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  • Cheeky Minx
    Published 2 years ago
    The Best MEDS

    The Best MEDS

    Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder or PMDD, (no, it's not PMS!) is best defined as a hormonal sensitivity that causes intense, often life-disabling mental and physical symptoms every month in women with the condition. Learn more at the Gia Allemand Foundation.
  • BambooMoves Forest Hills
    Published 2 years ago
    Be Receptive To Change
  • Jessie White
    Published 2 years ago
    Make the Switch

    Make the Switch

    No one really likes talking about “that time of the month” and no one wants to think about that red haze waiting just around the corner. Thankfully that’s starting to change. Women are becoming more vocal about their menstrual cycle and it's transforming modern culture. Young women can now hear the answers to the questions that we wouldn’t have been able to ask without blushing and maybe even stuttering a bit twenty years ago.
  • Claire Raymond
    Published 2 years ago
    Getting Help For Your Depression
  • Lynn Fowler
    Published 2 years ago
    Intermittent Fasting

    Intermittent Fasting

    I first discovered intermittent fasting around 20 years ago, although back then I had no idea what it was called, or even that it actually had a name. I simply found that my body was happier if it wasn't being stuffed with food from morning to night.
  • Debora de Carvalho
    Published 2 years ago
    Anti-Age Your Brain

    Anti-Age Your Brain

    The process of aging is characterized by older cells dying, at a faster rate than the creation of new cells. The same holds true for activities that add to our lifelong experience. As we age, it seems that older activities ‘die off’ quicker than new activities are ‘created’.
  • Sarava Watson
    Published 2 years ago
    16 Things I Learned in 2016

    16 Things I Learned in 2016

    Sometimes, it really is better to just let things go. Holding onto grudges and bitterness and baseless hopes just takes up space in our minds and makes us sad. That's not to say giving up is always the right option, but if it's not going to happen... it's not going to happen. And when you hold onto anger towards someone, all it's doing is hurting you. You deserve better than to be hurt by someone who made you feel that way in the first place. People will come and go in your life, but every time someone leaves, someone else is about to walk in and make it okay. I truly believe that most things happen for a reason, even if that reason isn't readily apparent. When you lose someone you care about, it's just your life making room for the amazing new person or thing that's about to come into it. Sometimes a small change can make a huge difference. If you're stuck somehow, and nothing seems to be working, try changing something else. That change could be the spark to the fire that burns down the wall that's been in front of you for as long as you can remember. Appreciate the small joys in life. Experience every moment as it's happening and bask in the beauty of it. Remind yourself how lucky you are to be here, and just let it happen. Years from now, the memory of that moment will be much sweeter. I promise. Listen to more music. Seriously. Whenever you can, add a soundtrack to your life. Music has a funny way of making everything better. Don't apologize for what you enjoy. Do what you want to and drop anyone who tries to make you feel guilty. As long as you're not hurting anyone else, you have a right to do whatever you need to in order to experience life to the fullest capacity possible. If that means getting that haircut you've always wanted, do it. If that means moving across the country because you've been thinking about it for years, then do it. Life is too short to not do what you enjoy just to please others. Take more selfies, both by yourself and with friends. Ignore people who say it's vain or pointless, because they're wrong. In ten years, you're going to have a collection of pictures that detail you at every stage of your life. You'll be able to look back to that time you cut your bangs and they took a year to grow back out. You'll be able to see that selfie you took with your friends at that party, and remember how fun it was. Pictures are a way of preserving our precious memories. On a related note, take more candid and unposed pictures. Sure, we all love those pictures that look perfect. But they're fake. You'll never look at that and remember something amazing, you'll remember how painstaking it was to get everything just right. Genuine photos will never be perfect and that's okay. My favorite pictures in the entire world are all blurry and someone is always making a stupid face. But that's okay, because they're real. When those pictures were taken, we were all so happy, and it shows - and that's what I'll always remember when I look at it. Never, EVER, make the mistake of forgetting to look in the mirror when you go out somewhere. Stand up for yourself. While it's true that letting go of anger is a good thing, letting someone walk all over you is worse. You're a human being and you deserve to be treated with love and respect. Family is a privilege, not a right. If a family member consistently treats you like garbage and refuses to stop, you don't have to acknowledge a relationship with them. Similarly, your best friends are your family. They do just as much for you as your relatives do, sometimes more. Therefore, they're your family, too. When someone says they're there for you, they mean it. Take advantage of that. If you need help, reach out to someone. Your loved ones want to help you, they don't want you to suffer in silence. They want to help you, I promise. Listen to those around you. If every single person you know tells you that getting that face tattoo is a bad idea... you might want to listen to them. A small act of kindness goes a long way. It might be nothing to you, but it could make that person's entire week. My sophomore year of high school, I was sitting alone at lunch. I was going through some stuff at the time, and I had recently moved, so I didn't have any friends yet. Out of the blue, this person who was in band with me came up to me and said, "You look kinda sad and you're sitting alone so...can I give you a hug?" That person went on to be my best friend. When I told them about this, they didn't really remember it. It wasn't a big deal to them. But to me, it made my week. The fact that I still remember it shows how much it meant to me. Little acts of kindness can do so much for someone. If you did something embarrassing, but nobody saw it, it didn't happen. You're never alone. There is always at least one person who is willing to help you. Don't be afraid to reach out to them.
  • Claire Raymond
    Published 2 years ago
    Depression: Side Effects and Relapses
  • Daniel Blitch
    Published 2 years ago
    Swallowing the Spider to Catch the Fly

