The Orion

Depressed and down but still around

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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?”...

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

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” with depression. I use air quotes because therapists don’t straight up say “you have seve...

Cloudy skies make cloudy minds

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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 not. It may not be fair, but it is important to talk about.Are you also feeling down around this time...

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...

Let’s get physical

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Joann Chevaillier

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 for it. Not being active creates many problems for me. I am prone to fighting depression, turning to alco...

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?...

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 regions have less sunlight during winter months. This increases the likelihood of depressio...

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 a few months and spare the details. I got a late acceptance letter to Chico State and decided to...

My experience with depression

Illustration by Darian Maroney

Daisy Dardon

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 and cut deep, preferring the physical pain rather than the pain that no one sees. Not many people kn...

Never forgive, but do forget

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William Rein

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 over-trusting or confiding in that person and facing another letdown. I’m simply taking it a...

Think twice before getting a tattoo

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Daisy Dardon

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 tattoos. And because they’re religious, getting a tattoo is also tainting the temple of God. B...

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