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OCD Awareness Week is in October. It took me six years to get diagnosed

OCD Awareness Week is in October. It took me six years to get diagnosed
October 18, 2020
It’s frustrating to hear my disorder used by people who like straight lines, organized closets or color-coded O-Chem notes. The phrase, “I’m so OCD,” used by people with normal neurotic quirks is invalidating to people whose entire lives have been changed by obsessions and compulsions. My disorder is not an adjective. 

Pandemic Diaries: Why I started doing crosswords in quarantine

Serena Golden poses for a portrait. Photo by Suzanna Arul
October 7, 2020
The Washington Post crosswords are available online for free, and their website allows two people to work on the same puzzle from separate computers. Suddenly, crosswords were the most romantic date I’d ever been on. 

‘Blowing out a flame’: the danger of burnout on college campuses

Mercer students study in Tarver Library’s 24 hour study floor.
September 29, 2020
Burnout. We've all been there. Students are well accustomed to the “rise and grind” culture of college, but the need for some individuals to reach perfection or continue working through sustained stress in today’s world has created an even bigger emphasis on a term we hear so frequently. 

Here’s how to unplug while staying informed

Experts say that half an hour on reputable news sites 
should be enough time for you to get the scoop.
September 23, 2020
It’s helpful to limit our consumption of news and social media during such a tumultuous time, but it’s not realistic just to tune out all news and pretend the stressors don’t exist. Here are a few ways to stay informed while managing your mental health.

Suicide Prevention Month: Helping others through understanding and education

The Counseling and Psychological Services office is located behind Mary Erin Porter Hall on Mercer's campus.
September 8, 2020
World Suicide Prevention Day is Sept. 10 and was created in order to provide an opportunity for people across the globe to raise awareness of suicide and how it impacts so many.

Mental health in the time of COVID: Tired, lonely and unmotivated….oh my! 

Mental health in the time of COVID: Tired, lonely and unmotivated….oh my! 
August 21, 2020
Mental health struggles in the time of COVID-19 are something that is hard to explain, but it’s something many, if not all of us, have felt. The desperation for a return to normalcy, the feeling of being exhausted even when we’ve done nothing and the isolation from so many people takes a toll. 

How to stay busy during a quarantine

How to stay busy during a quarantine
April 14, 2020
With the spread of COVID-19 and everyone spending almost all of their time indoors, it’s important to still keep the same pace that we did when we weren’t in quarantine. Here are some tips on how to keep yourself busy and focused.

How to nurture your relationships during a self-isolation period

How to nurture your relationships during a self-isolation period
April 13, 2020
Now more than ever, it’s important to stay in touch with your support systems, no matter the distance. Here are some ideas for how to bridge the gap.

How to manage coronavirus anxiety

What’s most important right now is well-being—but not just physically.
March 24, 2020
The novel strain of coronavirus, known as COVID-19, has prompted unprecedented responses that could be jarring to anyone. We don’t know what’s going to happen next, and the whole world seems more and more fearful by the day.

How to tell the difference between anxiety and panic, and why it’s important

How to tell the difference between anxiety and panic, and why it’s important
February 27, 2020
It’s important to know the differences so that you can talk to your doctor about your experiences and symptoms if you choose to seek treatment.

Beyond the Diagnosis: How I dealt with bipolar disorder when transitioning to college

The Counseling and Psychological Services office is located behind Mary Erin Porter Hall on Mercer's campus.
February 14, 2020
Just because my emotions can swing from one extreme to the other doesn’t mean I’m dangerous, but it does make me worry that they’ll think I am.

October 10 is World Mental Health Day. Where can Mercer students get help?

The Counseling and Psychological Services office is located behind Mary Erin Porter Hall on Mercer's campus.
October 8, 2019
Less than half of college students who are suffering will seek treatment. But according to Emily Piassick, director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Mercer University, that number is increasing.
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