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An Abusive Relationship: Signs You’re in One

May 19, 2022
The Oxford dictionary defines abuse as when you “treat [someone] with cruelty or violence, especially regularly or repeatedly. Because we often associate abuse with only physical aggression, many people remain...

Types of Mental Health Professionals

March 24, 2022
Psychologist, counselor, psychiatrist, social worker etc., are all types of mental health professionals you’ve probably heard about before. The question is what’s the difference? What do they do and who...

STARTING THERAPY

March 24, 2022
Seeking support for mental health challenges for the first time can be nerve wracking.  Navigating something so crucial alone can be overwhelming. You’re contacting a complete stranger whom you hope can...

What is Anxiety?

March 14, 2022
Definition Anxiety is a mood characterized by strong feelings of fear and worry. Symptoms include heart palpitations, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, chest pain, hyperventilation (rapid breathing), trembling, stomach/digestive problems, avoiding...

What is Depression

March 14, 2022
Definition Depression is a mood disorder involving a number of symptoms. These include, a feeling of deep sadness, sleep issues, appetite issues, difficulty concentrating, lack of motivation, feelings of helplessness,...

What is Addiction?

March 11, 2022
Definition Addiction (Substance Use Disorder) is a disease involving the repeated and usually uncontrollable use of a substance or activity that a person finds rewarding in some way. Using this...

What is Counseling/Psychotherapy: What to Expect

March 10, 2022
Will they make me lie on a couch? Will the counselor hypnotize me? How will the session go? Will they read my mind? How many sessions will I need? Will...

Medication for Mental Health: Helpful Information

December 11, 2021
Medication for mental health conditions are referred to as psychotropic drugs. Now before you bite your tongue trying to pronounce that word, know that you are highly unlikely to use...

You Too Can Be a Mental Health Advocate, Yes you!!!

November 29, 2021
Mental illness is not contagious; you will not “catch it” by getting informed or being kind. You are probably thinking, “how can I be a mental health advocate? Me? Yes,...

Gaslighting?

November 25, 2021
I was in an abusive relationship of one year when I met him. We were both in the same university. We eventually became friends, I confided in him about my...