Obsessive compulsive disorder is often associated with organization and cleanliness. We often see fictional characters with cutesy, obsessive habits and their OCD can be magically cured when they fall in love. The idealized version of the mental illness is far from the reality. “When you hear that someone has OCD, it’s like, “oh they clean all the time!” Well, no, […]
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There’s more to mental illness than the big guys: anxiety and depression. It seems to make a lot of sense. These are the mental illnesses that we see in the media and the more common illnesses in our university setting. Maybe that’s why real representations of other illnesses are so startling. Looking at OCD, the HBO show Girls jumped into […]
Today is Bell Let’s Talk day and I want to talk about something very important: you don’t always have to be positive and grateful. The mentality that we have to find the silver lining can be extremely harmful, especially to those of us with mental illnesses. More often than not, there are fluff articles explaining “10 easy ways to think […]
Very recently, Zayn Malik announced that he dealt with an eating disorder during his time with One Direction. This came very shortly after his acknowledgement of his anxiety from consistently being critiqued in the spotlight. I think this is an extremely important representation for our students. Admittedly, I don’t know a lot about eating disorders. When I think of eating […]
Looking for the right words to express your frustration at your third midterm this week? Stressed about the latest essay proposal and don’t know how to properly complain? We all do it, after all! Remember not to use mental illnesses you don’t have in efforts to explain how you’re feeling. This midterm season, be mindful of your word choices. You […]
The only way to defeat mental illness stigmas is to stop being sorry