    Swallowing the Spider to Catch the Fly

    From July 2015 to July 2016, I was part of a clinical trial for an antidepressant drug that is not yet on the market. I worked with a psychiatrist and a team of nurses to maintain dosing and monitor my health throughout the study.
  • Claire Raymond
    Published 2 years ago
    Depression: What It Isn't

    Depression: What It Isn't

    Depression is incredibly hard to describe, one of the reasons I think it is so difficult is because everyone's experience of depression is totally different. Being depressed means different things to different people so it can be hard to put that into words. But depression is NOT: Something people choose. Something that people can just "get over" by being positive Weakness or weak mindedness Selfishness or self pity Insanity or craziness Something to be ashamed of These are the kinds of myths and narrow minded prejudices that cause people to feel ashamed of their situation and not seek help when they so desperately need it. Just because a person is depressed doesn't mean that they are any less of a person than you are. It does not mean that you are stronger or smarter than them. Only an idiot would believe that someone could live their life with depression and still be weak. It has made me a stronger person than I have ever been in my entire life. The "snap out of it" mentality seems to be shared by a great many people and with the greatest of respect is possibly one of the most stupid things to say to a person suffering with depression. If they could snap out of it they damn well would! I don't care what anybody says nobody chooses to be depressed. It can not be snapped out of, it is something that takes time to deal with and manage. Depression is also not insanity, insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. So maybe by that definition, depressed or not, we are all insane? What depression can do. So many people still believe that depression is just something that makes you feel "a bit sad" or "down" and that it can be cured by being positive or by sheer force of will. But don't you think that if people could get rid of it and be positive then they would be? Depression can: *Leave you feeling helpless *Alone *Frightened *In despair *Make you truly believe that no one understands or cares about you *Make you think that nothing is important and that life is not worth living *Take away the passion and bravery you once had *Turn you into an entirely different person than you once were *Make you lose sight of everything good in your life *Make you feel as though your life has no purpose *Make you feel like an outcast *Make you feel weak *Make you feel as though everyone thinks that you are crazy *Take away all of your happiness and positivity *Leave you feeling that people would be better off without you in their lives *Make you genuinely want to be dead *Ruin your entire life *Make you try to kill yourself These are just a few of the things that depression can do to a person, depression is not about feeling a bit fed up or that you're having a crappy few weeks. Depression is a serious condition and the sooner people realize that and start treating it like one, the more people can be spared the soul destroying loneliness and misery that depression can bring. People take their own lives every single day because they don't seek the help that they need. Whether this is because they think that people will judge them or because they don't know who to turn to, this is something that needs to be addressed. It doesn't matter what the reasons are, it needs to stop. The stigma needs to be removed from depression, and people need to understand that just because you can't see it doesn't mean it's not painfully real.
  • Rowan Marley
    Published 3 years ago
    Difference Between Natural and Synthetic Vitamins

    Difference Between Natural and Synthetic Vitamins

    Most health-conscious people out there make a point to look for food that delivers a powerful nutritional punch when they are trying to eat. Eating vitamin-rich foods means that our body has the goods it needs to keep functioning at maximum capability.
  • Claire Raymond
    Published 3 years ago
    Telling Someone About Your Depression

    Telling Someone About Your Depression

    Telling someone that you are suffering with depression isn't easy, the judgmental stigma that is attached to mental health, coupled with people's misunderstandings can make talking about it seem like the most terrifying thing in the world. I understand that depression can bring with it a lack of trust, you feel as though no one will understand you and everyone is going to judge you. But they're not, if there is someone in your family that you trust then speak to them, but if there is no one in your family you feel you can talk to, there are plenty of other people that can help you. Your doctor or nurse practitioner are there to help, that is their job. They will not judge you or think that you are crazy, you won't be sectioned or laughed at. They will not tell anyone else, they are not allowed to unless you are an immediate danger to yourself or others. They are there to help, they see depression every single day of their working lives, it is nothing new to them. But they should take your concerns seriously and try to work with you to manage your depression . If they don't, then ask to speak to a different doctor, you deserve to be taken seriously and it is their job to do that. If you feel talking to your family doctor will be too hard, you can ask to see someone else, the surgery is obliged to abide by your wishes. They can not force you to talk to someone you don't want to. Alternatively, you could talk with your nurse practitioner, the nurse practitioner at my local surgery was a total life saver, literally, I really don't think I would be here right now if it had not been for her. Whoever you talk to, be totally honest with them, they might ask you some awkward questions, but they are trying to assess you and figure out the best way to help you and they can't do this if you lie to them. There are also numerous websites and chat-rooms bursting with people that are going through the same thing you are. Don't underestimate the importance of other people's experiences, they have been through all of the feelings you are going through right now and they have lived to tell the tale, let them help. Mind and Rethink are wonderful websites full of advice on various mental health conditions, they are brilliant charities and their websites are full of expert ideas and advice. Helplines are a brilliant source of advice, you can talk to someone any time and one of the best things about them is you can't see them and they can't see you. This is not for everyone but some people find it easier to talk to someone that can't see them. They are very well trained and sometimes hearing a human voice tell you that you will be okay can offer a huge comfort. They are there to listen to you in total confidence, they will never judge or tell you what to do. They may advise you of the best course of action, but it is totally up to you. I would recommend you listen to them as no matter what you might think, they really do want to help you, that is why they are on the phones, because they want to save people's lives. When telling anyone about your depression, the most important thing is that you are totally honest, whether you are not sure what is going through your mind right now, or that you have had thoughts about taking your own life, be honest. The only way anyone can help is if they know what is going on.