Social Worky Megan

Hi, I'm Megan. 26.
I am a MSW student.
My degree is in Child Psychology.
I am part-time student in a regular standing program.

 

My focus is on clinical (micro) social work, which unlike community (macro) social work, focuses on direct practice with individuals in the mental health field.

 

My areas of interest include trauma and ptsd, mood disorders, BPD, self-harm, suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, GLBTQ issues, attachment issues, and family of origin issues. (An ever-growing list, I will probably continually add to this.)

 

I hope to work primarily with youth and emerging adults, with an extra interest in LGBT youth

 

and because this is tumblr, I feel obliged to identify myself as a cis-gendered white lesbian. I check my privilege as often as I possibly can... If I lose sight of it, feel free to (kindly) remind me. :)

 

My Introduction Blog

cease-and-de-cis:

I’m still glad that non-binary genders petition is almost completed but it’s super frustrating that this infinitely more important petition barely has any signatures at all =/

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rainwsker:

Everytime I hear some say “I feel depressed today,” I want to punch them in their stupid face. There is a HUGE different between being depressed, and feeling down, or off for a day. This is why depression, anxiety etc are so down played in the world, and why people who have these mental illnesses feel like they are overreacting or feel guitly.

STOP TRIVIALIZING SHIT YOU HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED. I swear, if these people ever felt what true depression feels like…

STOP TELLING PEOPLE THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE COMMON ADJECTIVES!!!!

DEPRESSED IS AN ADJECTIVE

It is perfectly okay for someone to say they feel depressed, it is entirely different from saying “I feel like I have clinical depression today”…. 

I guarantee that no one who says they feel depressed on a bad day is attempting to trivialize major depressive disorder in any way.

EVERY SINGLE PERSON ON EARTH IS ALLOWED TO FEEL DEPRESSED OR ANXIOUS AND EVERY SINGLE PERSON DOES AT SOME POINT. It does not mean they meet criteria for a depressive disorder or anxiety disorder, and just because they don’t meet criteria for a disorder doesn’t mean they don’t get to say they feel a certain way. You don’t get to claim ownership of a word because it is included a label you’ve been given for your illness. YOU DO NOT GET SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP OF AN ADJECTIVE.

(From a person who used to be offended by people saying they were depressed or anxious and then GREW UP!!!)

I’m reblogging myself because people complaining about other people using the words “depressed” and “anxious” as general adjectives (as they are defined) is SO ANNOYING TO ME!!!

chrisynova:

I hate when people say “everyone is born equal”. When the truth is no everyone is not born equal. Some people are born into wealthy families and some are born into poor families.Some are born beautiful and some are born ugly.Some are born with mental stability and some are born with mental illness.The truth is everyone is not born equal and if you actually believe that then you’re a fool.

No, we are not born as equals from a socioeconomic or general advantage/privilege standpoint, but if you think being beautiful or having money makes one person better than another, or their life worth more than that of someone who is not beautiful or who has no money, THAT IS WHERE YOUR PROBLEM IS.

The point is, treat everyone as your equal. Treat everyone with dignity and respect, no matter what circumstances they were born into or ended up in for whatever reason. You are no better than any other person on this earth because we are all human.

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I was tagged by realityhurtsmeandhealsme

My questions: 

What’s your favourite day of the year? 
Probably Halloween… OR, there is a weekend every summer where my hometown celebrates our settlement, and it’s a huge celebration/tradition that holds a lot of fun and happy memories for me and my friends, and it’s basically like Christmas for us. We all get pretty drunk and dance to live music and eat from food trucks and just spend the entire weekend together. It’s great.

What’s your favourite animal? 
I think pandas are pretty damn cute… (but if we’re talking pets… Dogs. I also like cats, but I’ve always had a dog)

What’s the best lesson you have learned? 
Just to be yourself. Which is not really a lesson.. it just comes with age. I don’t think we really know who we are when we’re young, so it’s hard to “be yourself” in middle school or high school (or even college) when you’re still trying to figure out who you are… but to just remain genuine and do what you love and dress how you like and make no apologies for being the person you are (you know, as long as you’re not hurting people)

Most rewarding experience? 
Graduating from college. Walking across the stage and getting my diploma was INCREDIBLY rewarding. And I have a feeling graduating with my master’s is going to feel 10x more rewarding, because it has been absolute hell (because I hate being in school and being graded, not because I hate learning or hate my program.. i love learning and my program is great!!!)

What would you consider to be an awesome day? 
I consider my day to be awesome when I feel like I’ve been productive and gotten stuff done that needs to get done. But mostly, my days are awesome when they’re spent with my girlfriend, just because being with her makes me very happy and it just makes my days brighter when she’s around :)

What would you consider to be an awesome DATE? 
So my girlfriend is incredibly creative and also romantic and we’ve had some pretty incredible dates…. Like our 2nd date, we went to see a screening of Pee Wee’s Big Adventure in the park and we had a picnic and wine, which was a LOT of fun (I actually asked her out on that date, but I think she planted the idea). She took me on a surprise date another time, which was a gondola ride on the river in a historic town near our city. And some of my favorite dates with her were the nights we spent in NYC in cute cafes and restaurants, getting buzzed on Prosecco and talking nonstop and laughing like crazy.

Beach or poolside? 
If it’s an ocean beach, then THAT. I don’t like lakes very much, and there are over 10,000 lakes in this state.. so… I prefer poolside over a lake beach.

