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&lt;title&gt;Feel Like You Don’t Belong? You Might Have Impostor Syndrome&lt;/title&gt;
&lt;link&gt;https://news.usc.edu/trojan-family/college-impostor-syndrome-usc-support-mental-health/
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&amp;lt;img width=”412″ height=”526″ src=”https://news.usc.edu/files/2021/03/TFM-SPR21-ImposterSyndrome-feat-412×526.jpg” class=”attachment-align-right size-align-right wp-post-image” alt=”impostor syndrome illustration of man with balloon” srcset=”https://news.usc.edu/files/2021/03/TFM-SPR21-ImposterSyndrome-feat-412×526.jpg 412w, https://news.usc.edu/files/2021/03/TFM-SPR21-ImposterSyndrome-feat-768×980.jpg 768w, https://news.usc.edu/files/2021/03/TFM-SPR21-ImposterSyndrome-feat-300×383.jpg 300w, https://news.usc.edu/files/2021/03/TFM-SPR21-ImposterSyndrome-feat-313×400.jpg 313w, https://news.usc.edu/files/2021/03/TFM-SPR21-ImposterSyndrome-feat-251×320.jpg 251w, https://news.usc.edu/files/2021/03/TFM-SPR21-ImposterSyndrome-feat.jpg 800w” sizes=”(max-width: 412px) 100vw, 412px”&amp;gt; &amp;lt;figcaption class=”below”&amp;gt;People with impostor syndrome struggle with self-doubt and fear that others will see them as a fraud. (Illustration/Eric Hanson) &amp;lt;/figcaption&amp;gt;
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&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Jacqueline Liu ’03, MS ’11 holds three degrees, is vice president at marketing agency &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.pollackgroup.com/”&amp;gt;The Pollack Group&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; and teaches classes at the &amp;lt;a href=”https://annenberg.usc.edu/”&amp;gt;USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;. But she still struggles with “impostor syndrome” — self-doubt and feelings that her achievements and skills aren’t good enough.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;People with this persistent anxiety often feel inadequate and undeserving of their accomplishments. Impostor syndrome is a common issue for today’s university students, especially those in the &amp;lt;a href=”https://dornsife.usc.edu/first-generation-college-students-at-usc/”&amp;gt;first generation&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; of their family to go to college. For Liu, the fears surfaced during her first job after graduation: a highly competitive workplace that made her question her credentials. Although she has made great strides in the ensuing years, she confesses that scrolling LinkedIn can still make her feel overwhelmed by her peers’ successes.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;To help college students grappling with similar feelings, Liu opened up about her experience at a recent USC Annenberg event, “Coffee Connects: Coping with Impostor Syndrome.” Many students and faculty colleagues reached out afterward to share their own stories. She spoke with USC writer Margaret Crable about why this type of anxiety is so prevalent today.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;h2&amp;gt;How do you define impostor syndrome?&amp;lt;/h2&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Constant feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt, along with downplaying successes and accomplishments. It’s obviously normal to experience these feelings occasionally, but impostor syndrome goes far beyond that. In the extreme, individuals may be paralyzed with debilitating fears and paranoia of being outed as a fraud.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;h2&amp;gt;What are some signs that someone might be suffering from impostor syndrome?&amp;lt;/h2&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Pay attention to how someone talks about themselves. They may be abnormally fatalistic and cynical about their successes, both current and future. When you suggest they’d be the perfect candidate for a job, for example, they’ll lament that they don’t fit every single requirement of the job description.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;h2&amp;gt;Why might college students experience this feeling?&amp;lt;/h2&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;For USC students, many of whom graduated at the top of their class, &amp;lt;a href=”https://news.usc.edu/157029/usc-grad-troy-camp-director/”&amp;gt;it can be jarring&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; to meet so many new people who seem smarter and more accomplished. You start questioning your own success. Now, couple these insecurities with what we see on social media. All of this is exponentially worse for students who haven’t followed the traditional prescribed timeline: starting college after high school and graduating in four years. When you feel out of step with your peers, you feel left out, unworthy and unsuccessful.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;h2&amp;gt;How can college students combat impostor syndrome? How can faculty members or parents offer support?&amp;lt;/h2&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Journal and try to notice your thinking patterns. When those feelings of self-doubt creep in, pause. Then, pay yourself a compliment — literally say it out loud if you want — and remind yourself of everything you’re good at. Therapy has also helped me tremendously.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;It’s very important that faculty members and parents acknowledge that impostor syndrome is real and share their own examples if they can. We can’t just give them trite, empty platitudes like “chin up” or “you’ll get over it.” We also need to remind people that social media is a highlight reel and in no way representative of people’s real lives.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
