MHD Freewrites for You!

DesiGirl Freewrites for You! Happy Friyay Warriors!!!! Hope everyone’s week has been magical and stress free 🙃. This week L4dyDMC and I have decided to do some free writing and as we pondered about WHAT we wanted to discuss we both came to the conclusion of discussing an activity we both took part in dueContinue reading “MHD Freewrites for You!”

The Mental Health Care System… Do we need a Reform?

DesiGirl Talks About Mental Health Reform  Happy Friday Warriors!!!! This week, here at MHD, we will be talking about the Mental Health System and what needs to be reformed. Today, I am going to really focus on the professional side of things as L4dyDMC will be sharing the Warrior perspective on reform.  I have beenContinue reading “The Mental Health Care System… Do we need a Reform?”

What does Mental Health Awareness Mean to Us?

DesiGirl Talks About What Mental Health Awareness Means to Her Welcome back Warriors to another Fundamental Friday 🙂 in honor of the NAMI walk tomorrow, L4dyDMC and I will be chatting about what Mental Health Awareness means to us as a Social Worker, Co-Founders of MHD, and as a Warrior.  Professional Perspective: I have beenContinue reading “What does Mental Health Awareness Mean to Us?”

PTSD…What is it?!

DesiGirl Talks About PTSD Welcome back Warriors, hope you all have had an amazing week. Today, we will be talking about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), understanding what it is and who is impacted by it. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder which develops when an individual either experienced or witnessed aContinue reading “PTSD…What is it?!”

Self-Care… What is that?

L4dyDMC’s Talks About Maintaining Your Emotional Well-being Happy Friday My Lovely Warriors!! Welcome back to our blog 🙂 ! I hope you are all doing well and getting ready for a relaxing weekend (please don’t forget to do some form of self-care everyday this weekend as you all deserve it for succeeding through another week).Continue reading “Self-Care… What is that?”

L4dyDMC and DesiGirl’s Letters to their Warrior Selves

L4dyDMC’s Letter to her Warrior Self Happy Friday My Lovely Warriors!! I hope today’s post finds you all happy and doing well :). It’s the start of a brand new weekend and I pray you are all taking some time off to enjoy all the fruits of a successful week! I hope you are allContinue reading “L4dyDMC and DesiGirl’s Letters to their Warrior Selves”

The Other Side of Mental Health.. That of our Mental Health Supporters

L4dyDMC Talks About the “Other Side” of Mental Illness… Happy Friday (AKA Post Day) My Lovely Warriors!! I hope you are all having a wonderful and amazing end to your week. I also hope that you have some relaxing plans for this weekend or that you are at least able to engage in one formContinue reading “The Other Side of Mental Health.. That of our Mental Health Supporters”

How Are Mental Illnesses Caused by Chronic Health Conditions?

L4dyDMC Talks About Mental Illnesses Caused by Medical Conditions Happy Friday My Lovely Warriors!! I hope you have all had a wonderful week and I hope this brand new month of April is bringing you all much joy and hope! Remember, a new month means a new chance to rewrite a brand new chapter inContinue reading “How Are Mental Illnesses Caused by Chronic Health Conditions?”

Destigmatizing Mental Health in the Latino and South Asian Communities

L4dyDMC Talks About How We Can Change the Perspective on Mental Health in the Latino Community Happy Friday My Lovely Warriors!! I hope you have all had a wonderful week and are all enjoying a relaxing start to your weekend. DesiGirl and I are excited and ready to continue our conversation from last week withContinue reading “Destigmatizing Mental Health in the Latino and South Asian Communities”

Mental Health in the Latino and South Asian Communities

L4dyDMC Talks About How Mental Health is Perceived in the Latino Community Happy Friday My Lovely Warriors!! I hope you have all had a wonderful week and are ready for a relaxing and wonderful weekend. I hope you are all ready for another informative post related to Mental Health because I know that DesiGirl andContinue reading “Mental Health in the Latino and South Asian Communities”

Social Media and Its Impact on our Mental Health

L4dyDMC Talks About Social Media and How it Impacts Mental Health Happy Friday My Lovely Warriors!! I hope you have all had a wonderful week and are kicking off the weekend on the right foot. Are we ready for another informative post related to Mental Health? 🙂 Yes?… Wonderful, because I know that DesiGirl andContinue reading “Social Media and Its Impact on our Mental Health”

Body Image and the Media… How does it affect Us?

