Addressing mental health issues


Mental Illness Awareness – What can YOU do?

This year, Mental Illness Awareness Week takes place from October 6 – 12. Thursday, October 10 is World Mental Health Day and National Depression Screening Day. You may wonder, “What has that got to do with me”? One of the most commonly believed and damaging myths is that mental illness is not an actual disease....
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Managing Anxiety and Depression as a Grad Student

A recent Harvard study concluded that graduate students are three times more likely than the typical American to struggle with anxiety and depression. Another study published in Nature Biotechnology (March 2018) found that 39% of the graduate students surveyed were living with depression, as compared to approximately 6% of the general population. Although these seemingly...
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Emotional Eating

For many of us, when we encounter a problem, food is the perfect solution. When you’re tired, chocolate is there for you. When you’re stressed, cake has your back. We usually know that we’re not hungry, but the urge to soothe that craving is just too strong to resist. Some foods may feel comforting to...
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The Efficacious Self

According to Albert Bandura, self-efficacy is “the belief in one’s capabilities to organize and execute the courses of action required to manage prospective situations.” It reveals an assurance in one’s ability to control one’s personal motivation, behavior, and environment. It is the ‘thing’ that reassures us that we can get past difficulty, we can achieve, and we can succeed!   Self-efficacy theory (SET) is a subset of...
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Good Grief

During our lifetime, we will experience grief many, many times. The grief process can be initiated by many of the situations we face. We can grieve broken relationships, a job loss, and even an addiction to substances. Children and spouses often grieve following a divorce, and persons commonly grieve the loss of their health and...
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