depression

Depression Didn’t Reveal My Creativity, but Getting Help Did

When I was 19, I was diagnosed with several mental illnesses, most notably major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. My therapist and I determined

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mental illness

No Apology Necessary: Self Care, Accountability, and Mental Illness

Sometimes, I compare my mental illnesses to hurricanes. Diagnosed with both bipolar disorder and PTSD, it’s not uncommon for me to have to pick up

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sociopath

Our Obsession With Sociopathy Is Distracting Us From Fighting Rape Culture

You’ve seen the articles, self-help books, and countless pop culture references. How to Tell if You’re Dating a Psychopath, the headlines read. And you naturally

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mental health services

Finding Mental Health Services When Your Government Doesn’t Care About You

Welcome to the new Age of Oppression, folks, one where a petty, ignorant Cheeto has the power to wipe out our access to social services

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girl interrupted

Girl Interrupted & The Romanticizing of Mental Illness

Girl Interrupted, the Susanna Kaysen memoir turned feature film, has had a strange impact on the work that I do. I am a Clinical Social Worker. I’ve worked

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mental illness

Stigma and the Choice to Disclose Your Mental Illness

Mental illness, though it is largely an issue of biological and environmental factors interacting to enforce certain maladaptive behaviors, is misunderstood. It is a common

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postpartum depression

The Language of Postpartum Depression

I spend a lot of time thinking about language. As a therapist, I hear people label fairly normal symptoms of stress as “anxiety attacks” or

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Do We Need More Men in Social Work & Nursing?

When I was in social work grad school, I did my required research study on men in social work. I interviewed the handful of male

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Self Care and How We Neglect Ourselves

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you felt overwhelmed by everything on your plate, without enough time to address issues of your

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A Tribute to My Feminist Hero and Friend

Editor’s note: Identifying information has been excluded from this article in order to maintain the anonymity of the author, as well as other friends and

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12 Reasons Marriage Equality isn’t Enough for the LGBTQ+ Community

On June 26th 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, meaning that marriage equality is now recognized nationwide.  YAY! While

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Highly Sensitive People Can Change the World –If We Let Them

Starting in the 1970′s, psychologists began assigning the trait of “codependent” to the patients who they believed possessed a self-destructive desire to please others. This

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Mental Health Stigma and Social Power

Editor’s Note: The following article contains discussion that may be difficult for some folks to read including references to sexual assault, suicide, and slavery. There

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Surviving Life After Sexual Abuse

Editor’s Note:  The following article, as the title suggests, is a discussion about life after sexual abuse. There are no graphic details but if you

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Tone Policing: Dictating how the oppressed should feel

It’s a response that practically anybody who makes a habit of calling people out on their oppressive bullshit will have heard at least once (and

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