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Brain Battle Blog with Gracie — adolescence

Depression Signs and Suicide Prevention

Posted by Marigrace Pilger on

Hello mental health champions, how are you doing?  Today I want to talk about something that I know impacts a lot of people- Depression. There are a lot of things that are overlooked in regards to depression symptoms. I also think it can be confusing to diagnose depression because it truly can look many different ways for different people. I wanted to first talk about the misconception that in order to have depression, your life has to suck. I have seen many kids telling their parents that they're depressed and their parents rebutting that and saying, “Why are you depressed?...

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My PTSD Story

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Hello mental health champions, how are you doing?  Today I want to talk more about PTSD. It is hard to believe that it has been about 5-6 months since I was diagnosed with PTSD! I always thought that I just had anxiety for no reason. Looking back on it, all of my anxiety stemmed from traumatic events that happened in my life. I have had a lot of health issues since I was a little girl and I know that has played a huge role in my anxiety.  Another huge trigger for me was  from one of my relationships that...

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Are Mental Health Days Sick Days?

Posted by Marigrace Pilger on

Hello mental health champions, how are you doing?  Today I wanted to chat about what mental health days are and if they should be considered sick days in my own opinion. And as my frequent readers may have guessed, I absolutely think they should be built in as sick days for employees and should be allowed as an excuse to miss school. I would even go further to say that I believe each student should be allowed 3-5 days of mental health days throughout the year. I know if I had these, I would have felt a lot safer and...

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Physical OCD Compulsions

Posted by Marigrace Pilger on

Hello mental health champions, how are you doing?  Today I wanted to jump a little bit deeper into OCD and repetitive behaviors. Something that I struggle with that can sometimes go unnoticed by myself is these repetitive behaviors. I have always seemed to have mental rituals instead of physical rituals. When people think of OCD, they frequently think of turning the light on and off a million times or excessive cleanliness and organization. However, I have mostly struggled with mental rituals, or at least I had thought. I let my physical compulsions go unnoticed since they became such a normal...

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