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Mental Health

Taking Away the Stress from Test-Taking

By Wesley Gallagher Test-taking — and the anxiety that comes along with it — are part of every school year, whether it’s brought on by final exams, standardized testing, or the dreaded SAT. It’s perfectly normal to have some anxiety around test-taking. Tests are a big deal, after… Read More

Do You Know a Narcissist?

By Anna McKenzie These days, it may feel easy to call a self-absorbed person a narcissist. While many people may display narcissistic personality traits, narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is difficult to diagnose and often occurs alongside other personality disorders, as well as substance abuse. Only clinicians can properly diagnose NPD… Read More

Mental Health Pioneers of Color

By Melissa Riddle-Chalos We are living in an age of profound growth and progress in behavioral health and mental healthcare. Simply put, we would not be where we are without the important contributions of Black pioneers of mental health who have contributed to the science, the systems, and the compassionate… Read More

Pro Athletes Prioritizing Mental Health

By Anna McKenzie America’s mental health crisis has necessitated an emphasis on treatment and resources. As it happens, “suffering in silence” is having damaging repercussions across industries, and that includes sports. We admire professional athletes as mentally tough and physically elite individuals, so we don’t often see them as people… Read More

Early Empty Nesters

By Wesley Gallagher Technology. It’s everywhere, for better or for worse. Children, in particular, are surrounded by it. While many adults remember a time when there were no laptops or cell phones, kids these days have been holding iPhones since before they could walk, and it’s changing the way young… Read More

Combatting Comparison Culture

By Anna McKenzie It isn’t new or uncommon to compare our lives to the lives of others. We’re hoping to fit in with our community and surroundings, and we have a natural impulse to feel like we belong. But access to lifestyle imagery on a large scale, provided through social… Read More

Post-Holiday Guilt vs. Valuing the Memories

By Wesley Gallagher The holidays are winding down, and it’s time to get back into the swing of things. For many, however, the holidays still linger, and not in a good way. The season of giving can also be a season of splurging and overindulging, and feelings of guilt often… Read More

Classes Closed for Mental Health: A Growing Mental Health Crisis?

By Anna McKenzie In the wake of two suicides on each campus in fall 2021, two universities (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Saint Louis University) cancelled classes to give students a mental health day while they investigated the incidents. These tragedies raised an alarm: Are college… Read More

Journaling as an Act of Self-Care

By Christa Banister While it’s probably buried in a landfill somewhere after a number of big moves over the years, one of my 10-year-old self’s most treasured possessions was, hands down, my tomato-red journal with a heavy-duty gold lock. There was something incredibly liberating about being the only one who… Read More