Want to be a therapist or counselor?

Want to be a therapist or counselor?

Think that psychiatry or psychology are the only routes? Don't know the difference between LCSW, LMFT, and LPC? Want to know the different requirements for the various mental health-related academic and career routes? You should read this!   The list of career areas includes 1. Psychiatrist, 2. Psychologist, 3. Counselor: a. Social Worker, b. Marriage [...]

When Mental Illness Gets in the Way of Your “5 Year Plan”

When Mental Illness Gets in the Way of Your “5 Year Plan”

Yesterday, I came across this NAMI blog post: "You Can't Plan for Mental Illness". I definitely related to the writer's story and her message. Please, if you’re experiencing symptoms or warning signs of a mental illness, seek help as soon as possible. Your mental health is far more important than your 5-year plan. I’ve learned [...]

“13 Reasons Why” Season 2: What it Got Wrong

“13 Reasons Why” Season 2: What it Got Wrong

Last year, Netflix's "13 Reasons Why" quickly gained the attention of viewers as well as the concern of parents and mental health professionals. While some argue that the show is helpful in starting conversations on sensitive or taboo topics, such as suicidal ideation, others were concerned that the show's depictions are harmful to its viewers, [...]

Professor Reactions to Bipolar Disorder

Professor Reactions to Bipolar Disorder

The average age of onset for bipolar disorder is during the early 20s, so many people who have been diagnosed start exhibiting symptoms during their college years. Dealing with the stress of depression, mania, and mixed states while under the various stressors of college life can make symptoms worse. Sometimes, you may miss classes due [...]

“13 Reasons Why” Impacts its Audience, but not in a Good Way

“13 Reasons Why” Impacts its Audience, but not in a Good Way

"13 Reasons Why" Controversy: When the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why," was released in March of this year, it quickly gained attention. The drama depicts a 17-year old girl who dies by suicide, leaving behind audio tapes explaining why she decided to end her own life. It's graphic depiction of self-harm, rape and suicide led [...]

Clinical Anxiety & Excessive Perfectionism

Clinical Anxiety & Excessive Perfectionism

In high school, I was what was often labeled as a "perfectionist", a "workaholic", and an "overachiever. I used to think it was just this abnormally great intrinsic drive to be the best I could be... now I wonder if my anxiety was driving my behavior. Why did I spend triple the amount of time [...]

To the professor that said I didn’t need meds,

To the professor that said I didn’t need meds,

Dear professor, I missed your class last Tuesday because I was in the Emergency Department for a Bipolar Disorder-related incident. You pulled me out of your class upon my return to talk to me because I appeared 'depressed'. I told you about my condition, but I did not anticipate your reaction. You started talking about [...]