Mental Health

Healing from Abusive Therapy, It’s Not Your Fault.

When it comes to an unhealthy or abusive dynamic in a therapeutic environment, it’s all too easy for the patient to put the blame squarely on their own shoulders, when in reality that is certainly not the case. However, because of the vulnerability that needs to be present in a therapy session, coupled with the feelings of guilt and shame that go hand in hand with being a survivor, finding a reason for what happens usually results in self-blame and shame.

This topic of an unhealthy or abusive relationship in therapy is not something you probably hear about every day, and unless you’ve experienced it personally or know someone who has, you may not even know it’s actually a thing. My guest on the podcast today, Analie Shepherd, has experienced this type of abuse first hand, has written a book detailing her experiences and healing and speaks at conferences and with therapists on this topic.

Analie joined the podcast previously back in 2017, where she first shared some of her experiences and gave us some insight into the world of healing from an abusive therapy experience. Today we continue that discussion as Analie shares a recap of her story and discusses more in-depth some of the more mending the shattered mirror - analie shepherd - beyond your past radiopertinent aspects of what abusive in therapy actually is, how to recognize it, and what healing looks like.

From her website, MendingtheShatteredMirror.comDuring the last four years, I have fulfilled one of my life dreams! I am a published author! For many years, friends have encouraged me to write the story of my life. Recently, I went through a traumatic experience, and have struggled to reclaim my life. This struggle became the motivation to finally write my story.
Mending the Shattered Mirror chronicles the life-shattering abuse I suffered in psychotherapy, but also tells the life-affirming story of my search for healing and wholeness. Within the pages of this book, I have included my remarkable life journey–the sometimes tragic, sometimes triumphant, story of me!

During our chat on healing from abuse in therapy, we cover:

  • Analie shares a recap of her story on how and why she first sought the help of a therapist.
  • How the abuse in therapy began and continued for 4 years. In addition, why she stayed in the environment for so long before finally being able to leave and begin healing.
  • How to recognize the signs of a potentially unhealthy or outright abusive relationship with a therapist; they aren’t as recognizable as you might think.
  • Why it’s not a bad thing for a client to long for a deeper relationship with their therapist, and the importance of the therapist being able to maintain the boundaries of a professional relationship.
  • Are there dangers in showing any type of affection, even innocently, between a patient and their therapist?
  • Working through the shame and self-blame that comes with realizing you were a victim of abuse in therapy.
  • Things you can do to address concerns with your therapist or other helping professional.

You can purchase Analie’s book, Mending the Shattered Mirror, A Story of Recovery from Abusive Therapy, on Amazon. Be sure and also follow her on Twitter: @AnalieShepherd

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Understanding the Needs of a Community after a Mass Shooting, with Melissa Glaser

What can we do to help communities heal after a mass trauma event like the recent shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio? How do we go about supporting the survivors and families, while also taking care of ourselves and dealing with our own feelings?

For that matter, how do we understand our own feelings of survivors guilt, anger, sadness, frustration, despair, and helplessness? These questions and so many more often fill our minds after tragic events unfold and we’re all, as human beings, left to try and make sense of it all, to grieve, to begin to heal and move forward in life.

melissa glaser - understanding the needs of a community after a mass shooting - beyond your past radioOur guest today is an expert in the field of helping communities heal after mass shootings and other trauma’s, and she shares some of her insight and experiences with us on this episode of the podcast. Melissa Glaser, MS, LPC is a community response and recovery leader. She was the coordinator of the Newtown Recovery and Resiliency Team (NRRT) from 2014 to 2016. Glaser is currently in private practice as a psychotherapist and actively consults with other organizations and communities. Previously, Glaser has served as a clinical and behavioral health director to several Connecticut non-profit organizations.

Melissa is the author of, “Healing a Community: Lessons for Recovery after a Large-Scale Trauma”, which outlines the twenty months spent in Newtown, Connecticut as the leader of the Newtown Recovery and Resilience Team. Her task as the leader of this team was to address the emotional impact and guide the mental health response after a gunman killed twenty children and six adults at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. 

