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5 Mental Illnesses You Haven’t Heard Of

Have you ever wondered what the human mind is capable of? Maybe you’ve wondered what goes on in the minds of the Unsubs on Criminal Minds or the seemingly regular people featured on My Strange Addiction. Regardless, here are 5 fascinating and rare mental illnesses you’ve probably never heard of that surely demonstrate the oddities of the human mind. 1) Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AiWS) This disorder, also known as Todd’s Syndrome, is a neurophysical condition

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To Parents of Depressed Children

Having a child who is suffering from a mental illness can be worrying, tiring, and stressful — especially if they’re a teenager since their feelings are already all over the place. Most of the time, your child won’t tell you what is wrong, why they had a bad day, or why they’re sobbing in their bedrooms in the dark. That doesn’t mean they don’t want you to help or even be around them. Here are

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We’re Anxious Because We Need to Save the World

We’re anxious. Specifically, Generation Z is anxious, according to Time. In total, more than 90% of Generation Z, a cohort from people aged 15 through 21, have anxiety. The cause is social issues. The American Psychological Association released an annual report that said those in Generation Z have the most stress than any other cohort. While the report focused on interviews with those who are 18 and older, there were also interviews with people from

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6 Signs That Your Therapist Isn’t Right for You

When I first entered therapy, I envisioned the person and outcome: an intuitive, highly keen individual who would analyze my problems and then — boom — ‘cure’ me by the end of the school year. Unfortunately, I realized that my plan was not plausible. Contrary to popular belief, therapy is often times a long, arduous journey — not just with healing yourself, but with actually finding the right therapist that will accommodate your needs. At the end of

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How Well Do Fashion Universities Tackle Mental Health Awareness?

The world raised awareness for mental illness on October 10, being defined as World Mental Health Day. In the United Kingdom and countries alike, social media was fluttered with powerful quotes, and resources for those who battle with mental health issues of all kinds, bringing awareness to the stigma that is mental health. The movement to tackle mental health in universities has, however, not been retrogressive. U.K. universities such as the University of Bristol, have

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Suicide Is An Epidemic– And It’s Becoming #Relatable

“I want to die.”  “I’m so done, I just want to die.”  “I swear I’m going to kill myself.”  “This makes me suicidal.” To many counselors, therapists, parents, or anyone not clued into to the cynical dialogue of teens and young adults, these statements raise huge red flags. They carry the shocking weight of someone brazenly stating something so tragic and upsetting. However for many, this is simply a sarcastic expression, a way to blow

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My Weight Loss Journey Turned Into A Deadly Eating Disorder

When I was eight years old, my best friend told me I’d never be a ballerina. She pointed at my belly and said, “My instructor would make you do push-ups until you lost all that weight.” That year, I went on my first diet and my family bought Wii Fit, as the rest of them wanted to lose weight too. However, true weight loss never occurred to me until I reached 10th grade, when I started

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It’s Time to Break the Somali Mental Health Stigma

Somalia is a nation with a rich history, a nation that births storytellers, writers, poets and nomads; a country so beautiful it was once known as the “white pearl of the Indian Ocean.” Like any other nation, we also have a history of war, pain and trauma. For centuries, the Somali community has reduced the mental health crisis to be the “disease of the devil.” Our trauma and pain started during the beginning of the

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The Importance of Highly Sensitive People in Society

Ever since the dawn of my existence, the world always seemed too much for me — too big, too noisy, too everything. Sad books and movies wouldn’t just render me in tears for days, they would debilitate me for weeks. It was harder to concentrate if the light bulb was burning a bit too brightly, if the room was a touch too hot or cold or if anything in my environment was slightly awry. I

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4 Ways to Mentally Adjust to Moving and Life Changes

Greek philosopher Heraclitus once stated that “the only constant in life is change.” And, although it might sound like a paradox, in actuality, we are constantly evolving, disrupting our lives in search for something better. However, as humans our mental health can become extremely fragile during these times, making falling into a negative mindset much easier. Here are my top tips, that I have personally used, to embrace the change that comes with moving. Lock

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