Nature and Therapy

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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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…

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Honesty: Therapeutic and Interpersonal

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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Honesty is a crucial tenet of recovery from mental illness. It’s important to be honest with those around you, and I’ll discuss precisely why. It’s perhaps more important to be honest with yourself, however. Self awareness is a saving grace, and is a prerequisite to healing from mental illness. I consider myself to be a…

I’m So OCD: Thought-Action Fusion

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 watching the marvelous show The Blacklist a few nights ago. In that particular episode, a criminal the Feds are hunting is known as the Genie. The Genie grants cruel and dark revenge fantasies to those with legitimate cause and fat wallets to pay up. It got my mom and I talking about our…

Mental illness isn’t a personality trait, and it definitely isn’t a relationship maker

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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“Just because she likes the same bizarro crap you do, doesn’t mean she’s your soulmate.” – 500 Days of Summer I used to hate this quote. I thought that same-ness was what made two people compatible. The more the better, pile on the similarities. If myself and another person could melt into each other as…

Disconnection and Rejection: A Schema Introduction

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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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 Signs That You Need Psychotherapy

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 a firm believer that everyone would benefit from seeing a therapist. No matter how rosy our lives may seem, there is always a higher level of self awareness that we can achieve, one that can be derived from an educated outside perspective. That being said, therapy isn’t cheap. So, whether or not to see…

I’m so OCD: Sitting in Uncertainty

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 am absolutely intolerant of uncertainty. This statement applies to me when I’m gripped by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It’s at the crux of the disorder, but it affects every sufferer differently. OCD, particularly of the checking variety, is all about creating a certain outcome with the same compulsion, a compulsion that is alleviating the same…

I’m so OCD: Paranoia and Delusion

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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The very first psychiatrist I ever saw declared to me that I was the most paranoid child he’d ever treated. I was afraid of everything, and everything was possible, so living in a constant state of fear seemed rational, safe. It was my OCD, its what if? component, screaming at me through a bullhorn at…

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…

The Value in Surrendering

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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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…

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