Our chat with Melissa does not cover the issue of gun control, nor was that the intent of bringing her on to the podcast. Rather, we wanted to talk about the ways that we as every day people can help a community heal from such a tragedy; providing insight into the needs of survivors and their families and outlining some of the struggles that face not only the community but also the first responders and mental health professionals.

  • Understanding that healing from mass trauma is an ongoing process. Recovery and support teams of mental health professional and first responders are often actively in place for at least the first 21 months after the trauma.
  • The various stages of recovery and healing from a mass trauma, including the crisis management stage, the consequence stages, and more.
  • The need for multiple different modalities of support. Many survivors are not able to utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other similar modalities due to not being able to express their needs verbally, immediately after a trauma. Other supportive methods including art therapy, music therapy, acupuncture, and yoga can be vital to helping survivors feel grounded.
  • The challenge of dealing with the media after a mass shooting. How their desire to get a story out by asking survivors and family members to talk about what happened can cause a tremendous amount of guilt, confusion, and anxiety.  In addition, Melissa shares how the vulnerability in sharing is often caused by a need to talk about the victim because of the fear of not being heard later, especially due to so many emotions in play immediately after a tragic event takes place.
  • The agenda of politicians to try and portray a community that will be ok, that will heal, and pick up the pieces. That message of unity, while likely done with the best of intentions can have a negative effect due to the time it takes to heal and trust that’s been shattered.
  • The challenge of survivors guilt. When the community is portrayed as a group that is strong and resilient; that guilt of not feeling ok can cause survivors to be afraid or ashamed to ask for help because they are still struggling.
  • What have learned from past mass shootings, and are we improving in our responsiveness and providing access to resources and support for victims and their families.

We appreciate Melissa Glaser’s willingness to come on the podcast and share her insight on this topic that affects us all so much. You can learn more about her work as a counselor and her book, on her website, MelissaGlaser.com.

 

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Surround Yourself with the Right People

Motivational speaker Jim Rohn famously said that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. This relates to the law of averages, which is the theory that the result of any given situation will be the average of all outcomes. When it comes to relationships, we are greatly influenced — whether we like it or not — by those closest to us. It affects our way of thinking, our self-esteem, and our decisions. Of course, everyone is their own person, but research has shown that we’re more affected by our environment than we think.*

Not only in relationships, but that train of thought can apply to virtually any aspect of your personal or professional life. So the challenge then becomes, not only keeping your individuality (which is a podcast for another time) but also if you are influenced by others to any degree, being selective about the people you hang out with becomes paramount.

That is the topic of this Mobile Musing episode, where I reflect back to our chat with Tiffany Toombs, on the power of reframing your limiting beliefs to change your life. During that chat, we talk not only about reframing, and what that is, but also about the importance of surrounding yourself with the right people. We discuss the importance of enforcing healthy boundaries and being selective about those who are not only in your inner circle but also in acquaintances and other relationship levels.

You may not be able to choose your colleagues, for example, but you can choose how much you own and internalize their comments and how much you allow them to influence your mindsets. If they are a negative influence, if they don’t help you feel encouraged and empowered, then perhaps limiting exposure to them outside of the necessary meetings and such, may be something to consider.

The same goes with friends, of all levels:

  • Do the people you hang out with make you feel good about yourself?
  • Do they help encourage you in a genuine way? Are their comments uplifting?
  • Are they there to listen and validate your struggles, without having to “fix” you or always give advice?
  • Do you truly feel better about yourself when you’re in their company?

These types of questions are at the heart of ensuring that you not only feel inspired and encouraged but safe and supported. Of course, not everyone can live up those standards, and not everyone has the ability to relate to every aspect of your life, so it’s important to have a diverse group that can be there to meet specific needs at any given time. And, in turn, you can be the very best support person for those in your life.

 

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“Be Unapologetically You”, a Chat with Bipolar Barbie – Ep. 137

If you struggle every day with a mental illness, one of the things you want most is to feel like you are not alone; to know that someone gets what it means to be you, and live with the challenges you face. Even if you don’t live with a mental illness, the desire to feel like someone cares enough to just listen when you’re having a bad day is pretty much universal. At least I think it is. 

