I knew I had to refocus my journalism career on maternal mental health the moment I realized prenatal and postpartum depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, and psychosis were real biological conditions instead of the existential crises I once believed them to be. The realization happened after I started experiencing strange symptoms following the birth […]
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As told by Jody Carrow “It’s a thing now. It’s life.” The ‘thing’ in the above quote refers to one young person’s coming out as transgender. And the ‘life’ belongs to Frankie Edroff, a young man I was fortunate enough to interview for the Unsinkable project. I had just asked Frankie what the response was […]
Everything I do, I do for love, support, connection, acceptance, admiration, friendship, affection, respect and appreciation. Love is my motivation, it’s what I value most in life. It fills me with joy to feel as though I belong, that I’m accepted, cherished and appreciated. The motivation to feel this way has been my biggest strength […]
What does it mean to have a healthy body image? As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, I’ve learned from my interactions with clients, friends and family members that achieving a healthy body image isn’t always easy—and it means something different to everyone. So, in the spirit of what Silken Laumann is trying to achieve with this […]
I have a new model in which I choose to live my life by and find happiness on a daily basis, because if I let perfection (old model) be the driver of my vehicle, I will crash. See, I’ve done this before and I’ve collided head-on… with myself. In my late twenties, I was a […]
Mental health challenges do not define you: your strength and courage does. Mental health issues are not something to laugh about or ignore. Just think about it, the next person you are bullying could be someone with mental health challenges and is thinking about taking their own life. Take mental health seriously and don’t make […]
As a registered psychotherapist, I work with many wonderful individuals who have experienced bumps in this road called life. They come to me searching for strength, resilience, and sometimes a lifeline. Though there are often similarities between their stories and Courtney’s, they are also all unique. Many have believed things would never change, or that […]
You’re a fake; You’re just asking for attention; You will amount to nothing; Don’t talk to her, just ignore her; Your daughter has….; Your husband has…; Mom, my friends weren’t nice to me; Just wanted you to know, he/she passed away by suicide; Parul will not pass high school… I grew up thinking I would […]
When I struggled with my mental health, I had to handle a head full of nasty, violent, intrusive thoughts. It was such a standard part of my life that I didn’t even mention the obsessions as symptoms when I finally went to get help for depression. I was no longer picking up knives because when […]
After much internal debate, I decided that Lake Placid Ironman 2015 was going to be my first full distance triathlon. Why not shoot for the stars? Lake Placid is the longest-running North American Ironman and a former Olympics venue. After doing the research on courses that would potentially suit my strengths, I settled on Lake […]
Our son’s autism diagnosis changed our lives forever. The day Jacob was diagnosed, I remember barely being able to stand. I wanted to cry. I was so angry with God for being cruel and allowing my son to have a ‘disability’. If it weren’t for my father, Hugh, I couldn’t have handled hearing the word […]
Every teen will experience anxiety at times: it’s part of the human experience and a natural response to fear or stress. Some kids will react to that stress more acutely than others. In some cases, anxiety may begin to negatively impact your teen’s day to day life. If your teen: Worries excessively, Is especially reluctant […]