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MENTAL HEALTH – DR. ALEX ALVARDO

Even though we have made great progress in bringing people into therapy during the pandemic, there is still a huge stigma about therapy – that it doesn’t work. In order to really change this perception, we must do more upfront work to make sure people are being matched correctly to qualified therapists and psychologists who can care for, and treat, that person’s individualized needs. To achieve this successfully requires more than a simple Internet search or app signup.

One of the biggest missteps someone can make when searching for a therapist is blindly accepting the most convenient option. This could come in the form of a quick Internet search (just because something pops up in the No. 1 position on Google does not mean it is the best option for you); or taking a referral from a friend or family member (just because a therapist is right for someone else, does not mean it is the best match for you). Additionally, skipping the therapist interview step, and rushing to the hiring step (or signing up on a mental health app), can make you feel committed or trapped with a therapist that was never the right match for you in the first place. It is true that the year 2020 will likely be known as one of the most stressful years in our time, and the first time that many Americans sought out a therapist. While this is a good thing and shows progress for improving mental health, we now face a lesser-talked about “second pandemic” of mental health issues – of which includes finding the right therapist – that could affect our future perception of mental health and our willingness to seek help.

Compounding this problem is the anxiety, financial stress, politics, substance abuse, isolation, job worries, relationship problems, health concerns and other issues that have intensified since the start of the pandemic, which has overwhelmed therapists with new patients, many of whom go on a waiting list or get referred out to less qualified resources. Mental health professionals are not immune from the stress of the pandemic either, often citing burnout and fatigue from heavy patient loads, while also struggling to handle their own stress at home.

All of these factors contribute to a more complicated and challenging mental health environment that requires increased navigation and guidance from the mental health industry to make sure that those seeking help are receiving evidence-based therapies from qualified professionals who have the bandwidth to invest in the client for the long run. To improve first-time encounters with therapy, I developed a free online matchmaking platform at Thriving Center of Psychology that vets and validates licensed professionals, then matches them to individuals seeking help, based on the person’s specific therapy needs and the professional’s area of expertise and therapy process.

To begin the process of finding the right therapist is simple. Start by filling out a 3-minute questionnaire that helps uncover the style of therapist that may be the best fit for your specific situation and preferred type. Questions cover everything from therapy approach to gender and ethnicity, including what specialty of a therapist are you seeking? Are you looking for a goal-oriented or reflective therapist? Do you want your therapist to have a holistic approach (including recommending yoga, meditation, and journaling)? and so on.

This filter then quickly matches individuals seeking help to a vetted database of qualified therapists who are licensed to work in the state in which the person lives. I developed this therapist matchmaking platform because so many friends and family members would ask me for therapist referrals. What I came to realize was that when people finally decide they should find a mental health therapist, they are often faced with a huge hurdle: finding a qualified therapist. Finding a therapist is not easy, especially if you are not a professional in the mental health industry and do not know all the right questions to ask. Mistakes can be easily made as many people either skip or rush through the research and interview step of finding a therapist.

If it is a person’s first time in therapy and it is a bad experience, it is most likely they will never return to it.
Once you find your therapist match, you should still interview 2-3 therapists before
committing to a paid session with anyone. Face-to-face office visits or video sessions
are ideal. During the interview, be sure to check the therapist’s credentials with state government sites, and have a clear understanding of his or her treatment style, therapy process and verify whether or not that therapy approach is evidence-based as defined by the American Psychological Association. Also, ask the therapist if he or she has ever treated anyone with similar concerns to yours. This will give you a clearer picture on the therapist’s treatment approach. It is important in this initial interview with the therapist, that you do not do all the talking.

You can share at a high level about what is going on (like, I’m grieving from the death of my mother), but do not get into the
details. Let the therapist do the majority of the talking so you can get a really good feel for his or her compatibility to you and your needs. Additionally, make sure that the therapist you select is licensed to work in your state. The increased popularity of virtual sessions since the start of the pandemic has opened many more options for people
seeking counseling, but if you go the virtual route, you still need to make sure the therapist is licensed to work in the state in which you reside. Ultimately, to live a truly fulfilled life, remember that it is just as important to place a high
priority on your mental health as it is for your physical health. You deserve the chance to unlock your true potential and live the life you have always dreamed of so do not let anything get in the way of your mental health, which is part of your overall health.

Start with the research step and find the therapist that is the best match for your specific needs – then the rest of the journey will be less stressful from there.

Dr. Alex Alvarado 

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USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative

As Mental Health Awareness Month kicks off, news and stories about mental health may seem to saturate media outlets. Yet a new report reveals that in top movies, mental health is rarely in the spotlight.

The study, entitled “Mental Health Conditions Across 200 Popular Films” is the second report on mental health in popular media from Professor Stacy L. Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. The report is supported by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and NYT best-selling author, purpose coach, host of the top health and wellness podcast “On Purpose,” and former monk, Jay Shetty. The study provides an update on the prevalence and portrayal of mental health conditions in popular films by examining the 100 top-grossing films of 2019 and comparing the findings to those from the initiative’s report on popular movies from 2016.

Of the 4,502 speaking or named characters across the top films of 2019, 1.5% were depicted with a mental health condition. There has been little change over time, as 1.7% of characters in the most popular films of 2016 had a mental health condition. As a point of contrast, 21% of U.S. adults experience mental illness, according to national population research studies, such as the U.S. National Comorbidity Survey.

“Stories can provide a window into different worlds and experiences, but the results of this study demonstrate that mental health is rarely a focal point in popular film,” said Smith. “With the growing need for mental health care in the U.S., and the ongoing concern about well-being, storytellers and creatives are missing critical opportunities to educate audiences.”

More than half of the films included in the study from 2019 didn’t feature even one character with a mental health condition, and thirty percent had only one character with a mental health condition. A total of seven different mental health conditions appeared across the sample. Those included: addiction, anxiety/PTSD, depression/mood disorders, suicide, significant disturbances in thinking, cognitive impairment, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. There were more depictions of anxiety/PTSD in 2019 than in 2016, while portrayals of cognitive impairment and spectrum disorders declined. The remaining mental health conditions remained consistent with 2016.

