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The High Holidays Trigger My Depression

My first eating-disordered thought that led to my relapse happened on Rosh Hashana last year. This spiraled into a full-blown ...
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Empty Chairs at Empty Tables

I'll always remember the first panic attack that I experienced in reaction to my child's mental health issues. Don't get ...
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On Moving Past

when you are a new arrival to the mental health world, the road is long, the night is dark. it's ...
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Dear Bipolar

You came into my life when I was all of seventeen years old. You wreaked havoc on my simple and ...
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The Megillas Eicha for Those with Mental Illness

Living in the world of trauma and mental illness, I have a special place in my heart for Tisha B'Av ...
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I Kept an Anxiety Journal for a Month, and Now I Can’t Stop Laughing

I’m an anxious person. Actually, let me rephrase that. I’m a very anxious person. I worry about anything and everything ...
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Sexaholics Anonymous

Editor's Note: This piece contains descriptions of the author's Sexaholism symptoms in general terms, which some readers may find uncomfortable ...
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Happy Birthday To Me

I just recently turned 22. A birthday is always a good time to stop and reflect on the previous year ...
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To Cover or Not to Cover Self-Harm Scars?

Every morning when I get dressed (especially in the summer), I have a battle in my head, pondering this dilemma: ...
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The Unspoken Struggle: Relapse

“Relapse” has a lot of different meanings for everyone. To me, relapse is what happened in May of 2019. I ...
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The Anniversary That Nearly Wasn’t

PART 1: Today, I had an anniversary. It wasn’t a wedding anniversary or friendaversary. It wasn’t one of the “six ...
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A Bitter Pill To Swallow

Editor’s Note: There is more to the stigma of psychiatric medication than one may think: There are the stigmas of ...
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A Night In The Life of Anorexia Part 2: Living In The Jewish World

Editor's Note: This is part two of a two-part post. The first part discussed the tribulations of the author making ...
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Autism Mental Health

It is understood today that people with autism are a common part of life. What isn't understood is how they ...
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Illness, Not Weakness

Dear World: There are so many things I wish I could tell you, but I don’t out of fear that ...
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Piercing The Stigma of Psychiatric Hospitals

We all have heard, in some form or another, the horrors that occur within the walls of the psychiatric unit ...
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A Daughter’s Story

I remember just staring. Staring at her so helplessly. They don't teach you in kindergarten how to deal with your ...
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The Truth About Why I Survived

If you wanna know the truth about what it’s like to be an attempt survivor, you can ask me. Don’t ...
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Searching For Godliness After My Sexual Assault

Editor's Note: For victims of sexual assault, the recovery includes mentally healing in addition to physically healing. The following is ...
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Panic Attack

I couldn’t catch my breath. “It’s all in my head,” I told myself. “I just need to relax, take a ...
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My First Siren

Editor's Note: In addition to inflicting physical damage, the goal of the recurring missile attacks on Israel from the neighboring ...
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View From a Mom

I Didn't Know It started with small things. My daughter would take a nail clipper and pick at her skin ...
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Removing The Mask From Postpartum Depression

Being postpartum is a confusing experience. You’re overwhelmed by mazal tov texts, calls, and visits, recovering from labor and delivery, ...
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A Night In The Life of Anorexia Part 1: Surviving The Night

Editor's Note: This is part one of a two-part post. The first part, below, discusses the tribulations of the author ...
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Making Sense of My Story

When I open up to my friends about my mental illness, the first question they often ask is “When did ...
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Ending The Jewish Stigma Starts With My Truth

Dear Jewish Community: You might know me as that friendly teenager that comes from that really great family. You might ...
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I Was Wrong About Therapy

I remember my first day in treatment... I walked into the group therapy room, and I couldn't stop crying. I ...
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Releasing The Chains

I stand there, pacing along the length of my bathroom. I can feel the cool tile on my bare feet, ...
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On Being One Year Clean

One year ago, I was covered with bruises and cuts that never seemed to heal. One year ago, I was ...
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A Letter To My Family and Community About Mental Illness and Isolation

Author's Note: I’m a single girl in my mid-twenties struggling with mental illness. I’ve struggled with mental illness nearly all ...
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I Should Have

Editor’s Note: The following is written by an incredible and determined girl describing her experiences trying to make sense of ...
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Take Me Home

Post-Miscarriage I wrote this after I had a miscarriage that triggered some strange mental health symptoms. I was having extreme ...
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Editorial: I’m In Your Corner

