ve found myself getting sick to my stomach just thinking about colleges. It feels like the most important decision of your life, when in reality it isn’t. Here are some tips that have helped me cope with anxiety throughout this process. Continue reading College Application Anxiety

New Career Pressure

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I recently started a new stage of my education where I am out working in my prospective field of study. I was so excited to get out and start learning and be able to get away from my computer screen. Continue reading New Career Pressure

Why I Don’t “Come Out”

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Hi everyone, I am a pansexual female. Continue reading Why I Don’t “Come Out”