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Samantha Mineroff

Samantha Mineroff is a writer, mental health advocate, and aspiring author. In 2018, her paper, “The Rhetoric of Major Depressive Disorder: Performativity and Intra-activity of Emotions in Major Depression” won best seminar paper award at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. At the Poetics And Linguistics Association (PALA) Conference in 2019, she went to The University of Liverpool to present her paper “An Application of Scripts, Schemas, and Negative Accommodation Theory in Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams.” She currently works as a marketing writer for clinical research. She enjoys live jazz, good conversation, and writing letters. You can reach her at sammineroff@gmail.com

OCD and Depression — How to Combat Both

Having obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can put you at a higher risk for developing other forms of mental illnesses — this includes OCD and depression. The combination can make it feel like your symptoms are endless, and someone who has OCD might present their symptoms a little differently from someone who may only be diagnosed with depression. As we continue to learn, we’re realizing that mental… 

Treatment For Excoriation (Skin Picking And Hair Pulling)

For those struggling with the disorder, treatment for excoriation can sound impossible to do or hard to find. Below we talk about what this disorder is, how to know if you have it, causes, and treatments. This condition isn’t a dead end — there are always ways to find help and alleviate the pain, both physical and emotional. Like many mental health conditions and illnesses,… 

Struggling with Meaning in Life? Here’s What You Can Do

Struggling with meaning in life? I totally get it. I think most people go through this struggle. The human experience is a beautiful, scary, chaotic, emotional one. We are thrown into this world without always knowing why. While many people may have such a strong purpose in their life — whether that be through their religion/faith, their work, or something else — many of us still struggle… 

I Can’t Cope — How Do I Change My Negative Thought Patterns?

If you’re thinking to yourself, “I can’t cope with life right now,” or maybe that you can’t cope with life at all, I understand. When we’re struggling mentally or having a difficult time, it’s normal to use a coping mechanism to help adjust to the pain we might be feeling — this is what many people do when they feel like they can’t cope. A… 

Autism Symptoms Checklist — 21 Critical Indications to Understand

Use this autism symptoms checklist to better understand if you or your child has Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Awareness Month happens each April, and this year we want to shed light on what it is and how to be more aware of it. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a bi-neurological developmental disability that can begin to show signs before age three. A person with ASD… 

The DSM-5-TR: Recent Changes

The Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition (DSM-V) is a large piece of text that doctors, social workers, and other healthcare professionals use within the US to help diagnose mental disorders and illnesses. In March of 2022, there was an updated release of the text called the DSM-V, Text Revision (DSM-5-TR). This is the first update since 2013, and there have been many,… 

The Difference Between Crack and Cocaine

Let’s talk about the difference between crack and cocaine. You may have heard the terms “crack,” “cocaine,” or even “crack cocaine.” It seems as if they are used interchangeably when talking about the drug as a whole. While crack and cocaine are both derived from the same plant and contain the same main ingredient, there are major differences between the two forms. What is Cocaine?… 

Lexapro and Alcohol — The Effects of Alcohol While Taking Lexapro

Like any prescribed medication, there can be dangerous interactions between Lexapro and alcohol. It’s important to know when you begin a medication what the interactions are so that you can monitor your intake of other substances. What is Lexapro and Why Do People Take It? Lexapro (Escitalopram), a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI Class), is one of those prescribed medications that can have severe effects… 

Schizophrenia vs Multiple Personality Disorder | Everything You Need to Know

In the realm of mental health, it can be easy to confuse illnesses with others, especially when symptoms may overlap or present in similar ways, Schizophrenia vs Multiple Personality Disorder. For example, it can be hard to tell right off the bat if someone is struggling with major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder. That’s why understanding the differences can be helpful, both for the person… 

Beck Depression Inventory — What It Is and How It Works

There are plenty of tools available to help learn more about different mental health illnesses and how to help diagnose which mental health illness or disorder a person may have, one of which is the Beck Depression Inventory. Many people know of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which defines and classifies mental disorders in order to improve diagnoses, treatment, and research.…