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Debunking Myths About Mental Health

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

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Forgetting What I Was Going To Say Doesn’t Make It Unimportant

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

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The Mental Health Epidemic in Schools is Damaging Our Youth

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,

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Does Education Hold A Higher Priority Over Mental Illnesses?

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.

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A Burnout Is A Living Nightmare

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

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Your Mental Illness Does Not Make You Hopeless

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

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Eating Disorders Have No Body Type

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

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Dear Daily Mail: Anti-Depressants Are NOT Happy Pills

Friday’s issue of the Daily Mail (29th December) came with a harmful and ignorant headline, as usual. ‘A Nation Hooked on Happy Pills’ was stamped across the front page, titling an article about the increased distribution of anti-depressants by GP’s in Britain. The article states that prescription rates trebled in the last 15 years, putting Britain at the top of the world tables. While not factually incorrect, the reference to Anti-depressants as ‘Happy Pills’ is inaccurate and

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Losing a Child to Suicide Can Have Devastating Effects for Parents

The suicide of a loved one hits unexpectedly and there is no way anyone could be ready for it. The signs are nearly impossible to see, it can happen anywhere, anytime, to anyone. In most situations, it is a big shock for family members and close friends. Suicide is something people think will never happen to someone they love. Losing someone to suicide is unimaginable. It is a traumatic experience that can have lasting impacts.

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