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If people relied on movies on Netflix to learn about mental illness, everyone would end up confused and clueless. The vast majority of movies that portray mental illness usually either dramatizes or glamorize mental illness or a combination of both.

There are few movies on Netflix that actually do a great job of depicting aspects of mental illness and all that it entails. Here are the top four movies that do an excellent job of showing some of the realities of mental illness.


We have all experienced anxiety in some point of our lives, it is an emotion that arises in threatening situations and allows us to face the risk to which we are exposed to, or go away from it. Some people experience an excessive anxiety or irrational fear when exposed to certain situations: speeches, crowds, or heights; animals: spiders, dogs, or snakes; or objects that normally shouldn’t be perceived as dangerous. When this emotion is excessive, it interferes with the normal daily life and becomes a disorder. Recognizing symptoms is the first step in the problem solving process; people with anxiety…


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The coming of the new decade brought a lot of unexpected changes none of us could have prepared for. These are certainly not the optimistic ones we wished about and toasted to the first minute of 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic caused significant changes in many aspects of our lives, from the way we interact with people to the blase attitude we may have had on hand hygiene and disinfection. Things we used to take for granted are now done with the utmost care, lest we want to fall victim to the illness. It is no surprise, therefore, that with this…


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Have you ever wondered why some people have unfortunate experiences in life, limited opportunities in life, and underprivileged access to health and mental health? Perhaps, you are aware of many reasons, but the most common explanation for such inequalities within mental health is racism. This article will focus on understanding what racial discrimination is, what forms of racial discrimination are experienced by the Black community, and how it can impact mental health and well-being.

What is Racial Discrimination?

Racial discrimination is when someone is treated unfairly because of their race or their perceived race. …


How to Get the Most Out of Therapy

So, you’ve decided to go to therapy. Great choice! Seriously, I think everybody should go to therapy. Mental health is important for everyone, not just those of us who might need a bit of help with ours.

But, now that you’re going to therapy, the big question is this — How do you get the most out of your time with your therapist?

It’s a fair question. As important as therapy is, it can also be expensive and time consuming. As a result, you probably want to make the best use of…


Have you ever found yourself worrying about a situation excessively, even if the scenario you are fixating on is highly unlikely to occur? Perhaps your boss seemed to be in a sour mood at work, and you spent the rest of the day worrying that she is going to fire you. On the other hand, maybe you are concerned about flu season and continue to worry that your son is going to catch the flu and be hospitalized. Whatever your concern is, when you experience repeated thoughts that are unwelcome and uncomfortable, you are likely suffering from what mental health…


Another beautiful morning in Seattle. The birds are chirping. The sky continues its transformation. Still, you know it’s there. You have a small burst of energy, and decide that today is the day you will start looking after you. Your mental health has been ignored for far too long. It’s not the red-headed step-child. It deserves attention dammit, and attention it will get! Though, admittedly, you may pause a moment to wonder what the world has against red-headed step children, or red heads in general. You resist the urge to go down that rabbit hole. The memes will have to…


How it feels when you find the right therapist

You know you’re struggling. Things aren’t okay, and they haven’t been for a while. You want to feel better, and deep down, you know you need help if you’re going to get through this. Pushing the last bit of resistance aside, you realize it’s time. You need a therapist. You allow yourself a moment of relief, excitement, maybe even pride. You’re finally choosing yourself and your health. You’re taking a huge step forward. You know this. Still, you pause mid-step. You look down, and realize you’re about to step into unchartered territory. The doubts abound. What if I can’t find…

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