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&lt;title&gt;Student group explores how mental health is portrayed on TV and in film&lt;/title&gt;
&lt;link&gt;https://news.usc.edu/182907/usc-student-group-mental-health-tv-film/
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&lt;description&gt;&amp;lt;div&amp;gt;&amp;lt;img src=”https://annenberg.usc.edu/sites/default/files/shutterstock_7577529521.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/div&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Like many college students at USC and elsewhere, senior &amp;lt;a href=”https://annenberg.usc.edu/communication/undergraduate-communication”&amp;gt;communication&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; major Josie Bullen has struggled with preserving her mental health.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;When Bullen sought treatment for an eating disorder during her sophomore year, she recalls searching for a piece of media she could share with her family to help them better understand what she was going through. She came up empty-handed.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;“I realized that we need to be talking more about mental health in TV, film, and digital media, because it’s such a normal thing that so many people — especially my age — are grappling with, but nobody wants to talk about it,” Bullen said.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Bullen discussed her frustrations with her friend and fellow communication major Zoe Brown, who she met as part of a Spring 2019 USC Annenberg Career Trek to Busy Philipps’ show &amp;lt;em&amp;gt;Busy Tonight&amp;lt;/em&amp;gt;.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;“We bonded over our interest in mental health and gender roles in media,” said Brown, who graduated in 2020 and now works as a producer’s assistant. “This past summer, Josie came to me with this idea for creating a student group that would focus on these issues.”&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;The pair teamed up to create the Mental Health Content Collective (MHCC), which was officially recognized as a USC student organization this Spring. Bullen earned a grant from the &amp;lt;a href=”https://annenberg.usc.edu/news/spotlight/kaleigh-finnie-memorial-endowment-supports-students-focusing-mental-health”&amp;gt;Kaleigh Finnie Memorial Endowment&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; to help fund startup costs for the MHCC, including building a website.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;“Our main goal is to organize events that start meaningful discussions, and entertainment media is a great way to do that,” Brown said. “There are good portrayals of mental health and there are bad ones, but either can start important conversations.”&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;“I’m a huge believer in media helping shape our societies and our realities,” Bullen added. “When we see something on screen, it makes it possible for something to be real in our daily lives.”&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;a href=”https://annenberg.usc.edu/faculty/alison-trope”&amp;gt;Alison Trope&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;, clinical professor of communication and MHCC’s faculty adviser, says the group can play a vital role on campus and beyond. “Representations of mental health, like other disabilities, are definitely more commonplace now, partly because we’ve revisited previous taboos and have new frames to help us better understand these issues,” said Trope, who also is director of the &amp;lt;a href=”http://www.criticalmediaproject.org”&amp;gt;Critical Media Project&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;. “I’m so happy that Zoe and Josie have taken the initiative to push for more and better representations around mental health. It ties directly to what we want our Annenberg students to do—take what they learn and apply it in the real world–to critically question and then work to improve media and media industries.”&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;To help further the dialogue about mental health and entertainment, MHCC brings in industry professionals to speak about their work and students have an opportunity to ask them about their process, research and challenges.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;

Suzanne Alcantara, assistant dean of student affairs and director of &amp;lt;a href=”https://annenberg.usc.edu/current-students/career-development”&amp;gt;career development&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;, who has been working with the pair to launch MHCC, connected them with alumnus Adam Sussman, who works in television development for Jason Raff, executive producer of &amp;lt;em&amp;gt;America’s Got Talent&amp;lt;/em&amp;gt;. Sussman has often served as a mentor to USC Annenberg students. So, when Alcantara told him about MHCC, he was eager to connect with Bullen and Brown.

