The use of online assessments to self diagnose mental illness is damaging the conversation surrounding mental health. While there can be barriers in the way of achieving a full profession diagnosis, seeking professional help is a necessary element of self care.
Have you ever felt insecure, downtrodden or like a disappointment because you can’t meet up to the expectations put upon you by those around you? If so, you’re not alone. Both teens and adults agree that the amount of academic, parental and societal pressure placed on teens is insurmountable. So how should we deal with it? There are many things related to school that can cause stress. Often, due to early school start times and
Despite awareness and acceptance spreading through social media and one’s personal life, mental health still isn’t taken as seriously as it should. There are hundreds of people who ask questions that should be taught to them earlier, who have a mindset that mental health is something very different than what it is and have never experienced first-hand a mental health issue being openly discussed by families and friends in their lives before. Myth 1: It’s
A lot of people are guilty of saying and believing the popular phrase, “If you forgot what you were going to say, it probably wasn’t important in the first place.” Not only is the concept that one forgetting something means it’s unimportant a neurotypical concept, it’s also just plain rude. For people with mental illnesses and disabilities like ADD and Alzheimer’s, poor memory is just a part of everyday life. I have ADD and I
When an authority figure, someone the child looks up to, says something harsh towards them- they listen
School. This word represents something different for every individual. Whether it brings feelings of excitement, stress, loneliness or contentment, it always has meaning and sentimental value. For so many, myself included, it triggers deep-rooted issues that started when school first became one of the biggest chunks of our lives. There are 74.5 million student citizens in the U.S. and around 17.1 million of them have mental illnesses; more than the number of children with cancer,
1 in 5 young adults aged 13 to 18 suffer from a severe form of mental illness at one point in their life. This is one of the most valuable chapters for students. As a child grows in maturity and age, the many importances of upcoming adulthood grow as well too. Education is one of the most sufficient contributing factors to a teenager’s life as it becomes a higher priority by playing an important role.
A burnout is most often described as a state of chronic stress and frustration that leads to detachment, along with physical and emotional exhaustion. There are days, weeks even, when people can’t quite snap themselves together. The things they used to love doing, the passion that they once felt for hobbies or personal projects or even watching TV shows are gone. People become more and more irritable around friends and family. Insomnia plagues the mind
I have never spoken much about what goes on inside when I am going through a rough wave of depression or anxiety. A few months ago, I decided that I might try confiding in one of my best friends, thinking it would help. The reaction I received from her was one I was very familiar with. She told me that my sadness was all in my mind and that I should pray more. I told
For the longest time I have been afraid to share with those around me the harsh reality of my long struggle with an eating disorder. While I am often open about my struggle with mental illness, when it comes to my eating disorder I feel differently. I have learned to accept the stigma surrounding depression and anxiety, but it has taken years and then some for me to pinpoint why I carry so much shame