When I was 14, my sister told me a secret. “I pull out my hair,” she said, laying in the bed across from mine in our little room. “I don’t know why I do it, but I can’t stop.” She had developed trichotillomania, a Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior characterized by uncontrollable urges to pull hair from the body.
In the midst of our most difficult moments in life, we need to be supported with truthful evaluations of our situation and how to move forward. The notion that “everything’s going to be okay” isn’t necessarily true, unfortunately, and can be perceived as a flat-out lie when we need someone to feel our pain, and feel our hardships.
With casual video games like the ones I gravitate towards, you can live in a world where you don’t have to stress about such things – where there’s no standard to live up to except the ones you give yourself, and if you ever run into any obstacle, you can always start again.
Ironically, my Literature and Social Change class is where my anxiety began to set in. We were discussing representation, as we often do. Discussing the lack of representation for mental health reminded me that this one day of unwavering support and awareness for mental health is an anomaly.
I want to tell her about her sorority. I want to tell her not to lock herself in her room and cry and starve herself. I want to tell her to hold out hope. But for a year of my life I had no hope. In light of the recent “Beta Delta” letter, I can’t help but be pulled back into that dark place.
We have a tendency to cycle back to the past in all of its pain and pleasure as we voyage onwards to an unknown future. Ironically, we’re much better at forecasting the future when looking at the past and present, even if change lies on the horizon.
You wouldn’t know it on the surface (or by my Instagram feed), but a passion just as big as food for me is mental health advocacy. But what does this have to do with food?
My grandma grew up in traditional India, not allowed to get an education because of her gender, always taking care of her family, poster-child of traditional India. So when my mom told me what my grandma requested, to say I was shocked was an understatement.
Working with the actress to not only tell the character’s story, but also my own, is teaching me not only how to better direct, but how to be an actor and truly channel the deepest truths of the characters into my work.
As is all too common with media, the controversy surrounding 13 Reasons Why had all but faded to the background of the internet as the show’s popularity declined. Then, last week, the show returned to headlines following the publication of a University of Michigan study on the impact of the show on at-risk youth.
When most people think of veterans and mental health, they think of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The movie takes a unique approach to the trauma veterans face once leaving combat, specifically one not often reflected in the mainstream media: moral injury.
Instagram can often be a black hole of self-doubt. To avoid it, you can branch out and follow some accounts that will “fix your feed.” Here are 10 accounts that are a mix of activists, artists, grandmas, and flower arrangers.
Skepticism is typically the first response to learning about ASMR. Some people find it unsettling or even creepy to watch these videos, whereas others feel relaxed and cared for. There’s a mix of responses that, to a great extent, depends on whether you get the chills from normal stimuli.
“On campus you start to see people being more open to sharing their struggles after witnessing celebrities sharing more of their personal stories,” Shelby tells us. “It merges the worlds of fame with our normal world even further.” At least that’s the goal of “Who Can Relate?”
Sugar became an easy exit from anxiety and depression, albeit the fleeting illusion of escape. My eating habits were a symptom of larger underlying issues that I had avoided and attempted to suppress with spurts of gratification.
People from all backgrounds and levels of experience with suicide and suicide loss are welcome to all of the events and to the Out of the Darkness walk. Registering is free, and participating in the walk is a great way to engage friends, family, and coworkers in this important conversation.
Head Talks, occurring Monday, October 9th at 7pm, is a one and a half hour Ted Talk-inspired event organized and created by Ross student Sarah Wood, bringing in influential leaders and joy soldiers that have done rewarding work in the field of mindfulness, mental health, and positive psychology.
I had the pleasure of seeing Jamie on his book tour for his book “If You Feel Too Much.” The book is a collection of stories about life, loss, and the unbelievable experiences that add color to our world, like meeting Ernest Hemingway’s granddaughter and visiting survivors of Hurricane Katrina. I asked him for his insight as a leader in mental health awareness about growing up, expectations, and becoming who you want to be.
Psychological effects are common in prisoners, and even more so in persons in solitary confinement, such as El Chapo. Prosecutors argue that the harsh conditions are necessary because of El Chapo’s history of running his drug empire from behind bars, as well as his previous escape from two maximum-security prisons.
After reading various interviews with Downey, he can begin to come off as dismissive and aloof; however, who am I or anyone else to ask him to speak on behalf of someone else’s recovery process. Downey is also 53 years old, and of another generation than the myriad of young celebrities we currently see speaking out about mental health.
With the absence of what has been an essential element of my holidays this year, I can’t help but reflect on the significance Star Wars and its characters have to me – specifically, the impact Carrie Fisher had on me as a young teenager in normalizing the discussion of mental health.
Following the birth of her son, Angelo, Adele struggled with postpartum depression. “I was obsessed with my child. I felt very inadequate; I felt like I'd made the worst decision of my life.” Feelings of inadequacy and disdain for her new role as a mother took over Adele’s life.
When you hear the name Michael Phelps, what comes to mind? Swimming, perhaps? Water, pools, the Olympics? Gold medals (23 of them!)? Any and all of these are reasonable connections to make. If you look up images of Michael Phelps online, most of them involve one or more of those things. But there’s another facet to Phelps’ life that is less conspicuous: depression.
In March of 2018, Demi celebrated six years of sobriety. But a couple of months later, in June, she released a vulnerable song called “Sober,” sharing with her fans that she had relapsed. Two months later, in August, it was reported that Demi had been hospitalized due to a drug overdose.
Queer Eye doesn’t just show the importance of self-care and confidence in contributing to good mental and emotional health, but also embodies it as well. The show offers an open perspective into the gay community, and highlights the personal challenges and lasting effects of those challenges faced by the hosts themselves.
Delving into our favorite celebrities’ lives via social media is a guilty pleasure many of us share. A glimpe into the private lives of idols through platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat is what many of us crave. And celebrities know this – there is no greater marketing method than the scandals and drama cultivated and selectively released via the worldwide web.
Paramore has an incredibly broad fanbase of all ages and backgrounds, and this sentiment is a powerful message for each and every one of them. Williams doesn’t just share her personal problems with her fans, she also provides suggestions, and hope, for those in similar positions.
To get you through your day and summon some of that spooky Halloween magic, this playlist contains classic and simply fun Halloween tracks for jamming out, a few darker ones to get chills running down your spine, and finally, a couple to help banish that darkness.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right? Well, it’s safe to say I was staring it down through the lens of my camera. Click. The enchantment of flashing lights, burning brighter in the allure of this rainbow-esque haze, amplified by her mere presence.
At school, when I want to take some stress off, I try to take myself back to that place; that place where all I have to do is worry about getting to where I need to go. When I work out, I can clear my mind in a similar way, and return to a place of calm afterward.