&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;“We had just done a project with Howie Mandel about how people use humor to overcome adversity that talks about various mental health issues,” said Sussman, who graduated in 2007 with a bachelor’s in communication. “Howie has been very open about his own mental health struggles, so this show is him talking about importance of therapy — whether that’s a therapist’s office, or just people having conversations.”&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Sussman, along with Kimmie Hemar-Bader from Mandel’s production company, were panelists at the first MHCC event on Jan. 19. The event featured a screening of an excerpt from &amp;lt;em&amp;gt;Sessions with Howie Mandel&amp;lt;/em&amp;gt;, as well as a Q&amp;amp;amp;A.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;“One of the things we talked about was how there’s still this stigma around mental health,” Sussman said. “Howie points out that, if people don’t question you going to the dentist for your dental health, why should anyone question you going to a therapist for your mental health?”&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Bullen said that that first virtual event, which had about 75 attendees, sparked exactly the sorts of conversations she and Brown were hoping to create.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;“The MHCC is all about is talking with peers, professionals and alumni, about representation in media, what we think is missing and what, what do we think we can do about it as students and young professionals,” she said.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Even though Brown is already an alumna and Bullen will be graduating in May, both say they will continue to be involved with group, and they are setting it up to continue as a student organization.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Their second event was a conversation with Victoria Garrick, a USC Annenberg alumna and former USC volleyball player, on Feb. 16. “She’s a huge advocate for mental health, especially among athletes,” Bullen said.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Brown said that other group activities could include a screenwriting contest or pairing licensed professionals with TV shows or films that deal with mental health to ensure authenticity.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;For Sussman, the efforts of the MHCC bode well for how mental health will be represented on-screen in the future. “These students are going to be the next entertainment-industry leaders,” he said. “Engaging in these kinds of conversations about mental health now will help inform them for their future careers.”&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
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&lt;title&gt;Momentum builds behind mental health corps that reflects students&lt;/title&gt;
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&lt;description&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Living through 2020 sent a lot of people to therapy — particularly college students of color. COVID-19 hit &amp;lt;a href=”https://news.usc.edu/180718/covid-19-american-life-expectancy-black-latino-populations-usc-research/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;Black and Latino families&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;amp;nbsp;hard, and Black students saw their community’s centurieslong struggle against racism lead to national protests.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;At USC, that therapy often took the form of virtual counseling sessions with clinical faculty from USC Student Health’s &amp;lt;a href=”https://studenthealth.usc.edu/counseling/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;Counseling and Mental Health&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; department. Its therapists helped students navigate through one crisis after another last year.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;div id=”attachment_182097″ class=”wp-caption alignright” readability=”36″&amp;gt;&amp;lt;img aria-describedby=”caption-attachment-182097″ class=”size-thumbnail wp-image-182097″ src=”https://news.usc.edu/files/2021/02/archer_agonafer_web-480×320.jpg” alt=”Edden Agonafer and Kendra Archer usc student mental health” width=”480″ height=”320″ srcset=”https://news.usc.edu/files/2021/02/archer_agonafer_web-480×320.jpg 480w, https://news.usc.edu/files/2021/02/archer_agonafer_web-824×549.jpg 824w, https://news.usc.edu/files/2021/02/archer_agonafer_web-1200×800.jpg 1200w, https://news.usc.edu/files/2021/02/archer_agonafer_web-768×512.jpg 768w, https://news.usc.edu/files/2021/02/archer_agonafer_web-1536×1024.jpg 1536w, https://news.usc.edu/files/2021/02/archer_agonafer_web-300×200.jpg 300w, https://news.usc.edu/files/2021/02/archer_agonafer_web-600×400.jpg 600w, https://news.usc.edu/files/2021/02/archer_agonafer_web-412×275.jpg 412w, https://news.usc.edu/files/2021/02/archer_agonafer_web.jpg 1800w” sizes=”(max-width: 480px) 100vw, 480px”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p id=”caption-attachment-182097″ class=”wp-caption-text”&amp;gt;Clinical psychologist Edden Agonafer, left, and clinical social worker Kendra Archer work at USC Student Health. (Photos, from left/Courtesy of Edden Agonafer; USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/div&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;“It’s definitely not something we were taught at school: how to manage a pandemic while at the same time support others through this social movement and civil unrest,” said &amp;lt;a href=”https://studenthealth.usc.edu/directory/kendra-archer/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;Kendra Archer&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;, staff clinical social worker and clinical instructor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;As part of efforts to address the needs of students of color, USC Student Health hired more diverse counselors, redoubled student outreach and made therapists more accessible to students.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Archer, for example, embedded with the &amp;lt;a href=”https://seip.usc.edu/centers/cbcsa/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;. That means she dedicates hours of her schedule to students served through the center. She is just one of many counselors to embed with USC’s cultural centers, such as &amp;lt;a href=”https://news.usc.edu/156012/el-centro-chicano-usc-la-casa/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;La CASA&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;, the &amp;lt;a href=”https://apass.usc.edu/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;Asian Pacific American Student Services&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; and the &amp;lt;a href=”https://news.usc.edu/177292/usc-lgbtq-plus-student-center-queer-inclusion/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;LGBTQ+ Student Center&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;. Counselors embedded with these centers also work with their leaders to develop programs specific to the students’ needs.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;That initiative was a direct response to student requests for more diverse therapists. Students who are reluctant to seek mental health services might be more open if they see a therapist who looks like them and has lived through similar experiences, the counselors say.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;h2&amp;gt;New mental health professionals help USC students cope with 2020&amp;lt;/h2&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Though many students knew about USC Student Health’s mental health services, it wasn’t until 2020 that the unit was able to hire more staff, according to clinical psychologist &amp;lt;a href=”https://studenthealth.usc.edu/directory/edden-agonafer-psyd/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;Edden Agonafer&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;: “We had a diverse faculty, but it just wasn’t enough. Students kept telling us, ‘I want to see if you have this type of clinician.’”&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;The 2020 hires meant that when students turned to USC Student Health for help, therapists were ready for them.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”offset” readability=”6″&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Students kept telling us, ‘I want to see if you have this type of clinician.’&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”attribution”&amp;gt;Edden Agonafer&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Archer remembers that June was particularly difficult. It was a few months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and students were starting to realize that life wouldn’t return to normal anytime soon. At the same time, the country erupted in protests over the killing of George Floyd. “We have been dealing with multiple crises happening all at the same time with COVID, civil unrest and the ongoing assault on Black lives that has been happening in society for centuries,” Archer said.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Therapists and counselors had to help students while experiencing their own turmoil. The professionals providing mental health services were often going through the same challenges as their patients, Agonafer said.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;“As a therapist, there were moments where we could share, ‘this is a lot, we’re hurting just as much,’ and I think there’s power in that,” said Agonafer, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and the behavioral sciences at the Keck School of Medicine.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;This dynamic may have helped therapists connect with their patients on a personal level, she added.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;h2&amp;gt;Building campus community despite the need for distance&amp;lt;/h2&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Archer often uses group and individual sessions to stress the importance of self-care. This is “me time,” she said: activities meant to relax and inspire you. This can be meditation, exercise or even activism that involves building coalitions. It’s also important to say “no” to requests or activities to avoid overcommitting yourself too much.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;“It’s awesome to want to engage and act and be involved,” Archer said, “but setting boundaries is important.”&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Agonafer was impressed to see the USC community’s shared response to the time of crisis, particularly to the national outcry over the killing of unarmed Black men and women by police officers.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Students, staff and faculty participated in protests. Agonafer found it refreshing and welcome because USC isn’t particularly known for its activism.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;“That was unique because that is not the culture at USC,” she said.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”offset” readability=”5″&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;I find hope in being able to have a collective experience with more people.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”attribution”&amp;gt;Kendra Archer&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;The university also responded by hosting a wave of online forums and training sessions focused on diversity, cultural awareness and anti-Blackness. It seemed like a different department hosted a training program every week, Agonafer recalled.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Those collective efforts helped build a sense of belonging at USC at a time when people were asked to socially distance due to COVID-19. Archer feels comfort in that sense of community and the idea that we are all overcoming shared challenges.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Said Archer: “I find hope in being able to have a collective experience with more people.”&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;h2&amp;gt;USC Student Health looks to eliminate barriers to mental health care&amp;lt;/h2&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;USC Student Health prioritized outreach and the &amp;lt;a href=”https://keck.usc.edu/psychiatry/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; ramped up recruitment of new clinical faculty to meet increased demand in 2020, but the department already had been growing.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Since 2017 — when USC Student Health became part of Keck Medicine of USC — mental health services for students have increased significantly. The university has brought in dozens of licensed mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists and clinical social workers. College students nationwide have reported &amp;lt;a href=”https://news.usc.edu/trojan-family/usc-college-student-mental-health-covid-resources-advice/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;higher rates of depression and anxiety&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;, and recent surveys hint at worries over the future.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;The Department of Psychiatry, the academic department for clinical mental health practitioners in USC Student Health, successfully recruited 50 new faculty members last year. Roughly 66% are women, 55% are people of color and 30% are underrepresented minorities. The department also has several counselors who specialize in the needs of LGBTQ+ students.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Ultimately, USC Student Health aims to eliminate barriers to mental health by making it more welcoming and accessible. Those barriers include cultural stigmas around mental health or the historic health disparities and systemic racism experienced by communities of color.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;“It’s really meaningful,” Archer said, “that some of those barriers and stigmas are coming down.”&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
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