It doesn’t matter if they don’t have all the answers and in fact, many times you probably aren’t looking for answers, just a friendly face to sit with you for a while so you can vent, cry, be angry, or express whatever emotions need to come out.  If we’re being honest here, unless you’re talking to a mental health professional, most people won’t have the answers because they don’t understand your struggles or know what it means to be you; so offering advice can potentially go sideways very quickly and make things worse.

bipolar barbie - podcast - beyond your pastBipolar Barbie, a mental health advocate who shares her life on social media, joins me on this episode of the podcast to talk about this very subject and to share some of her life’s story.

If you follow B on social media, you know that she is very active on live streams, documenting her life as she continues to learn who she is and along the way inspiring followers from across the globe who resonate with her vulnerable, honest, message. A message of, “be unapologetically you”, regardless of what others think.

It’s ok to struggle, to have bad days, and not have all the answers. It’s ok to wake up and have no idea what the day is going to bring and how you’ll feel; to be completely unsure of how you’re going to manage from one hour to the next. Living with Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, or anything else doesn’t mean you are broken, hopeless, and destined to be something less than that you want to be. It just means, the way you get through each day, and accomplish your goals is going to look different than you originally thought, and that’s totally fine. All that matters is that you keep going, keep fighting, and never give up.

During our chat, B. shares why she calls herself, Bipolar Barbie, and how she began this life of being a mental health advocate and sharing her story on a global scale.

We also discuss:

  •  The importance of being able to communicate effectively with a doctor or mental health professional about your diagnosis and the challenges you face every.
  • Educating yourself on your diagnosis so you can take an active role in your treatment, and to help ensure you get the best treatment for you.
  • Why her message resonates with so many people around the world, and why sharing her life so vulnerably and in an unscripted way, allows her to connect on a deep level with her followers.
    • In addition how she also continues to learn about herself and further her own healing by sharing her life.
  • How labeling someone and throwing around words like “mentally ill” in a negative context, only perpetuates the shame and encourages silence rather than seeking help.
  • The importance of just being there for someone who’s struggling, without needing to give advice or answers; just listen without judgment.

Thanks again to B. for coming on the podcast, especially with the large time-zone difference between our locations. There’s a lot more that we didn’t get too, and to be honest, what we originally planned to cover wasn’t what we actually talked about. That’s the beauty of chatting with someone and just letting the conversation flow naturally. Don’t worry though, she’ll be joining us again later this year as a returning guest.

You can follow Bipolar Barbie all across social media:

YouTube – Twitter – Instagram – Facebook

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Lessons Learned While Healing from Trauma – Ep. 134

Periodically, Joanne and I like to get behind the mics and just chat about healing, life, challenges, wins, and various aspects of mental health. This episode we decided to do just that and discuss lessons we’ve learned along the way during our healing journey as survivors. For that matter, lessons we are still learning since trauma recovery is a life long journey of both healing and understanding.

Have you ever said to yourself, “if I only knew then what I know now?” It’s quite likely you are nodding your head in agreement, as that old saying is timeless. For better or worse, it’s one of those things that gets passed down from generation to generation. It comes in especially handy when you’re giving advice to a child about what you’ve experienced and what they can learn from your mistakes. Of course, we all know we’ve heard that and didn’t listen right?..but I digress.

Anyway, we wanted to share some of the things that we’ve learned along the way during times of deep healing in therapy, wisdom shared with us from therapists, friends, and others, or just revelations that come to us in the middle of the night. Don’t you just love it when those happen?

So what have we learned?

  • Reaching out for help is hard, but necessary.
    • For that matter, it doesn’t make you weak when you reach out for support.
  • Gaining a greater awareness of yourself, and knowing your limits.
    • Knowing when to go all in with healing and when to take a break; listening to your body.
  • Focusing on your strengths, rather than “what’s wrong with you”.
    • How you talk to yourself
  • Self-Care as a preemptive strategy to help with burnout in trauma recovery.
  • A few more important ones that you’ll have to listen to find out. 🙂

 

– Matthew Pappas, CLC, MPNLP & Joanne Cipressi, CHt, CNLP

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Strategies for Recognizing and Responding to Your Inner Critic – Ep. 130

Everybody has one, and it follows you around, constantly causing you to second guess your decisions. It creates an element of self-doubt, perpetuates anxious feelings, and generally make your life miserable if you allow it that kind of power. What is it…Your Inner Critic.