More than half (59.2%) of characters with a mental health condition in the most popular films of 2019 were male while 40.8% were female. Three-quarters of the characters with a mental health condition across the films of 2019 were White, while only 16 characters were from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups. Only two characters with a mental health condition were LGBTQ, and 42.3% had a disability. The picture of mental health conditions in popular film remains one of predominantly white, male, straight, and able-bodied characters.

“The portrayal of mental health in film has a powerful role to play especially during this period of global mental health crisis,” said Christine Yu Moutier, chief medical officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. “Entertainment educates the public, whether it’s with intention or not. And because humans are deeply wired for social connection and imitation, contagion can occur with detrimental effects or with positive impact. Portrayals can not only destigmatize and stop perpetuating dangerous tropes about people who live with mental health conditions, but they can also have the potential to deepen mental health literacy and inspire hope. All people have mental health, and now more than ever, Americans are hungry for information and resources to allow us to not only cope, but to flourish, and to support others’ mental health.”

The study also explored the portrayal and context in which mental health conditions are depicted. Nearly three-quarters of characters with mental health conditions experienced some form of disparagement in the film — either verbally or nonverbally expressed by the character themselves or another character. While disparagement could be general and not connected to a diagnosis, 45.1% of characters with mental health conditions faced derisions specifically about their mental health. More than 40% of characters with a mental health condition were the object of jokes or humor related to their mental health, an increase from 2016 (22%).

“The confluence of these contextual factors means that when mental health is presented in film, it is often stigmatized or demeaned,” said Smith. “For audiences, the nature of mental health portrayals may heighten the possibility of negative effects when it comes to real-world outcomes.”

Characters with mental health conditions were also linked with violence in several ways. More than half of characters with a mental health condition were perpetrators of violence (63.4%), a significant increase from 2016 (46%). Additionally, nearly two-thirds (66.2%) of characters with mental health conditions were victims of violence. Finally, more than one-third (38%) of the characters with mental health conditions died at some point in the film, including by homicide or suicide. Over half (59.3%) of the characters with a mental health condition who perished did so by violent means. Nearly one-quarter (22.2%) of the characters with mental health conditions who died did so by suicide.

Less than one-third (29.6%) of characters with a mental health condition were shown in therapy, including individual appointments, group therapy, addiction, support, and inpatient care. Only 12.7% of characters with mental health conditions utilized medication or other treatments. Films in 2019 showed more characters receiving both therapy and medication or other treatment compared to 2016.

With solution in mind, the initiative brought Purpose Coach, NYT best-selling author, and “On Purpose” podcast host Jay Shetty into the fold as Chief Well-Being Advisor. In this role, he will serve as a resource to the program and entertainment industry at large on issues of mental health and wellbeing, strategizing new ways to approach the subject matter on-screen and on sets, to work towards positive change.

“I am thrilled to be joining Dr. Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative as the Chief Well-Being Advisor,” said Jay Shetty. “It has always been my passion to bridge the gap between mental health and entertainment. The access that the initiative has to further explore these important matters on-screen and on sets and make real systemic change within the industry is what excites me the most.”

The study also provides a core solution for depicting mental health in popular entertainment. Building on the Mental Health Media Guide, the study offers a blueprint for a mental health policy that can be adopted by production companies, studios, and other groups. This policy outlines ways that creative talent, executives, and those overseeing production can tell authentic stories, provide opportunities to nurture mental health for those working in production, and provide audiences with more information on mental health.

The report is the latest from the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and can be found online here.

Coi Leray Releases ‘Anxiety’ Music Video

Following the dramatic release of Coi Leray’s new smash hit ‘Anxiety,’ today she releases an accompanying music video for the single! Watch the music video for ‘Anxiety’ HERE and stream the single HERE.

Throughout the cinematic masterpiece, Coi seemingly is followed around by a demonic figure, symbolizing her deep anxieties. The visual experience is able to depict the emotions that she speaks on throughout her lyrics. Coi sings, “I still got anxiety, that’s why I keep it on me, sometimes I feel I can’t trust no one around me, there’s another side of me, but I don’t even show it.”

UPROXX raved on the new smash single, stating, “The track is a bright record that takes a step into the pop lane as Coi speaks about the nature of anxiety and how it affects from day-to-day. Billboard even named the song amongst their 10 Cool New Pop Songs to Get You Through The Week, asserting, “Leray opens up about her struggles with stress and depression, pivoting from a hummable refrain to unshrinking bars about her personal ordeals.”

YouTube even deemed Coi as their most recent Artist on the Rise, along with the likes of Rod Wave, Jack Harlow and 24kGoldn. Catch a look at YouTube’s official statement HERE.

Coi has made her mark in the music industry, with her viral it TWINNEM  accumulating a mass viewing of over 16 billion views, with 50 million global streams and 6+ million video creations. She made her first late-night television on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this past year, and has been nominated for a vast array of awards, including Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist at the 2021 American Music Awards and Best Female Hip-Hop Artist and Best New Artist at the 2021 BET Awards.

This year, Coi has received nominations for the 2022 XXL Awards as Female Rapper of the Year and Best New Artist of the Year as well as the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards, including the categories of Best New Hip-Hop Artist of the Year and TikTok Bop of the Year. She joins the coveted list of performers performing at this years Rolling Loud Portugal and the Governor’s Ball.

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Coi Leray – Anxiety

The forthcoming rapstress herself Coi Leray debuted her most recent single Anxiety, where she talks about the worries that she faces each and every day.

The song tackles Coi’s trust issues and journey that she endured to get where she is modern day. Stream Anxiety HERE.

The chorus rings, “Sometimes I feel like, can’t trust no one around me, there’s another side of me but I don’t even show it, ’cause I got way too many people eating off me, been through depression and I learned my lessons, so I count my blessings and run it up.”

Coi’s debut album Trendsetter is right around the corner, and here’s why you’ll want to tune in when it releases…

Coi’s viral hit TWINNEM has accumulated a mass viewing of over 16 billion views, with 50 million global streams and 6+ million video creations. She made her first late-night television on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this past year, and has been nominated for a vast array of awards, including Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist at the 2021 American Music Awards and Best Female Hip-Hop Artist and Best New Artist at the 2021 BET Awards.

This year, Coi has received nominations for the 2022 XXL Awards as Female Rapper of the Year and Best New Artist of the Year as well as the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards, including the categories of Best New Hip-Hop Artist of the Year and TikTok Bop of the Year. She joins the coveted list of performers performing at this years Rolling Loud Portugal and the Governor’s Ball.

