A personal story about panic disorder

A personal story about panic disorder

My name is Jimmy, I am 33 years old and have been suffering from panic attacks for many years. It was only in 2020 that I learned more about this disorder, and it was finally diagnosed by a psychiatrist after I learned about some cases on the Internet and contacted people with similar symptoms. It … Read more

Depression – Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Healing Through Exercise

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Approximately one in every five young adults between the ages of fifteen and twenty-four suffer from clinical depression. Around five thousand within this group commit suicide every year. Even more disturbing— around seventy-five percent of people with mental disorders, never receive the treatment they need. What is Depression Depression belongs to a cluster of mental … Read more

The Little Things – Not another ode to meditation

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I’m sitting outside on my patio with a cup of coffee mixed with vanilla soy milk. The kind of milk my fiancé calls “too plant-y.” A knit is thrown on my lap. There’s a super chic hipster cafe that is roasting what smells like sweet potatoes and sausage next door. A man is singing along … Read more

Borderline Personality Disorder – A Better Version of Me

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Fighting the stigma of borderline personality disorder Girl Interrupted, Single White Female, crazy bitch syndrome—these are the associations the severely uninformed link to borderline personality disorder. Borderline Personality Disorder, a personality disorder characterized by variations in identity disturbance, is one of the most stigmatized mental illness out there. Psychologists and medical professionals alike, deem these … Read more

Inadequacy: A Learned Behaviour

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I remember those dreaded manilla envelopes. Those awful signed, sealed, and delivered educator-sopped letters of approval, or in my case, lack-thereof. You know, those bitter, vague formalities of invalid judgement. Report cards were filled to the brim with statements like, “your child expresses satisfactory work” and if you were lucky enough, phrases like, Joe is … Read more

Its All In Your Head – How to cope with Anxiety

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How anxiety manifests itself physically and what you can do to stop it My throat felt dangerously constricted. For months I lived my life with what seemed like an invisible vice grip wrapped around my neck. The tension was so real to me that I went as far as to allow doctors to stick tubes … Read more

Seeing the Speck of Light Grow in the Darkness of My Mind

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Imagine Imagine this. An existence where you are entrapped in a deep dark hole. Minimal sunlight peeks through the blackness. You feel like you are to be by yourself, but amongst everyone else. There is little hope or eagerness to swarm out of the toxic depths of despair. My Story That is not an imagination, … Read more

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Children and Adults Alike

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What is PTSD? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a debilitating illness that myself and many others have suffered with. This disorder was known as shell shock because it was from veterans coming back from wars. They were still living in the stress from their past, or post, traumatic situations. Here is the breakdown … Read more

Surviving Life With Demon Thoughts

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Envision living life with little demons running the show. It is practically a living hell. You find a superb helper that assists but turns into a demon itself. You are just surviving life instead of living it. You get a meager amount of enlightenment that is the size of light squeezing through the door into … Read more