My Diagnosis and Medication Journey

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

When I was in seventh grade, I was pulling my hair out. By the time I got to eighth grade, I’d stopped hair pulling. After a friend said something that made me sad and my mother found me sobbing on my bed, she sent me to a therapist.   At this point, here was my…

Nature and Therapy

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

Anyone who knows me knows, too, that aside from my parents’ apartments in the Connecticut suburbs, I call a few acres in the middle of the lush woods of Vesuvius, Virginia, home. In a similar manner, I call the mental hospital I’ve spent the most time at my home, too. I was inspired to make…

Wealth and Mental Health

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

Boy, am I lucky. I’ve been privy to some of the most elite treatment centers in the country. My family may  not be particularly well off, but I happen to live in a geographic area that allows for my placement in the best programs. When I was sent to the emergency room, on three occasions…

Disconnection and Rejection: A Schema Introduction

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

Let’s say your dad walked out on you as a child. You now have a robust abandonment complex (or schema, as I’ll introduce it). When people try to leave your life, you scratch and claw onto them in order to get them to stay. You go out of your way to cling onto people and…

4 Ways to Just Get Through the Moment

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

You’ve just been broken up with. You have a huge test tomorrow. You failed that huge test you had yesterday. Your OCD or anxiety is flaring and everything is closing in on you, or threatening to burst. You feel a panic attack bubbling and brewing. You may have self harm urges or suicidal ideations. What,…

The Value in Surrendering

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

The easiest and hardest things I’ve ever had to do all involve the act of surrender. Struggling with surrendering composes much of the human condition, but I have had to surrender to the following. I can’t restrict anymore; I must surrender to my doctors. I have to eat much more than what others of my…

Art Therapy, Big and Small

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

Prior to my most recent treatment, I’d always considered myself a serious writer, exclusively. Writing felt justifiably academic, and I was good at it. I didn’t judge others for their skill level, but if I wasn’t any good at drawing, painting, poetry, sculpting, photography, why should I bother? More importantly, my OCD-related imperative that I…

Welcome to Millennial, Interrupted!

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

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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