It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are come from, what you do in life, or how much you have it all together or not, your inner critic is hanging around waiting for an opportunity to insert itself into a situation. There are different schools of thought surrounding your inner critic, and if there are aspects of it that are positive. I’m of the thinking that if you allow that inner critic to have any kind of foothold in your life, if you leave that door open even just a crack, it’s got an opportunity to take over without you even realizing it.

Sound familiar? This is what anxiety does too, and it’s no wonder they go hand in hand.

In this episode, Joanne and I are talking about the importance of not only recognizing it but also responding to your inner critic This is such an important topic because it affects so many aspects of daily life, from personal to professional, relationships of all types. Virtually any aspect of your life is an opportunity for your inner critic to gain a foothold.

I wrote in a previous post on my coaching website about some strategies to deal with your inner critic, and in this podcast episode we take that post a step further and offer more thoughts and strategies that you can use to take back your power from that voice in your head that causes you to doubt yourself and your abilities.

  • What does it mean to be in charge of your inner critic?
  • How can giving your inner critic a name, be helpful and empowering?
  • How your inner critic uses your past against, especially when it comes to struggles or perceived failures?
  • How can you turn down the volume on your inner critic? What does that mean?
  • How can separating yourself from your inner critic be helpful and how do you do it?

Remember, your inner critic is not your friend, it does not have your best interests at heart. It’s there to make you believe that your best is not good enough, to perpetuate anxiety and unrest in your life, to steal your joy and contentment, and to bring self-doubt to the forefront of virtually every thought you have.

You can take back that power, keep your inner critic in check, and live life knowing that your past or present circumstances are not the end all be all definition of who you are.

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Matthew Pappas, CLC, MPNLP & Joanne Cipressi, CHt, CNLP

If you’d like to be a guest on a future episode or have a topic for us to talk about, feel free to contact us. We love hearing from you.

 

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4 Benefits of Working Through the Pain of Your Past – Ep. 125

So what’s the deal with the importance of working through a past full of trauma, pain, and events we’d probably rather just forget about? Is there a point to working through all of those memories and revisiting situations that we’ve buried in the bottom of our minds for years, perhaps decades?

The short answer, but not the most comfortable answer, is… absolutely.

This podcast focuses on inspiring you to break free from the chains of your past and move forward to experience the world of healing, possibilities, and opportunity that comes with working through past trauma. We wanted to spend some time with you today explaining why this is so important. There are many who feel like they don’t want to let the past go and others that believe they just can’t do it even if they did want too. Sometimes we find comfort in holding onto the past because its familiar or we believe that by holding and constantly reminding ourselves of the past pain, we can protect ourselves from future pain so we keep all those memories alive. We come up with countless reasons to justify we doing this is so important; things like “the past is a part of me”, “this is just who I am” and “I don’t know who I’d be if I let that go.”

We understand these statements and emotions because both of us, Matt and Joanne, have lived in that mindset for a long time. But, we also understand the amazing benefits of moving beyond that type of mindset — which is why we do this podcast – in hopes that people will find the encouragement and motivation to move beyond their past so they can reap the benefits of doing so.

It can be challenging to know the benefits of something if you have not experienced them yourself. So, today, we wanted to share with you some of those benefits that you can experience when you dedicate yourself to your own journey of healing. Remember, everyone heals in their own way and it doesn’t matter how long it takes you, all that matters is that consider the possibility of how much more fulfilling and enjoyable life can be when you make your healing a priority.

In addition to 4 primary benefits of healing, we also cover some of the reasons why it’s so difficult to even attempt to begin healing past trauma in the first place; including reasons why we focus on the past, why it’s hard to let go, and why we tend to focus on the negatives aspects of our life.

I hope you’ll check out this episode and please consider subscribing on your favorite podcasting app and sharing it with one person who might benefit.

