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Breathe In, Breathe Out

Breathe In, Breathe Out

Jake Striebeck

May 22, 2020

Breathe in, breathe out. That’s what I tell myself during my daily bouts of anxiety. Each thought is more negative and paranoia-filled than the last; I used to let these thoughts run free. A stranger would take over my brain, one who controlled my decisions and my choices. I was left to watch...

It’s Not Just a Phase, Mom!

It's Not Just a Phase, Mom!

April 8, 2020

LGBT+ Mental Health According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website “[LGBTQ+] adults are more than twice as likely as heterosexual adults to experience a mental health condition…[and are]…at a higher risk than the general population for suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts…High...

How to Listen to Someone

How to Listen to Someone

Robin Molina, Staff Writer

April 8, 2020

I was sitting at my kitchen table after I finished the research for this article and when I finally found the answers to the questions I would ask myself every time someone opened up to me with their story: Did I listen well? Did they feel heard? Did I talk too much? What I realized was that it didn’t...

How to Consistently Take Care of Your Mental Health

How to Consistently Take Care of Your Mental Health

Xavier Richardson, Staff Writer

April 8, 2020

When you’re a student who is expected to attend classes while working a part-time job to pay the bills, life can be a little hectic, and if you throw an extracurricular or two into the mix, things might start to get out of control. You may often find yourself opening your Google calendar to add yet...

Alone in Perpetual Darkness — No, This is Not About Existentialism

Alone in Perpetual Darkness — No, This is Not About Existentialism

Lindsey Mione, Special Events Coordinator

April 6, 2020

Abusive Relationships There are many types of abuse, but they all have one thing in common: It is never the victim’s fault. It’s hard to be aware of emotional abuse, but there are key signs to look out for. Some include: Gaslighting Degrading language Hurtful comments disguised as “jokes” You...

Warped Reflections

Warped Reflections

Heather Montoya, Co-News Editor

April 6, 2020

In retrospect … I think I had an eating disorder. Sitting in my introduction to psychology class, my 19-year-old-freshman-self saw an all too accurate description of a difficult period in my life, a time when I was obsessed with my weight. For several months during high school, a typical day included...

Why Therapy is Important

Ryan Houston-Dial, Assistant Opinion Editor

April 6, 2020

In December 2018, I lost my dearest friend — my grandfather. He was the first individual to pass away that I was very close to, and the thought of not having him around scared me. I started to feel my mood shift and my mental health decline, but my daily appearance did not show my internal battles....