Nowadays people have so many ways to connect: Facetime, email, text, social media, etc. Reaching someone is easier in this day in age. However, more and more of us feel disconnected. A recent Ipsos survey found of more than 20,000 American adults, more than half reported that they are always lonely or sometimes lonely. Think about how those numbers would increase if more individuals were surveyed. Unfortunately, this situation could also worsen with the current social distancing restrictions. 1 in 4 individuals say they rarely or never feel like they have close friends or family members.
The term mental illness can be daunting. It can be scary and bring an uneasy feeling. Discussing mental illness in public is frowned upon by some. But why? What made society believe that talking about mental illness is bad? Why are we afraid to discuss the seriousness of mental illness? Why are some people afraid of people with mental disorders? Is it their “unpredictability?” Or is it our inability to fully understand their illness?
People use the wrong terminology all the time. Sometimes it is not a huge deal and readers can figure out the meaning. For example, people misuse who and whom. Both words are important in the English language and can make the article better. Or effect and affect. This is a common mistake, yet readers can understand the point of the sentence. Even if the reader notices the mistake, they can interpret the meaning. Fortunately, neither of these examples are harmful to the reader. Then there are times when the wrong terminology can be harmful. For example, the difference between sadness and depression. When these two words are confused, the result could be devastating to all those involved.
I graduated from college three years ago and sometimes I wonder how I made it. Especially now with Covid 19, college can tough to navigate. At times, college can be the happiest and freest place on earth. However, it can also be the loneliest place. And there are times when these two can intertwine and can change rapidly.
I just moved into a new apartment and immediately felt overwhelmed. My old apartment was a 600 sq foot, one bedroom apartment. It was fine when it was just me. Then I got a dog and it immediately felt too small. There were times that I felt bad for my dog because she did not have room to run or play.
Working as a care coordinator is extremely rewarding, but it is also stressful. Plus, I am the only care coordinator for three clinics and each clinic has approximately 100+ clients. That's about 300+ clients that I am trying to help, give referrals to and enough care. By the end of the day, I am exhausted and just want to sleep. So, how do I take care of myself?