Category Archives: mental health

Skeleton Faces and Coming Out: How I’m Learning that Confidence and Insecurities Can Live Side by Side

This past month has been weird, to say the least. My face got turned into half of a skull, I visited my friend Tricia in the hospital three hours away, I’ve been sick with a flu-sinus-infection hybrid, AND I came … Continue reading

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Demetri Martin and Paw-Shaped Cake: How I’m Learning to Ask for What I Want and Need

I have this horrible habit of bottling up anything that’s bothering me because I don’t want to rock the boat of any of my relationships. This inevitably leads to an explosion, usually in the form of a panic attack or … Continue reading

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Rock Band Wii Blisters: How I’m Gaining Confidence in the Things I’m Good at, Even if They’re Small

I’ve been home on winter break from college for the past month, and there have been ups and downs, but I managed to end the break on a high note. My dad, sister, and I went to the basement and … Continue reading

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A Hospital, Twenty One Pilots, and a Fish’s Death: How Sadness Has Become Less Negative for Me

About halfway through November, I finally visited a friend who had been in the hospital for months. My excuse for not going was that no one had invited me and I would figure out my friends had visited her after … Continue reading

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The Hydra Monster Woke Up Again: How I’m Trying to Look for Happiness in Spite of Anxiety Troubles

I haven’t been doing well lately. This is hard for me to admit, because I never want to add to the worries of anyone I love. And they worry. A lot. I have this outwardly calm exterior—some of my friends … Continue reading

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Fall Out Boy, Five Hundred Dollars, and Feminist Authors: How I’m learning to accept the good alongside the bad

Over the past few years, I’ve gotten really bad at receiving compliments and accolades. It’s not because I’m modest; It’s because I’m self-deprecating. I indulge in negative self-talk and awkwardness when it comes to noticing good things about myself. Then … Continue reading

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A Letter to My Skin: How I’m Learning to Accept It, Blemishes and All (TW: self harm)

Dear Skin, I have tattooed, cut, scarred, pierced, scratched, picked at, peeled, bruised, burned, and dried you out. Some of these I have done in pursuit of happiness and healing, some in pursuit of numbness, and others through mere ignorance. … Continue reading

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