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Radical Self-Love for Everybody and Every Body

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    Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask about the therapist’s credentials. Ask about the therapist’s techniques. If religion is important to you, ask about that. Try out a session or two before deciding whether this is a person you trust. If you’ve been with a therapist for a number of years, and it is no longer serving you, find the strength to move on and let go.

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    Luckily, first and second generation Latinx folks are making changes to fix their communities, starting with marking importance on mental health, as much as physical health.

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    I’ve learned to stay away from people who project onto my body. My partner and new family do not police each other’s bodies. Sometimes I mess up, because of my upbringing. But I’m dedicated to building a life where I’m valued for the person that I am. Today, I control how I choose to live and I’m feeling pretty good about.

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    Step 1. Think. Educate yourself. Step 2. Listen. Step 3. Listen more. Step 4. Refrain from getting defensive. Step 5. Give the oppressed space to speak their truth and voice their needs...

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    One of the most important things I've learned about dating while neurodivergent, mentally ill, and disabled is to seek support outside your relationship. My partners and I can't be there for each other 24/7. Especially when dealing with mental illness, creating a support network outside of one or two people is incredibly important.

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    Surviving is enough, and you should not feel bad if that is all you can manage sometimes.

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    Safety is an illusion as much as it is a function of privilege, and the current political moment does nothing if not unshield us.

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    As I was standing there, shaking, trying to calm myself down, I immediately thought of my mom. People with dementia often have the same experience. They become disoriented to space and time and may believe something is happening that really is not. We may get frustrated by their behavior and upset if they come out of a room shrieking the name of a loved one who is not in the house and insisting that the person is lost. I was lucky because, when my brain had finally oriented to space and time, I understood that what had happened was not real. People with dementia often cannot reorient. In fact, attempting to reorient them and tell them what is “real” only increases their agitation and makes the problem worse.

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    Hi my name is Crass, and I’m a schizophrenic. But since I’m schizophrenic, I’m misunderstood, stigmatized, and just plain invisible. Most days I can blend – pretend to be social, have conversations I don’t want to have, and appear neurotypical – even though I’d prefer to be left alone. Trying to act neurotypical is exhausting. We’re happy you’re patient with us.Our behavior can change. We have good days and bad days. Be patient. Just listen!

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    I’ve had to relearn how to live and move through the world. Now I must say that I am who I am because of and without her.

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    This is the expectation of issues surrounding mental health; they are not supposed to happen to us.

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    Parents often ask if and how they should talk to their kids about mental illness. The answer is a resounding YES! Our kids are much more intuitive than we think they are. When we are not honest with them, we teach them to be afraid. Here are some amazing tools to foster honest, stigma free dialogue with our kids about mental illness.

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    An ally should never feel that they deserve a reward, a thanks, or any recognition for the assistance they believe they provide. Simply put: It is not about you. It is about the people who feel they can trust you enough to not treat them horribly. You do not automatically gain access to spaces created by and for oppressed people because you are an ally.

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    “I’m so proud of you.” That humble affirmation was so poignant, because it reminded me that what I was going through was not easy, and that I was doing better than I thought I was. And if you, dear reader, are living with a mental illness, you are probably doing better than you think as well.

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    Luckily, first and second generation Latinx folks are making changes to fix their communities, starting with marking importance on mental health, as much as physical health.

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    My image of myself as a model student, as “good at school,” wouldn't allow me to consider that it would be okay for me to cut back on my workload and take care of myself instead. But once I got over my initial reaction, I started wondering why I felt so strongly. One of my classes wasn't actually for my major or a general education requirement. What would be the big deal about dropping it?

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    In peer support or mutual aid, both parties look at their stuff. It seems like a no-brainer that this would promote deeper, more radical growth. We all know the best intimate relationships of our lives, be it with dear friends, romantic partners, or family, can make or break us—and at best can lead to profound spiritual growth.

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    I have found a few tricks to ease the blow of my depressive episodes and dark mood swings. Maybe some of them can help you, too.

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    I have been susceptible to triggering for about two and a half years. I developed health anxiety and, whenever I am exposed to things relating to death and certain illnesses, I suddenly and quite dramatically feel all-encompassing panic spread through my entire body. Sometimes, it goes away in seconds; at other times, it lingers for weeks, making it difficult to function normally until my mind reaches equilibrium again.

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