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What Are the Top Treatment Options for Anxiety? 

Are you someone who struggles with anxiety? If so, you are not alone. There are lots of people who struggle to deal with anxiety, and there are plenty of treatment options available. If you struggle with anxiety, one of the first things you need to remember is that you need to talk to a mental health professional. A mental health professional can take a look at your specific type of anxiety and customize a treatment option to meet your needs. Fortunately, there are lots of ways you can manage your anxiety. What are some of the key points you need to keep in mind if you are looking for anxiety treatment?

Therapy Is the Cornerstone of Treatment

First, understand that therapy is the cornerstone treatment option when it comes to anxiety. Therapy is important because it can help you understand why you suffer from anxiety. If you can get to the root cause of your issues, you might be able to develop a treatment plan to address them. If you are having trouble finding a therapist to help you manage anxiety, you should reach out to your primary care doctor. He or she might be able to provide you with a referral to a therapist in the area. The hardest thing about therapy is taking that first step. Once you get in a rhythm, therapy can dramatically help you improve your ability to manage anxiety.

Understand Abortive vs. Preventative Medication

Next, you must understand the difference between abortive and preventative medications. Both of these medications can be helpful in managing anxiety. As the name suggests, abortive medication can help you abort an acute panic attack. Some of the most common symptoms of a panic attack include rapid breathing, a high heart rate, sweating, and an impending feeling of doom. If you are developing a panic attack, short-term benzodiazepines might help you stop this in its tracks. Your doctor may prescribe you a short-term benzodiazepine in the event of a panic attack; however, you do not necessarily have to use them. A lot of people feel better just knowing they’re there.

On the other hand, you may need to take preventative medication as well. These medications are designed to prevent you from developing a panic attack. These are medications you may need to take every day. Many of these are long-term benzodiazepines; however, if you do not want to take this class of medication, there are other options available. What you need to do is talk to your mental health professional about options that can help you prevent panic attacks from taking place.

Build a Strong Support System

Furthermore, you need to build a strong support system. One of the biggest reasons why people develop anxiety is that they feel like they have to face their problems on their own. You need to find ways to build strong relationships with your family members and friends. That way, if you are feeling stressed, you have someone you can talk to. If you feel like you don’t have to face everything on your own, you might have an easier time managing symptoms of anxiety. It can be difficult to build a strong support system because you have to open up to others about your internal feelings. Therapy can help you overcome this challenge.

Give CBD a Try

Finally, you might want to consider getting CBD a try. CBD stands for cannabidiol, and a lot of people use it to manage mental health issues. It can also be helpful for managing anxiety. If you are interested in giving CBD a try, you may want to take a look at Weedmaps to learn more about some of the dispensaries in the area. Then, you can talk to a professional at one of the dispensaries and find a CBD product that might work well for you. Before you try CBD for the first time, you should keep your therapist in the loop. Let your mental health professional know that you are thinking about trying CBD for anxiety.

Find a Way To Treat Anxiety

In the end, there are lots of people who suffer from anxiety. Therefore, if you are dealing with anxiety, there are lots of people who can relate to what you are going through. Furthermore, there are mental health professionals who can help you manage anxiety. It is important for you to talk to others because you can build the skills you need to cope with symptoms of anxiety. That way, you may be able to leave prescription medications in the rearview mirror. Finally, there are other treatment options as well. For example, you may want to try CBD. There might be some local dispensaries in the area, so consider trying CBD to help you manage anxiety. This can help you improve your quality of life.

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Brianna Colette Q×A

Soulmate Coach, Brianna Colette Launches “Relationship Rehab”

“When people come to me, their love life has become stagnant, and they don’t know why. It usually means they are living in a belief system of fears and old trauma. I work to upgrade their belief system about what is available to them and what they think they deserve. When you don’t know how to love yourself you will end up settling for someone who doesn’t know how to love you either.”

Brianna Colette is an intuitive relationship healer and soulmate medium who helps guide her clients to connect with their inner self to focus more on a higher sense of self love to grow stronger connections and relationships, ultimately leading them to finding and experiencing the most preeminent of bonds: soulmate love.

We got the opportunity to speak with Brianna last week about what she does, providing insight and a chance to learn about the background to this profession.

What led you to this calling?

In 2017, I witnessed a violent murder of a family by their adult son. I was able to save the lives of two people, but I suffered mentally and emotionally as result. At the same time, the relationship that I thought would be my anchor abruptly ended and only further triggered my abandonment issues. I struggled with PTSD, depression, panic attacks, and anxiety. I had sunk so low I started having suicidal thoughts. It was then I knew I needed more than talk therapy. This near-death experience was the catalyst for my spiritual awakening and learning about different healing modalities. I started addressing relationship patterns and healing the relationship I had with myself.

Do you think your past relationships have helped you curate how you help others?

100%. Everything that I guide my clients through, I have personally healed and integrated for myself. From trust issues, attachment dynamics to abandonment trauma. Everything I share comes from real-life experience (negative, positive, etc.).

Do you recommend people who believe they are in solid and grounded relationships to come to see you?

If your relationship has a good foundation of trust, communication, love, and respect with no major issues, congrats! But even the relationship that looks good on the outside can have its issues. If you feel like you’re not getting your needs met, aren’t feeling heard like you’re constantly having the same fight over and over, lines are being crossed and you’re not sure how to shift it, come talk to me.

Do you think relationship issues lie mostly in their past?

Absolutely. Each of us comes to the relationship with a “template” so to speak. It is compiled of all our conditioning, trauma, belief systems, and ideas about love and relationships. And whatever we’re carrying around, whatever it is that’s unhealed ends up being dumped into the relationship.

What about the present?

New variables might come into the mix that is out of our control (loss of a job, family stressors, children, etc.), but how we deal with them is usually based on the tools that we have in our ‘emotional toolbox.’

How in-depth are your sessions?

They can go pretty deep, actually. But it all depends on how in-depth a client is willing to go. I always respect a person’s boundaries but will be as transparent as possible in a kind way if I see something. A lot of our issues are hiding in our subconscious mind- behaviors, patterns etc. And sometimes all that’s needed is the awareness around it to heal it and change the behavior.

