Mental illness does not discriminate; people from all walks of life can be affected. Yet, different communities, like the African American community, have unique needs that are not always being met. One of the most relevant factors in why black adults are not seeking treatment is the presence of mental health stigma.
As a journalist, I realize that everything has nuance. Nothing can be understood from just one single perspective. This leads me to my potentially controversial opinion that while having children is a gift, it is also a burden that many of us do not want to have. And women are tired of being shamed for knowing ourselves well enough to understand what types of lives we want to lead.
In 2006, when I was posting cringe-worthy selfies on MySpace and Facebook, I never thought that social media would become such an integral part of my adult life. I currently have 13.6k followers on Instagram, and 25.8k followers on Twitter.
The Butterfly Effect is the scientific theory that a single occurrence, no matter how small, can change the course of the Universe forever. The term Butterfly Effect comes from the idea that if a butterfly flaps its wings on one side of the earth, it is said to cause a hurricane on the other side. The butterfly’s wings are said to create tiny changes in the atmosphere that may alter the path of a tornado, delay, accelerate or even prevent the occurrence of a tornado in a certain area. The flapping of the butterfly’s wings becomes an essential part of the initial conditions that resulted in a tornado.
As a person living with bipolar disorder, social anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, life can feel a bit chaotic. My moods fluctuate abnormally, my limited attention span makes everything seem like a bigger task than it is and anxious thoughts can hold me back from doing simple tasks, like ordering food over the phone. To further explore this internet trend, I spoke to two students and one faculty member at Temple University.
When I first stumbled across this hour long comedy special on Netflix, I was expecting to laugh and to be happy that an openly gay woman comedian is getting the recognition she deserves. What I wasn’t expecting was to learn about art history, to be reminded how important self love is, and to see someone be so vulnerable, honest and angry in front of such a large audience, in the midst of her own comedy show. I loved it because it wasn’t your average stand up show. She didn’t feel obligated to provide the audience with non-stop laughs, just for the sake of it. She challenged both the viewers in the Sydney Opera House and the viewers watching at home to have a much deeper experience. Gadsby undoubtedly incited laughter, but she also held back nothing when tackling the intersectional experience of being both a queer and a woman.