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ONE LIFE – How Therapy Saved Me and My Transgender Son

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” –Mary Oliver, The Summer Day Over the last three years, I’ve begun to see my life as one long thru-hike, but with the wrong shoes. I imagine it to be a bit like hiking the Appalachian Trail in red…

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Birth: The Neglected Story

I love stories. Sometimes I think my job title should really be, “Professional Story Listener.” That’s why I can no longer keep quiet about something frustrating I’ve noticed. As a therapist who focuses on mothers’ mental health, I am pleased to see that women’s mood disorders are getting some well-deserved attention lately. Mood disorders affect…

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Sharing the Burden: A personal narrative from a mental healthcare provider

I am new to the provider role, but not new to the role of shouldering the continuous weight of my brothers and sisters who can no longer hold themselves up. I have spent the past 6 years serving the underserved, supporting the lost, the frightened, and the souls without hope. I’ve spent my time in…

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PTSD and VR – How Virtual Reality could change the way we treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

The future is now, apparently. When I first heard about the Oculus Rift, a Virtual Reality headset that was premiered on Kickstarter, it was like all of my childhood dreams had come true. Now, I would be able to play video games that felt like they were taking place around me. It’s been a few…

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Deception of Memory: How mental health shapes our memory, and vice versa

When I was a kid, I had a tendency to remember obscure trivia and unimportant information. I could basically quote half of the movies I liked to watch over and over again, and I loved to spout meaningless trivia that I had picked up from here or there. But when it came to my day-to-day,…

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Overcoming Barriers to Reaching Goals

The beginning of the year is a natural time of reflection and goal setting.  This can be a happy and motivating time for some, and a disappointing reminder of failure for others. Goal setting is not as easy at it seems to be, and people go year after year setting goals and not reaching them.…

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Anxiety in Children

Ever wonder why on the first day of school your stomach ached, and you felt as if you’d throw your breakfast up on the steps of your school? It was an anxiety attack. If you were not one of these children, don’t worry — you didn’t miss out on any special milestones. That said, a…

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“Don’t Be Hysterical” – The History of Sexism in Psychological Treatment

We as human beings would like to think that our beliefs and actions are founded in reality and logic. While we have made mistakes as a species, we often see these as temporary blips in the grand scheme of history: sure, our psychological theories and treatment of women was sexist and not based on any…

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How Gentrification Affects Mental Health

You probably have heard about gentrification in the news recently. It’s the process of wealthy people moving into an urban neighborhood and raising the property values to the point of displacing lower income residents. Gentrification was first coined by urban geographer Ruth Glass in the 1960s to describe the phenomenon of upper-middle-class British families buying…

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They’re People, Too: Ageism and Mental Health

I’ve always been very close to my grandfather. When I was growing up, he was a never-ending source of wisdom, humor, and stories from his fascinating life. When I was in eighth grade, I made a project of writing a book about his experiences based on interviews. Every couple of weeks, he and I would…

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3 Ways Video Games are Good for the Brain

For as long as the video game industry has been around, there have been numerous studies and articles done on how video games can “rot” your brain and turn you into a zombie of sorts. Obviously, too much of a good thing is bad for anybody, which is something these studies often chose to ignore.…

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