Panoramic Counseling Blog

Book Review: A Brief History of Stigma

I enjoyed reading and reviewing Ashley L. Peterson's new book, A Brief History of Stigma: Looking for Ways to Move Beyond Mental Illness Stigma.  Below, you'll find the two podcast episodes I did to discuss the book in more depth. Click the links to be taken to the episodes. Part 1: Introduction Part 2: The Nuances of Mental Health Stigma...[ read more ]

Teens and Vaping (Part 2)

In part 1*, I talked about: How vaping is pervasive among teens and young adults How targeted marketing plays a role The associated health risks of teen vaping And I also provided some tips to parents Today, I'll be reflecting on a WSJ article** I read earlier this week to continue the conversation. The Article The first post focused primarily...[ read more ]

Memoirs of Mental Health: Lady Gaga

I've been seeing snippets of Lady Gaga's Lady Gaga's interview on Oprah's docuseries, The Me You Can't See. Having not yet seen the show, I started to research if Gaga has ever written about her life. The closest thing I could find to a memoir was an essay she wrote as part of a compilation book put together by her...[ read more ]

Book Review: Little & Lion

It has been a while since I've come across a novel that focuses so strongly on a variety of mental health and social topics, which is why I'm excited to share about Little & Lion, by Brandy Colbert. Mental Health Themes Bipolar Disorder: One of the main characters, Lionel, has been diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder after a misdiagnosis for...[ read more ]

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: A Book Review

Due to the circumstances, I'm reading more than ever before. With that being said, I seldom come across a book that I would consider to be life-changing. The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim is one of those exceptions and I'm excited some insights that I gained from his book with you. What is...[ read more ]

Racism and Mental Health

Today, I talk with Dr. Lakesha Roney, LPC about the impact of racism on mental health. https://youtu.be/vjw_zy3sg64 Here's the article I mentioned where Dr. Roney discussed being a parent of a child with autism https://panoramiccounseling.com/538-2/ Thanks for watching! If you enjoyed this content, feel free to buy me a coffee to support the blog and podcast. Be sure to sign up for my...[ read more ]

What is Trichotillomania?

I got the idea to write this article after a horribly failed attempt to spell "trichotillomania" into Google. Trichotillomania (trik-o-till-o-MAY-nee-uh), henceforth referred to as TTM, is the clinical term for hair-pulling. Today, I will discuss the symptoms of TTM, triggers for the symptoms, and some of the treatment options available. Symptoms of Trichotillomania According to the DSM 5 (AKA, big...[ read more ]

What are Eating Disorders?

To help keep myself sane during COVID19, I've been reading a ton of books. One topic that I wanted to refresh my memory on has been eating disorders, especially after I saw "To the Bone" on Netflix, which I highly recommend. Today, I'll be providing a user-friendly overview of the three categories of eating disorders listed in the DSM5: Anorexia...[ read more ]

Youth Depression

Today, I want to share about a common issue that I encounter at Panoramic Counseling: depressed tweens and teens. I’ll include insights from a recent Psychology Today article titled, Why Kids' Depression Goes Unnoticed by Dr. Alison Escalante.  I found it interesting that the research supports that youth depression often goes unnoticed by parents, teachers, and peers.   “Many children-- for a variety of reasons-- work to minimize or conceal entirely...[ read more ]

Memoirs of Mental Health: James Taylor

Today, I'm excited to share about James Taylor's memoir, Break Shot: My First 21 Years. Though I've never heard Taylor's music, I really enjoyed the audiobook version, as it's read by the author and includes relevant music by James Taylor throughout. What sets this memoir apart from others that I've read is the fact that it covers the author's life up to...[ read more ]