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Mental Health

How Systemic Homophobia Impacts our Mental Health.

Systemic homophobia permeates many facets of society, casting long shadows over the mental health and well-being of LGBTQ+ individuals. This deep-seated prejudice is not confined to overt acts of discrimination; it infiltrates institutions, cultural norms, and social interactions, creating an environment where being gay is often fraught with fear and anxiety. In this blog post, we will explore the detrimental effects of systemic homophobia on mental health, particularly focusing on its manifestations in the military, its entanglement with rape culture, and its broader roots in patriarchal structures. We will also delve into the transformative potential of therapy and the interplay between queering and decolonization as pathways to healing.

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The Psychology of Limited Liberation

Marginalized groups often struggle to support each other due to the deep-seated psychology of scarcity. This concept, rooted in the idea that resources are limited, creates a pervasive fear that aiding another group’s liberation might detract from one’s own progress. This zero-sum mindset suggests that for one group to gain, another must lose, fostering competition rather than collaboration. This fear is particularly potent among marginalized communities, who frequently contend with systemic oppression, limited resources, and socio-economic challenges.

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Can Crystals Help My Trauma Symptoms?

In the realm of holistic healing, crystals have long held a place of reverence and mystery. They are believed to possess powerful energies that can influence our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. While the modern scientific community remains skeptical about the specific mechanisms through which crystals exert their effects, there is a rich tapestry of historical usage and anecdotal evidence that suggests their potential benefits in healing trauma, including conditions like PTSD.

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Stop with the Foreboding Joy.

The world often feels like it’s teetering on the edge of chaos, and finding moments of genuine joy can be both a blessing and a burden. We’re conditioned to believe that happiness should come with a caveat, a whispered warning that reminds us of past pain or the suffering of others. This phenomenon, beautifully articulated by research professor Brene Brown, is what she terms “foreboding joy.” It’s the fear that accompanies moments of happiness, the nagging sense that something bad is just around the corner, waiting to snatch away our newfound bliss. Here, we explore how to access joy authentically without the fear.

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Why Asian American Clients Quit Therapy

In the realm of mental health care, the decision to seek therapy can be a pivotal step towards healing and self-discovery. However, for many Asian Americans, this journey often meets an abrupt end before it even begins. Statistics reveal a staggering truth: one-third of Asian Americans drop out of therapy before attending an intake session, and those who do start are likely to terminate prematurely. This reality prompts a critical examination of the barriers that hinder Asian Americans from fully engaging with talk therapy, as well as the necessary steps to foster a more inclusive and culturally sensitive therapeutic environment.

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The Longterm Effects of Postpartum on Mental Health

Let’s open a dialogue about a topic that often remains in the shadows: postpartum mental health, particularly for women of color. As we delve into this discussion, it’s essential to recognize the systemic disadvantages faced by women of color, compounded by a lack of support structures in the United States compared to other developed nations. The journey into motherhood is often depicted as a time of joy and fulfillment. However, for many women, especially women of color, it can also be a period of profound emotional challenges. The pressures of societal expectations, coupled with systemic inequities, can exacerbate the already complex emotions experienced during the postpartum period.

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