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What Causes Insomnia?

by Tako Akhvlediani

Seeking Purpose

by Althea Ocomen

Ever thought about what your purpose is in life? Some of us live our entire lives trying to figure out the purpose of our existence. Some people fail, and some people succeed. And then there are those people who know their purpose, but still, they get diverted from them. When you know the purpose of your life, you tend to live a more meaningful existence than those who don’t. You tend to live each day to the fullest because you know who you are, where you’re coming from, and where you’re going.

Self Care for All

by Sukhmeet Kaur

Self-care is when someone actively looks after their own physical and mental
health. The phrase self in self-care is a bit misleading, as it may imply benefits for just the individual. However, self-care allows one to better handle challenges and support others with a mental health illness. During an emergency, we know we need to have the right equipment for ourselves before we can help another in need. Similarly, self-care should be recognized as a critical practice for everyone.

An Overview of Alice in Wonderland Syndrome

by Kaitlyn Rose

Alice in Wonderland syndrome (AWS) is an uncommon condition that causes temporary episodes of distorted perception and disorientation in the brain. You may feel larger or smaller than you actually are. You may also find that the room you’re in — or the surrounding furniture — seems to shift and feel further away or closer than it actually is. These episodes aren’t the result of a problem with your eyes or a hallucination. They’re caused by changes in how your brain perceives the environment you’re in and how your body looks. This syndrome can affect multiple senses, including vision, touch, and hearing, and can greatly distort your surroundings. You may also lose a sense of time. Time may seem to pass faster or slower in your perception compared to reality.

Orthorexia, The Unsung Eating Disorder

by Kaitlyn Rose

Health talk is all the rage these days. Instagram is littered with influencers with perfectly toned abs, perfectly round buttocks, and perfectly curated diets. Social media influencers are replacing the magazine covers of yore. So, it’s no surprise that with this new burst of “fitsporation”, there is a rise in orthorexia, the unsung eating disorder.

Social Media And Its Effect On Mental Health

by Kaitlyn Rose

Growing up we all heard the same thing: too much TV and video games will rot your brain. But how does that concept translate to the effect of social media?

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

by Sukhmeet Kaur

As we approach the end of September, I hope that you have come across suicide prevention awareness efforts and dialogues at work, school or within your social circle. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness month in the United States. Although suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US (1), it is among the least spoken of illnesses.

Detailed Discussion About Double Personality

by Tasnim Tanim

Hi there, readers of Mind Your Mind.

If you’re hearing about DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) for the first time, let me tell you the main idea. 

Childhood Incidents Have an Influence On Our Mental Health And Behavior

by Tasnim Tanim

Childhood is the best time of one’s life. It’s the age of innocence, learning new things, molding into a form. Childhood is precious, has a lot of importance in making someone’s Unforgettable memories. Childhood should be filled with love, purity, and innocence. In my psychology, depressed people have a relation of some incident that happened in their childhood, which made them depressed.

What Makes a Happy Life?

by Erika Franz

What constitutes a happy, fulfilled life? What makes people truly happy in the long run and how can we get closer to that lifestyle every day?

The most common answers to this question are a great career, lots of money, finding your soulmate, or purpose in life. While these are all good guesses, they are still very vague. What makes a great career – a big paycheck or making other people’s lives better? How do you know if someone is your soulmate? Our goals may be diverse but is there an underlying common ground to our deepest desires? Is there a scientific way to prove what makes people truly happy for prolonged periods of time?

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Low Income And Lack Of Mental Health Services

by Aliah Paras

To be able to get treatment and services for mental health is a privilege on its own. I say this because depending on where you’re from, the type and amount of resources differ.  Low socioeconomic status can be defined as having little income and struggle to face negative events that stem from it. Not everyone has access to therapy, money for medication, time to put away into both of those, and this can, unfortunately, lead to crime. Being poor takes a toll on one’s mental health and is something that prolongs it. 

Romantic Vs. Reality: Romanticized Mental Illness In Media

by Hannah Dobrogosz

As conversations surrounding mental health have increased in society, so has the portrayal of mental illness across television. Although increased exposure to scenarios of mental illness ought to spur increased acceptance and promote a sense of normalcy, the media often takes a romantic rather than realistic approach when dealing with mental health. Television shows tokenize mental health and use it to fill plot holes, tell jokes, or set up a dramatic revenge plot. Whether it’s as fleeting as DJ Tanner’s episode-long battle with anorexia on Full House or as drawn-out as Hannah Baker’s glamorized revenge-suicide plot in 13 Reasons Why, many television shows paint harmful and false images of mental illness.

A Personal Story About Drug Addiction

by Lauren Dykstra

Was it a fair fight? I was eight years old when I found out that my uncle had a drug addiction. It wasn’t just an addiction to pot or an addiction to cocaine. It was an addiction to everything. An addiction to opioids, heroin, and PCP. Some that did not know his back story of drugs would say that he just had an addiction to life and was always the fulcrum of the party. The loud one, the funny one, the outgoing one, the wild one who would accept every dare with a “know it all” grin that would make you think he had done it already. He was captivating on every level of his personality and he could manipulate any situation. He was the guy who could sell a ketchup popsicle to a lady in white gloves.

Why mental health is important?

Dedicated to, whoever is fighting with mental health issues or having a mental breakdown.

Be strong now. Because things will get better. It might be stormy now. But, it can’t rain forever.

Why 'Opening Up' To Your Social Media Friends About Your Mental Health Issues Is Unhealthy

by Arunima Basu

Ever since the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus, more people are focusing on mental health. Apart from the countless social media posts where people urge their social media friends to open up to them, many people have reached out to me to ask about my overall well-being. Honestly, I have been putting on a fake smile while chatting with them.

Why? The reason is simple. None of them are therapists, nor am I one. Since my childhood, I have been a patient listener. Often, my own anxiety and depression would get triggered by listening to other’s problems. It took me a while to figure out that I needed to maintain a safe distance from certain issues for my emotional well-being. Now, the question is, are those people who urge others to open up really worth opening up to? Are they really empathetic listeners?

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Children’s Mental Health

by Natalie Wong

  • Childhood bullying
  • How would children express their emotional states
  • Warning signs of mental illnesses in children
  • Parents impact on the growth of children
  • How to help your children overcome their mental illnesses – the importance of a support system
  • Services to help children and parents with children for mental health
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ADHD and the Connection With Mental Illness in Children

ADHD is one of the most prevalent neurodevelopmental disorders in children today. Children with ADHD will appear to daydream, fidget in their seats, have trouble controlling impulses, may have difficulty organizing tasks, may have trouble getting along with others, and they are typically lacking in the areas of executive functioning. 

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