Yes I’m depressed, and I have a message for others who are too: Suck it up. Stop feeling sorry for yourself.

The “oh woe is me” attitude isn’t going to cut it anymore.

Many mental health advocates and those who who are depressed will reflexively turn red with rage at the slightest hint of this kind of rhetoric. It is a controversial opinion, and with good reason. The commonly held perception in the mental health field is that people who are depressed should not be told that their feelings are invalid, that it is not helpful to invalidate your feelings…


I have a difficult confession to make. I have been struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder for many years…

It’s not your typical depression and anxiety, which many people profess to have, but a rather difficult diagnosis to openly admit. That’s because it is one of the most highly stigmatized disorders, shunned even by some mental health practitioners. People I know and practitioners I have been with have pushed me away just on the basis of their preconceptions of those with the disorder.

That’s because it is one of the most highly stigmatized disorders, shunned even by some mental health practitioners.

For those who don’t know, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is characterized by chronic mood instability, impulsivity, difficulty with…


And the World stopped spinning for a minute…

The boys sat on the rocky outcropping, with the wind whipping all around them.

Watching the sunset on the Ocean — sad to close the chapter but hopeful for more.

And the World stopped spinning for a minute…

The boy wrapped his arms around her, smiling as her curls whipped his face.

Riding a bike down the mountainside, warm wind blowing all around them.

And the World stopped spinning for a minute…

The team watched the waves crash in the darkness, reflecting on their trip

The brisk ocean breeze sending tingles down their backs

And the World stopped spinning for…


October 19th, 2552, The Solar System

The UNSC has been fighting the Covenant, a confederation of alien species, for the past 27 years, having lost major population centers, weapon-producing colonies, and military installations… Now it’s time for the final showdown — the Battle of Earth.

Lieutenant Duval was a weapons control officer of the UNSC Wolf, a Marathon-Class heavy cruiser stationed on Earth. Commissioned more than 4 years ago and itching for a fight, Lieutenant Duval had not seen combat yet, unlike most ship-of-the-line officers in the UNSC. The United Nations Space Command (UNSC) had saw it fit to preserve…


It was a bright summer day. Hua Mulan pours tea for her ailing father. “Father, should we take a stroll outside and enjoy the weather?”, Mulan asks.

“Yes, give me some time to rest a little, my precious flower”, her father replies. Ever since she was young, her father always loved calling her his precious little flower — her name, Hua Mulan, meant “Flower Orchid”.

“We should visit your mother to pay our respects since it’s such a nice day, Mulan”, Father exclaimed.

It’s been so long that Mulan could barely remember her mother’s face. She could never forget her…


“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. “— Marcus Aurelius

Many people nowadays speed through life without satisfaction, purpose, or second thoughts. Degree after degree, job after job, relationship after relationship — and we still aren’t happy. We dedicate our entire lives to climbing the ranks, earning money, caring about how others perceive us, and chasing whatever would make us look good rather than what we believe is good for us. We plan, scheme, and hope for things in the future, but never take time to slow down and enjoy…


Fortune Favors the Bold — Virgil

There are times in your life where you may feel stuck in your progress, relationships, success, happiness, and life in general. Whatever you have been doing has not been working. Chances are, you are living life in reactive terms, meaning you have stopped dictating what you should be doing next but rather are letting life happen first then reacting to it. These are the times that call for aggressive action.

These are the times that call for aggressive action

Let’s examine how the American military handles these situations, where getting things right is literally a matter of life or death — not just…


I’m narcissistic.

That’s right, this pre-med gunner gym enthusiast is prone to bouts of narcissism. But I’m not talking about narcissism in the general societal definition. I’m not full of myself — I don’t have notions that I am superior to others or more deserving of certain privileges or positions in society. That form of extreme narcissism is by far the most damaging and overt version, leading to more societal attention in that regard. Nor am I talking about the clinical version of narcissism, Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), since I am not a mental health professional who is qualified to…


Did Hypomania play a role in American History? Is immigration the reason for our nation’s Hypomanic traits?

“The Americans are good fighters with nerve and recklessness..”

— a German officer once said of American soldiers in WWI. The Americans were often described as “reckless”, “wild”, and “foolish” in comparison with their British and French counterparts during WWI. This was the first time in a while that America had truly taken to the world stage after a period of isolationism, and the first impression left upon the rest of the world was one of craziness and recklessness. …


This past week, as I watched my fellow Millennials from all around the nation head to the polls on an Election Day that could determine the course of the future, I was once again reminded that we were not the selfish, lazy, and ambivalent generation that older generations had made us out to be. On the contrary, I’d even make the bold claim that we may in fact be the next Greatest Generation that the US needs during this critical point in history.

Everyone in the US remembers how the last Greatest Generation, the “GI Generation”, brought this nation through…

Danny Zhu

Faith, Mental Health, & Leadership from an ordinary and flawed man.

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