Medication to treat mental health disorders
By Dez ( *~Sparkly Queer~* )
Medications are commonly used in order to help treat and reduce the symptoms of many mental illnesses. While many people find it beneficial to use medication to treat their symptoms, it is important to make sure that going on medication is something that is right for you. There are many things to consider before starting a medication to treat your mental illness.
Things to discuss with your prescriber
Staying cool during the summer
By Shane (MyVisionIsDying)
When people think of summer, they usually associate the season with sun, time off from work or school and heat. Sometimes the temperatures can reach record highs such as England reaching an astonishing 37įC (approximately 99įF) at London Heathrow Airport on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015.
Dangerously high summer temperatures can cause heat related illnesses such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Heat stroke happens when the body is...
Caitlyn Jenner's journey
by Cassie (Calico.) and Dez (*~Sparkly Queer~* )
The term transgender refers to people whose gender identity is not equivalent to the biological sex they were assigned at birth. People often expect someone to conform to the societal norms of a male or female, when the person may feel differently inside. Children with gender dysphoria generally feel that they need to hide part of who they are because societal norms say that they must do male or female things, ...
By Jess (i_like_black)
Goals are a good thing to have in life. Having something to work towards can help develop a sense of achievement and can also combat symptoms of mental illness. Being aware of a direction builds a sense of purpose, and it is well recognised that having a sense of purpose contributes to a person's longevity.
Something that commonly trips people up with goals is that they know what they want to achieve but not how to achieve it. Having a vague...
How to perform a self breast exam
By Cassie (Calico.)
A breast self exam, or BSE, is an exam that people do regularly to look for any possible changes in their breasts. Mammograms are able to see tumors before they can be felt, but a self exam will allow you to understand the normal appearance and feeling of your breasts. This understanding will help you to determine whether or not there are any abnormalities in your breasts. According to John Hopkins Medical Center, 40% percent of women...
The difference between loving someone and being in love
By Nicole (eumoirous)
Many couples wonder when they transition from just loving each other, to actually being in love. While this line between them is not concrete, there are some differences that can alert you to whether you actually are in love with a person, or whether itís just lust, infatuation, or general affection. These are general ideas of the concepts between the two, however it is up to you to decide what you are truly...
By Oliver ( *~Shimmery Queer~* )
Feminism has become a trending topic, but many people still do not fully understand what the movement's aims and ideals are. Feminism began in Western culture in the late 19th century. While it has gained women more rights than they initially had, feminists still believe there is more work to be done in order to achieve equal rights.
What is feminism?
Feminism is defined as the movement for social, political, and economic equality of...
An inside look at PTSD
Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a mental health condition that develops after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. PTSD has several types of symptoms that include reliving, avoiding, numbing, and hyper-arousal symptoms. Symptoms do not go away by themselves, and they worsen without treatment. Individual experiences with PTSD vary, but I am reminded of the past on a daily basis.
PTSD develops from a trauma, and that is...
What is consent?
By Cassie (Calico.) and Nicole (eumoirous)
Consent is the voluntary agreement of all involved parties to engage in sexual activity. It should be assumed that one has not given consent unless there is a clear agreement prior to engaging in any sexual activity. It is preferred for consent to be a verbal agreement; however, it can be written as well. Consent should be clear at each stage of the activity, and the ability to say "no" should be respected by both ...
Being an alcoholic
By Jessie (Palmolive)
Nothing could have prepared me for the world I was about to enter when I picked up my first bottle of vodka. I was about 17 and had suffered with mental health problems since I was 11. I struggled with depression and anxiety which turned into BPD, PTSD, depressive episodes, psychotic episodes, and eating disorders. They all added to my stress levels and I didnít think I was going to become addicted to alcohol too. I had never drunk much...