L4dyDMC Talks About Negative and Positive Body Image in the Media Happy Friday My Lovely Warriors!! It’s post day once again 🙂 and DesiGirl are ready to discuss another important Mental Health topic with you today. We have decided that for this week’s Friday post we would be discussing negative and positive body image andContinue reading “Body Image and the Media… How does it affect Us?”

Body Shaming… What is it, How can we overcome it, Why is it Important to Mental Health?

L4dyDMC Talks About Body Shaming and How to Overcome It Good Evening my Lovely Warriors and Happy Friday to you!! I hope this last week of the month is treating you well. Almost another month of the year under our belts (hopefully with wonderful, happy and healthy memories) and its also almost time to turnContinue reading “Body Shaming… What is it, How can we overcome it, Why is it Important to Mental Health?”

Behavioral Addictions: What are they and how do they relate to Mental Illnesses?

L4dyDMC Talks About Behavioral Mental Health and Behavioral Addictions Welcome back my Warriors and Happy Post Day to you! ❤ I hope this week has treated you all kindly and that you are all enjoying a beautiful Friday (AKA: start of the weekend) Whoop whoop!! 🙂 Today, here at Mental Health Diaries, we bring youContinue reading “Behavioral Addictions: What are they and how do they relate to Mental Illnesses?”

Can Mental Health Illnesses Result from Phobias???

L4dyDMC Talks About Phobias and Mental Health: Good evening my Warriors and Happy Friday to you all!  I hope you are all having a wonderful and safe start to your weekend! We conquered and thrived in another week of 2021 woo hoo 😀 ! DesiGirl and I are back this week with another important postContinue reading “Can Mental Health Illnesses Result from Phobias???”

Mental Health Diaries Freewrites for You!

L4dyDMC Talks About Using your Platform to Advocate for Mental Health: Welcome back to each and every one of you my Warriors! ‘Tis that time of the week again where DesiGirl and I come to you with another important discussion regarding Mental Health. You ready my lovelies? Let’s do this 🙂 !!! Today is actuallyContinue reading “Mental Health Diaries Freewrites for You!”

Our Healthcare System and Mental Health

L4dyDMC Talks About Mental Health and the Healthcare System: Happy Friday my Warriors!! I truly hope this week has been good to all of you and that each and everyone of you is safe and happy! I also hope you are all ready for a relaxing and wonderful weekend up ahead ❤ Are you allContinue reading “Our Healthcare System and Mental Health”

Mental Health in the Workplace

L4dyDMC Talks About Mental Health in the WorkPlace: Happy Friday my Lovely Warriors!! Welcome back to Mental Health Diaries. Today, DesiGirl and I would like to discuss with you the important topic of Mental Health in the workplace. We would like to discuss some myths, truths and potentially some ways to deal with the stressContinue reading “Mental Health in the Workplace”

Psychiatric Medications… The Discussion Continues

L4dyDMC Talks About Medications for Anxiety/Depression: Happy Post Day Warriors!! I hope all of you are having a safe and blessed first few weeks of 2021. *Crosses fingers* here’s to hoping that this new year will decide to finally be nice to us soon and allow us to spend more time outdoors and with allContinue reading “Psychiatric Medications… The Discussion Continues”

Psychiatric Medications: Are they a “for life” deal?

Happy Wednesday my Warriors :)! L4dyDMC here with your Wednesday post for this week (and giving my wonderful co-author DesiGirl a chance to rest as she always does WONDERFULLY on these posts for us here on Mental Health Diaries). While she gets a well deserved break, I thought today we would discuss the topic ofContinue reading “Psychiatric Medications: Are they a “for life” deal?”

Is Facing Your Fears a “Cure” to Anxiety???

L4dyDMC Discusses Whether Facing Your Fears can Help you Conquer your Anxiety….  Good Evening My Warriors and Happy Friday to all of you! 🙂  I hope this first week of 2021 has been treating you more kindly than 2020 and that you are all safe and sound! It’s wonderful to be able to start thisContinue reading “Is Facing Your Fears a “Cure” to Anxiety???”

