It started as a distraction I hated. Then it became an obsession I craved. Then, a passion that carried me through.
In the past three weeks alone, I have spent ten hours at Yale Health, our student health center. The medical professionals think I have an eating disorder -- but they won't look past the number on the scale, to see the person right in front in them.
I am no longer sick. I am well. That isn't the case for some of my closest friends and family. Because I'm 'well,' and perhaps because I'm still desperate to make sense of my own senseless diagnosis, I assign myself responsibility to them.
Patty was a wonderful stepmom. Sweet and kind, she treated my sister and me like we were her very own. She worked for the airlines and often had a crazy, upside-down schedule, yet she never failed to be a loving force for good.
I am by nature an optimist. I am strong. I usually keep the sadness of myself to myself. I tell you that I'm not terminal and that I believe a cure will be found in time. I so want that to be true. I have Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer.
Now Carson and Aaron's brother Brian are able to support each other. "It's really nice for me to have someone who understands what I'm going through, where I don't have to explain why I'm sad," she says.
In order to rewire your thoughts on the r-word, you have to understand that there are legitimate arguments against your defenses for using it.
Regardless of the size of the institution or its location, college students are dealing with immense stresses that are leading to unhealthy outcomes. And it cannot be comforting that these kinds of problems are not isolated, but rather recognized by students nation-wide.
Addiction is everywhere, help is more available, and you have friends and/or family who care about you. Take the first steps today to know your risks and find solutions for a better tomorrow.
There is no doubt that ACA was a well-intentioned act meant to improve care and lower costs, but the provisions above could prevent some of the most seriously mentally ill from geting care.
I believe that we are meant to live physical lives, which is why I love training, weightlifting and athletic competition. I also believe that we are meant to explore the world around us, which is why I love adventure, photography and travel. But balancing these two passions can be a struggle sometimes.
We have come to associate guilt today with negative ideas like "guilt-trips," and with feelings of shame. As a result, when the subject of guilt and sin are brought up, our defensive walls go up, too.
I understand, and many researchers have pointed out to me, that grandfathering these autism diagnoses is scientifically messy at best. It may take decades to "clean up" the science; in the meantime, it's my duty to advocate for my patients.
Because when it comes to addiction, every day presents new challenges, and having a plan "just in case" offers a second chance to those struggling with drug abuse and peace of mind for the people who love them.
From 2007 to 2011 Andrea MacDonald served as an activist against climate change. She eventually left her role as a community organizer against the Enbridge Gateway pipeline in British Columbia and started yoga teacher training.
I wish I could offer brilliant ways to cope with someone who is seriously mentally ill. My daughter and I have some good times together and we love her very much.
Unmistakable progress has been made over the decades to correct social injustice perpetrated on marginalized Americans, including our gay and lesbian citizens. However, the plight of the mentally ill, stigma, and disparity have flourished in the 21st century.
Whether I was sad or happy or bored or lonely, it was there to comfort me and make me feel all better. We started off really happy together. But like most relationships that end, it had a tendency to get ugly. This particular relationship, the one with booze, became destructive, unhealthy and toxic.
It is astonishing to me that people still view heroin abuse and drug addiction as a "Hollywood problem" and that -- despite the overwhelming data -- everyone still refuses to believe that overdoses are occurring daily in our own backyards.
Whether you're spending too much time at the office or taking your stress out on your family, allowing your job take over your life is a slippery slope of misery.