anxiety · books

“Turtles All the Way Down”: OCD in Focus

  John Green is a popular YA author, best known for the bestselling “The Fault in Our Stars”. When I heard about “Turtles All the Way Down”, I was curious to read it given that the main character has OCD. I wanted to see how the author would portray the complexity that mental illnesses can… Continue reading “Turtles All the Way Down”: OCD in Focus

Mental Health Advocacy · suicide

YouTuber Logan Paul & the Suicide Forest Video

On Sunday, YouTuber Logan Paul posted a video showing him and his friends going through the Aokigahara forest in Japan, commonly known as “Suicide Forest”. This location is the world’s second most popular suicide location. The incredibly graphic video showed Logan and his crew stumbling upon a dead body hanging from a tree. The 15… Continue reading YouTuber Logan Paul & the Suicide Forest Video

school

40 Firsts as a Carolina Student

For many college students, their years as an undergraduate student are filled with many firsts, from academics to relationships. It is a time to explore different classes, pathways, friend groups, and organizations. As a graduating senior, I made a list of some firsts I had as an UNC student: 1. First true exposure to dorm… Continue reading 40 Firsts as a Carolina Student

depression · Personal Bipolar Posts

Professor Reactions to Bipolar Disorder

The average age of onset for bipolar disorder is during the early 20s, so many people who have been diagnosed start exhibiting symptoms during their college years. Dealing with the stress of depression, mania, and mixed states while under the various stressors of college life can make symptoms worse. Sometimes, you may miss classes due… Continue reading Professor Reactions to Bipolar Disorder

anxiety · depression · Mental Health Advocacy · Personal Bipolar Posts · suicide

It’s Not Easy to be Bipolar

“…People walk on their tippy toes not to say anything cruel to you and everything that’s been going on.” At first, when you made ignorant statements about my bipolar disorder, I let it slide. I tried to justify it by saying that you didn’t have the background knowledge regarding what it really means to be… Continue reading It’s Not Easy to be Bipolar

anxiety · dating · depression · Mental Health Advocacy · Personal Bipolar Posts · tinder

5 Tips for Dating the Girl with Bipolar Disorder

I didn’t start seriously dating until halfway through college, after my first bipolar episode. So, I have never dated someone without having to address my bipolar disorder at some point. With my first relationship, for the first few months, I tried to hide my depression. When it was eventually brought up, I made it seem… Continue reading 5 Tips for Dating the Girl with Bipolar Disorder

Politics

The Euthanasia Debate: How do the Mentally Ill Factor In?

A couple of months ago, I came across an article claiming that Belgium psych wards euthanize the mentally ill. As someone with a mental illness myself, I was shocked by the article, and possibly even more by some of the comments below it: Well of course they do. How could they possibly afford to pay… Continue reading The Euthanasia Debate: How do the Mentally Ill Factor In?