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Battling My Anxiety

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Erin Holve, Staff Writer

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 then out. Desperate hands trying to scrub away the evidence of fears and self-loathing. The advice ...

Erasing the taboos around masturbation

Erasing the taboos around masturbation

Erin Holve, Staff Writer

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 deal with the early stages of anxiety, I would move back and forth in my seat. Then...

Depressed and down but still around

hopelessness Photo credit: Jacob Collier

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, I gave up on trying to fight my sadness and tried to end my life. “What is the point?”...

College students lack sufficient mental health resources

Group of People with differing personalities.
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Rayanne Painter

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 who’s experienced these things, they know that it can often make life harder than it needs to...

Mental health and counseling should be priority for students

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Grant Schmieding

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 room in utter disrepair, help was a necessity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Living under the weight of senior anxiety

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Grayson Boyer

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 at Chico State are all living under a looming fear. Although graduation represents a great accomplishment,...

Don’t self-diagnose mental disorders

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William Rein

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 medical conclusion. This number is only rising, but what are the merits of giving yourself a diagnosis?...

Too much true crime

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Alex Horne

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 and door and close all the blinds. You would nail wood over every door but you don’t have wood or na...

UMatter offers help for students with anxiety

UMatter offers help for students with anxiety

Eric Mcguire

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 to join the conversation. The first step has been to make students aware that anxiety is all...

Navigating the circus of cross-cultural conversation

Zachary Phillips

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 out a pen and paper and writing down my weekly workout routine. When it comes to cross-cultural exper...

Questioning common collegiate dreams

Zachary Phillips

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, in my dreams, of course. For those who are novices to the dream world, our sleepy-time fabrications are...

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