I worked so hard to remain in this country and yet these efforts still didn’t add up

II moved to the United States in August 2016 to attend graduate school where I would be trained to become a mental health clinician. It was an interesting era — at the peak of presidential election mayhem. I was a young immigrant student sandwiched between the anxieties of a Trump-Pence…

For a long while I have been curious about the triggers behind the actions of sexual violence. I’ve an impending desire to indulge in long conversations with these perpetrators to gather insight into what instigates them into committing these actions. I want to listen to what plays in their minds…

Over the last couple of days, my timeline has been flooded with a storm of #MeToo stories that are heartbreaking accounts of sexual assault. Funny how we were never taught to label it as sexual assault when it happened. It’s usually an internal dialogue with heightened anxiety that never leaves.

I am often reflective of how I was educated around some of the most important subjects in my life; mainly about those that have shaped my perspectives of the world, over the course of time. It’s mostly because I derive inspiration from the examples I see around me and that…

I remember the conversation like it happened minutes ago. At a family event, a relative exclaimed ,”All this homosexuality business is for attention. God created man and woman differently for a reason and only a relationship between the two results in the expansion of the human race. Can that happen…

Most of what I write in this space is the result of the conversations I have with the voices inside my head and the seminars they give me with detailed presentations on how I didn’t turn into a malicious devil child and how I can continue to refrain from becoming…

My father cracks a very morbid joke, often. He says that as we progress in age and feel satisfied about our duties in the world, we near the appointment to get our visas stamped for the inevitable end. He speaks of death as naturally…

My foundation of close friendships blossomed much later in life. More specifically, when I was 15. During class introductions, one of my now best friends said ‘My name is ___ and I am an aggressive person.’ I had never heard aggressive in a positive light, let alone a girl describe…

Ruchita Chandrashekar

she/her, a trauma therapist making mental health education more accessible.

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