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I was as stoked about the new Disney/Pixar film Inside Out coming out on Friday, June 19 as any 6-year-old in America. A movie, starring Amy Poehler, about feelings going on inside a preteen girl’s head? What could be better? When I saw the movie with a few high school friends on Friday night (at 9:30, past the little-kid rush) I wasn’t disappointed. Read More
On June 24th, troubled inmate Jane Doe assaulted yet another staff member and destroyed property in the Connecticut adult women’s prison where she had been detained in solitary confinement for 78 days.  After the appeals of her lawyer and supporters, she was once again relocated, this time to a psychiatric center.  Then, when she was formally accused of assault, she was relocated again, this time to Connecticut’s Juvenile Training School in Middleton, the state’s only secure facility for delinquent boys.  Yep, you read that right. Read More

Almost Anorexia

BY Emma Tilden in General

Anorexia is a scary thing. 20% of people suffering from anorexia will die if their eating disorder goes untreated. 2-3% of those who seek treatment will still die of anorexia. Of those who seek treatment, only 60% will make a full recovery. 20% will be able to function in society but will continue to obsess over food and will remain underweight and the remaining 20% will remain dangerously underweight. They will spend much of their lives in and out of the emergency room, mental health clinics, inpatient hospital units, and eating disorder treatment programs. Read More
On Friday night, Elliot Rodger embarked on a shooting rampage, killing 6 people in I.V. Deli Market in California.  In the days following, Rodger’s 141 page manifesto, in which he described in detail his feelings of alienation and isolation from society, began to circulate on the internet.  Of course, we’ve all felt alienated and isolated before, but something drove Rodger to act on those feelings, and for some reason he felt that murder was the appropriate way to act out his anger with the world. Read More
  Upon hearing news of the rapist list that was publicly inscribed inside of a Columbia University bathroom stall- I decided to do a little digging and fortuitously opened a Pandora’s Box of unnerving sexual assault mishandlings by the “renowned Ivy League.” On May 15th Columbia University custodians found a little PSA written in sharpie on a bathroom stall, sporting the headline: “Rapists On Campus,” subsequently listing 4 names of male undergraduates. Read More
Just when you thought humanity had reached its lowest point, a woman on a business trip to Britain was forcibly sedated so a c-section could be performed and her child could be taken from her. This came after she suffered a mental breakdown while on the trip and social services deemed her "unfit."  The woman was not allowed to spend time with her child following the non-consensual operation, as adoption proceedings commenced almost immediately. The woman herself was "dispatched with undue haste" back to her home country of Italy. Read More
Last Tuesday afternoon, school bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff of the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy spent an hour on the phone with the Atlanta police as she faced gunman Michael Brandon Hill. With the police on the line, she calmly convinced Hill to surrender his weapon. Hill expressed to Tuff that he was off his medication, and in exchange, Tuff attempted to calm Hill with personal stories, counseling the man not to end his own life. AND IT WORKED. Tuff courageously put her life in danger to save an entire children’s school. Read More
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