“There’s only me. I am the law,” Buffy says to her friends in one of the final episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This is what I wanted: To be singular, and singularly powerful.
My sophomore year of high school, I could never concentrate in class because I was constantly thinking about two things: my after-school snack and watching an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The former was always a piece of toast or a bowl of cereal, and I fantasized about it for basically the entire second half of the school day. Read More
BY Claire Filipek
on Jun 14, 2014
I don’t usually turn to reality contest shows for inspirational stories because it seems that they attract contestants with one caveat and exploit it to gain ratings. Maybe I just have a tooth to grind because I had one very talented friend tryout, but without movie star looks or a heart-breaking past he had no hook to remain in the competition. Sidebar over, I found Anna Clendening’s personal triumph over her anxiety and depression to perform on “America’s Got Talent” inspiring and genuine. Read More
on Jun 05, 2014
Rocks in My Pockets is an animated movie for adults that poses the question, “How do you stay sane in this crazy world?” While this particular line of thinking is nothing new, the film, funded by over 800 Kickstarter contributions, searches for answers via five women and their personal battles with depression and suicide. Read More
BY Amy Carlberg
on Mar 28, 2014
The next time someone asks who you're knitting that sweater for, say your brain.
It's long been assumed that creative types like Sylvia Plath are somehow more susceptible to depression, when in fact the opposite might be true; writing poems may have been her brain's way of fighting depression.
"When we are involved in (creativity), we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life," says Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. "You know that what you need to do is possible to do, even though difficult, and sense of time disappears. You forget yourself. Read More
BY jodi sh doff
on Dec 10, 2013
“I always liked hitting things,” director Jill Morley says, in her documentary. Fight Like A Girl . "There was a little boy... I punched him, and smiled when he fell to the ground.”
Morley's film explores the motivations of three hard-core female boxers for taking up such a violent and physically challenging sport. And while their circumstances varied, it turns out that all three were looking for control of their own lives. Maureen Shea entered the gym in an effort to lose weight and please an abusive boyfriend. Read More
BY Hallie Marks
on Jun 07, 2013
Mental illness is a major issue in both the health care community and society. Chances are, you know people who have either depression or anxiety, and of those people you know, it is probable that they are women. At least, that's what a new study coming out of Oxford University says. According to the results, which looked at 12 major studies done throughout the world in the last 20+ years, women are 40% more likely to develop mental illness than men as well as women being 75% more likely to report suffering from depression and 60% more likely than men to report having an anxiety disorder. Read More
BY Ivanna Avalos
on Mar 21, 2012
A recent study conducted by Medco, a company that manages prescription benefits, found that in 2010, women took medication to treat depression or anxiety at a higher rate than men. In a study of two million patients, pharmacy records showed that 26 percent of women took drugs to treat mental-health issues in 2010, compared to 22 percent in 2001. Only 15 percent of men took the same medications in 2010 (up from 12 percent in 2001).
Though the precise reason behind these findings isn't clear, Dr. Read More