Category Archives: health

Catch up on the latest health legislation, honest discussions about our bodies, and “I Have” essays from women’s personal experiences. Whether mental or physical The Frisky discusses each disease, concern, or condition to encourage open conversation.

Dream Or Nightmare: Caffeine Body Spray Is Here

Caffeine Intoxication?
coffee art by Kazuki Yamamto
It's a real disorder. Read More »
Inventions We Need
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Barista Tidbits
50 things your barista wishes he could tell you. Read More »
DREAM OR NIGHTMARE?
Sprayable Energy
Caffeine You Can Spray On Your Skin!?

When I arrive at work in the morning, I often make jokes about wanting to mainline more caffeine into my veins. And this is after I’ve already pounded three cups of java in rapid succession. It’s just not enough!! I’m a caffeine junkie. No need for me to ever make that joke again now that Sprayable Energy –caffeine that you spray directly onto your skin– exists. It sounds like one of those dream inventions that you never think will happen, but eventually, it does. (I felt the very same way about video phone calls when I used to watch “The Jetsons” on Saturday morning.) You spray the product on your neck or wrists like you would Axe Body spray, only it doesn’t smell like crap and it absorbs into your skin and gets your brain neurons firing right away. You don’t even have to bother with stumbling over to your coffee maker and grinding the beans. The only downsides I can see are increased risk of overdose and extreme temptation to spray it on my boyfriend while he’s sleeping and see what happens. I’m so amped about Sprayable Energy that I feel like I just sprayed myself. [Sprayable Energy]

5 Stages Your Therapist Goes Through After You Quit Her Services (In GIFs!)

Things Your Therapist Says
translating what therapists say
...and what they really mean! Read More »
How To Dump Your Shrink
Four ways to break up with your therapist. Read More »
Best/Worst Therapists
The best & worst zingers from our therapists. Read More »
5 Stages Your Therapist Goes Through After You Quit Her Services

Therapy has done me good. Off and on ever since I was 14, I’ve seen a couple therapists for a couple of years at a time each. They’ve helped me through family craziness, adjusting to college, adjusting to life after college, a boss possessed by Satan, and bouts of depression and anxiety.

Therapy isn’t about “solving” problems;  it’s about learning ways to cope with them. It’s a credit to my most recent therapist that the few problems in my life feel manageable.  In extraordinary circumstances I’ll feel anxious or depressed, but I’m proud to say that I’ve been living my life better than ever. So much so, in fact, that I’m not sure that I’m getting much out of therapy anymore.  It feels less like an essential part of mental healthcare and more like a relationship I’ve been maintaining (and let’s be honest, paying for) out of guilt and habit.

So I decided to cut the cord. And my therapist … well, she didn’t take it so well. It felt like a breakup.  Here are the five stages you can expect your therapist to go through when you’ve quit their services: Keep reading »

Absolutely Not: Weight-Loss Tapeworms Can’t Become A Thing

The Air Diet
French Grazia exposes Hollywood's Air Diet. Read More »
Weight Talk
One writer is sick of talking to women about weight. Read More »

I think we can all agree that the society’s issues with weight and body image have reached rock, rock, rock bottom when women are purposefully ingesting tapeworms to shed pounds. An Iowa woman had to seek medical attention last week after purchasing a LIVE tapeworm off the internet and swallowing it. She was advised to get on anti-worm medication as soon as possible to avoid illness or possible death. The woman’s lapse in judgment prompted the Iowa Department of Public Health to issue a statement warning against using tapeworms as weight-loss aids. Keep reading »

How Not To Fall For The Next Fitness Fad

In the fitness and weight-loss industry, serpent lubrication sells like hotcakes. It’s capitalism run amok, and it is not helping. Billions of dollars are at stake to perpetuate the myth of “quick and easy” when it comes to building muscle and/or dropping fat from your frame. If you believe in quick-fix miracle cures for getting in shape, you’re not alone. In 2011, the Federal Trade Commission launched a massive survey of consumer fraud in the U.S. and found people were more likely to be taken in by a weight-loss scam than any other type of fraud. It’s not all “bank inspectors” and pyramid schemes; fraudsters scammed millions of Americans wanting to lose weight by selling pills, powders, machines, wraps, creams and even “weight-loss earrings.”

Are people who believe such things stupid? Not necessarily. Read more at Ask Men…

Anyone Who’s Ever Suffered From Mental Illness (Or Known Someone Who Has) Must Watch Eleanor Longdon’s TED Talk

Women + Mental Illness
sad woman
What happens when CZJ and other powerful women admit mental illness? Read More »
Tips for Anxiety
Worried? Anxious? Panicked? We feel your pain. Read More »
Depression Cartoon
We love the depression cartoons of Hyperbole & A Half! Read More »
Her Recovery Story
Eleanor-Longdon's-TED-Talk-
"The light never goes out."

Eleanor Longdon was a college student when she began hearing a totally neutral voice in her head that would narrate her daily going ons in the third person. “She is leaving the room.” She is going to the lecture.” Longdon’s relationship with this innocuous narrator eventually turned into what she called a “psychic civil war” where the voices multiplied, becoming both her “persecutors  and her only perceived companions.” This eventually led to a diagnosis of schizophrenia and complete mental unraveling, which caused her to go so far once as to try to drill a hole in her head to get rid of the voices. Keep reading »

5 Things To Remember When Your Life Goes To Hell

If there’s an upside to spending most of your life in abject poverty and soul-sucking alcoholism, it’s that you become an expert in shit-handling. Many of you out there can testify that it doesn’t make you panic any less when personal disasters do pop up, but it seems like the more frequently you fall into a sewer, the more skilled you become at battling the turtles that reside within.

But no matter how skilled we get at handling a good old-fashioned clusterfuck, there are still some basic reminders that we could all use when we’re right in the thick of it. Read more at Cracked…

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