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Honesty Hour: Living Abroad is Hard

Although it may seem like I am living the dream, which in many ways I am, life here is difficult. I have struggled with anxiety and depression while living in Vienna. Most of my days consist of working 9-5 and then heading to the grocery store and then cooking. One big struggle has been the grocery store (I know that sounds funny but bear with me). Going to the grocery store has always been something that I love doing - people never want to go with me in the US because I will roam every aisle and look at every product (because you never really know what you need, right?).

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How to Stop Running from Your Feelings

I realised that the majority of people are incapable of dealing with negative emotions because nobody ever talks about it when they’re feeling miserable. We are expected to be strong because being strong is a quality we wish for and we get compliments on. With our own incapability to handle situations, in which we see other people’s pain, we mess with their journey of getting better.

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Mental Health Care for Those Who Can’t Afford It

What would I like to see more of in the mental health world? Well, among other things, mental health care for those who cannot afford it. At least in America, there’s been this huge disparity in who receives care and who doesn’t. Not surprisingly, the rich do and the poor don’t…

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Mental Health in a Perfect World…

In a perfect world, everyone would understand mental health issues, everyone would have empathy, everyone would be educated, no one would think twice about terms like depression, anxiety, coping, stress, and therapy. But (news flash!) we do not live in a perfect world. I often think about what life would be like if this ideal world was actually reality and it is a little overwhelming how far we are from that world. But although it is overwhelming, I do believe that every day changes in attitude, education, and conversation can make a huge difference when it comes to the environment around mental health in the future. 

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How to Enjoy Summer in the City

For some that means lazy days spent at the Donau, iced coffee, sunscreen and possibly sleeping with the klima on, (if you're one of the few that have that somewhat controversial luxury). Wink, wink. Needless to say, summer is upon us, and I for one, am grateful. Long days where daylight stays with us. Late and early morning sunrise runs. Dining Al Fresco. After dinner walks. Lounging around with an oversized hat and all the gelato... I say yes please to all of it! Well most of it.

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The Truth of How We're Feeling

Despite mental health being less of a taboo for our generation, a lot of mental disorder young individuals don’t want to draw attention to themselves or repulse others with something as intense as the truth of how they’re feeling.  This could still because from our fake smiled social customs, or it could just be a genuine discomfort with the attention and potential rejection that comes with being completely honest about how we’re doing. Plus, often times one’s thoughts and feelings are already overwhelming and chaotic in one’s head, so it can be difficult to communicate it well to others.

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Mental Health in American Colleges

Mental health has now become one of the most relatable parts of my friendships because everyone has mental health and it is something that a lot of people struggle with in college, whether it be stress and anxiety from a test, lack of sleep, depression, isolation, or something else. As I started to weave mental health into my everyday conversations with my friends and posting about it on social media, I got quite the response back from my friends and peers. Everyone started responding with such support and love, as well as sharing their stories and being vulnerable in return, which has led to many new friendships and the growth of old friendships.

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It is What it is: Detachment Support

Detachment is something I have struggled with. A lot. I feel I have mostly defeated my CPTSD from childhood and young adult traumas, but one of the lingering side effects that often gets overlooked is the need for detachment. When you are raised to be so finely in tune with another’s emotions, to the point where you need to predict emotions and reactions from that person for survival, detachment isn’t even something you are aware exists, let alone how essential it is.

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Why People Rarely Talk About Mental Health

In college, I decided to take ownership of my mental health and to really dive into mental health awareness. Not only did I see a lack of conversation regarding mental health with others, I also realized that I wasn’t really talking much about it either. Let me preface this by saying that just because you have mental health issues does not mean that you have to share your story with everyone you run into or to anyone at all, that is your personal story that you have the right to share or not. But for me, I felt the urge to share my story, even just with new friends that I had met in college. I felt that I had a fresh start to not let my mental illness define me, but to integrate it normally into my conversations and my life as just one part of me.

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