The Orion

Battling My Anxiety

Illustration by Melissa Joseph
March 5, 2020

Heaving chest, desperate for lungfuls of air. Words jumbled like a child with a mouth full of marbles. Fat tears cascading down a face stuck in a grimace of pent up anxiety. Breathe, take air in and...

Erasing the taboos around masturbation

Erasing the taboos around masturbation
February 26, 2020

It’s the fifth grade. I’m in Ms. Solferino’s class and I am fidgeting in my assigned seat. My stretchy pants, more than I’d like to admit, were pulled up too high. A perpetual state of camel toe.  To...

Depressed and down but still around

hopelessness Photo credit: Jacob Collier
November 26, 2019

Trigger Warning: This article contains several references to self-harm that may be disturbing to some readers.Everyone feels down sometimes, but for some it can reach a terrifying level. When I was 23,...

College students lack sufficient mental health resources

Group of People with differing personalities.
Getty Images photo by Chris Madden
August 28, 2018

Everybody deals with their own personal lows during college. Many students may find themselves devastated over failing a difficult exam, or heartbroken over falling out with friends or partners. For anybody...

Mental health and counseling should be priority for students

Photo credit: Jaime Munoz
March 12, 2018

Elyn Saks, suffering from chronic schizophrenia, had hardly eaten for a week. Her face felt like a mask and she moved as if her legs were wooden. Sitting in total darkness with the curtains drawn and her...

Living under the weight of senior anxiety

Photo credit: Jessica Johnson
November 7, 2017

To be near graduation is a lonely thing. The anxieties and fears of a senior student go beyond midterms and papers and inch into the metaphysical. What will I do? Where will I go? Am I ready? The seniors...

Don’t self-diagnose mental disorders

Photo credit: Madison Holmes
March 27, 2016

Possibly the result of the growing autonomy of youth or the accessibility of specialist information, self-diagnosing is on the rise. Upward of 30 percent of Americans have used the Internet to reach a...

Too much true crime

Photo credit: Helen Suh
February 19, 2016

Finally comfortable, you close your eyes in your soft warm bed and begin to drift asleep. Then your eyes open. You remember you just finished watching "Dateline."Quickly arising, you check every window...

UMatter offers help for students with anxiety

UMatter offers help for students with anxiety
February 14, 2016

Student volunteers and mental health professionals alike have taken on the challenge of raising awareness, reducing stigmas surrounding the idea of getting help for anxiety and convincing Chico State students...

Navigating the circus of cross-cultural conversation

February 24, 2014

A friend once asked me, "So, are you... like... actively gay?" I'm still not quite sure who was more ignorant in that exchange: them, for asking such a strange question, or me, for sarcastically pulling...

Questioning common collegiate dreams

Zachary Phillips
February 20, 2014

Have you ever had one of those days where nothing seems to go your way? Your bike gets a flat, you brought the wrong notebook to school and all of your teeth fall out. I have those days all the time,...

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