Internalized Ableism and the Dichotomy of Valuable Disability

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

Below is my Disability Memoir midterm. It discusses author Esme Wang’s excellent essay titled Yale Will Not Save You. Enjoy! ___________________________________________ When I first applied to colleges, I presented a complicated application. My academic and personal record was spattered with obvious signs of mental illness; two repeated years to over half a dozen dropped AP…

The Therapeutic Day School and Diversity in Special Education 

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

Below is my final project for my upper level philosophy course– The Ethics of Diversity- that was just graded. I replaced the name of my old school in it, quite honestly because my parents told me to. I would have liked to include it. Ah well! Enjoy. _________________________ Olivia Epley Special Topics in Philosophy: The…

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…

Music, Mood, Mental Illness

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

Music has always been known to have a visceral impact upon the body and mind. Even beyond it prompting people to dance, its upbeat melodies make folks happy, dulcet tones calm the anxious, and screaming validates the angry. For some reason, and I’ll dive into why I think this is even though I can’t know…

My future plans

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

This break’s been nice. It’s truly exhausting to put things out onto this website, knowing that a handful of people from my old school will likely comment something negative and/or hateful. I have only good things to say today, however! This fall, I’m going to be attending Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. I’m on as…

Stigma and Mental Health Awareness Month: A Conversation

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

Mental Health Awareness Month is upon us, and the darling Katie Suss and I thought it would be fruitful to cover a range of topics related to stigma and discussing mental health with peers. There are a few bases that we want to cover, so we’re gonna do this conversation style. Katie and I are…

I’ve never wanted to die

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

I’ve never wanted to die. Sure, I’ve tried to kill myself. I’ve done so three times, and with varying degrees of severity. But I never was fully committed, though I was as committed as anyone can be. Let me explain. The first time I tried to kill myself is an occasion that I don’t like…

VIDEO: 3 Days in a Mentally Ill Life

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

Below is a video I made documenting 3 days in my life. I discuss panic attacks, PTSD, anxiety, dermatillomania, and my eating disorder. If seeing tears is unpalatable to you, steer clear, but otherwise I hope this is informative and offers good insight!

The Therapeutic School and Your Child

Every child is different.  Every school is different.  No school can help all children thrive.  Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.  All of that said and understood, it is my opinion that you, as the parent of a teen suffering with mental illness, must be as picky as possible about Any special school you consider…

6 Books That Will Enhance Your Understanding of Mental Illness

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

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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