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Posts by Jessica Briand

To the sport I can no longer play

In this image: Jessica Briand prepares to kick a soccer ball.

Growing up as a high-level athlete, there was always that fear in the back of my mind that it could all end in an instant if I made a wrong move or a klutzy mistake. But as an athlete I stuck with it because it’s a love like no other.  I said good-bye to all…

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No more apologizing for mental illnesses 

Mental health is draining.   It’s not only draining on the individual experiencing it in their everyday life, but it’s also draining for the loved ones that surround them.   People with a mental illness are aware of this; so aware that it becomes internalized and causes this cyclical practice of apologizing whenever their mental illness pops…

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Stop normalizing OCD

OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) is a mental illness that causes obsessive and compulsive behavior. It comes in many forms, and affects people in different ways. It is said to be one of the hardest mental illnesses to deal with because of the necessity of compulsions and the irrationality behind them. OCD doesn’t come alone; often,…

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