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...
Debunking the myths of alcoholism
By Jenny (coolkid98)
The myths and misconceptions about alcoholism can make it hard for those affected to reach out and get help due to fear of being judged. Some of these myths can also lead to alcoholics being in denial about their problem because they don't fit a stereotyped appearance of an alcoholic. Alcoholism, also know as alcohol dependency, describes an addiction to alcohol in order to cope with everyday life.
Myth: Those who often get drunk are...
By Cassie (Calico.)
Worry stones are smooth stones that vary in size, shape, and color. Some have thumb indentations and are engraved with a single inspirational word, or a phrase. These stones are supposed to alleviate worry when held between your thumb and index fingers. Most worldwide cultures have something similar to alleviate worry, but it is thought that worry stones originated from Native American or Greek cultures. Native Americans had sacred stones that...
Getting back together
By Nicole (eumoirous)
No matter how long you were with your partner before the breakup, going your separate ways will always be tough. Itís very natural to miss each other, especially at first, however sometimes things change and it may seem like giving things a second chance is reasonable. Getting back together with an ex is a very delicate process, and itís a decision that should not be taken lightly. There are many things you should consider before you and your...
Creating a safe place
By Sammi (Elixir.)
What is a safe place?
In a nutshell, a safe place is something you create to escape from the world for a time. While it may sound like a physical space, there are no limits to what your safe place can be. It's entirely possible to create a safe place that doesn't exist (or can't be visited) anywhere besides your mind. Your safe place is a place for you to relax, recenter, and rejuvenate. It allows for "me" time whenever you need it, whether it be to...