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The Value of Knowing You are Not Alone

I’ve always wanted to be a nurse, even if the rest of my family didn’t think it was a good idea. I moved away from home as soon as I could and even found a part-time job to

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The Door, The Table, The Heart

Ever feel dissatisfied but struggle to understand why?   You have friends. You’re busy with school; with work. You’re active in a club, sorority, sports. You’re even dating someone right now and things are going pretty well with you two. By all accounts

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A New Kind of Strength

Most of the advice my parents gave me growing up has faded into the sepia background of my memory. Long-winded lectures that had me red-hot with contempt at the powerlessness of pre-adulthood have completely disappeared from my consciousness.

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Theory of (Pain) Relativity

I feel like sh*t today. It’s the I feel like hopping on a bus and riding it far far away from anyone I know and love so that I can lie in a deep dark hole in the

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The Award Goes To You

…when being yourself is enough. You deserve an award. You deserve praise. You deserve the feeling of accomplishment. You are deserving. You are incredible. You are enough. These mantras and well-wishes are all things EVERYONE deserves to hear

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Dear Middle School Bully

Dear Middle School Bully, It’s me, can you believe it? I survived the onslaught of your carefully crafted words and your whispers behind my back. I bet you didn’t think I’d survive, and why would you with the

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“Mental Illness is an Excuse for Failure”

This article was originally written for and published by Um Magazine. Have you ever been degraded, doubted, or discounted for a disease you did not ask for? Your initial reaction is most likely a sense of disbelief at

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Depression in the Workplace

If you’re anything like me, then you’re shown as a very personable and happy individual who is more than amazing at working with people. Honest. I am very good when it comes to communication and public relations in

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Grieving While Depressed

I am here to tell you that depression really, really sucks. I’m sure you know this but hey, I felt I should just lay all my cards on the table. On a decent day, I wake up, after

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5 Misconceptions about Grief

Grief is a journey that we all must undertake. Loss is a universal experience of the fullness of life. However, it is a journey for which we have no map and no GPS to know precisely the way

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I’m Still Here.

I am sad.  I dressed in bright clothing.  I’m engaging in conversation.  I have a smile on my face.  I am sad.  I accepted the invite to your party.  I had drinks with you last week.  I texted

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5 Ways Therapy Changes your Daily Life

Therapy is a great way to improve the quality of your relationships, friendships and work. Here are a few ways therapy can help make a difference: 1) Your mind is clearer. Do you ever get trapped in a

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