People often ask me why. Why do I put myself out there, on the frontlines of mental health advocacy, disregarding ...
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Dear Instagram World

What's Not in The Picture See this picture I just posted? Me, out with friends, celebrating my birthday, laughing, looking ...
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Song: I Believe in You

I’d like to share something close to my heart. I’ve struggled with mental health all my life. I’ve had long ...
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My Dear Brother

My Dear Brother, Words cannot express the pain I feel as you go through these tough times. I remember the ...
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OCD Stigma

I’m embarrassed. I have been embarrassed for a long time because of the stigma surrounding mental health, and I still ...
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I Will Get Up

Author's Note: Upon graduation, each senior must write and deliver a speech on a given topic. This year’s was growth ...
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My Trip to The Mental Hospital

Going to a psychiatric hospital, or mental hospital as I refer to it doesn’t mean you’re “crazy” (whatever “crazy” means) ...
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The Visit

you regale me with how you solved the crisis du jour your theories and declarations nonsensical my own mind spins ...
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Are You My Mother?

Sometimes, a book can provide the clarity needed to understand one's life. I discovered the story of my life in ...
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Hidden Sorrows

I live with a sorrow that is buried deep inside that I competently hide most of the time. My life ...
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Two Sisters Clearing The One Bedroom

Sifting through the detritus of his life how much stuff there can be in a one bedroom we curse and ...
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Your World

I couldn’t live in your world exist in the shadows where you dwell your reality covered in mist like a ...
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Black and White Photo, 1953

Older brother first born, golden child cosseted and loved posed on the front steps shining brightly reflecting hopes and dreams ...
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My Brother’s Keeper

I call you on the phone every few months fulfilling my duty with my uh-huhs you are verbose and tell ...
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Living with Someone Who Has Borderline Personality Disorder

Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder People often ask me what it is like living with someone who has Borderline Personality Disorder ...
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My Mental Illness Does Not Take a Vacation

It's pretty easy to count the challenges I face, battling through each day with anxiety, depression, and Sensory Processing Disorder ...
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Editorial: Two Key Questions for Those with Mental Illness

I am often asked how I moved past being in the weeds of mental illness. How did I learn to ...
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Emotions Matter

Push away; push away. Exile my emotions as far away as they will go. "They aren’t there,” I insist. Push ...
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Carrying The Yolk of Your Friend

When I was young, I was selfish, narcissistic even. I thought the world revolved around me. Yet, within that self-centered ...
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Editorial: Secrecy Kills

As a society, we have an initiative in which we try to remove killers. One way we achieve this is ...
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To Hear or Here, That is The Question: Detailing my Battle with ADP

As you know, my name is Eliana Sidlow. I am 18 years old. What you don't know is that I ...
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If You DON’T Have a Mental Illness, It is Critical That You Read This Article

I am about to tell you why you should NOT care at all about mental illness. Yes, you read that ...
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What’s Under The Mask?

The mask I wear is a pretty thick one. My mask is so intricate that no one would ever perceive ...
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BMI- Body Mass Index (My-Body My Image)

How Society Views Women As a four-year-old, I vividly remember myself wishing to look as marvelous as Disney female characters ...
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Addiction, Acceptance, Approval

Below is a poem about addiction. I know there are many many angles to view addiction from, but I'm coming from ...
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Dear Suicide

Dear Suicide, We’ve known each other for a long time. I’d say going on 20 years. We have quite the ...
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Anxiety Attacks Even The Brightest Moments

My name is unimportant. My exact age is too. Just because I'm sure you're curious, I'm in my late teens, ...
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One Year Later: Reflecting on my Mental Illness Diagnosis

I was diagnosed with depression a few weeks after my 17th birthday. The months leading up to my diagnosis had ...
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Anxiety Doesn’t Need to Have a Deep Meaning

Here are some things you should know about me: I am 18 years old. I love to sing, draw, find random ...
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Depression and DBT: Now I Break The Silence

I listened to a lot of music when I had depression, and played a lot of word games on my ...
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Peace of Mind

Ever since I was little, I've been a positive person. As I grew up, I became capable of some degree ...
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Making A Difference Together

I’ll tell you a secret: My real name is not Bruce Wayne. I’m not a billionaire who lives in a ...
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We Are All Responsible: Break The Silence On Mental Illness

Therapy therapy therapy therapy therapy. I am an Orthodox Jew who goes to therapy. Maybe if I keep repeating the ...
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