Pugs or Poodles? 
My dog is part poodle, so I have to pick poodle…. (she’s a yorkie-poo, she looks 100% oversized yorkie and zero poodle)

What’s one thing you wish you could tell your 16 year old self? 
One thing!? I would sit down and have an intervention on my 16 year old self. Just kidding… 16 was a horrible year for me. I was depressed and suicidal and self-destructive in so many ways, but I wouldn’t really change that, because it made me who I am today. I guess I would tell myself that high school is a joke, and that I had literally NO reason to hold back anything. I’d tell myself to make the best of every single day and not give one single fuck what anyone said about me or thought about me, because none of those people mean a damn thing to me today (aside from my close friends who are still my friends). I wish I had come out of my shell more back then instead of keeping to myself and choosing to be a wallflower (among the HS population, that is.. in my group of theatre kids, I wasn’t a wallflower at all)

What’s one thing you wish you could have in your life? 
Well, I’m really looking forward to getting married, buying a house with my future wife, and starting a family.. and I am also looking forward to having an actual career and no longer being a student!!! I’m sick of not having a real job :/

Who’s going to win Team CANADA hockey or Team USA? LOL 
Ooooh this was tagged so long ago, I really suck :(

What’s your favourite quote?
"Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable"
haha, I don’t actually know if that’s my favorite quote, but I love it.

What is your dream? 
my unrealistic dream is to visit every single place I’ve pinned on my ‘Travel Bucket List’ Pinterest board…. And of course, own all of my pinned outfits, complete all my DIY projects, try every recipe, and own every wish list item. No big deal.

my realistic dream is to get married, have a family, and start an organization that works with adolescents and young adults struggling with mental illness, who maybe don’t have the supports they need in their homes.

(I’m too tired to come up with questions or tag people, plus this isn’t my main blog so I think I’m tagged on my main blog too and I’ll have to tag people there… I know, I’m a cheater.)

ilovecodyrhodesmorethanyou:

ilovecodyrhodesmorethanyou:

Let me tell you about my night.
I went to do my daughter’s hair (condition, comb, curl, etc). It’s a regular thing and when we went to do it she said “I’m not happy with this anymore”. I asked her why and she said she was done being a girl. She hated it, and wasn’t happy. She then asked me if she could get some new clothes, boy clothes. We talked and discussed why she wanted this and what made her decide this. She said she doesn’t like girl stuff. She likes motorcycles, monster trucks, superheroes and football. So you know what we did? She and I cut her butt-length hair and went shopping. $60 later and she has a slew of new “boy” outfits. 
When I asked her if she was prepared to face the kids at school that will make fun of her because they don’t understand she said “Yeah, I will tell them that I’m happy and their opinion doesn’t matter to me”.
Oh yeah…she’s 7.

Wow the support…she’s going to love this when she wakes up tomorrow. Thank you guys.

I am so glad there are parents like this in the world. Every kid should be so lucky

ilovecodyrhodesmorethanyou:

ilovecodyrhodesmorethanyou:

Let me tell you about my night.

I went to do my daughter’s hair (condition, comb, curl, etc). It’s a regular thing and when we went to do it she said “I’m not happy with this anymore”. I asked her why and she said she was done being a girl. She hated it, and wasn’t happy. She then asked me if she could get some new clothes, boy clothes. We talked and discussed why she wanted this and what made her decide this. She said she doesn’t like girl stuff. She likes motorcycles, monster trucks, superheroes and football. So you know what we did? She and I cut her butt-length hair and went shopping. $60 later and she has a slew of new “boy” outfits. 

When I asked her if she was prepared to face the kids at school that will make fun of her because they don’t understand she said “Yeah, I will tell them that I’m happy and their opinion doesn’t matter to me”.

Oh yeah…she’s 7.

Wow the support…she’s going to love this when she wakes up tomorrow. Thank you guys.

I am so glad there are parents like this in the world. Every kid should be so lucky

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queerbookclub:

diversityinya:

According to People magazineOklahoma teens Katie Hill and Arin Andrews, who are transgender and were in a relationship with each other during their transitions, will share their stories in two memoirs to be published Sept. 30, 2014, by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. The book covers, revealed today, are above.

Katie Hill told People"I don’t want this book to just appeal to transgender people or their allies. I want people to understand that there really is no such thing as normal."

I don’t know a lot about this couple but woohoo more YA books by trans people!

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stefaniadziurzynski:

1. Drink a full glass of water. Imagine the water flushing out your anxiety/depression. Have it either iced, or heated.

2. Eat something healthy. Healthy eating is correlated with better mental health. It won’t help immediately, but know that your food choices could also flush out your anxiety.

3. Exercise. Take a walk if you’re not up for anything more strenuous.

4. Change locations. Go into another room if you can, preferably one with other people or different lighting.

5. Listen to music. Here’s a collection of different playlists for different moods.

6. Be around other people. Go to a cafe, if there’s nobody around at home.

7. Cook a meal. Have it well balanced. Try something new that’s a bit time consuming. Eat slowly, and wash dishes by hand.

8. Drink tea/coffee. A caffeine free herbal tea is best. Note: Decaf is reduced caffeine, not caffeine free.

9. Watch a funny TV show or movie. Some suggestions:

Movies: As Good As It Gets, The Birdcage, What about Bob?

Shows: How I Met Your Mother, Scrubs, It’s Always Sunny, Friends, New Girl, etc. (I’m working on extensive lists based on genre, so check back soon.) 

10. Draw something. If you’re out of ideas or not an artist, draw random shapes or scribble. You could also try to emulate a random drawing online to the best of your ability.

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transstudent:

Queer youth of color face unique hardships that lead to extreme amounts of discrimination. While 1 in 3 LGBTQ people identify themself as a person of color, schools and services are not addressing their specific needs. Learn more by clicking here.

one of my projects this semester will be to develop a program aimed at helping homeless LGBT youth… I’m actually pretty excited about the topic!! :)

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