Did your journey in helping other people find self-love begins first with finding your own?

For the longest time, I wanted so badly to love and accept myself. I was so critical of myself and had a lot of negative self-talk. I used to feel so unlovable. It’s sad but true. People were always talking about self-love, but I didn’t know how to ‘get’ there. Through my own process of healing my self-worth, I learned what self-love and acceptance really mean. I was able to really lock in a logical and tangible way to heal and create a ‘formula’ so to speak.

Do you think you found self-love by helping others?

No, the self-love came from digging deep and addressing why I had such a low opinion of myself. Why I was willing to accept less. I had to heal myself first before I could help others. In the healing world, we always say you must heal from the scar, not the wound. Meaning you must heal first before you go helping others.

Did you always believe this would be something you saw yourself doing in the future, or did it just kind of come to you?

Absolutely not! If you would’ve told me 5 years ago that I would be teaching and healing others something I had been painfully and quietly suffering with for years, I never would’ve believed you. This kind of work is a force you can’t ignore. It’s a purpose that keeps nagging in your ear until you do something about it.

Did this career always correspond with what you thought you were going to be growing up?

Looking back, yes it makes sense. I was a hairstylist for 15 years and always had a gift for helping people see how beautiful they really are. So many of my clients said sitting in my chair was like a therapy session that you left feeling good about yourself afterward. I’ve always been able to see someone’s inner beauty and potential and bring that to the surface. Help them discover the unique beauty and highlight that for the world to see. And to be honest I think there’s nothing more powerful than a woman who feels beautiful in her own skin.

No matter what form of love complications her clients may have, Brianna first establishes where their inability to achieve happiness stems from so that they may begin with most importantly repairing self-worth. Whether that be past traumas, personal frustrations, or unsuccessful work/life experiences, Brianna highlights the way her clients show up in non-romantic relationships because they can often reflect their limitations within their relationships in general. Examining her clients’ old belief systems allows Brianna to focus on any client’s possible wounds from childhood, inherited family dynamics, or fear surrounding vulnerability.

Once Brianna examines their past, she helps her clients make peace with old wounds and break free from any self-sabotaging toxic patterns, guiding them on how to release fear and create the right conditions for a higher frequency of love. Brianna’s passion stems from her own personal experiences and growth, continuously evolving her ability to intuitively heal and help clients enter a fulfilling relationship and their most aligned love life ever. By fusing modern therapies and energetic healing modalities, her clients can discover their authentic self and rewrite their futures to achieve and experience the kind of relationships & love that we all desire.

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Top Ten Things to Know When Moving into Your First Apartment

By: Skyler Johnson

Moving into your first apartment can be a very stressful experience. From taking care of your electricity bill to installing Wi-Fi, there’s a lot to consider. Here are the top ten things to know.

  1. Be Aware of Space

This doesn’t just mean measuring your couch, it also means knowing which outlets are connected to a switch and how much closet space you have. Knowing where to plug in a lamp should be one of the first things you need to understand, as it can make life much easier down the road in terms of the arrangement of furniture and electronics. Keeping track of where each closet is can also allow for a serious consolidation of space. Find ways to maximize your closet space HERE.

  1. Make a Grocery List

While this may seem like it’s self-explanatory, it’s not something you ever want to forget, especially if you’re hungry. Chances are you’re not going to remember all the ingredients to a certain dish or dishes you’re making. Making this list should be something you do once or twice a week to make sure you don’t take more trips to the grocery store than you need.

  1. Choose Your Meal Plan Carefully

Going grocery shopping is something you’ll have to do every week and making a list of meals is essential. However, ingredients can be expensive if you’re not choosing correctly. Therefore, it’s important to only buy products you’re going to use at least twice. That way, you can save money in terms of how much you buy. If you’re buying zucchini, make sure to use it both for a fried zucchini and a pasta with zucchini and pesto. If you have the money, but not the time to shop, check out Instacart, where you can have someone go shopping for you.

  1. Keep the Lights Off

Remember, you have an electricity bill now. Make sure not to keep the lights on for too long or that bill will start to seriously increase. Make sure to turn off all lights when leaving the apartment, but make leave a light on when using a phone or laptop, as that’s been proven to deteriorate your eyesight.

  1. Keep Organized

Keeping organized might be something you’re already semi-aware of, but you’re operating on a much larger scale now. Putting shoes in their proper place and keeping brooms and mops in a closet or contained area can help you in the long run especially when doing chores. Having to scrounge through all your belongings to find a simple thing is a mild inconvenience when it happens one time in your room or dorm, but it becomes more of an issue when everything you have becomes lost.

  1. Remember to Get Fresh Air

With your apartment, unlike with your dorm or house, you don’t have to do much moving around for long periods. The kitchen is right there and doesn’t require as much walking as in a house. Nevertheless, it is good to get out of the house at least once a day. Social isolation can lead to depression.

  1. Magnets, Tupperware, and Air Freshener

These are all things you might not think you need, but you will. Magnets are great for your fridge. They can be used to hang up notes, grocery lists, and even hand towels. Plus, they make great decorations. Tupperware is good for storing food, which will become necessary. It’s always good to have leftovers, especially for busy study/work nights. Even for the nose blind, an air freshener is great for kitchen smells which will permeate a small space.

  1. Know how to do Laundry

Most apartment complexes have some form of a laundry room, and it’s important to know where yours is located, and more importantly how much it costs. You don’t want to be stuck with a lot of clothes to be washed without know how to wash them. Some laundry machines are more intuitive than others. For example, some may use Shine, a platform that allows for easy mobile payments for laundry. You can find out if your complex uses one by checking if there’s a baby blue sticker on the machine.

  1. Don’t Be Afraid to Make Cooking Mistakes

Cooking is one of the many things that are unique to moving into your first apartment, and while you may liken yourself to be a chef, try doing it every night. Food preparation mistakes are common but can also be great learning experiences. Either way, there’s always take-out if your food is inedible.

  1. Give yourself Space

When first moving into your apartment, you will have to deal with a lot of anxiety from living on your own. It’s not an easy transition, and you shouldn’t expect it to be. If you can, take a few days off from working to transition into your new space and get used to your environment. You won’t regret it.

