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Oluwayemisi Tawakalt Olaoluwa – My friendship with depression

I was born into a humble family. I was the last child. I am what people call ' born by mistake'. My birth was unplanned and there was an age difference of about six to seven years between my immediate elder brother and I. My father was a driver, traveling all over the country. He [...]

By |2019-05-22T08:14:38-08:00June 7th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Abigail Zebrowski

People who struggle with mental illnesses are still plagued by stigma and discrimination. It is true that awareness of these diseases is starting to permeate society and seep into crevices once thought impenetrable. Yet we have much further to go; walls of ignorance to break down, deserts of misunderstanding to quench, and mountains of inequality [...]

By |2019-05-31T12:52:53-08:00June 2nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Norb Aikin – When Your Anxiety Is Triggered By What Your Body Can’t Control

Like my depression and anxiety, I’ve had small bouts of insomnia all my life that got progressively worse as I got older. It wasn’t until I stopped self-medicating (which I advise against, because it’s only kicking the can down the road and it’ll catch up to you tenfold) and taking my mental health seriously did [...]

By |2019-04-29T11:39:18-08:00April 30th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Kassidy Skarison – The Misconception

Breaking the stigma associated with mental illness includes confronting the misconception surrounding treatment. When I first started taking medication for my depression I was ecstatic. I was finally going to be happy all the time. My doctor told me that it would take at least four weeks for me to notice a difference. I couldn’t [...]

By |2019-04-16T11:35:37-08:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Kassidy Skarison – Suicide

I developed a sense of normalcy regarding suicide. A common episode in my home was the one where my parents would fight violently for hours on end. The fights almost always included my mother’s blood and my father’s drunken threats to kill himself. After repeated exposure to the remark, it started to slowly lose its [...]

By |2019-04-16T11:31:49-08:00April 17th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Brien Blatt – Schizoaffective

What is Schizoaffective? Schizoaffective disorder is a type of mental illness which is essentially a combination of schizophrenia and a mood disorder. There are actually two types of the disorder. The first type is Bipolar, which has episodes of mania and depression; and then there is the depressive type, which only includes episodes of major [...]

By |2019-03-05T14:48:31-08:00March 8th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

I Am A Washed Out Indigo

My Father is a Man of the Woods, and my Mother a Woman of the Wind. Their record collection, now combined and collecting dust on a shelf in the basement, is organized alphabetically and chronologically according to each artist’s history of creating sound. It begins somewhere around ABBA and plods along to Point Z, where [...]

By |2019-03-04T07:29:18-08:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments