6 Books That Will Enhance Your Understanding of Mental Illness

A freshman philosophy major at Temple University, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!
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By now, if you’re a recurrent visitor, you’ve probably seen the short list of books I keep perched on the front page of this site. If you haven’t, every book there will be on this list, so no need to click out. I thought it might be worthwhile to expand upon it, as well as…

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2020 Democratic Candidates on Mental Health

A freshman philosophy major at Temple University, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!
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Primary declaration season is finally upon us, and I know this is an unpopular take, but I’m ravenous. Receiving news of political tumult (at best) and terror (at worst) day in and day out is exhausting. I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like for folks (minorities, furloughed workers, the lowest economic classes, etc)…

Bandersnatch, Bird Box, and Damaging Mental Illness Tropes

A freshman philosophy major at Temple University, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!
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Netflix has, undoubtedly, burst onto the scene of the movie and television world as one of the front-running producers of content there is. Ranging from comedy specials to old classics, original series and made-for-Netflix movies, the former grocery store DVD dispensary has it all. It’s hip and youthful, which adds mightily to its popularity and…

10 Mentally Healthy Songs for Your Playlist

A freshman philosophy major at Temple University, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!
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I’ve put together a list, in no particular order, of songs that are good for mental health for various reasons. Whether it be the happy tune, the meaning of the lyrics, or the imagery it evokes, each song is sure to lift your spirits. I often find that music has a particular hold over my…

2018 in Review: Mental Health, Society, and Me

A freshman philosophy major at Temple University, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!
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This year’s been wild, hasn’t it? I hear this every year, but so many people have proclaimed that 2018 was a terrible year for them. This could be due to my own bias, for this was near the hardest year of my life, or it could have something to do with our collective societal mood….

Pete Davidson and Socially Acceptable Mental Illness

A freshman philosophy major at Temple University, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!
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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 freshman philosophy major at Temple University, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!
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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…

A Star is Born: 3 Observations on Relationships and Suicide

A freshman philosophy major at Temple University, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!
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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,…

Sharp Objects, Explained

A freshman philosophy major at Temple University, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!
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I’m going to periodically dedicate some time to unpacking the relevance and reality of various media depictions of mental illness. For some folks, especially the younger generations, these depictions are the first exposures they have to mental illnesses. If I have anything to say about these portrayals, I’ll pass it on to you all! “Is…

Welcome to Millennial, Interrupted!

A freshman philosophy major at Temple University, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!
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I was inspired to make this blog, believe it or not, by the National Walkout movement in the wake of the Parkland shooting. I attended a school for students with special needs: academically capable, but emotionally disabled. Most of us suffered from generalized anxiety and depression, as well as a smattering of other illnesses like…

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