Being Transgender

The word “transgender” is a weighted one, and holds a lot of personal meaning for me. Under the spotlight of political news and lawmaking, this word plays into the fears of those who do not understand it. Understandably, some people may find the concept behind the word hard to grasp. Trans…gender? Transitioning genders? Is that…

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Stuff Happens

For the longest time I was one of those people that believed the entire World was against me.  It seemed that one horrible thing after another just fell upon me; it wasn’t even the bullying at school and elsewhere that made me feel this way.  It was a three-month period where my Father and Grandfather…

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Guilt and How It Affects Us

Guilt is an incredibly powerful emotion. There is a wide range of things to feel guilty about – from feeling guilty about eating the last piece of pizza to feeling guilty about someone you hurt in your childhood. Some may wonder how guilt affects our mental health. Can it affect us long term, and just…

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The Importance of Sleep

In an age of flashy distractions and round-the-clock information, it has become increasingly difficult for many to maintain a healthy and consistent sleep schedule. According to a 2015 National Sleep Foundation study, individuals between the ages of 18-64 should be getting between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night, but as many of us…

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Again, this is a blog post that has been rolling around in my mind for a while now.  At times I wasn’t sure it was the right topic to cover, but with everything going on in the World, I feel there is no better time than right now.  You can ask a dozen different people,…

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Asexuality can be a rather confusing term – and if you’ve never heard of it before, or even if you have, chances are you’re not 100% sure what it means. Asexual (also commonly referred to as “Ace”) can be translated to “not sexual”. It’s a sexual identity that is most commonly used by those who…

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February Mental Wellness Tip – Take Time to Enjoy

For many people, acknowledging their enjoyment of something is as simple as saying, “I like this.” If you were, for example, eating a delicious, perfectly ripe pomegranate, you may say to yourself or another person, “This is delicious,” and then move on to thinking about other things. But a lot can happen if you allow…

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The Subtlety of Mental Illness

Growing up, I never really thought of myself as suffering from mental illness. I had family members and friends who experienced potent and difficult mental illnesses across the spectrum – ones that were obvious and easy to pin down when I was a young child. This person is depressed, this person has compulsions, this person…

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Have you ever wondered where to begin in finding a Mental Health Professional (MHP) that best addresses your needs? Consider the following to begin your search: Decide if you are looking for someone to prescribe medication, or someone to talk to. Treating a mental health condition sometimes requires at least two separate professionals, one focusing…

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