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The Brain-Body Connection: Anxiety and Physical Illness

Anxiety is a mental health challenge that often gets dismissed. Some might say that others will “grow out” of social anxiety or that generalized anxiety disorder is nothing more than someone being overly sensitive. This isn’t true. Anxiety might often be dismissed, but it can have harmful physical symptoms and consequences if not taken seriously. … Continue reading The Brain-Body Connection: Anxiety and Physical Illness

Best Apps for Mental Health

Technology can be a double-edged sword when it comes to mental health. On one hand, social media has the ability to hurt your mental health by spreading negativity, but certain apps can also be very helpful for managing mental health. We’ve talked about apps once before on this blog. Part 4 of the self care … Continue reading Best Apps for Mental Health

Recognizing Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression seems overlooked in discussions about mental health, despite how dangerous it can be for moms and for families. But what is postpartum depression? The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) defines it as “a mood disorder that can affect women after childbirth.” Feelings of extreme sadness, exhaustion, and anxiety can make it difficult … Continue reading Recognizing Postpartum Depression

How to Reduce Anxiety in Kids

Increasing Rates of Depression and Anxiety in Kids A recent article from NPR discussed rising rates of anxiety and depression in kids and teens. According to one study, 1 in 3 adolescents (ages 13 to 18) meet the criteria for an anxiety disorder. The CDC recently found that 32% of teens reported persistent feelings of … Continue reading How to Reduce Anxiety in Kids

High-Functioning Mental Illness is Valid

    In a post for The Mighty, Marisa Lancione told the story of a time she sought help for her depression. When she went to counseling services, a counselor told her “Well, you’re dressed nicely today. You don’t look like you’re struggling.” Marisa was wearing a lace pink cardigan with long sleeves to cover up … Continue reading High-Functioning Mental Illness is Valid

7 Ways to Help Someone Struggling with Depression

According to the World Health Organization, 300 million people around the world are struggling with depression. In the US, 16.2 million adults – around 6.7% of the population – have experienced a major depressive episode in the past year. It is estimated that 15% of the adult population will experience depression at some point in … Continue reading 7 Ways to Help Someone Struggling with Depression

Social Anxiety and How to Overcome it

As time goes on, we hear the term social anxiety more and more. It is a common disorder worldwide. The Social Anxiety Institute states that the biggest indicators of this disorder are: Being introduced to other people Being teased or criticized Having all of the attention on yourself Knowing you’re being watched while doing something … Continue reading Social Anxiety and How to Overcome it

Depression is a Bully

How to stand up to depression as a bully Bullying, like depression, is all too common. More than likely, you’ve dealt with a bully at one point in your life. There has been someone in your life who has picked on you, called you names, or made you feel like you weren’t worthy. You have probably … Continue reading Depression is a Bully

High-Functioning Depression

What It Is and Why It Is Important to Talk About It The stereotypes about people with mental illnesses are just as harmful as social stigma. These stereotypes negatively affect our perception of who we think can be affected by depression and who can’t. There are certain symptoms that come with a diagnosis, but mental … Continue reading High-Functioning Depression

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