Stress & Mental Health

Stress is ubiquitous. Stress is ubiquitous; oftentimes, we experience stressful situations involving intrapersonal, interpersonal, and societal issues. Stress can affect anyone in various form, be it as traumatic events (e.g., abuse; violence), negative life events (e.g., layoff; severed relationships), and even minor hassles (e.g., road traffic; poor Wi-Fi reception). Although not all stress is ‘bad’ […]

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Depression, the opposite of happiness?

What is depression? Depression aka. Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is one of the most widespread psychological disorders, often referred to as the “common cold” in mental health. The prevalence has become increasingly alarming– even the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that depression will be the second most disabling disease following heart disease by year 2020, […]

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Journey #5: Mind & Body

As an elite athlete, my life revolves around training and competing. I train 6 hours a day, and participate in all sorts of world ranking events. However, 2015 is when I hit my all time low. I was on a roll, winning all competitions and training my heart out to get a spot for the […]

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Journey #4: We Need to Talk About This

I was diagnosed with depression at 16 but I’ve depression since I was 10 years old. It’s a crippling disease and it’s so difficult to live with. There are days when I’m surrounded by friends and feel alone, then my thoughts get worse at thinking that if I was gone they would all be happier. […]

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Journey #3: Forgotten Battles

I may have not been diagnosed with depression but I have definitely felt way more lows than highs, especially in the past couple weeks. I am a high school student who has to deal with homework, assignments and assessments at the same time as dealing with social, physical and other aspects of my life. Once, […]

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Journey #10: What We Can’t See Sometimes Hurts Us

Depression itself is a processs and if I were to talk about it, I do not know where to begin in fact. But perhaps, the information that would be helpful for the public to understand our situation is to speak out our mind when we are under the rumination or cycle of depression. When my […]

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Journey #9: The Little Things

I was 13 back then when I felt like I wanted to end my life. I can’t remember what was the reason back then. But to be honest, I was the black sheep of the family. I was bullied, I was often called “ampon” (Adopted, in Filipino) because my stepfather is of another race, though […]

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Journey #8: Glimmers of Hope

Depression surfaced for me in high school. When I was a freshman, I developed crippling anxiety, which went hand in hand with depression. I felt like all my friends hated me and that I was annoying. Gradually, I drifted apart from friends I had been close with since childhood. Eventually, I was in this hole […]

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Journey #7: The Past Lives in Us

When I think about my past all I can think about is how me and my younger brother was abused by our parents. My mum she smoked and still does while my dad drinks. All I can think about that has anything to do with my past is my younger brothers screams and cries. I […]

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Journey #2: Silent Cries

Sometimes i have days when i just bawl my eyes out and vent my anger and sadness, though the worst days were the ones where i just felt numb. I feel helpless. In the back of my head, i knew the only way to let out of my emotions that day was to get up, […]

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