A Note from Jenn on Depression

October 17th, 2018 – Notes From Jenn

Today, I will admit, is a heavier article than I generally share, but in light of the loss our culture has experienced over the past several months, I thought it was fitting to spend a little time with the realities of depression.

Here I am not discussing “the blues,” but diagnosed clinical depression. The “blues” is generally situational and usually doesn’t last very long. We ALL experience blues at one point or another. However, depression is different. Depression occurs when symptoms like hopelessness, irritability, or feelings of emptiness last longer than two weeks and affect daily functioning.

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Conflict happens: What do we do?

October 17th, 2018 – Conversations , Guest Writers

You have plans to take a road trip to visit a college friend in another state. Your parents tell you that it’s not safe and you cannot take the car. What do you do?

Your professor hands you your homework with a note saying, “We need to talk” at 4pm on a Friday. He’s out until Monday and you stew about it all weekend. What do you say?

Your roommate continues to leave dirty dishes in the sink, clothes in the washer, and invite friends to sleep over after repeated requests to stop. How do you handle the next conversation?

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Practical tips for dealing with anxiety

October 17th, 2018 – Anxiety

Anxiety, no matter what form it chooses to show itself, tends to cause similar reactions within our minds and bodies: Our hearts pound, our breathing intensifies, our minds feel out of control which makes us feel powerless against ourselves.

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Love: Noun or Verb?

February 27th, 2018 – Notes From Jenn

As we wrap up February, a month full of red hearts, stomachache inducing amounts of chocolate, and kitschy valentine’s cards, I can’t help but think on the word LOVE. Love is a word with so many meanings, and -- at times — so little meaning. So my curiosity caused me to do some digging into how love and mental health are connected.

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