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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,...

O-face: Antidepressants might be affecting your sex drive but nobody is talking about it

One of the side effects of antidepressants is lower sex drive yet no one is talking about it. Photo credit: Melissa Joseph
October 6, 2019

When I’m stuck in a pit of wallowing depression, having sex isn’t first on my list of priorities, especially if I’m taking my antidepressants.At the age of 13, I was “diagnosed”...

Cloudy skies make cloudy minds

Infographic on SAD Photo credit: Gage Northcutt
February 20, 2019

With mental health often being overlooked as something that some consider a choice, it is important to know that there are internal and external factors which can affect our mood whether we like it or...

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...

Let’s get physical

Photo credit: Helen Suh
April 12, 2016

When I am in school everything else seems to be put on hold, and sadly this includes working out and other physical activities. For some reason I get it in my head that I am to busy and don't have time...

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...

Rainy weather may make students sad

Illustration by Dongyoung Won.
January 26, 2016

Students avoiding the outdoor world, or feeling unexplained sorrow, may be experiencing seasonal affective disorder, or depression with seasonal patterns. It is more commonly found in northern regions.Northern...

Finding my way: The Orion

Lars Gustafson interviews professional wakeboarder Harley Clifford at the Pro Wake Tour in Lathrop. Photo courtesy of Lars Gustafson.
December 15, 2015

Within a year of finding out I would never step foot upon a football field again with pins placed in my shoulder, my mom died from liver cancer during my senior year of high school. Let's fast forward...

My experience with depression

Illustration by Darian Maroney
May 8, 2015

I remember the first time I self-harmed. I remember when I began to think that I didn't want to live anymore. I'd had enough. I remember the nights when I would put the blade against my skin...

Never forgive, but do forget

Illustration by Miles Huffman
April 2, 2015

I never forgive (but do forget). President Kennedy once said “forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” That’s entirely sensible — never forget who wronged you so you can avoid...

Think twice before getting a tattoo

Illustration by Miles Huffman
February 12, 2015

Getting a tattoo could be one of the biggest decisions one ever makes. I know it certainly was for me. Especially since my parents were so dead against it. They think only people in gangs get...

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