Loneliness (Olivia)

A sophomore at NYU, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

I’m at my most vulnerable when I’m lonely, by far. Most of my family members are introverts, and can go long, long periods of time without needing human interaction. My sister and father are especially like this, as are many of my extended family members. My mother and I- me to an extreme- are reliant…

Pete Davidson and Socially Acceptable Mental Illness

A sophomore at NYU, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

Over this past weekend, I perceived one of my fundamental understandings of mental illness to be challenged. I watched as someone posted about their active suicidal ideations on social media, bare for all to see, and got a near-unanimously positive reaction. Every article, tweet, comment section that I read was heaping on the comfort and…

Harry Potter and the Road to Recovery

A sophomore at NYU, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

I’ve done a full read-through of the Harry Potter series every time I’ve been in any overnight treatment. Sometimes this has meant I’ve had a week to work with, sometimes several months. I’ve always managed, and with good reason. Tucked inside the many hundreds of pages of seemingly child-geared storytelling can be found countless golden…

Reflections on PTSD: Veterans Day and Beyond

A sophomore at NYU, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

Today is a national day of observance of Veterans Day, though the holiday was technically yesterday, November 11th. Holiday never did seem like quite the right way to describe the day, to me. It seems too positively connoted. None of my nuclear or extended family have served that I know of, so I generally spend…

A Star is Born: 3 Observations on Relationships and Suicide

A sophomore at NYU, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

Warning: Spoilers, obviously! A Star is Born is an artful movie that masterfully tackles the issues of addiction, suicide, and toxic (specifically, non-toxic) relationships. I had the pleasure of seeing it the other day in an empty theater, sunken into a beanbag chair that by the time the halfway point of the movie came around,…

The Extroverted Couch Potato

Anxious Bunnyrabbit, Ltd. Reverse the stigma one healthy conversation at a time. #mentalhealthmatters

Salutations, dear readers. Katie here. Because our fearless leader here at Millennial Girl, Interrupted is a generous human who strives for inclusivity and a variety of perspectives, I will be guest writing on this fine blog (hopefully more than once). Below, I hope to shed some light on my personal experience with anxiety and to…

Here’s the Tea on Mental Hospitals

A sophomore at NYU, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

Here’s the tea on mental hospitals (and other things that sound cringey when Olivia says them)… Never fear, I’m self aware enough to understand my own middle-aged Book Club Mom vibes. A large part of how I became so self aware can be credited to my stays in psychiatric hospitals. There’s a whole lot of…

What the 12 Steps Can Do for You

A sophomore at NYU, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

Though often the first level of mental healthcare folks are exposed to, “___ Anonymous” groups are the treatment type I’ve been least exposed to. When I was in treatment for my eating disorder, however, I was introduced to Eating Disorders Anonymous. I also attended, though they weren’t mandatory for me, the nightly Alcoholics and/or Narcotics…

3 Things I Learned from Graduating High School in 6 Years

A sophomore at NYU, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

Four years of high school, four years of college, maybe a couple years or so of grad school. It’s a progression most high school students I know don’t spend much time considering the necessity of, as unspokenly expected as it is. It’s a progression that my deviation from has resulted in a painful degree of…

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