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How Social Media is Altering the Image of Mental Illness

I’ll admit, it’s pretty fascinating that we live in a world where you can connect with people across the world and join virtual communities of people who care about the same things you do.  But that also comes with negative consequences.  On the popular blogging site, Tumblr, there are very few rules as to what goes.  Blogs are focused on everything from food to fashion, art and music, and mental disorders.  While some accounts create a community of support for those suffering from illnesses like depression or self harm- the majority serve as a base full of triggering content.

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Mental Health Education from an Unlikely Source

Over lunch a few months ago my friend was telling me about her little sister, who is in eighth grade.  She explained how she is watching her sister grow up.  She spends more time on her appearance- she just learned how to use mascara and got eye shadow for Christmas.  She has a crush on the lead singer of a boy band.  But along with make up and boy bands, my friend mentioned how she’s starting to see her sister try to deal with new and more complex emotions.  

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A Never Ending Cycle: Substance Abuse and Depression

When I was walking through a lecture hall on my way to class, I heard a student tell their friend “I’m addicted to that TV show, I can’t stop watching it;” I didn’t think much of it until later that day I overheard another student say, “I think she’s just addicted to the attention.”  It was then that I noticed a trend.  Addiction- it’s a word that’s thrown around rather frequently, but when it’s used seriously no one really wants to talk about it.  When dealing with substance abuse, addiction can be a crippling and life shattering condition.  It’s a tremendously complicated and unforgiving sickness.  But what happens when it’s combined with an equally complicated illness?  Comorbidity between addiction and depression is very common and the two illnesses thrive off one another, creating a continuous cycle.