Posts tagged "depression"

Why Didn’t Mizzou Report Sasha Menu Courey’s Sexual Assault?

When Sasha Menu Courey woke up one morning in February 2010, she had no idea that her life was about to change radically in a few short hours. Courey, a swimmer and straight-A student at the University of Missouri on a near-full scholarship, was sexually assaulted by a football player that night. According to CNN,…
By: Claire Hannum / January 29, 2014

5 Facts Everyone Gets Wrong About Depression

I was diagnosed with clinical depression about two years ago. Sadly, this didn't lead to me beginning a wacky romance with a free-spirited girl who taught me to embrace life and love myself for who I am. I just started taking prescription drugs, made a few lifestyle changes, and felt smugly justified about listening to…
By: Cracked / January 26, 2014

8 Tips On How To Beat The Winter Blues

This time of year is tough. These cold months between the holidays and the first day of spring are like one giant, perpetual Monday staring you in the face. I'm generally a pretty happy-go-lucky person, but when the chilly months roll around, my personality changes. I get down in the dumps over just about everything. Thi…
By: Claire Hannum / January 20, 2014

Mommie Dearest: On Postpartum Depression

It’s no secret that becoming a new parent can be one of the most trying times in a person’s life. Seven years later, I can still vividly remember those first few hours and days together, despite the foggy haze of sleeplessness I was in. A plethora of hormones coursed through my body, screwing with my…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 10, 2014

Daisy Coleman, Teen Rape Victim In Missouri, Hospitalized After Suicide Attempt

Daisy Coleman, the Maryville, Missouri, teenager whose rape by a politically well-connected classmate attracted nationwide attention, tried to commit suicide this week. Daisy was raped in 2012 at age 14 by some of her male classmates at a party she attended with a girl friend. Both girls were given alcohol by older boy…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 7, 2014

Chiara De Blasio, Daughter Of NYC’s New Mayor, Describes Her Depression And Battle With Substance Abuse

I would like to applaud Chiara de Blasio, the 19-year-old daughter of New York City's new mayor Bill de Blasio, for her bravery in speaking frankly and honestly about her struggle with clinical depression and using marijuana and alcohol to cope. The Santa Clara University sophomore just completed an outpatient group therapy program for depression, anxiety,…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 24, 2013

Remembering Ned Vizzini (1981 – 2013)

On Friday morning I had just sat down at my desk at work when I got the message: my friend Ned committed suicide the day before. What? No, not Ned. No. No. What? Why? Why now? I don’t have anything original to say about grief, other than that incredulity, anger and sadness are on rapid…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 23, 2013

Girl Talk: Accepting The Holiday Mehs

I hate the term holiday blues. I think that's because when I was 19, December rolled around and I fell into a full-blown depression, complete with sleepless nights, loss of appetite and thoughts of suicide. The holiday blues sound like an uptempo jazz…
By: Ami Angelowicz / December 10, 2013

Study: Casual Sex Might Be Making Teenagers Sad

A new study from Ohio State University in the Journal of Sex Research suggests that casual teenage sex has a reciprocal relationship with poor mental health -- and that they contribute to one another over time. An important thing to note is that this link was found to be the same for…
By: Claire Hannum / November 24, 2013

The 5 Different Categories Of Boredom (As Determined By Scientists)

Not many kids dream of growing up and spending their days studying the nuances of the most apathetic feeling known to the human race, yet, Thomas Goetz, a professor of empirical educational research at the University of Konstanz in Germany, found the subject of boredom at least marginally interesting enough to delve deeper into it.
By: Ami Angelowicz / November 23, 2013

Cuddling With A Stuffed Animal May Help Cure Your Depression (Seriously!)

Most of the "scientific studies" in the Daily Mail make me chuckle (new survey from a contact lens manufacturer says that 90% of people feel self-conscious about wearing glasses!) but this one -- about low self-esteem, existential angst and stuffed animals -- is worth seriou…
By: Ami Angelowicz / November 19, 2013

Celebrate The Onset Of Your Seasonal Affective Disorder With These Depressing Pastries

Winter is coming. Which means that seasonal affective disorder season is right around the corner. I don't know about you, but the first thing I reach for when I'm depressed is a sugar fix. Miss Cakehead, the same company that brought you STD Cupcakes, wants to offer you a…
By: Ami Angelowicz / September 5, 2013

Guys, You’re Just As Depressed As Women

Depression might be known more as a women's disease, but new research shows men suffer just as much—only differently. When rage, risk-taking, and substance abuse are taken into account, men are just as likely to be diagnosed with depression as women, the study says. In fact, if nontraditional symptoms are properly identified, men may actually…
By: Newser / August 31, 2013

7 Sort-Of Rules For Living (And Being Okay) With Anxiety

Do you have anxiety? You're in good company. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there's around 40 million people dealing with anxiety disorders in the U.S. alone. That's a lot of friggin' people -- and I…
By: Julie Gerstein / June 27, 2013

Couple Who Ran Self-Help Talk Show Found Dead In Apartment After Joint Suicide

Yo guys, get ready for some dark times. Like something out of a Todd Solondz movie, self-help radio show hosts Lynne Rosen, 46, and her boyfriend John Littig, 48, committed suicide together Wednesday night, by suffocating themselves with plastic bags. The pair hosted a show called "The Pursuit of…
By: Julie Gerstein / June 5, 2013

Is There A Penalty For Powerful Women Admitting Mental Illness?

Is there a penalty for a woman who breaks through the glass ceiling and, then, from her position of power, admits that she struggled with mental illness in her past? Yesterday New York City's Speaker of the City Council and the Democratic candidate for mayor Christine Quinn revealed in the New York Times that she…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 15, 2013

Blogger Allie Of Hyperbole & A Half Finds The Funny Moments In The Darkest Depression

If you've ever been depressed or if you're currently depressed or are wondering if you're possibly depressed, walk -- no run! -- to the blog Hyperbole & A Half, where blogger Allie deftly, and sometimes hilariously, chronicles what it's like to live with depression. In a new entry, posted today, Allie explai…
By: Julie Gerstein / May 9, 2013

How To Be Really Good At Being Really Depressed

Almie Rose knows a thing or two about a thing or two. In this installment, Almie dissects the finer points of how to deal when you're depressed. Or, maybe, how not to deal. In any case, it's always a good idea to make videos with your pets.
By: Almie Rose / February 15, 2013

Girl Talk: Going Off Of Antidepressants Will Make You Feel Worse Than Depressed

Greetings from zombie-land. That's where I'm currently residing as I go through antidepressant withdrawal. It's a horribly dizzying place, filled with bouts of insomnia, nausea and an episode of neverending flu. It's not a place I recommend visiting, and yet, I've found myself here because I decided to get off of Paxil, the anti-anxiety drug…
By: Julie Gerstein / February 5, 2013

Girl Talk: I Can’t Stop Sleeping

This story begins in a basement waiting room in Brooklyn. My boyfriend and I stare at our phones on a dirty looking love seat across from the reception desk. There's no service, and cellphone games give me headaches, so I pick up an issue of Parenting magazine, even though I am not a parent and --…
By: Caroline Jarvis / January 29, 2013
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