“I Tried to Have Sex with a Porcupine”: Dodging the Stigma of Self-harm

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By Rosanna Brunwin, Intern 2015 TW: This piece candidly discusses self-harm, which may be triggering for some readers. Despite statistically affecting one in four of us, mental health is shrouded in stigma and often goes undiscussed. Unless your mental health problems manifest in self-harm — then suddenly it's everybody's … [Read more...]

“But You Don’t Look Sick” — Living With a Chronic Invisible Illness

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By Jessica Roberts, Intern 2015 "Mom," I choked into the phone. "Mom, I —" Mom, I can't breathe. Mom, I'm clawing at my legs and arms, like I'm trying to break out of my own skin. Mom, I think I'm dying. "Jessica? Jessica!" My mother's voice carried through the phone and across the country. "You're OK. Just take a … [Read more...]

Dark Times Under the Radar: Black Women and Mental Illness

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By Lakesha Lafayett TW: This post contains discussions of trauma, suicide, and self-harm, and may be triggering for some readers. It's a darkness and chaos many people experience, but few understand. Mental health issues are no doubt a problem, yet in trying to get help, black women and other women of color face challenges … [Read more...]

Dating With Mental Illness: Can We Start Talking About It?

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By Lisbeth Leftwich, Intern 2015 Everyone you date is hiding something, right? And anyway, mental illness isn't exactly first date conversation. And besides that, isn't it fun to be seen as a new person, someone who doesn't have debilitating panic attacks ... for once? I have this internal conversation with myself every … [Read more...]

Women’s Health Month: 10 Ways to Improve Your Mental Wellbeing

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By Sarah Landrum May is National Women's Health Month, but while we'll pay extra mind in these 31 days, women can prioritize their physical and mental health every day throughout the year. While today's culture places a huge emphasis on physical health, it often neglects to give mental health the attention it deserves, or places … [Read more...]

Why Facebook’s Egg Donor Ads Freak Me Out (And Should Freak You Out Too)

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By Sayantani DasGupta Three white chicken eggs with smiley faces drawn on them peer out at me from a Facebook ad. (Notably, a Facebook ad forwarded to a listserv by a young woman in college, not one that popped up in my own middle-aged Facebook feed.) One of the smiling eggs exclaims, "Donate Me and Help Make a … [Read more...]

Health and Happiness: Why Dieting Won’t Bring You Either

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By Amber Ikeman, Intern 2014 I’m on a diet. I’ve been on it for a while and it’s actually pretty easy. No ridiculous amounts of money, none of those nasty chalk shakes, and no complicated tracking methods. It’s really healthy and I feel great. It’s called a food diet. Sometimes while engaging in my food diet at lunch (which … [Read more...]

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year? Violence and the Holidays

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon George Zimmerman has been described as “the most hated man in America.” In case you spent 2012 avoiding the news about murder cases in Florida due to a Casey Anthony-inspired news coverage hangover, Zimmerman was the overzealous night watchman who was acquitted in the shooting death of unarmed teenager, … [Read more...]

BMI in Schools: Educating Children in Self-Loathing, Not Health

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By Sayantani DasGupta I don’t know how, as a pediatrician, mother, and body politics activist, I missed it all this time. But, I recently learned something that rocked my world in an avalanche of outrage and horror. I was preparing to give a talk at The Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, on a … [Read more...]

How Diets Decrease Your Self-Esteem and Not Your Size!

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Dieting and Body Image: The Facts By Maddie Ruud from hubpages.com Raking in $40 billion every year, the diet industry is one of the most profitable areas of our economy today. One out of three women and one out of four men are on a diet at any given time. With these statistics, you well may wonder why the so-called … [Read more...]