How the Mental Health System Failed Me

March 03, 2021 By Tabitha Ferguson I was born into a divided and abusive family that lived below the poverty line. When I started showing signs of abuse and neglect, I was passed through several local mental health faculties whose…

A Plea for Compassion as Someone Who Was Arrested During Psychosis

March 01, 2021 By Olachi Tiffany Etoh When the hallucinations came, I thought I could see stars raining onto my hands. It wasn’t my first time handling symptoms, but it was the first time I lost control. Little did I know that,…

Reaching Out to a Loved One with Substance Use Disorder

February 26, 2021 By Claire Nana Substance use is no small problem. It affects a vast amount of people in lasting and pervasive ways. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 27 million people are problem drug…

Black History Month: Writing This Triggers My Anxiety

February 24, 2021 By Brooke Johnson This year, I decided to write about Black History Month. Naturally, I get excited when I can talk about my personal experiences to help people understand the bigger picture. However, as I started…

The Most Common Symptom That Is Rarely Asked About

February 22, 2021 By Mark D. Rego, MD One of the most important things I try to impress on clinicians in training is to learn which questions patients can easily answer and which ones are difficult. For example, when you ask a patient…

How The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Helped My Anxiety

February 19, 2021 By Tanya W. This past year has been full of fear, isolation and heart-wrenching loss. My anxiety got so severe at the beginning of the pandemic that I started taking an additional medication to help manage it.…

Overcoming Low Self-Worth with Anxiety, Depression and ADHD

February 17, 2021 By Angela Rose Steinberg When COVID-19 surged across the world, it exposed flaws in various systems and sparked the need for change. My life became impacted in a similar (but much smaller) manner. I am a recent…

Recovery Begins with a Decision

February 12, 2021 By Jack Bragen People in mainstream society often do not understand people with mental illness. People should know that we are human beings, capable of suffering — and when stabilized, we are capable of leading…

Trauma in Children of Latinx Immigrants

February 10, 2021 By Yesenia Martinez Take a moment and imagine being a child, torn from the arms of your parents or caregiver and forcibly separated from them, for an undetermined amount of time, at an unknown distance. You now have…

The Many Impacts of Self-Stigma

FEB. 08, 2021 By Katherine Ponte, BA, JD, MBA, CPRP The mental illness label is one of the most stigmatizing. Most people with mental illness face stigma at some point from external sources, whether from friends, family members,…