How Struggling in Adolescence led me to a Helping Profession

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“Dad, I need you to come to get me from school; I’m sick!”

My Dad didn’t ask many questions, but I was nauseous, ready to throw up. I could feel the world closing in on me. Everyone was staring; everyone was definitely staring; I couldn’t even move.

I was supposed to give a history presentation, and I was hyperventilating. I hated being the center of attention. I was not too fond of the spotlight. I hated it so much I was about to puke in front of all my classmates. …


MAD LIBS

Losing weight in 2021

Woman smiling while exercising
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Disclaimer: This story is intended to be random and humorous. It is published in Fill in the Blanks publication, inspired by the classic game, Mad Libs. Blank words contributed by Elan Cassandra, Rujenx, Kayla Vokolek, Julia Appa, Damon Ferrara, Dariuš Butkevičius, Jamaal Ameer, and Quy Ma.

Millions of [wenches] decide that weight loss is one of their New Year’s Resolutions every year. “New Year, New Me!” I hear that [cry] all the time.

It’s time for people to stop making excuses and follow this weight loss plan! …


A Little Glimpse Into My World

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Picture of the Author on her 30th Birthday — Picture Courtesy of the Author

Hello! My name is Mari Moore. I am a Highly Sensitive Person, which means I feel a lot of emotions constantly; this is my greatest strength and can also be my biggest detriment. If you are interested in what it means to be a Highly Sensitive Person, check this out:

I hold a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri. At this point in my career journey, I found that being an Outpatient Mental Health Therapist led to lots of burnout. …


It’s Common for Many, Yet Lacks Understanding

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Hearing multiple sounds at once makes me want to yell. I'm not too fond of the television being on and someone watching a video on their phone at the same time. The simultaneous sound of both the television and the phone is enough to make my brain panic. I despise trying to navigate multiple conversations with multiple people. I lose focus and want to be everywhere at once.

Last weekend, I wanted my significant other to listen to a new song, and I had them mute the music on their video game so they could listen to the song. The…


It’s time for a new perspective on Highly Sensitive People

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I’ve always known I was a highly sensitive person, but there were so many idiosyncrasies in my personality-type that were difficult for me to understand. I failed to connect how my compassionate personality affected how I interact with my world. If you research signs of a Highly Sensitive Person, you might see traits like “overreacts,” “can’t take criticism,” “anxious,” and “trouble letting go.” I’ve been called a lot of these words before, and maybe at times, they have been true. People usually perceive these traits as negative. …


Highlighting Positive Experiences from the LGBTQIA+ Community

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If you are an LGBTQIA+ individual in America right now, it’s a scary time to be alive. The confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett leaves many LGBTQIA+ Americans living in fear. With LGBTQIA+ rights on the chopping block, this is a time we must support each other.

I asked my LBGTQIA+ network to share their positive experiences related to their identity and community. Some of the responses are from those close to me, and some from mere acquaintances or strangers. I received three individuals' responses and wanted to highlight positive experiences to show other queer individuals hope. There…


Depression rears its ugly head at the strangest times

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I am a mental health professional; that’s the hardest part of this whole article to write. Actually, this whole article is hard to write because I’m in the midst of a depressive episode, and everything that I try and do is like an uphill battle. I am a mental health professional. I shouldn’t have problems. There’s always a stigma. I can only hope that my experiences allow me to be more empathetic and genuine with my clients’ because I can relate to some of their struggles.

I have a great relationship with my significant other—the healthiest one I’ve ever had…


Highly Emotional People, This One is for You

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There’s a picture from my High School days that my father took of me sitting on the couch, crying profusely. I had just watched “A Walk to Remember,” which was one of my favorites at the time. There’s something about the toll of having to support someone through a cancer diagnosis that I can’t understand, but I felt for Landon even though it’s “just a movie.”

Remember that part in Fox the Hound where Todd’s owner leaves him out in the forest in the pouring rain? Or that part in The Lion King where Mufasa dies? …


Let’s talk about Sexual Assault and Violence in the LGBTQIA+ Community

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 Contestant Sherry Pie was disqualified from the competition after victims came forward, and he admitted to sexual misconduct. Joey Gugliemelli, the real name of the competitor, was accused of catfishing several men by promising them acting opportunities and then coercing the men into sending him sexually suggestive videos.

He issued a public apology, though public apologies are not enough. His admission and being in the public spotlight prompts a long-overdue discussion about safety in LGBTQIA+ relationships. …


An Honest Look at Mental Health Disparities among the Bisexual Population

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Bisexuality is an often misunderstood identity, and many times there is a stigma associated with identifying as Bisexual. Estimates show that over 50% of those in the LGBTQIA+ community identify as Bisexual.

Key Terms Related to Bisexuality

Bisexuality: The famous Bi Activist Robyn Ochs defines it this way

“I call myself bisexual because I acknowledge that I have in myself the potential to be attracted — romantically and/or sexually — to people of more than one gender, not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree.”

Bisexuality sometimes is used as an umbrella term that…

Mari Moore

Mental Health Counselor, Writer, Passionate Advocate for LGBTQ+ Rights, Animal Lover — She/Her/Hers

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