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Athletes for CARE Supports Mental Health in Professional Sport

Olympians and Professional Athletes are setting new standards for personal care and well-being to protect their mental health, disrupting intense pressure and expectation

Athletes for CARE (“A4C” or the “Organization”) is a nonprofit organization working since 2017 with current and former athletes to address the long term impact of the mental and physical toll a career in sport takes on athletes. A4C advocates for the removal of stigmas surrounding mental health and personal well-being in sport, as well as for treatment options. A4C applauds and supports the challenging decisions made by Olympic athletes like Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka in the past weeks to protect their mental health and well-being. Their outspoken bravery sets a precedent encouraging others to reinforce that no athlete must suffer alone in silence on, or after leaving, the world stage.

A4C is committed to fostering resilience and support for mental health challenges faced by current and former professional athletes. To further this mission, the organization is proud to announce a collaboration with the Post-Game Players’ Lounge (“PPL” or the “Partner”), a program devoted to supporting retired athletes who are finding themselves, for the first time, in a world that isn’t solely dominated by participation in professional and team sport.

“PPL is excited to collaborate with A4C to help bring the mental health aspect of athletics to the forefront! While traditional sports psychology focuses on athletes’ success on the field, PPL is shifting their focus to helping athletes succeed off the field,” says Dr. Shannon McHugh, PsyD., co-founder of PPL.

“Athletes for CARE is committed to helping athletes find success in life after a career in sport,” said Anna Valent, Executive Director A4C. “We have worked for years on a one-on-one basis to address barriers to success and help athletes find support, opportunity and purpose in life after a career in sport. We are excited to work with the Post-Game Players’ Lounge to bring this program that focuses on mental health at no charge to any athlete from any sport.”

“A4C was there to support me through some dark times after my football career ended.” said Jamie Brown, A4C Athlete Ambassador and NFL Superbowl Champion. “I am excited that A4C and PPL are partnering to create a safe space where you can share anything in a group of people who understand how you are feeling. It helps connect the dots whether you are struggling with finances, or purpose or anything.”

The program, led by former athletes who are now mental health professionals, includes a 16-week program for athletes and will grow to include programs for spouses, partners and families of athletes. Athletes who complete the program will also be invited to participate in a leadership development program to continue their mental health journey. In addition to the weekly program, athletes needing additional support will receive individual care plans that will also be supported through A4C. Many athletes struggle with mental, physical, and financial health during and after a career in sport. It is difficult to navigate how and where to get help, especially when coming from a unique industry and usually without a transition plan or health insurance.

About Athletes for CARE

Athletes for CARE (A4C) is a nonprofit organization launched in 2017 by passionate retired professional athletes who recognized the need to advocate for the health, safety and wellness of more than 2 billion people of all ages who compete annually in sanctioned sports globally. Through that advocacy, we are improving health and wellness options for the billions of people around the world living with mental and physical illnesses including chronic pain, depression, anxiety, PTSD, CTE, TBI, substance abuse and opioid dependency.

About Post-Game Players Lounge

The Players’ Lounge was created with a collaboration between psychologists Dr. Shannon McHugh and Dr. Jesi Sasaki, B.J. Williams, the founder of Can I Be Vulnerable (an organization aimed toward reducing the stigma of mental health for black men and boys), and occupational therapist Dr. Madison Harris, who specializes in helping athletes with their retirement transition. Started as a safe space for former NFL players to come together and talk about their mental health and post-career journey, now turned into a program that all former athletes can access and benefit from as they transition out of their athletic career. PPL provides mental wellness tips and techniques to group members and collaborate with partnering neuropsychologists and occupational therapists to provide relatable information to help athletes develop a playbook for retirement that prioritizes their mental and physical wellness post-sport.

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Best CBD Gummies For Anxiety

Best CBD Gummies For Anxiety: Top Brands In 2021

Anxiety is a major issue in society affecting the various calibers of individuals without being bias. Most persons neglect it alongside other mental illnesses. However, this has led to the search for other non-conventional forms of therapy because the normal medications sometimes carry undesirable side effects. More so, the inconveniences associated with the normal diagnosis and management are very disheartening. This is where CBD products come in, they are relatively new in the market but have immediately become a go-to option for issues like sleep disorders, pains, anxiety, inflammation, arthritis, and many others. The different CBD products all have a unique function to help you live a better and more appreciable life. Hence, this article is about the best CBD Gummies for anxiety currently in the market, the top brands, and all you need to know before you buy these products.

Top 5 CBD Gummies Brands for Anxiety

Our Consideration for Choosing The Best CBD Gummies for Anxiety

It is quite evident that many brands are pitching the same product for the treatment of anxiety. Given that development, we came up with some criteria that enabled us to select the top five brands that provide CBD Gummies for anxiety. It is interesting to note that this selection was purely objective and not intentionally in favor of any specific brands. The criteria for selection are as follows:

Hemp source

It is expedient that when you want to buy CBD Gummies, whether, in person or online, you check for any information on the hemp plant that they used. This is because many brands are using poorly grown and adulterated versions of the plant, which may end up giving you poor-quality products with unverified constituents. The brands selected in this article are well-known brands that use the right plant.

Third-party lab reports

Any legitimate brand is not usually afraid of third-party testing since they have a genuine product. Thus, testing a product using an independent laboratory is a crucial step for selecting a brand for the Best CBD Gummies for anxiety. The result of the third-party testing should be consistent with those on the brand’s site.

Quality of the ingredient

We made sure to pick only brands with the best quality ingredients. Almost all the brands out there will promise you that they have the best compositions, but only a few meet up the task. We have chosen brands with the highest concentrations of CBD, lowest of concentration (and of course standard proof concentration) of THC. As well as small amounts of preservatives and other secondary ingredients that will give the product a nice taste and flavoring, but do not reduce the effect of the main ingredient.

Strength of the product

Since it is from a high-quality hemp plant and the best materials available, it is a no-brainer that these products would perform their functions to the fullest. Have in mind that these companies received vetting so their products are the best when it comes to CBD Gummies used for anxiety treatment or management.

Brand transparency

The brands we have selected make use of the right materials and so they got nothing to hide. More so, their customer reviews will also confirm what we have said about them. We made sure that each of the brands we picked had a high trust rating. So, you have nothing to fear. You just sit back and look through them all, and then pick any that feels just right for you.

