Canadian Writer & Researcher | Aspiring Therapist | Crisis Responder | Writing about mental health, psychology, etc. https://linktr.ee/SynthiaS

Insights From Crisis Response Calls

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As the pandemic ravages onward, I wonder about those little kids who pick up the phone to the crisis line and cry. I’m a voluntary crisis responder and sometimes, it breaks my heart to hear or read about the many things that kids sometimes tell me.

Sometimes, little kids tell me that they feel that mom and dad are super mad at them, which can be pretty normal for most people. Under normal circumstances, they would cool off, work on something else, and eventually work their way cautiously towards apologies and acceptance.

In the process of waiting for the cool-off…


Canadian Researcher & Writer | MA Candidate in Counselling Psychology | Aspiring Therapist | Crisis Responder

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Hello Medium writers,

My name is Synthia and I’m a female in her mid-twenties who is born and raised in Canada. My cultural ancestry is Sri Lankan. Currently, I’m doing my second rodeo of graduate school in Counselling Psychology. I have plans to potentially become a therapist in the future.

For a bit of context, I did my Bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology and did my first master’s degree in Developmental Psychology. …


Pay attention to those red flags.

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When it comes to couples, sussing out the emotions of others isn’t easy. I’m an aspiring therapist, and I have some years of working and volunteer experience working closely with people across the lifespan, including adults and couples. For now, though, I’ve been spending more and more time working with couples, and can’t help but think about relationships a lot in general.

Jealousy Has Some Benefit

Jealousy is an emotion that many people experience. Sometimes, people can’t help it. They want something and they can’t have that something. When they see others have the very thing that they want, they might feel insecure.

Strangely…


Insights From The Former Night Owl

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When I was a kid, I often defaulted into nocturnal habits, especially on the weekends. It’s not that unusual, but I was constantly battling this urge to sleep in throughout my formative years.

Luckily, I had school, work and higher education, so that definitely prevented me from embracing the full totality of the night owl aesthetic. Instead, I ended up waking up early as an obedient person would, operating like normal.

When the pandemic came around, I curiously defaulted back to this earlier nocturnal-like state. …


The Benefits for Shedding Tears

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I have previously worked and volunteered for people in crisis, including people who cry a lot. When you’re faced with a person who is crying, the best thing to do is be patient, let them cry it out, let them speak when they’re ready, and just be there as a proverbial shoulder to cry on.

Crying can be a natural response to a variety of different stressors. We are not robots so we cannot be expected to keep it all inside. It has to leave our body somehow, and crying is a much better alternative to screaming and being angry.


Cautious Optimism About the Future

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As we climb onward with our lives, I can’t help but appreciate all the wonderful things that Medium has had to offer. While I’m going with the flow, a part of me wonders if the pathways will blossom and grow into other directions in the distant future.

What I do know is this: writing is a great self-care tool. It’s also a professional endeavour, encouraging me to challenge myself and stick to a somewhat reasonable schedule. …


Self Care Is the Only Way Forward

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We all know what the so-called writer’s block is — it’s that process where you feel nothing and you can’t even produce any new work. You’re barricaded off from the creative flow before you can even get started.

Curiously, I’ve been told that writer’s block is just the layman’s term for depression. Yes, that depression.

Depression, as defined by the National Health Service, is more than just a process of feeling sad. It’s an ongoing state of hopelessness, restlessness, and unhappiness where you lose interest in many things.

Some describe depression as the absence of feeling, where one is floating…


Ramblings About Facing The Unknown

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It is incredibly challenging to be facing uncertainty, especially when we have many emerging plans that are hanging on by a mere thread. However, life as we know it has always been full of ups and downs.

Sometimes, when we are dealing with a lot of uncertainty, our minds register these ambiguous moments as being life-threatening, and in an effort to protect us, our brain tries to shield us from anything remotely connected to the topic.

This becomes a series of both adaptive and maladaptive habits, such as taking a stroll and listening to some calming music — but also…


It’s time to take listening to the next level!

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At this time last year, I was in the throes of two different voluntary commitments, one with the national crisis line, and the second, with an online e-counselling hub.

Between the two, I had to communicate effectively with people in need of immediate mental health support. The crisis line was more short-term, where you would have no way of knowing if the person followed through on their plans to better themselves.

Each time this person picked up the phone, there might likely be another person on the other end of the line and each time you picked up a call…


Insights From Contemporary Research

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I used to work in research, and I still read the occasional academic article every now and then. I like translating this kind of stuff for the masses, in an effort to jog my brain and keep people informed.

As researchers from the University of Birmingham and PRONIA noted, machine learning could be used to accurately identify the psychotic and depressive symptoms of clients.

Yes, you’ve heard that right.

When it comes to those with depression and psychosis, individuals rarely express the general symptoms of just one or the other. …

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