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Though I don’t tend to follow the royal family, I became more interested when Meghan Markle, an actress from one of my favorite shows, Suits, got engaged to Prince Harry. More recently, I’ve seen how their lives have been shaped by racism and anxiety, which ultimately culminated in the couple separating from the royal family. Today, I’ll be sharing some insights on mental health based on Prince Harry’s participation in the Docuseries, The Me you Can’t See.

I was five years old when Princess Diana and her partner died in that tragic car accident in ’97 and I remember being…


Or has this Kindle turned me into a book snob?

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Roz Warren recently wrote about how she only finishes one out of every twenty books she starts. I found her 20–30 page rule to be quite generous. Thirty turns (pun) to grab her attention enough to make the cut.

Unlike Saint Roz, I give a book two chapters TOPS to grab my attention before I press the big red button.

And, if the book was a purchase, I have no shame in calling Kindle or Audible to request a full refund.

Lately, I’ve been even pickier about the books I choose to finish, as I curate books to review on…


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I loved watching the docuseries, The Me You Can’t See, produced by Oprah and Prince Harry. As a lover of stories, I especially appreciated the interviews with Lady Gaga and Prince Harry (post on him coming soon). What surprised me the most was how forthcoming Oprah was about her own mental health. Today, I’ll be sharing some of what I learned.

Childhood, Abuse, and Hope

Oprah’s childhood was characterized by poverty, several transitions between households, and neglect. O shares that she was raised by her grandmother for several years due to her mother’s struggle to provide for her children (a teen mom at the…


Just when I thought I had become numb…

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Having lived in the Commonwealth of Virginia my entire life, I’ve become accustomed to various brands of southern ignorance and the abundance of racism.

Folx will claim, “southern pride,” as they cruise their lifted, overcompensating, smoke-billowing diesel trucks topped off with a huge confederate flag flapping from the truck bed. To accessorize, there’s usually a “Trump 2020” bumper sticker and a “Don’t Tread on Me” specialty license plate thrown in for good measure!

Sure, “Don’t Tread on Me” is supposed to be about gun rights; however, any half-aware person can see the nuance that comes along with this slogan and…


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I’ve been seeing snippets of Lady Gaga’s Lady Gaga’s interview on Oprah’s docuseries, The Me You Can’t See. Having not yet seen the show, I started to research if Gaga has ever written about her life. The closest thing I could find to a memoir was an essay she wrote as part of a compilation book put together by her foundation, Born This Way. Today I’ll be sharing some insights that I’ve gained from her remarkable story.

Bullying

“To be honest, it ultimately felt as though many relentless and quite mean children and adults around me were asking me why I…


I save a ton of money using my debit card.

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Circa 2017, I began writing about my journey towards paying off my student loan debt. At that time, I had been paying the monthly minimum payment since graduating with my master’s degree in 2016 and began working full-time (~$35,000/yr. at the time).

I’ve made significant progress in debt payoff since then but writing about the journey fell off as I cycled through the life transitions of typical 20-somethings (marriage, baby, house, starting a business, etc.)

But now I’m back at writing about the journey to financial independence!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Including interest, my bachelor’s and master’s degrees have cost me $155,255.43.
  • Since going…

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Since I primarily work with teenagers and read a ton on adolescent development, I wasn’t surprised when my library’s e-book app recommended Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity, by Peggy Orenstein.

Before we dive in, the information presented within comes from Orenstein’s research of well over 100 male teens and young adults. My goal is to share insights that I gained objectively, so with that in mind, there will be no commentary on morality in this post. Trigger words: Sexual assault, rape.

Myths, masculinity, and conditioning

To create a case for why this book’s content…


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For those who don’t know, I have a podcast called Perfectly Imperfect: A Podcast on Mental Health for Folx of Color. In an effort to read, write, and podcast more, I’m hosting a summer book club on the podcast. Throughout this virtual book club, I’ll dissect books that address injustice and race.

The second book of the summer was Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho and I’m excited to share the many insights that I’ve gained from his book with you. The links below will direct you to the podcast episodes.


A rare occasion where Hollywood got a mental health condition right!

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On the weekends, I try (and usually fail) to unplug and relax from my typical routines of running my therapy practice and consuming/creating mental health content. Luckily for you, what was supposed to be me enjoying a Halle Berry movie led to this essay where I share the mental health insights that I gained from her 2014 film, Frankie and Alice.

Though I’m trained in EMDR, an awesome therapeutic intervention for trauma, there are limits to what I can treat at the current stage in my career. A diagnosis that I have no direct experience with is Dissociative Identity Disorder…


A podcast book review

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For those who don’t know, I have a podcast called Perfectly Imperfect: A Podcast on Mental Health for Folx of Color. In an effort to read, write, and podcast more, I’m hosting a summer book club on the podcast. Throughout this virtual book club, I’ll dissect books that address injustice and race.

The first book of the summer was Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Dr. Joy Degruy and I’m excited to share the many insights that I’ve gained from this book with you. The links below will direct you to the podcast episodes.

Johnzelle Anderson

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

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