5 Best CBD Gummies for Anxiety Available in 2021

1. Fab CBD Chews: Best Overall

Fab CBD is a relatively new company founded in 2017 in Colorado. They deal with various forms of nutritional products, health products, topical skin care products, and pet products. Their goal is to offer medical assistance to people in a more convenient manner. Their farmers grow hemp, the key ingredients for sourcing CBD for the edible products, without using chemicals and pesticides. Every time, this company channels its profits to the Make-A-Wish Foundation as a way of giving back to society.

Hemp source

As a matter of principle, they get all their products from their farms in Colorado. They also extract CBD and other components of the plant using a unique non-toxic extraction method that separates the CBD, terpenes, and flavonoids from the rest of the plant. Mind you, they grow their products in areas where hemp farming is legal.

Lab results

With series of in-house lab tests and third-party tests conducted, this firm is always bringing quality, fully tested products that are safe to use to the market. They use Proverde laboratories to test their products.

Ingredients

Fab CBD has completely organic ingredients which are all high-quality versions of themselves. They keep all ingredients in favorable conditions before and after use, and mixing proportions of the various ingredients are of the accepted standard.

Strength

Fab directs a significant amount of mental and physical efforts toward their production and, hence, obtain an output that is the gold standard in every factor of comparison.

Brand reputation

Many official and popular sites have endorsed Fab CBD as a trusted brand for CBD products, especially CBD Gummies. This is because it offers one of the highest quality CBD products in the market. It is popular for carrying out third-party lab testing, of which the results are always very impressive. They have wonderful customer service and have been rated five stars by hundreds of customers.

Price to performance

Fab CBD Chews comes at affordable prices and also offers nice discounts when purchased in large quantities. They offer a 30-day guarantee on their products and shipping charges are gotten based on the weight and height of the products. They only ship within the United States but offer free shipping for orders that are more than US$99.

Verdict

From the information detailed above, Fab CBD has its head straight on giving customers the best CBD Gummies for anxiety. So, if you are interested in buying some CBD Gummies. Fab is a good place to start.

2. Joy Organics Gummies – Best Lab Testing

Someone who knows and had experienced the naturally occurring beneficial effects of CBD and wants to share with anyone she comes in contact with established this brand in 2018. After CBD products changed her life, she decided to enter the industry only to find that getting these products in their high-quality form has been very difficult for customers. The main goal of Joy Organics is to produce standard CBD products and then make these products available for everyone at a much-subsidized rate.

Hemp source

According to Joy Organics, hemp plants are not equal and, as such, their CBD compositions are not the same. Being a member of the United States Hemp Roundtable, Joy Organics prepare their products with only the best hemp plant available. This is not just because they want to satisfy their customers, but also because they want to set an exemplary standard for other brands to follow.

Lab results

Joy Organics partners with only the best in the industry. The farmers and the extractors all have quality experience and training, and then, there is the state of the start labs that test all their products to confirm how genuine they are. They have well-documented lab results with each product’s lot number. With this lot number, you access the lab result of your product online anytime. Again, they also make use of third-party lab testing at ISO-certified labs, just to be sure that their products meet the standard mark.

Ingredients

The main ingredient for CBD gummies is the hemp plant, with other secondary ingredients for taste and coloring. Joy Organics tries to make the gummies as THC-free as possible and has sometimes gotten to 0.0% THC presence.

Strength

Joy organics have a high level of sustainability which does not only end in growing, formulating, and bottling, but also in shipping and other aspects of branding.

Brand reputation

Since they belong in the United States Hemp Roundtable, they know them nationwide to deliver outstanding CBD Gummies that work very effectively. Also, they assist their customers in searching for products and quantities that would be suitable for what they have in mind.

Price to performance

Joy organics has numerous content sizes to offer such as the 10mg container, which has a total of 30 gummies and comes in several flavors like the strawberry and green apple flavors. These Premium CBD gummies help in taking the edge off, unwinding without losing focus, it also tackles stress.

Verdict

If you are a newbie in the CBD Gummies for anxiety industry, either as a retailer or a consumer, then you should consider starting with a reliable brand like Joy Organics Gummies. 

3. Premium Jane – Best Formulators

Premium Jane is one of the top CBD brands in the market. That is to say, they are among the brands that are giving CBD products the good name they have been getting recently. They are keen on making sure that all who come in contact with it feel the natural benefits of CBD products such as CBD gummies and CBD oil.

Hemp source

Their CBD comes from hemp plants grown in Kentucky, in the United States. There are different qualities of hemp, and this means that different qualities of CBD exist. Premium Jane makes their CBD Gummies with the highest quality hemp available.

Lab results

In-house lab results and third-party lab results are correlating with each other and are also of the standard values. All products of Premium Jane have been tested and certified by ISO professionals to be completely safe to use with modifications aimed at reducing the side effects that come along with the intake of hemp products.

Ingredients

As with other CBD Gummies for anxiety, Premium Jane is made with CBD also known as cannabidiol, which is one of the derivatives of the hemp plant alongside other flavoring substances like strawberry, mango berry, lime, etc. During the extraction, they usually remove some unwanted derivatives of the plant-like THC, known to cause side effects. They do this so that you will enjoy all the benefits without the repercussions. Also, the gummies do not contain any solvents, pesticides, or bad chemicals.

Strength

As stated earlier, the Premium Jane brand concentrates on making better versions of CBD Gummies for anxiety so users can relax while on the go. They derive pleasure from the knowledge that you are fully satisfied with what you get from your previous order.

Brand reputation

Most of their customers always write back to affirm the quality and benefits of their CBD products.

Price to performance

Premium Jane has many flavors under CBD gummies for anxiety. Some of these products include:

  • 750mg CBD Gummies (25mg CBD per Gummy), which goes for about $55.00
  • 1500mg Strawberry CBD Gummies (25mg CBD per Gummy), which goes for about $90.00
  • 1500mg Lime CBD Gummies (25mg CBD per Gummy), which also goes for about $90.00
  • 1500mg Mango Berry CBD Gummies (25mg CBD per Gummy).

Verdict

For Premium Jane to be in our Top 5 list, it means that they have done exceedingly well based on the criteria we listed above and, as such, we can recommend that you try their products and see if they soothe you.