We also appreciate feedback too, so reach out anytime and tell us how we’re doing!

 

Matthew Pappas, CLC, MPNLP & Joanne Cipressi, CHt, CNLP

 

Mental Health Megacast – 3 Guys Talking about Advocacy and Recovery. – Ep. 110

Welcome back to the Mental Health Megacast, a semi-regular round table discussion with 3 mental health advocates, podcasters, and survivors of circumstances we’d rather forget, who are trying to find our way through life and make a difference.

Officially, this is Season 2, Ep. 4 – but our numbering system isn’t an exact science since this is actually episode 110 of my podcast, while it’s also something different for Wes and Mike’s shows. Anyways…we’re just stoked for each opportunity to come together for an hour and chat about what’s been going on in our lives; the struggles, the challenges, the wins and progress, and everything in between.

Anyways, just in case you aren’t familiar with the Megacasts, you can check out past episodes here, and also my cohorts platforms as well….

To that end, the Megacast is creation of the collaborative brain powers (more or less) of Wes from AudioRising.com and Mike from MikesOpenJournal.com, and myself.  I encourage you to check out and follow them online and through your favorite podcasting platform. Each of these has a tremendous message to share and an inspiring and unique way in how they go about it.

In this episode, Mikes Open Journal - Mental Health Megacastafter the usual cheers because we all got signed on at the same time (yes that’s a thing we do and celebrate it because the struggle is real with us 3 and time) we begin the focus of this Megacast episode:

 

  • How things have changed for each of us over the last year, and how our lives have changed in terms of sharing our story and our advocacy work from the time we started, till now.
  • Witnessing the evolution in each of our lives as we have changed over the last couple of years since we began this podcast collaboration.
  • How the awareness of mental health has changed over the years, the availability of resources and help in the US and UK, and the ongoing struggle to speak up and ask for help.
  • Struggles with anxiety and depression, and realizing that finding tools to help combat the those feelings is not a “one size fits all” approach; not everything works for every person, and if a particular skill does not work for you, it doesn’t mean anything other than we just find a skill or skills that do work for us. We also share some of the skills that we all use in working through anxiety.
  • Living life in the moment, and using mindfulness and perspective to help in recovery.
  • and much more!

We hope you enjoy this latest episode, and yes if you do have suggestions for future shows, we are still taking them. 😉 One of the best things about these episodes is that that they are completely unedited, unscripted, just us hanging out and having a chat, and you are invited.

Be sure and follow Wes on Twitter @WesA1966 and Mike @Mike_Douglas_ & Open_Journal_  …oh and don’t forget to follow and subscribe to all of our shows on your favorite podcasting app!

-Matt Pappas, CLC, MPNLP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Balancing Vulnerability with Mental Health and LGBTQ+ Advocacy, with Lee Thomas – Ep. 103

It’s no secret that one of the keys to life, is balance. Lean too much towards work, and we can lose focus on our personal life and risk burn out. Lean too far towards the personal side, and we can end up losing sight of the career dreams and things we want to accomplish. When you toss Mental Health into the equation, it adds a whole new dimension to this struggle.

Not only do you have to juggle your personal and professional life, what ever that looks like for you individually, now you have any number of mental health challenges that bring about their own daily influx of struggles. Talk about the need for balance, right!

lee-thomas - podcast - beyond your pastAs a mental health and LGBTQ+ advocate, and current MSW student, Lee Thomas shares her thoughts on this topic and several others during this episode of the podcast.

I first met Lee when I came across her weekly Facebook Live show, Crazy Talk, after the HealtheVoices 2018 Conference. Lee regularly interviews advocates, clinicians, professional, survivors and others all around the topic of mental health and advocacy. I was honored to be on Crazy Talk earlier this year (you can find that episode by clicking here) and now I’m pleased to have Lee join me on Beyond Your Past.

Lee was born and raised in a small town in northern Alberta. From a young age they were heavily involved in athletics, student government, and other extracurriculars. However, during their teen years they began battling a mental illness. Feeling scared and alone, Lee struggled silently for many years. Their illness worsened throughout their high school years and continued into university, until Lee finally sought help and began the difficult process of recovery.

