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A Beginner’s Guide to Mental Health and Healing: What I’ve Learned After Five Years in Therapy (And How It Might Help You)

Before I found a therapist I liked and could trust, I didn’t know much about mental health aside from what I’d learned in AP Psychology in high school (which was taught from an outdated nineteen-eighties textbook that had pictures that currently brings to mind murder documentaries. It essentially demonized anyone with an atypical brain or life experience and loved using language like “chemical imbalance” which is no longer a thing professionals use. I also learned a lot about mental health from movies that usually did a terrible job accurately portraying what it’s like to struggle with things like anxiety or depression. I knew next to nothing about self-care, trauma, or the symptoms of things that I actually lived with every day.

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