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I feel trapped: Basic tips for slowing down racing thoughts and freeing your mind during self-isolation

Due to COVID-19, many of us are self-isolating and social distancing, which is causing us to feel trapped inside of our own minds. Fortunately, we can reclaim control and free our racing minds by practicing mindfulness and returning to the basics during self-isolation. Mindfulness is about focusing on the present…

If you have suicidal thoughts, get professional help immediately—also, open up to loved ones, acknowledge difficult feelings, and ground yourself

Suicide is a global crisis, as it is a leading cause of death worldwide among all ages every single year. If you’re feeling suicidal, your first course of action should be to seek professional help right away; call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline or find a medical/mental health provider to talk…

Why are men less likely to talk about their feelings? They often are discouraged, prefer to “brush it off,” or run into another obstacle

Some people falsely believe that men don’t have feelings—or that they don’t experience feelings to the same degree as women. This, however, is not the case: we all experience a wide array of emotions, and it’s important we talk about them. That said, men are less likely to talk or…

Mental health and illness statistics in the US: A look at the prevalence of mental health disorders, treatment, and impact

Every single year, millions of Americans suffer with a mental illness. By definition, a mental illness is a disorder that negatively affects a person’s thoughts, feelings, mood, and/or behavior. Examples include depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Each individual has a unique experience, as far as which symptoms they…

Do men get angrier than women?

“Do men get angrier than women?” The majority would probably say yes: Men do get angrier than women, and more often. But would the majority be correct? Or, would they be endorsing another one of many gender stereotypes? Read: Anger Management 101 Science overwhelmingly shows that this is, indeed, just…

How counseling, counselors are portrayed in the media

Despite the credentials, skills, and experience mental health professionals possess, they are often depicted as unprofessional, unhelpful, and unqualified. In many TV shows and movies, the characters who play counselors or therapists are often portrayed as unprofessional and emotional: they engage in unprofessional relationships with their clients and let their…

How to defend yourself against gaslighting: a form of manipulation that can make you question everything you know to be true

Gaslighting is a form of manipulation in which the perpetrator leads one to question their own sanity or judgment through subtle tactics. This abusive treatment is often carried out by individuals who are narcissistic, sociopathic, or just plain abusive. The first step in identifying and protecting yourself from this form…

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