User Stories

  • My Experience as an International Student

    My Experience as an International Student

    Embarking on my journey as an international student studying abroad in the USA has been a whirlwind of excitement and growth. Each morning brings the thrill of immersing myself in a new culture and connecting with a diverse array of people. However, there are days when I yearn for the familiar comfort of home and…

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  • Addressing and Reflecting Common Challenges in Asian Family Settings: Starting from My Own Journey

    Addressing and Reflecting Common Challenges in Asian Family Settings: Starting from My Own Journey

    This scene should be too familiar to every Chinese youth: late at night, at the desk, opening homework, a not-that-satisfying grade report, scolding or sighing parents, and the crying child. Behind the phenomenon, is the anxiety of getting higher education and gaining enough competitiveness against peers that was passed on from generation to generation in…

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  • The good but breaking on the inside

    The good but breaking on the inside

    My parents are wonderful, and our family is harmonious — this is how most people view our family. “You are an independent child who needs no worrying over”, my parents would say about me. My mother would often recall the days after I was born after she commented on this feature; unlike other babies, I…

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  • Unveiling the Hidden Struggles: Navigating Mental Health Challenges in India

    Unveiling the Hidden Struggles: Navigating Mental Health Challenges in India

    In a world that’s gradually waking up to the importance of mental health, India’s situation serves as a reminder of the struggles many face with their mental well-being. While conversations around mental well-being have gained momentum, the reality in India is marked by financial constraints, societal stigma, and limited access to healthcare. The Harsh Reality:…

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  • “Hikikomori and Beyond”: Navigating Social Withdrawal in a Digital Age

    “Hikikomori and Beyond”: Navigating Social Withdrawal in a Digital Age

    Navigating the Maze: Understanding Self-Social Isolation Many of us have experienced it – that pang of loneliness after a long day alone or the awkwardness of entering a crowded room. However, for some young people, social withdrawal becomes a more persistent pattern, a maze they struggle to navigate. This self-imposed isolation, distinct from introversion or…

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  • From Battlefield to Society: The Lasting Impact of War on Mental Health and Human Behavior

    From Battlefield to Society: The Lasting Impact of War on Mental Health and Human Behavior

    War has long been recognized as a catalyst for significant societal changes. From the devastation it inflicts on physical landscapes to the trauma it leaves on individuals, the effects of war reverberate long after the last battle has been fought. Among the many consequences of war, one of the most significant is its impact on…

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  • World Mental Health Day – The Right to Mental Health Care

    World Mental Health Day – The Right to Mental Health Care

    The first time I heard the word “depression” was in my late teens, however, I had experienced it for most of my life. I grew up in an environment where nobody really talked about mental health except when trying to describe schizophrenia (they say that the person is mental). Studies have shown that people of…

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  • “Confidential” Therapy

    “Confidential” Therapy

    Made with Pixton.

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  • 5 ABA Parent Participation Success Factors

    5 ABA Parent Participation Success Factors

    At its heart, behavior therapy is a family therapy – it requires parents to learn new parenting methods (like how to set up the house for safety, use less punishment, minimize exposure to unnecessary triggers, how to have successful outings, reduce dependence on screens, increase communication and understanding, and more). Caregivers, siblings, and other family…

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  • Sensory Tigger

    Sensory Tigger

    Some children need more or less sensory input than others. Hyperactivity cannot be suppressed, only expended, and punishing children for being unable to sit still will not work. Find safe alternatives and join in!

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  • Water Is Wet

    Water Is Wet

    So, a few days ago, my mother approached me with an article she found interesting: https://www.forbes.com/sites/maryroeloffs/2023/07/19/teen-suicide-plummeted-during-covid-19-school-closures-new-study-finds/?sh=1050137fdd9b. Published on July 19th, 2023, the Forbes article reports the findings of a 2016-2021 study on the rate of suicidality. Now, because I am terrible at writing coherent summaries when I actually want to, I will be using bullet…

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  • Am I Chinese Enough?

    Am I Chinese Enough?

    I have always felt embarrassed whenever I speak Chinese. Whenever I have to order food in a Chinese-speaking place, my throat closes and I get tunnel vision. Even when I do manage to speak, I’m acutely aware of how much I stutter when I speak Chinese or how often I mispronounce something. As such, I…

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