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I’m not confused, I’m just not paying attention. Editor & creator of Mental Health Day

I know you’re going to disagree with me

I’m what I like to call an “ex-avid reader.” I used to devour books in mere hours, I used to spend all of my birthday and Christmas money at Barnes & Noble, and I would cancel plans with friends if I was in the middle of a really good story.

While I still like to think of myself as a reader, I’m not nearly as committed to it as I once was. I still love to read and learn, but my tastes have changed. Not to mention the amount of free time I have has changed too.

However, seeing as…

And why you should go pick them up too

Any English major can tell you they are a convincing bullshitter. I took dozens of literature courses for my degree and was assigned even more books to read. Did I read any of these books? Some, yes but most, no. Did I graduate with a decent GPA and write papers and give presentations on these books I didn’t read? Yes, yes I did. And so did many of my classmates and colleagues.

I was talking to a friend the other night and she asked for some book suggestions. She’s been getting really into fiction lately, whereas most of what I…

It changed everything for me, it can do the same for you

I have been having a rough few weeks at work. I’ve been training in a new position while maintaining my current workload, and the woman who has been training me is, in a word, mean. Downright high-school-bully-cornering-you-in-the-bathroom kind of mean. She mocked me when I asked a question or misspoke on the phone, made me feel stupid for not knowing something; the list goes on and on.

So like any person, I started asking for advice. What the heck do I do? I called my mom, I texted my best friend, I even made an extra appointment with my therapist.

From someone who’s pretty sure she has it too

I’ve been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder since around 2015. While I wouldn’t consider myself an expert by any means, I feel like I’ve got a good grasp on my brain and how I function from day to day. Recently, I’ve been noticing some less-than-desirable characteristics in myself and decided to talk to my therapist about it.

Generalized anxiety disorder is recognized by the DSM-5, but high functioning anxiety is not. It’s not recognized as an official diagnosis, it’s more so just a way to further categorize someone with anxiety. Some people have anxiety that is so debilitating that it…

If you have marketable skills and you know it, clap your hands

Are you on the hunt for a new job? If so, congratulations! It can be exciting and nerve wracking to start interviewing for a new position. Whether you’re just moving up in your own company or finding something brand-spanking-new, it’s important to be prepared for what the interview process will be like.

As someone who has been on dozens of interviews, I’ve picked up a thing or two to ensure the meeting goes well. Even if you don’t get offered a job, you can at least walk away knowing you gave a great impression. Here’s how.

Bring a few copies of your resume and cover letter (even if they say you don’t have to)

From someone who is finally figuring it out

So, you want to survive a global pandemic. Well kid, I’ve got some great news. I have a year’s worth of experience in not only getting by, but thriving in isolation and navigating health scares.

My last day working in an office was 13 March 2020. It was an inventory day, and my coworkers and I went out for drinks afterwards to celebrate finishing up early. That makes today, 13 March 2021, exactly one year of living in a full-blown pandemic.

Maybe you aren’t interested in any unsolicited advice, but I’m going to give it anyway.

Wear a comfortable mask

An interview is just phase one. Waiting for a callback after is the hardest part.

Interviewing for jobs is both a task that I love and a task that I hate. One of my favorite topics to discuss is myself and what I’m capable of. I could talk about myself for hours. You may call that cocky, I call it overcompensating for incredibly low self-esteem. Whatever way you slice it, I get anxious getting ready for an interview.

I’ve had dozens of phone interviews, Zoom interviews now, and in-person conversations about potential jobs and position openings.

When I graduated from university with a Bachelors's degree in English composition, I had every intention of getting a…

How I came to this decision, and why

I’ve been on the psychiatric medicine train since 2015. I was a freshmen in college and I was having panic attacks nearly every day. I was experiencing separation anxiety and disordered eating, and it got to a point where I absolutely had to tell my parents or else I would likely hurt myself.

First encounters

Seeing a psychiatrist or a therapist for the first time can be really scary, so I started by going to my regular doctor. I told her how I had lost nearly fifteen pounds, how I was crying all the time, and how I was coming home from…

Group therapy is decidedly not for me

About a year after I was released from the hospital, it was recommended to me to join a support group of sorts. It was advertised as group therapy by my then-psychiatrist, and since I had had such great success with group therapy in the hospital I was interested in joining.

The group leader was another therapist in the office — we will call him Peter — who I had never seen before. He was starting to host these groups for specific individuals based on different topics. The one I was recommended to join was about building self esteem.

Peter could…

Here’s how it went

I am almost 25 years old. I graduated from university in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in English composition. I currently work as a driver’s education teacher; not quite what I thought I would be doing two years out from graduation.

I’m having a little bit of an identity crisis. What am I doing? Where am I going? Am I doing life wrong?

I’ve grown up being taught that if you graduate from university, you will get a job in that field. If you work in your field, you’ll be successful and secure and, above all, happy.

Like many millennials and…

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