With yet again an onslaught of stories about war waged against African-Americans in the news you might find yourself feeling some paranoia. There’s time I feel so worried that the chaos on the news will meet me right at my doorstep that I make myself physically ill. Any time a black man that I love… Continue reading Trauma

Children and Mental Health

Mental illness in children can be super hard to identify since the symptoms are often different than they are in adults. However, because of this the children often go untreated whereas they would have benefited greatly. These children often then go on to grow into adults with severe mental issues, at a point when they’re… Continue reading Children and Mental Health

Substance Use Disorder

Substance use disorder (SUD) was formally called ‘drug addiction' and has symptoms related to disorders for ten different drug classes: Alcohol, Caffeine, Cannabis, Hallucinogens, Inhalants, Opioids, Sedatives, Hypnotics, Stimulants, and Tobacco. Abusing substances in these categories affects the way our brains naturally release the hormones that result in our happiness and pleasure. That group of… Continue reading Substance Use Disorder


PTSD stands for post-traumatic stress disorder. We hear about this most when it comes to veterans and active soldiers but any traumatic experience can turn into PTSD including having many people close to you die violently, sexual assault, hearing gunshots on a regular basis and living in a home filled with chaos. It’s natural to… Continue reading PTSD

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder, or manic depression, is widely known for its extreme mood swings and affects 2.5% of the population. In entertainment media you’ll see portrayed highs that look like total chaos or lows that look like staying in bed for weeks at a time. Realistically though those are the two opposite ends of the spectrum.… Continue reading Bipolar Disorder


Schizophrenia is one of the more severe mental health disorders as the people with it have periods where they cannot interpret reality normally. People with schizophrenia absolutely need lifelong medical treatment and the earlier treatment is received, the more likely you are to get symptoms under control before serious complications develop. Signs of schizophrenia include… Continue reading Schizophrenia

Mental Health Awareness Month: Conduct Disorder

Conduct disorder (CD) is one of the conditions that most of us aren’t too familiar with ! It’s characterized by “callous disregard for and aggression toward others, from pushing, hitting and bitting in early childhood to bullying, cruelty and violence in adolescence,” and only plagues about 4% of the population. CD often morphs into antisocial… Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Month: Conduct Disorder

Mental Health Awareness Month: Anxiety

I’m sure you’re all familiar with anxiety. It’s a feeling we’ve all encountered many times before for a lot of different reasons. Many anxiety sufferers describe it as a feeling of nervousness and dread that can be distracting at best and all-consuming at worst. Anxiety is typically experienced on many levels, affecting your emotions, leading… Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Month: Anxiety

Mental Health Awareness Month: Depression

Major depression is a super common yet disabling disorder. It plagues 11 million people in the United States daily. Being diagnosed with depression and feeling depressed are two very different things. The DSM-5 (the diagnostic manual for mental health professionals) defines a major depressive episode as “at least two weeks of a depressed mood or… Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Month: Depression


There’s ample research to show how mindfulness has a positive impact on mental health. Just five minutes of mindfulness each day can reduce stress, help regulate emotion and attention, reduce depression and anxiety and prevent depressive relapse. There’s even evidence that practicing mindfulness each day can help people who are struggling with difference addictions. While… Continue reading Mindfulness