Social Anxiety

You hear them beginning your introduction and you know that in just moments you will have to walk up to the microphone, in front of all of those people, and open your mouth and force words to come out. You are sweating profusely. Your heart is pounding. Your legs are shaking. You think you might…

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You’ve been there, done that. You have been depressed, suffered from anxiety, and/or dealt with substance use. And you remember how it felt to do it alone. The loneliness just made it all that much more unbearable. You wish you had someone who knew what you were going through. Someone close to your age who…

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Life is fragile. Even more so when you have a mental health issue or substance use or both. This is true especially due to the fact that your brain is the control center for your body, so if it is not functioning correctly, you have no internal way of knowing if you need help or…

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Sometimes coming out of depression, anxiety, or substance use can feel like you have been in a dark box, locked away, without light. It may seem hard for you to let the light in again. Life can feel overwhelming when you are looking to find mental health again. There were so many things that you…

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For as long as you can remember, school was so hard. You wanted to do anything to avoid it, including avoiding homework. You still worked hard, because you really wanted to make your parents proud of you. Unfortunately, getting A’s in anything besides PE or maybe art class was just impossible for you. As you’ve…

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If you have depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues, or if you are struggling with substance abuse, you have probably realized by now that you need help beyond what you have had access to. However, what you may not have realized is that your struggles also impact your family. They may not understand your…

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Marijuana is more commonplace than ever before, especially since there are so many places where it is now legal to carry and use for recreational purposes. Despite the fact that it is still not legal for those under the age of 21 to use marijuana, more adolescents are using it than ever before, too. However,…

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Bullying is a practice that has existed for far too long. Typically, bullying refers to those who perceive themselves as stronger, better than, or more powerful than others and attempt to intimidate, harm, or force something upon someone they perceive as weaker or lesser than them. There is no rational reason for this behavior, other…

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Everyone has to eat, every day. The choices you make are based on availability, time, and perhaps cravings. Increasingly these days, there is less time to eat and you are more likely to indulge in cravings for unhealthy foods, especially when it comes to availability. Maybe you don’t even think much about what you are…

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It all started when you realized that you were tired every day. At first, you just didn’t feel great, mentally or physically. Not horrible, just not great. As time went on things that used to make you happy stopped doing so. Your appetite changed, you had less motivation, and you felt apathetic constantly. At some…

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