Substance Abuse Myths… Debunked!

L4dyDMC Debunks Common Myths About Addiction/Substance Abuse Happy Friday (AKA post Day) my Warriors! I hope you all had a wonderful and safe New Years Eve! *raises champagne glass* here’s to 2021 being a year of healing, good health, strength and blessings for all of us :)! We missed posting for you last week butContinue reading “Substance Abuse Myths… Debunked!”

Substance Abuse and the Family Unit

L4dyDMC Discusses Substance Abuse and the Family Unit Happy Friday (AKA: Post Day) Warriors! Hope you are all staying safe and happy during this holiday season! 🙂 This week, DesiGirl and I would like to discuss with you the important topic of substance abuse and how it affects families. We would like to focus mainlyContinue reading “Substance Abuse and the Family Unit”

Substance Abuse in Different Cultures

L4dyDMC Discusses Substance Abuse in the Latino Culture Happy (belated) Post Day Warriors! Quick side note to begin, I must be the one to apologize this week for the 24 hour delay on our post here at Mental Health Diaries. Remember how I told you, my lovelies, that I was engaged? Yes? (if you rememberContinue reading “Substance Abuse in Different Cultures”

Substance Abuse and the COVID-19 Pandemic

L4dyDMC Discusses Substance Abuse during COVID Happy Friday (AKA Post Day) my Warriors! I hope you all had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!! I know I speak for DesiGirl and I when I say it is great to be back after a week’s break to be able to post for you, our Warriors, once again.Continue reading “Substance Abuse and the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Teenagers – Their Mental Health and Substance Abuse

L4dyDMC Discusses Substance Abuse and Mental Health Among Teens Hello my Mental Health Warriors. Happy Friday to all of you!!  On today’s blog, we will be discussing the important topic of substance abuse and how it relates to mental health amongst teens. Although this topic is very similar to the one DesiGirl and I discussedContinue reading “Teenagers – Their Mental Health and Substance Abuse”

The Healing Power of Support

Happy Wednesday my Warriors, Thank you so much for keeping up with our blog. We are so excited to have gotten this far with all of you, our e-family ❤ and to be able to bring you so many important mental health topics. For this week, I wanted to share a beautiful story that happenedContinue reading “The Healing Power of Support”

Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Amongst Veterans

L4dyDMC Breaks Down Substance Abuse and Mental Health Among Veterans Looking back at the posts that I have written for you, my Warriors, we can see that many instances of mental illness are caused by trauma. There is possibly no greater line of work in which a person can encounter trauma than in the armedContinue reading “Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Amongst Veterans”

Substance Abuse and Mental Health in Adults

L4dyDMC Breaks Down Substance Abuse and Mental Illness in Adults  My Warriors,  Happy Friday to you all and welcome to this new post! Today, DesiGirl and I would like to discuss the correlation between substance abuse and mental illness in adults 18+. This post is very closely related to last week’s where I spoke toContinue reading “Substance Abuse and Mental Health in Adults”

Addiction and Recovery

L4dyDMC Discusses Addiction & Recovery My Warriors, my wonderful co-creator and co-blogger DesiGirl is helping to bring a new perspective to Mental Health Diaries. As we were collaborating on choosing the topics that we wished to discuss with you, she suggested that for this week we write about addiction and recovery. Although we here atContinue reading “Addiction and Recovery”

Relapsing with Mental Health… L4dyDMC’s Experience

Happy and beautiful Wednesday to all of you my lovely Warriors, Mental Health Supporters and subscribers!!! What an honor to be able to provide all of you my first L4dyDMC Wednesday post!! As I was thinking about what I wished to communicate in this very special free write post, I thought about the most recentContinue reading “Relapsing with Mental Health… L4dyDMC’s Experience”

Substance Abuse and its link to Mental Illness

L4dyDMC talks Substance Abuse and Recovery As a Mental Health Warrior, I have been one of the few individuals that has been able to abstain from falling into the trap of substance abuse; however, not everyone is this fortunate. That being said, I cannot say that I do not understand the correlation that exists betweenContinue reading “Substance Abuse and its link to Mental Illness”

Mental Health Myths… DEBUNKED!!

