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Though I often do reviews on books pertaining to mental health, I thought I’d try something different today. Initially impressed by the trailer for Words on Bathroom Walls, I was excited to watch the entire film; after all, schizophrenia is one of the most stigmatized mental health conditions of them all. In this post, I will give an overview of the film, doing my best not to spoil the plot. I will also provide clarification on the various terms and symptoms related to schizophrenia.

What’s this movie about?

Words on Bathroom Walls is a fictional story and is rated PG-13. Adam is a seventeen-year-old…

A tail about pet grief

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Having worked in mental health since 2015, I’ve seen a lot. With that experience, I’ve become seasoned to the many adversities that my clients bring to therapy. That being said, there’s one circumstance that I’m especially sensitive to: pet grief.

On Saturday, I received an email from a client informing me that her family dog, Koda, had passed away. Even with my expertise as a therapist, I’ve accepted that nothing I can say will be adequate for the special type of pain of losing a pet. So I took to writing this post.

As I clicked out of my client’s…

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Earlier this week, I shared an excerpt from Lecrae Moore’s memoir, I am Restored, on Instagram. In my caption, I shared my thoughts about being both a therapist and a Christian while not identifying myself as a “Christian therapist.” I am looking forward to sharing insights that I gained from Lecrae’s (stage name) book, as it goes beyond just evangelizing; rather, it focuses on mental health from a holistic mind, body, relationship, and spiritual vantage points.

“I experienced physical, emotional, and sexual abuse all before the age of ten.”

As an occasional listener to Lecrae’s music, I was aware of some of his back story; however, you don’t really get to know someone…

I found the tools needed for my home podcast studio!

My home office/ podcast studio tucked in a corner of my bedroom

While I’m super excited to start rolling out the first season of my new podcast this week, the process of finding the right setup was far from easy.

In my research on Youtube about various headphones, microphones, cables, cords, etc., I learned how helpful it is when folx share about their podcast setups with others. I especially appreciate explanations of tech by people who aren't tech reviewers, as it’s more digestible for people like me who want stuff that works well that’s also user-friendly.

Without further ado, here are the elements of my podcast studio!

Software

I’ve now recorded 3 podcast…

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Recently, I’ve been becoming more interested of the topic of spiritual abuse, so I was intrigued when I found a memoir (my favorite genre) by Anna LeBaron titled The Polygamist’s Daughter .

Trauma

From hearing LeBaron’s story, I am in awe of how she made it through such complex and recurrent trauma. Her mother was the fourth wife of a polygamist “prophet”. There were numerous families and children scattered across multiple states. …

Why was it so hard to spend a free $800?

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Prologue

I went back-and-forth on whether or not to share this post; after all, one could assume “first-world problems” from reading the title. With that being said, I chose to share it anyway to exemplify the complexity of this anxiety disorder that I live with.

What is the paradox of choice?

In his book, The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz explains that decisions become more stressful when we have too many options; furthermore, being inundated with an abundance of choices can result in psychological stress for some people. This stress makes choosing all the more difficult, thus taking the joy out of the experience.

I experience the…

A New Podcast on Mental Health for Folx of Color

By the author

I’ve worked in mental health for over five years and I’ve noticed that communities of color face more stigma than their majority counterparts and tend to use mental health services the least often.

I’m excited to introduce you to a new podcast. It’s called, Perfectly Imperfect: A Podcast on Mental Health for Folx of Color.

The aim of this podcast is to break the stigma surrounding mental health issues and treatment for people of color.

I have an exciting lineup for the first season of Perfectly Imperfect:

A few of…

A mental health book review

Screenshot taken from my Audible version of the book

Given this series, it’s clear that memoirs are my favorite book genre. With that being said, Short Stories: The Autobiography of Columbus Short is one of the most dynamic memoirs that I’ve ever read.

I know of Columbus Short from his role in ABC’s Scandal; however, his career has spanned choreography, music, and film production. From reading his memoir, I gained a lot of insight into his challenges with addiction, toxic relationships, and depression and how he was able to use those experiences to overcome adversity.

Mental Health Themes

Columbus Short jokes throughout the book that his real life is often more scandalous…

A book review

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It has been a while since I’ve reviewed a book but this book was so moving that I couldn’t help but share.

The Face I Made When the Doctor Said I had Cancer… Again!!! is a memoir that was started by Jonathan “J.O.” Newby and was later finished by his wife, Regina Newby after he passed away from his third bout of large B cell lymphoma in 2019.

I have the pleasure of knowing Regina, as she’s my hairstylist. …

Because folx of color can be racist too.

Me and my daughter, Mya Jayn

Given the events of the past year, we should all know what racism is and that it is, unfortunately, alive and well.

Today, I’m going to talk about a form of racism that happens to folx of color, often by folx of color.

It’s called colorism.

Colorism is prejudice towards darker skin; more specifically, it’s the idea that lighter skin tones are somehow superior to darker tones. With lighter skin comes more societal privilege.

Colorism is a problem because, in essence, it’s racism by a group of people who are already the target of racism. …

Johnzelle Anderson

I help adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, and life transitions.

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