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Relationships can certainly be rewarding, but they're not always easy. They often require a lot of time, effort, commitment, and compromise from both partners. Most people face relationship challenges at some point or another.

Anger is an emotion that nearly everyone will experience at some point in their lifetime. In fact, anger is a necessary emotion to feel because it acts as a form of protection from a possible threat.

According to data from The Trevor Project’s 2020 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health, increased acceptance and affirmation of LGBTQ youth in spaces such as homes, schools, and workplaces can reduce risk of suicide.1

Scientists, patients and loved ones are all looking for a cure for depression. Everyone would like a medication or a therapeutic technique that would stop depression for good. Unfortunately, depression can't be cured, but it can be treated for the vast majority of people. However, lifetime remission could be thought of as cured depression.

When the body feels overwhelmed by environmental stressors, it may respond in ways to protect itself from what appears to be threatening.1

As a defense, the body produces chemical reactions that prepare it to respond in the moment,,2

 like an increase in blood pressure, altered breathing, and muscle tension.

“It’s just sometimes a thing, like…feels so right.”— Casey, Atypical character, as she holds her best friend Izzie's hand for the first time.

This Valentine’s Day, I found myself reflecting on what it’s like to try and love others while young and queer. A perfect jumping-off point for the topic is Netflix’s Atypical, which released its third season in the Fall of 2019. While the show centers on Sam, an autistic teenager and his journey through relationships, family, and school, his sister Casey's emerging queer identity bubbles to the forefront of the show in Season 3.

Diagnosis of depression, and other mental illnesses, is different than for many other medical conditions. The depression diagnosis relies on information supplied by the patient both passively (how a patient looks, for example) and through interviews. While this may seem haphazard, a depression diagnosis is highly standardized. Depression diagnostic criteria are clearly laid out, as is the examination used to evaluate those criteria.

Jim is stuck in a cycle. He’s an athletic man in his 40s who works as an EMT, and he is prone to panic attacks. When panic strikes, Jim’s heart palpitates, his throat closes up, and he thinks, Oh no, I'm having a heart attack! or Oh no, I’m going to end up with super-high levels of anxiety and I’m not going to be able to tolerate it!

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