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

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