After Lee began the recovery process, they realized that there were still many people struggling with mental health issues in silence. To reduce the stigma around mental health issues on their campus, Lee founded the #MyDefinition poster campaign in 2014. Since then, Lee has been working as a motivational speaker and mental health trainer, speaking to groups of all ages and sizes about their own mental health experiences, the important of reducing stigma, and LGBTQ+ issues.

While continuing her graduate education in the field of social work, she continues to serve as a speaker, trainer, and writer in the mental health field; her work has been featured on The Mighty, TEDx, CBC News, and more.

During our chat on the podcast, we cover some of the struggles and triumphs in her life so far as well as her future work as social worker serving the LGBTQ+ community and others who know what it means to struggle with a mental illness such as depression, eating disorders, bipolar, and more:

  • Her struggle with depression, eating disorders, and self-harm in her teen-age years.
    • The realization that she had been suffering in silence for so long, and then learning what a mental illness means for her.
    • The limited information available about mental health when she was younger, and what she re-learned later.
  • Starting the #MyDefinition poster campaign and how that lead to acquiring speaking engagements and sharing her story at conferences and workshops.
  • The 3 keys of validation she needed to get started in her career:  Passion, Knowledge, and Something She was Good at.
  • What vulnerability looks like for each of us
  • Staying busy and the risk of doing so to avoid confronting and working through tough memories and emotions.
    • How staying busy reinforces the mindset of “uncopewithable” situations, and how this can set back healing.

Lee shares her thoughts on these topics and more during our chat, so I hope you’ll check out the podcast to hear more of her story, and don’t forget to subscribe and share it with someone who might benefit from Lee’s message. You never know the difference it might make.

Be sure and follow Lee on http://Facebook.com/LeeThomasSpeaks , and her website LeeThomas.ca

Matthew Pappas, CLC, MPNLP

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Stigma Free Zone, A Community Initiative for Breaking Down Barriers of Mental Health – Ep. 101

Whether you are an advocate, mental health professional, a family member or friend of someone who struggles with a mental health challenge, or you yourself live with your own struggles, we can all agree that raising awareness and doing our part to help erase the stigma of mental health is needed now more than ever.

We can all do our own part, using our talents, gifts, and hard work to help make a difference in our local communities. After all, this is where we live, work, and socialize; it’s where we spend so much of our time each day. So why not do what we can to make our little corner of the world a place where people can feel empowered to ask for help when they need it, and to not feel ashamed or alone.

This is exactly what Cynthia Chazen is doing, with “The Stigma Free Zone”, in her local community of Bergen County, New Jersey.

The Stigma Free Zone, started by founder, Mary Ann Uzzi, in Paramus New Jersey, has a mission of inspiring public interest and open dialogues about stigma, raising awareness of the local mental health resources available, and breaking down barriers of mental health in local communities.

Cynthia and I first met at the HealtheVoices Conference in 2018; she is an enthusiastic advocate who believes everyone can educate about mental health. She is the editor of the Stigma Free Zone News of New Jersey, and has a huge following on Twitter where she shares both local and global news about mental illness.  You can subscribe to her newsletter by checking out her Facebook Page, SFZNewsofNJ.

During our chat on this episode of the Beyond Your Past Podcast, we talk more about The Stigma Free Zone initiative, including:

  • How the Stigma Free Zone movement started in New Jersey, and is spreading across the country.
  • How you can get involved and create your own chapter in your local community. Get the toolkit here.
  • You don’t need to be a mental health professional or have a degree, to make a difference.
  • How mental health education is the area for grassroots organizing.
  • Giving people permission to talk about their own mental health struggles.
  • Some of Cynthia’s story of the challenges she faced in her life that inspired her to take action for others.

Be sure and follow Cynthia Chazen on Twitter and check out the Facebook Pages for the Stigma Free Zone for more information on how you can get involved where you live.

If you’d like to be a guest on a future episode of the podcast, you can contact me anytime. Don’t forget to share this episode with someone who might need it; together we can all continue to make a difference.

-Matthew Pappas, CLC, MPNLP

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