I have a new start up blog, www.onebluedahlia.com where the focus is mental health awareness, mindful wellbeing and positivity. I am currently a student at Lesley University in pursuit of my BA in Psychology. Mental health is my passion.
An Open Letter To Donald Trump:
Dear Donald Trump, Where is your evidence of voter fraud? I’d like to begin by stating that I am shocked that the 2020 race for President of the United States is this close as America sits in the midst of a crushing pandemic in which numbers are again rising. Racism still clings to all places in the country, and there is a man steeped in bigotry, sexism, and hatred sitting on his self-proclaimed throne behind an un-scalable wall, while he quite clearly continues to misunderstand the meaning of democracy.
Women in Psychology:
It is no secret that woman have never been portrayed as equal in society, let alone in the workplace. We have all heard conversation around the gender wage gap. Women haven’t persevered since the first gathering of women devoted to equal rights in 1848, only to be paid .81 cents for every dollar a man makes (uncontrolled study,) or .98 cents earned for every dollar that a man earns (controlled study.) To put that into a different kind of perspective, 25 percent of working women have reported receiving less compensation than a man doing the same exact job. For good measure, I’d like to add that 42 percent of women have said that they’ve experienced some form of discrimination in the workforce, while 20 percent of men said the same (payscale.com.) Are you still wondering why we might be angry?
My Journey to Mental Wellbeing Started with Myself
As human beings, it is often difficult, if not impossible for us to wrap our own minds around something that we cannot see or do not understand. In large part, that is how certain stigmas are born and cemented into society. That, coupled with failure to educate or refusal to learn is why a dark cloud still hangs around the subject of mental illness.
Seasonal Affective Disorder is Not a Myth...
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) aka Seasonal Depression: Many of you have most likely noticed, at one point in time or another (or maybe even consistently,) in yourself or someone you know, mood changes that seem to be brought on by the end of the warm and sunny Summer months and the onset of shorter, cooler days. The irritability or lack of motivation is too easily and too often brushed off as “the winter blues,” or a “seasonal funk” that people view as something totally normal that comes and goes, and likely feel that it is something that a person simply must deal with.