L4dyDMC Debunks Mental Health Myths As a Mental Health Warrior, I believe that the mental health world is one that is not easily understood by those Mental Health Supporters that have never been a part of it. For this week’s blog, my goal is to assist you, all of my lovely Mental Health Supporters, inContinue reading “Mental Health Myths… DEBUNKED!!”

Men… we don’t NEED mental Health Help!!!

L4dyDMC talks Male Mental Health Stigma… It is my belief that most of us can say we are proud of our backgrounds, heritage and where we come from. For me as an Anglo born and Latina raised woman, this couldn’t be more true; however, as proud as I am of my cultural upbringing, there isContinue reading “Men… we don’t NEED mental Health Help!!!”

Mental Illness? HA! You’re CRAZY…

L4dyDMC Helps Fight the Mental Health Stigma As a Mental Health Warrior myself, I can personally attest to the fact that it is very difficult to deal with the life-changing symptoms that a mental illness brings along with it. The constant feelings of being on edge, the constant feelings of impending doom and the constantContinue reading “Mental Illness? HA! You’re CRAZY…”

Mental Health in a Pandemic Era

L4dyDMC – How COVID has been Affecting Mental Health I believe we can all agree that, when we welcomed the New Year at midnight on January 1st 2020, none of us knew the crazy rollercoaster we were in for. Could we have predicted a rise in protests and racism in our nation? Potentially… Could weContinue reading “Mental Health in a Pandemic Era”

Mental Warrior’s Corner: Ruan’s Story

Hello! My name is Ruan. I’m South Asian (half Punjabi and half Gujarati). During my fourth year of medical school I attempted to take my life. If my roommate had not found me and my professors didn’t catch on to my change in behaviors, I probably wouldn’t have been here today. My family expected meContinue reading “Mental Warrior’s Corner: Ruan’s Story”

Mental Warrior’s Corner: Preet’s Story

Hello! My name is Preet, I’m Sikh Punjabi and I currently live in India. I had an arranged marriage when I was 17 years old, I had just completed my studies and my parents thought it was time I got married. I married into a Sikh family, my father-in-law was wonderful. He was very supportiveContinue reading “Mental Warrior’s Corner: Preet’s Story”

Journeying with Depression

L4dyDMC’s Personal Insight on Depression My warriors, it seems that as the days pass we hear more people speaking out about their personal journeys with depression. If we pay attention to the media, we can see that even celebrities are “joining the bandwagon” so to speak and are beginning to speak up about their pathContinue reading “Journeying with Depression”

Anxiety… What exactly is it??

L4dyDMC Explains Anxiety…. For this post I would like to place a bet: I can safely say that at one point or another, you my dear reader, like I, have felt anxious about something. Science, as well as our human condition has shown that it is ok, dare I even say *gasp* normal, for allContinue reading “Anxiety… What exactly is it??”

Mental Warrior’s Corner: Zoya’s Story

Hello, My name is Zoya and at 19 years old I thought I had no way out and tried to take my life. A little about myself, my family is from Afghanistan however my six siblings (four brothers and one sister) and I were born and raised here in the States. Growing up, I hadContinue reading “Mental Warrior’s Corner: Zoya’s Story”

Our Experience in Retrospect (Part 2)

L4dyDMC’s Story Continues… My journey with mental health has been ongoing for the past four years. As mentioned in Part 1 of my story: I have been dealing with anxiety and panic attacks that have led me to develop depression as well. Four years may not seem like much compared to “someone else’s journey” perhaps;Continue reading “Our Experience in Retrospect (Part 2)”

Our Experience in Retrospect (Part 1)

A look back with L4dyDMC… As a child, many of us heard the following famous clichés said to us: “don’t be in a hurry to grow up” or “enjoy being a kid”. Being a late bloomer for pretty much everything in life, I never understood the profound meaning of these statements until I reached myContinue reading “Our Experience in Retrospect (Part 1)”

Introduction to Mental Health Diaries

Welcome from L4dyDMC Welcome to each and every one of you! From the bottom of my heart, thank you for clicking on this blog and giving us a chance to reach out to you. It is my pleasure to have you on our blog and to have captured your attention with the mental health topicContinue reading “Introduction to Mental Health Diaries”