Blog Posts by Laura Susanne Yochelson

Managing the Stress of Living at Home for College

As college students across the world shift from living on campus to studying from home due to COVID-19-related school closures, I think back on the stress of my own experience, living for three-and-a-half years with my parents as an undergraduate.   I had to take a leave of absence after my first semester away, because anxiety…

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What to Look For in a Mental Health Professional

A long struggle with an eating disorder and psychosis has given me a lot of experience with different kinds of mental health professionals. It took me 15 years to find a therapist that worked for me; it’s important to never give up trying to find the right one.  Based on my experience, health care professionals…

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You Don’t Have to Struggle Alone: Why Active Minds Matters

I suffered a life changing setback during freshman year in college because my chronic mental illness went unrecognized. Without an organization like Active Minds to provide support, I struggled alone. It has taken me a decade to recover—and I want to help others by sharing my story.  In high school, I pushed myself extremely hard…

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