4. PlusCBD – Best Broad Spectrum

PlusCBD is a wellness company to improve the health of everyone on the planet, with the use of medicinal plants like CBD. Being among one the first CBD brands across the country, they are basically in charge of making sure that the benefits of CBD are known all over the planet. They have the widest production selection available and belong to several trade organizations where they receive the most recent updates from the international market.

Hemp source

The Hemp plant that Plus CBD uses to make PlusCBD Gummies for anxiety is from natural planting in the presence of natural sunlight soil and water. Their hemp contains other smaller terpenes and cannabinoids which contribute to the health benefits it provides in general. Hemp also contains other substances such as fatty acids that usually stimulate the body to produce its endocannabinoids.

Lab results

All the results obtained from the lab are third-party tested while a Certified ISO quality assurance agency also tests the product quality and packaging. Again, they have their quality assurance and quality control firm that does the internal clearance before they send them to the independent labs. They also carry out clinical testing to improve the efficacy of the products.

Ingredients

It contains the main ingredient which is cannabidiol. It also contains other beneficial lower quantity derivatives of the hemp plant in addition to the flavoring agents and taste agents. Generally, their products derive from non-GMO plants raised from EU-certified hemp seeds, no gluten, and artificial sweeteners like organic tapioca syrup, organic cane sugar, organic seaweed extract, and citric acid.

Strength

PlusCBD helps in masking the awkward feeling of taking the normal hemp derivative, by making use of organic sweeteners and flavors. They have a strong testing and quality assurance facility, as well as endowed market and product educators that give you first-hand and most recent information.

Brand reputation

As one of the first CBD companies, they have a reputation of maintenance because those who are new to CBD products may use them alone as the yardstick to judge every other CBD brand and as such, failure to meet the expectation will be defaming the rising CBD name.

Price to performance

The different products have their different prices and secondary specific functions.

The PlusCBD Sleep gummies are available for $29.99 and help in circadian rhythm control, sleeplessness, and other disorders. It comes with CBD, magnolia bark extract, and lemon balm.

The PlusCBD Calm Gummies also go for the same price but have their direction towards easing tension, soothe irritability, and contribute to a greater sense of contentment. Its secondary ingredients include L-Theanine, a compound found in green tea, and another called 5-HTP, a precursor of serotonin.

Verdict

Before the fake brands and firms came along, PlusCBD gave and is still giving customers a chance at easily obtaining top-quality CBD gummies which sort anxiety and other disorders. We have chosen them because their data checks out, you should choose them too.

5. cbdMD – Most Popular

cbdMD, as with other brands of popular CBDs, is vested solely in making sure that the world comes to know about CBD and its numerous benefits. They create awareness and educate the society of the positive effects of CBD, and then further make CBD products easily accessible to all who need them. They provide options for individuals that want to be different through experiencing the good effects of CBD.

Hemp source

The CBD of cbdMD comes from a high-quality hemp plant, from which other beneficial constituents derive.

Lab results

Lab results from cbdMD indicate no traces of THC in all their products. This is good news because you get all of the benefits without any of the adverse effects. Again, they use a standardized formula that enables them to get a constant high level of CBD and terpenes during the extraction. Then, they go ahead to blend them, in a manner that would potentiate its effects. They use certified NSF labs for manufacturing and production, and then the results of each finished batch are posted online.

Ingredients

According to them, their products usually come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee because they try to make each of the products the main function with the extra added advantage.

Strength

Their strength includes industrial innovation, great customer services, selection of highest quality products, as well as educating the public on all issues about CBD.

Brand reputation

They are popular for double-checking and triple-checking all details of a product before its release to the world. cbdMD tries to be as transparent as possible, showing everyone what is being done at every step in their production. It is due to this that they listed them on New York Stock Exchange.

Price to performance

cbdMD offers free shipping on all domestic orders. They can also ship products to military bases and United States territories. If you make use of FedEx, then they can ship to the FedEx pick-up location closest to you.

Some CBD Gummies products offered by cbdMD include the 300mg-30 Count CBD Gummies, which contain 10mg CDB per gummy and goes for about $29.99. There is also the 750mg-30 count CBD Gummies having 25mg CBD in each content and sold for about $59.99. Other concentrations and products are also available.

Verdict

Well, if you want to look at cbdMD from an objective point of view, you find that you are in a safe place that gives you premium quality CBD products, and that is why they are on our list of top 5 brands for the best CBD gummies for anxiety in 2021.

What Really Is Anxiety All About?

Anxiety disorder is the most common mental issue in the United States, affecting more than 40 million people that are 18 or older. It is normal to feel anxious, but when it begins to disrupt your normal activities and functioning, it becomes an issue. Another difficulty associated with anxiety is seeking help. Many persons that are having anxiety and its disorder do not like going for the proper treatment and this, sometimes, maybe due to discrimination and things alike. A combination of CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and medication may be effective in the management of anxiety. However, close observations show that lots of persons used CBD products to relieve their anxiety symptoms. Well, if you are using it, why not enjoy it. This is where CBD Gummies come in. You enjoy yourself while relieving your anxiety symptoms.

Key Facts that Make CBD Gummies Exceptionally Good for Anxiety Relief

CBD Gummies and all other CBD products come from the hemp plant and, as such, possess some level of relaxation and anti-anxiety properties. They perform this function through the regulation of the endocannabinoid system (EDS), which is a vital system as it aids in the control of the central nervous system, hormones, inflammatory responses, reproductive functions, to mention but a few. Also, CBD Gummies helps with anxiety attacks by lowering its magnitute, which it does by reducing the normal stress levels to the barest minimum. Again, unlike many other products where you need to take for months before feeling the effect, CBD Gummies have a relatively quick response time.

CBD Gummies, which is short form Cannabidiol Gummies, come from their parent plant – Cannabis sativa also known as the Hemp plant. To clarify, CBD is completely safe to use and does not cause any change to your personality and mental state. Despite what you may have heard about the plant being psychoactive, experts have revealed that the cause of the abnormal reaction is from a different constituent of the hemp plant entirely, a substance known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Many studies have attributed the individual psychoactive changes to be due to the THC and, therefore, most CBD products are THC free or just contain a very minute amount of it.

According to research conducted in the past, CBD works well in the treatment and management of different forms of pain and discomfort. However, some of the current studies focus on finding out the complete mechanism of action by which CBD plays its fantastic role and if this effect can be beneficial to other body systems.

