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Tanya J. Peterson, MS, NCC, DAIS
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a month dedicated to highlighting mental health and mental health difficulties so that people understand how common it is to experience challenges and to provide a very realistic sense of hope. This message is crucial, for it reduces the unfortunate sense of shame and isolation that so many people feel when they suffer from anxiety or any other mental health challenge. In the spirit of mental health awareness month, here are some truths about anxiety.
TJ DeSalvo
Anxiety and being tired is common, and I’ve noticed that anxiety can mess with your sleep patterns in weird ways. Sometimes, it’s impossible to get to sleep when you’re anxious. But on the other hand, sometimes if you’re anxious you just can’t stay awake – this also makes sense, because anxiety can make even the mundane seem overwhelming, and sleeping is a way to filter all that out. Recently I’ve been going through a bout of always feeling tired.
Annabelle Clawson
Whether it's a relationship that ended or a job that fell through, dealing with rejection is a huge part of life. More important than rejection, though, is how you handle it.
Megan Griffith
I learned the hard way that mental health recovery burnout is a real thing. It turns out, recovery isn't something you can work tirelessly toward and eventually achieve, like an award. Instead, it's more like something you slowly chip away at until one day you realize the work is a lot easier than it used to be. But recovery is never really over or complete, at least not in my case, which means working frantically to recover will only lead to one thing: burnout.
Natasha Tracy
I checked my Twitter feed this morning and learned of a new unique bipolar depression medication. I'm going to be honest; it made me smile and set me up for a great day. This is not necessarily because I want to run out and take it, but more because I'm glad people with bipolar disorder suffering from depression finally have a new option that is different than the ones we have been working with for years. A unique bipolar depression medication almost feels like a safety blanket to me.
Martyna Halas
Narcissism and self-harm may not seem like an obvious pair. After all, most narcissists think extremely highly of themselves, so engaging in self-injurious behaviors might seem like a counter-intuitive action. However, there is a form of narcissism where self-harm is more prominent, and some might even use it to manipulate their victim.
Martha Lueck
During childhood, crying is an expected reaction to pain. Children do not know many other ways to express negative emotions. But as adults, most of us understand emotions and know how to handle them in public situations. Many adults are embarrassed to cry because they do not want to appear weak. However, crying does not deserve the bad rep it has received. It can actually benefit us in many ways.
Alixzandria Paige
Having a mental illness can affect the meaning an individual experiences in life. I have had multiple family members with mental illness say they don't feel as though they can have an equally meaningful life as their neurotypical counterparts. That's just not true. Here is an article about how to find the meaning of life, written from the perspective of people that suffer from mental illness.
Laura A. Barton
Like many aspects of mental health, therapy is steeped in stigma. People talk about it in hushed tones and behind closed doors, but really, we need to have open conversations about therapy. In this blog post, I'm going to share my thoughts on why.
Mahevash Shaikh
When was the last time you felt good about yourself at work? Was it because of the amount of work you got done, especially at a time when you had zero motivation? Or was it when you got a pay raise? If reasons like these make you feel worthy at work, you may have a case of internalized capitalism.

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Lizanne Corbit
This is wonderful! We all need to see more things like this and realize that, yes, crying truly is so beneficial. I love your three benefits. Spot on.
Lizanne Corbit
Slow, sustainable steps are absolutely crucial and this really goes for so many things. Success in general, not just avoiding burnout. All too often we get ourselves all pumped up, we are eager and ready to go, and then, we burn out. We run ourselves overboard or we just blast past the warning signs and miss the markers to pause and rest. Great share.
Nori Rose Hubert
Thank you so much for this piece, Mahevash. Internalized capitalism is something I've really struggled with over the last several years and am only just now learning to cope with it effectively. It's always comforting to know that we're not alone in the struggle!
Laura A. Barton
That's awesome, Bob. Thanks for sharing that with me. :)
Laura A. Barton
Hi Nana. Don't worry! I know exactly what you mean. It's nice to not feel alone in something, but at the same time, we definitely wouldn't wish this on anyone else. There's a definite emotional and intellectual warring that goes on in these situations where we can feel happy and depressed or even happy and suicidal, and it contributes to imposter syndrome for sure. I hope that you're able to work through these feelings. If you need some resources, don't hesitate to check out this link from HealthyPlace: https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/resources/mental-health-hotline-numbers-and-referral-resources. Wishing you the best.