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    lauren commented on the post, "Kill Yourself"

    Caleigh, your post is very well written. I liked how you included personal comments about your own struggles. This is exactly what the world of mental health needs- transparency and the ability to openly discuss these personal issues. I too have been offended by the “kill yourself” memes and jokes that pop up around our society. It is incredibly…Read More

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    Schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder characterized by delusions, hallucinations, difficulties in social situations, and a variety of mood swings. Treated with antipsychotics that “dampen only the most overt s

    Unlocking the Schizophrenia Mystery

    Schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder characterized by delusions, hallucinations, difficulties in social situations, and a variety of mood swings. Treated with antipsychotics that “dampen only the most overt symptoms, such as delusions and hallucinations” (Balter, 2017), it is thought...

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  • Quenshawn, your poem told a great story. It was powerful and although I cannot relate to your possible first person narrative, I feel as though your words connect with readers. It created a vivid image in my head and that is something that is a commendable ability to have when it comes to writing poetry. Keep writing! You’ve got something great…Read More

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    It is completely mind boggling that mental illness is still only slowly being acknowledged. But the general public is unaware of all of the alternative approaches to alleviating symptoms of moderate to severe

    Try Alternative Methods!

    It is completely mind boggling that mental illness is still only slowly being acknowledged. But the general public is unaware of all of the alternative approaches to alleviating symptoms of moderate to severe mental illness. For some, medication may...

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    • Lauren,
      I really enjoyed what you wrote because most writing I have seen about mental illness is about what it is and how it affects you. I like how you took the stance of what kind of medication people are using or if they are going to therapy. I think there are many ways to deal with mental illness, including exercise, meditation, or even spending time with positive people in your life. Here is an article I found that might help you along the way during your writing. It is specifically about meditation. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2014/01/07/260470831/mindfulness-meditation-can-help-relieve-anxiety-and-depression
      Thank you for sharing!

    • Lauren,
      I am really surprised by this post. It is upsetting to know that mental health is not seen as a bigger issue in our world. As a person who deals with depression and anxiety who uses prescriptions and therapy to cope with things, it is scary to know that they are not fully for sure what these drugs are doing to my brain, and the long term affects they will have on my life. I struggled with starting meds due to “the quick fix pill” that you stated above, and I think there are many other ways to help cope with these conditions, and agree with you that even though taking a pill might make things better for right now, but it won’t help in the long term. I found this article written by the Mayo Clinic that talks about exercise and the positive attributes it can bring to dealing with mental health, and thought you would enjoy it!

      https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/depression-and-exercise/art-20046495

      Thanks for sharing.
      Caleigh

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    lauren commented on the post, Where I’m From

    Shahadah, I really enjoyed this post. It gave me insight to the traditional lifestyle of a Muslim household. I have attended Catholic school my whole life so I have never really been given the chance to understand the life of a Muslim. My favorite part of your short passage was when you said “I am from a home where we remove our shoes upon first…Read More

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