Just Me

Andrew Durand

Andrew Durand

By day, I am a full-time psychology student, author and designer of Your Brain Place, and research assistant in psycho social oncology lab. By night, I am a friend, son, and part-time entertainment enthusiast. My main focus right now is on getting into graduate school and completing my psy.D in clinical psychology and creating as much content as possible for Your Brain Place.
Andrew Durand

Andrew Durand

By day, I am a full-time psychology student, author and designer of Your Brain Place, and research assistant in psycho social oncology lab. By night, I am a friend, son, and part-time entertainment enthusiast. My main focus right now is on getting into graduate school and completing my psy.D in clinical psychology and creating as much content as possible for Your Brain Place.

I have so many projects that I am often lost in a confusing mess of ”one days”. I have been a follower of Thomas Frank for a few years now, and reading his articles inspired me to create my very own Impossible List. Basically a checklist of all my goals and the steps I am taking to achieve them. 

FAQ

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Where do I Come From?

I was born In the United States, but I spent most of my early childhood living in Izmir, Turkey. I moved to Canada when I was 12, and I have lived here ever since. I’m currently finishing my studies in Montreal, Quebec; life will tell me where to go next!

How Old am I?

I’m 27 years-old at the time of writing this, but some days I act like I barely finished toilet training. I’m a child at heart, and probably always will be. Making life fun and taking things in stride helps me stay happy; I don’t care if I act like a kid along the way. 

What do I Study?

My original background is in Illustration and 3D animation. I completed a technical degree and worked on a project that is currently on Netflix. I stopped doing art professionally when I started reading more about productivity and psychology. Now, I study psychology full-time and am working on getting into graduate school

What I do in my Spare Time.

Between school, Your Brain Place, and work, I have very little free time. When I manage to find the time, I like to read, exercise, hang out with friends, or watch movies and TV shows. I love going out too, and I became a very big fan of music festivals these last few years; who would have thought!

My Experience with Depression and Mental Health.

When I started College for the 3rd time, after dropping out the first and the second, I felt terrible about myself; something within me snapped. Without realizing, I had spiraled into depression over the years. Like many who suffer from depression, I was still productive and ”successful”. My grades were good, I paid my bills, and I was doing objectively well. But I wasn’t happy. I couldn’t build strong relationships and I wasn’t working towards anything that really mattered to me.

When I was 22 years-old, I started blogging about my depression, but I stopped soon enough; like i stopped caring about everything else.

I was immature, and self medicated with alcohol and excessive partying; I was always focused on having fun before anything else. I stayed up nights playing video games, or spent all my money on bars and nights out until I accumulated much more debt than I ever should. I had no sense of responsibility, and my mind was scattered. My projects were just a way of telling myself that I was still working towards something, but never turned into anything more.

As I grew older, I started shifting my priorities and took the time to reflect on my core values. I accepted that I was far from the person I had set out to become and wanted to change. I rebuilt my life and started from the bottom. For the 4th time in my twenties, I went back to school with a severe load of debt and stress; I went to therapy, got on medication, and started living the way I wanted.

Why did I Start Your Brain Place?

I love to read and write. Ever since I was little, I’ve always been the artistic kid who would get lost in his own world; for better or worse, this made me feel both amazing and alone. I grew up feeling like there was something wrong about who I was and what I enjoyed, given that I felt alone most days. But as time crept on, I found that I had to embrace who I was and share it with the world in full force; that’s how I stay true to myself. 

Your Brain Place is that thing. It’s my love child that allows me to write about the world and how I see mental health issues. Sharing what I know with others lets me feel connected to the world in a way I didn’t before, and keeps me, me. 

With Your Brain Place I can be both vulnerable and awesome; I can help myself and others by learning more about what helped me overcome my biggest struggles. Win-win-win.

Contact Me

Feel Free to Reach Out

andrew@yourbrainplace.com