Hip Hop Therapy

Hip-Hop has long mentioned mental illness before Chance the Rapper, Kid Cudi, and Kanye West made it front news. Early pioneers were DMX, who expressed his struggles in his 1998 song, “Slippin,” from his sophomore album Blood of My Blood, Flesh of my Flesh and Eminem, who frequently mentions his self-doubt, depression, and addiction in… Read More Hip Hop Therapy

Dancers + Stress

Many studies speak about the health benefits of dancing. It maximizes cognitive function, muscle memory, balance, and coordination. It also wards off depression. Although there are positive benefits that come along with dancing, it’s a different story for people who are professional dancers. Underneath the strength and beauty that professional dancers possess; is the stress… Read More Dancers + Stress

Behind the Smile and Beats: Even DJs can have Mental Illness

While searching for mental health news, I stumbled upon news reporting on the rise of mental illness among EDM musicians. I’m surprised because when I attended raves, these musicians projected an air of confidence and charisma. They seemed to enjoy their career and their fans. Reading about their problems allowed me to see that behind… Read More Behind the Smile and Beats: Even DJs can have Mental Illness

Cognitive Distortions

Many people, including myself, at one time or another, have suffered cognitive distortions. Cognitive distortions are ways that our mind convinces us that a situation, event, or object isn’t right. These thoughts augment negative thinking or emotions- convincing us that our thoughts are real when in fact they make us feel terrible about ourselves. When I… Read More Cognitive Distortions

Police and Mental Health

Law enforcement is there to enforce and protect the law. It’s easy to perceive them as invincible, but they too are not immune to the stress and mental toll of their jobs. A 2012 study published in the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health associated officers’ stress with high levels of sleep disorders, Hodgkin’s lymphoma,… Read More Police and Mental Health

The Importance of Hope

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. Desmond Tutu When I was younger, I thought hope was another word for denial. It was bullshit to hope for something, why not just accept it? The world is terrible- it’s better to keep your expectations low rather than have… Read More The Importance of Hope