The Therapeutic Day School and Diversity in Special Education 

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!

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 freshman philosophy major at Temple University, 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…

How sleep has saved my life

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!

There are a few things that have really made the difference in the fact that I haven’t once seriously thought “I want to die” in four months, or a record for me. After my departure from the hospital, my dad and I underwent a series of lifestyle changes that, in conjunction with medication changes, have…

Music, Mood, 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!

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 freshman philosophy major at Temple University, 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 freshman philosophy major at Temple University, 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 freshman philosophy major at Temple University, 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…

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