Before now, you may have heard of gummies that are like sweet and edible candy seen everywhere and every day. CBD Gummies are gummies with known concentrations of CBD (Cannabidiol) and known derivatives of the hemp plant. CBD is incorporated into gummies to enable you to enjoy the benefits associated with CBD, and at the same time, the sweetness of a candy. They describe it as the perfect calming candy to help you through any form of stress and anxiety.

Here’s What Science Has to Say

It is no longer news that the hemp plant has many properties ranging from relaxing to pain amelioration. CBD is simply one of the compounds that are responsible for these effects. They extracted CBDs from the parent plant and made them into forms that are more appreciating to the eye and more edible, while still conveying the original effects of the hemp plant.

How To Take CBD Gummies for Anxiety

Due to variations in the individual body systems, the amount of CBD Gummies consumed also varies from one person to another. The normal advice, especially for a new user, is to start low, maybe with a 10mg gummy, and then check how you feel afterward (both the benefits and the discomfort). Then, you can decide to up the concentration or increase the frequency of the previous concentration. Basically, you increase the number until you attain your desired effects. The effects of a single gummy usually last for about 6 to 8 hours so you can factor that into your criteria for choosing a dose. Although, how it lasts usually depends on the consumer’s metabolism, strength, etc.

Key Health Benefits of CBD

CBD is hailed as a miracle cure because it has numerous benefits which range from physical, to emotional and then psychological. The good thing about CBD is that it makes the effect last longer, that seems wonderful, doesn’t it. The benefits of CBD include:

Side Effects

Basically, CBD Gummies is a safe product since it rarely causes a reaction. However, it is possible to encounter some minor side effects like gastrointestinal problems and drowsiness after taking it, but, as stated earlier, the chances of encountering these effects are very slim. Again, it is possible to react to the secondary ingredients of CBD gummies like the sugar, color, and flavors normally used to improve the taste and appearance of the gummies. If you encounter any severe symptoms, it is advisable to seek medical assistance. 

The Legality of CBD Gummies

CBD Gummies are as legal as any other CBD product. That is to say, CBD gummies are very legal. Since they are all derivatives of the hemp plant (which is also legal according to the 2018 Farm Bill). However, it is only legal if it contains 0.3% or less as its THC concentration by dry weight. Again, the law guiding CBD is a federal law, so you have to check your state for any state-placed prohibition or ban. Remember, the law is not in favor of any CBD product having more than 0.3% of THC, which means if you purchase them, you do that at your own risk. 

Here’s How to Order CBD Gummies

All the brands for CBD Gummies listed in this article have an online platform where you can order CBD Gummies for anxiety from the comfort of your house. Do not hesitate to order the product now. If you have any reservations, you can contact the market and product educators to give you additional information.

Final Thoughts

Lets’ say you need something to help you manage pain and anxiety and you don’t want to use the conventional medications since they also have their side effects and irregularities, CBD gummies are always at your disposal. Although there are diverse brands of CBD Gummies for anxiety in the market, we have selected the Best 5 CBD Gummies brands that are likely to give you what you want and more. You can start from our best overall and work your way down till you get to the exact brand and concentration that gives you the best results.

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How Has 9/11 Changed America?

September 11, 2001 will forever remain etched in the memories of Americans. Almost 3,000 innocent lives were lost during the deadly 9/11 terror attack. No one saw it coming until two planes hijacked by terrorists crashed into New York’s World Trade Center.

Terrorists aboard a third plane hovered around the Pentagon while the fourth crashed in Pennsylvania. And this was the beginning of significant changes in America’s history. Nearly everything changed in a bid to make America safe. Below are several things that changed after the terrorist attack.

Start Of War On Terror

The 9/11 terrorist attack on U.S. soil marked the beginning of America’s war on terror. Before then, American troops were home. But a month after the attack, American troops were deployed to Afghanistan. Their main objective was reining in al-Qaeda militia – an outlawed terror group – behind the terrorist attack in the U.S.

In an address to Congress nine days after the attack, declared a global war on terror.

“Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped, and defeated,” Bush’s resolute stand read.

The U.S. troops sustained a long war in dismantling the Taliban government supporting al-Qaeda. It is the most protracted military campaign in the annals of U.S. history. And it didn’t end here. Military troops from the U.S. in 2003 invaded Iraq intending to dethrone Saddam Hussein. Hussein was the leader at the time and was producing weapons for the Taliban forces.

Twenty years later, about 8,000 US troops are still in Afghanistan, taming the Taliban insurgency.

Health Complications

Residents of lower Manhattan in New York reported increasing cases of Ground Zero respiratory diseases five months after the terror attack. Some of the 9/11 related illnesses came as a result of pulverization. When the World Trade Center collapsed, all materials in the building became fine dust spreading all over Manhattan.

The World Trade Center Health Program certifies that there are more cases of respiratory diseases since the attack in the area. Further, other ailments certified by the program include asthma, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer, depression, rhinosinusitis, and sleep apnea.

Onset Of Deportations

The Department of Homeland Security didn’t exist before September 11, 2001. President Bush formed it in 2002, working closely with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Deportations rose exponentially during Barack Obama’s administration, having the highest numbers. Between 2009 and 2010, nearly 400,000 people were deported.

Between 1999 and 2001, there were at least 200,000 annual deportations. But they doubled after the 9/11 terror attack.

Airport Security More Elaborate

In 2001, you would wander around the airport in the U.S. without much fuss. Today, you need a ticket to do this. And proper scrutiny of your passenger I.D. is undertaken before boarding a flight. A thorough body check happens today, and you must remove your shoes and your belt. Back then, none of this happened. Security is now elaborate – nothing is ignored. Not even the vaguest intelligence report.

Anti-Muslim Bias

Between 2015 and 2016, FBI data indicates 91 cases of assault stemming from anti-Muslim bias. In contrast to 2001, after the 9/11 attack, this number grew. Americans perceive Islam as a religion advocating for war. Religious discrimination is still a thing in America. The profiling of Muslims continues amid efforts to change the narrative that they are peace-loving.

The aftermath of the 9/11 terror attack in the U.S. in 2001 has a good and an ugly side. In terms of safety, it is a plus for the people. More elaborate security systems are in place today. But America is still in the war two decades later; this is a sad reminder of the aftereffect of the most significant terror attack in the land.