A guest post by Chris Morandi
A look at Chris’ past and how where Old Cove Road came from. Oh, and what OCRd is!
When I was in high school, my concentration was pre-engineering. I have always been fascinated by how things work and I enjoyed the technology classes I was in. I began my college career as an engineering major. It didn’t go well. I wasn’t in a good headspace and I tried to drown it out by having a little too much fun on and off campus.
I have always been a bit of an over-thinker. With anxiety and thinking too much about how the world works, comes depression. With that, comes a lack of motivation to do things that take brainpower, especially the brainpower needed to study something like engineering.
When college wasn’t going well, my natural fascination with how things work turned to human-beings. Psychology 101 sparked it, but it’s really always been there. When I realized that engineering wasn’t a good fit, I had to regroup and do a lot of soul-searching. I ultimately decided to pursue psychology as a major and as a career. It was a win-win for my anxiety. It helped to better understand myself, as well as the people around me.
I’m now a therapist with over a decade of experience engaging with all kinds of folks. I’ve worked in jails in New York City, a residential treatment facility in the country, and with brave kids and adults trying to get by after some pretty horrific experiences. I currently work in a hospital interacting with teenagers who are experiencing mental health emergencies. This means, largely, that they have been thinking about or attempted to take their own lives. Many of them talk about triggering events stemming from social media interactions.
The US recently experienced another horrific school shooting. What’s perhaps most sad about that statement is that whenever you’re reading this, it’s likely to remain relevant and true. While lawmakers are engaged in discussing why solutions won’t work, people line up on their sides to shout about the problem on social media.
I don’t mean to paint life in the age of social media in a completely negative light. It has connected people and ideas in a way that simply wasn’t possible a few decades ago. We are seeing folks organize, shine light important issues, and bring about real change through the power of platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
The way we communicate has certainly changed over the years. I often wonder how interactions in the age of social media have influenced our mental health and sense of community.
Old Cove Road is the street I grew up on. It serves in my mind as the place where my ideas and values developed; and I think it’s important to know how we got here when trying to figure out where we’re going. Old Cove Road Media is an ongoing conversation about how social media, and living in an online world, is affecting our sense of community and our mental health. With contributions from experts in their fields and regular folks just trying to get by, we try to gain a better understanding of the world we’re living in.
Follow Chris by checking out oldcoveroad.com and subscribing to his podcast on apple podcasts or wherever you listen. Join the conversation by contributing your thoughts and experience on his website, twitter (@OldCoveRd), or on Facebook (@OCRdPod).
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