Why Vulnerability is Crucial

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It isn’t always easy to ask for help. Depending on what I am asking for, it can make me uncomfortable. I don’t want to make anyone go out of their way. I don’t want to intrude. Asking for help can make me feel vulnerable—like I’m naked in front of a large crowd. While recovering from my concussion, I had to ask for help constantly. I couldn’t drive or cook for myself, so I had to get comfortable with asking for assistance. I felt exposed and at risk of being rejection.

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Herpes 101-It is not life-threatening. But it can be life-changing.

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Herpes is common. Probably way more common than you think. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 1 in every 6 people has genital herpes. You can get genital herpes from an infected partner even if your partner has no symptoms.  Not only that, but most people don’t even know they have it. Whether you are single and ready to mingle or in a long term monogamous relationship, it’s crucial for you to know how to protect yourself and your partner(s).
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World AIDS Day: A Much Needed Reminder

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Ask anyone right now what disease they fear contracting and many would say Ebola.  But to date there have been less than 10 cases of Ebola in the entire US. Compare that to 1.1 million people in the United States who are currently infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.   December 1st is World AIDS Day, yet this health crisis doesn’t seem to make it onto most young people’s radar.

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Seven ways depression doesn’t have to run your life

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It’s been more than a decade since I was finally able to reach out and get help for my depression. I found a medication that helped me gain stability, and I decided to give therapy a shot.  I’ve never been good at asking for help, however the support and guidance I got from my parents was really helpful in the initial years when I was still trying to find my emotional footing.  Both of them struggled with depression and had some great insights for me.  Here are some things that really helped me during that confusing time:

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