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Stigma Free Lecture Series: Emily Maxim

March 31 @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm

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March 31 @ 11:45 am

As a pre-social work student, I have been a part of the many opportunities Brookdale has to offer. I am a member of Psi Beta, Tau Upsilon Alpha, and I am President of the Psychology and Human Services Club. I also am always there when Student Life holds their bingo nights! I never though how fun and engaging college was until I started at Brookdale in fall 2020.

While Brookdale has been an amazing experience both socially and academically, it can be a challenge while having a mental illness. I have an autoimmune disease called PANDAS syndrome which causes symptoms like anxiety, panic attacks, depression, OCD, and more. Having atypical symptoms and an autoimmune disease that many may not know about has left me to suffer in silence and to be afraid to mention if I am having an anxious moment, let alone a panic attack. It has been five years since my onset of symptoms, and despite being knocked down so many times by my disorders and having days where I am unsure if I will ever feel “normal,” I get back up.

Please join the Psychology and Human Services Club as we are hoping my story will help others who are afraid to speak up and share their stories, as the stigma from mental illness is the elephant in the room that prevents so many from getting help. As the saying goes, it is okay not to be okay, and we need to realize that is normal.

Join us in Fort Hancock, Room 208, in the Student Life Center or
Click here to register for the live Zoom event.


March 31
11:45 am - 1:15 pm
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