My first clinical placement in a mental health-focused community pharmacy and why it had such an impact on me

My Personal Mental Health Journey

When my mental health issues first started to manifest at the age of 15, I had no clue how radically my life would change in the coming years. I had no idea my life would fall apart time and time again and that I would have to build it back…

After exhaling each moment on life’s learning curve, there is huge value in taking a moment to pause before inhaling the next

When we frame the moment, give it our full attention, savor and hold it, in an awareness that the moment will pass, we feel how one moment becomes layered on to the next; past and present mingled together — everything falling into place, into one accord. ― Louisa Thomsen Brits

An Arrested Moment

“The mind is like water. When it’s turbulent, it’s difficult to see. When it’s calm, everything becomes clear. “ — Prasad Mahes

In a society where we are becoming increasingly addicted to instant gratification, the temptation to multitask is stronger than ever. The most effective way to tackle multitasking and bring it down to manageable levels is to practice mindfulness.

According to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) principles, there are six core components…

There are many effective ways to cope with being sensitive and soft-hearted in a harsh world, but radical acceptance is the place to start

Highly sensitive beings suffer more but they also love harder, dream wider, and experience deeper horizons and bliss. When you’re sensitive, you’re alive in every sense of this word in this wildly beautiful world. Sensitivity is your strength. Keep soaking in the light and spreading it to others.

Practicing one-mindfulness will help to build your mental power and foster self-growth, but small doses of multitasking can enhance creativity

Why Is Multitasking So Common?

Given all of the distractions present in today’s society with the boom of technology and the internet, the temptation to multitask is literally everywhere. Living in a first-world country with SO much privilege around us means our imminent concerns are not about survival (i.e., physiological needs such as food, water…

Thinking about eternity can be scary, but this phobia can be managed using radical acceptance and exposure

We think of infinity as a really big number, but it’s not. It’s endlessness. Endlessness is a really strange idea in a universe that is defined by its endings.
― John Green

Understanding Forever

As my mind runs in endless circles and loops
I attempt to center my focus and regroup.
With all…

Our journey through life is like a bowling ball — we’ve got to keep our path straight and plan ahead for potential changes along the course.

When the wheels of life begin their motion
it is easy to get lost in the resulting commotion.
To let go of the fears that threaten to run us over,
we must cherish each moment like a four-leaf clover.

Our journey through time is like a bowling ball —
when…

An integrated perspective from a psychiatric researcher and mental health advocate

Introduction: A Deadly, Complex, Often Chronic Disorder

Anorexia Nervosa is a debilitating psychiatric disorder that also happens to be the deadliest mental illness there is. It tends to have a chronic course and affects virtually all of the body’s organs and systems, especially the heart, brain, digestive system, and musculoskeletal system. …

DBT teaches me to enjoy each moment as it comes while also inspiring my creativity

I am a drifter, and as lonely as that can be, it is also remarkably freeing. — David Levitham

Just Keep Swimming Through Each Moment

A poem created to “IMPROVE the moment”

As my body gingerly comes up for air,
the fresh ocean breeze caresses my hair.

With every wave I catch, my heart soars.
The ocean’s beat brings me to heaven’s doors.

A transformative experience in the home of my roots

In a small town in the Peloponnese of Greece lies my family’s majestic ancestral home. My maternal grandmother and my two maternal great aunts (my surrogate grandmothers) were born and raised there. As a little girl, my mother spent big chunks of her childhood there too, whenever she had time…

Athena Milios

Canadian PharmD student, researcher, and mental health advocate with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. (in Psychiatry). I write short stories, poetry, and creative non-fiction.

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