This is an old blog post that was written four years ago where I wrote about my experiences and observations about sexual violence. Sexual Violence, Taboo, and Filipino Culture It’s difficult to write about sexual violence because its a taboo topic. In my Filipino family, sexual assault is the victim’s fault, not the perpetrator. Also,… Read More The Hard Topic of Sexual Violence
It’s April, and it’s Sexual Assault Awareness month! Three years ago I wrote a post about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I heard about EMDR from my high school friend who is a sexual assault survivor, and she found that EMDR was particularly helpful in dealing with her past childhood sexual abuse and college… Read More EMDR-A toolbox for PTSD
Los Angeles Festival of Books! Today I went the Los Angeles Times’ Festival of Books. If you haven’t gone, it’s a fantastic festival that has conversations on writings, readings, and a variety of booksellers. I highly recommend it if you’re a huge bookworm and book lover like me! Swingers! Mr. Squigglekins and I went to… Read More Learning about the Value of Friendship through Swingers
The Mental Health Systems Act of 1980 was a bill to improve the provision of mental health services and promote mental health throughout the United States. This bill provided marginalized populations-minorities, chronically mentally ill, elderly, children- to have access to crucial private and public mental health and support services. Jimmy Carter signed it on October… Read More The Mental Health Systems Act of 1980
Autism is not a mental illness, yet some individuals living with autism have a co-occurring mental disorder. The primary mental illnesses that can show up in adults with autism are: Anxiety Disorders: Anxiety is quite common in the autistic community. Around 40% of individuals with Autism have at least one anxiety disorder in comparison to… Read More Autism and Mental Illness
This is a guest post by Sarah of The Prevention Coalition. She has written a list of ways that you can celebrate a sober St. Patrick’s Day! If you love St. Patrick’s Day but don’t want to (or can’t) drink, take heart. You can still have a good time channeling your inner Irishman this March… Read More A Sober St. Patrick’s Day: Ways to Celebrate Without Alcohol
Unfortunately, mass shootings are frequent in the United States. There are many variables to why people commit mass shootings. It can range from revenge, allegiance to an organization, passion, mental illness, or just pure dickery. I’ve noticed is that when this tragedy happens, it often focuses on the perpetrators and the dead victims, instead of… Read More What About the Survivors?
Could an external locus of control be a contributing factor why individuals commit mass shootings? I have the terrible habit of blaming the world for my mishaps and problems. It’s easy to fall into self-pity than take responsibility. Unfortunately, I’m not the only one who does this. USCB Shooter’s Manifesto You’ve probably heard about the… Read More Where is Your Locus of Control?
I have many friends who are studying for their Masters and Ph.Ds. I admire them because they have a strong work ethic and are dedicated to achieving their career goals. The downsides to continuing to these active programs are the heavy workload, lack of sleep, and extracurricular activities the student has to do so they… Read More Academia and Mental Illness
Growing up, I found forests to be fascinating places. One of my favorite vacation spots in the world was Big Sur. Being in Big Sur felt like being in the watercolor illustrations in my children’s books that I read at the time. Seeing and smelling the flowers, trees, and the ocean was tranquil. I didn’t… Read More Shinrin Yoku, or Forest–Bathing