One in five Americans lives with a mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), yet there is often a lack of empathy found in discussions surrounding these life-altering ailments. There can be too much emphasis on diagnostic labels instead of putting each person as an individual first. Dionne Mobley, 49, loves to… Continue reading Photo Essay: A Day in the Life with Mental Illness
With a Chick-fil-A bag perched on the table in front of her, Trisha Paytas opens her YouTube video announcing that she had a rough day. She starts eating her spicy chicken sandwich and shares with her audience that she has been emotional eating recently. The 27-minute video of her eating and talking has almost half… Continue reading Korean Binge-Eaters Become YouTube Mainstream
As I sit in my NYC studio apartment with a view overlooking Union Square Park, I am proud to live in a place that is so accepting of diversity. For the whole month of June, the areas I frequent in lower Manhattan have been inundated with rainbow symbols, flags, and displays showing support for the… Continue reading Where is Mental Health Pride Month?
On a scorching Saturday afternoon, dog lovers flocked to NYC’s first dog-friendly café located in the East Village for the cool drinks, friendly company, and an adoption event. Boris & Horton opened in January as a coffee shop that allows owners to bring their dogs. The Tiffany-blue coated walls hold separate spaces for where their… Continue reading First Dog-Friendly Café Saves Rescues Along the Way
This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) week, put on by the National Eating Disorder Association. NEDA week is supposed to be about raising awareness for eating disorders, an important and worthy cause. However, I have never in my three years of recovery felt entirely comfortable with the execution of this week. My first… Continue reading Thoughts on NEDA Week From a Recovering Anorexic
Wow, February is going by fast. At the beginning of the month I was so on top of writing on my blog, but then school got so busy! I have still been writing a lot, but most of it has been for class and my school’s student newspaper. It has been great getting real journalism… Continue reading What No One Tells You About Eating Disorder Recovery
Tonight's post is going to be vlogger style. If you are not familiar with this term because you are still living in 1999, it means video blogger. And if you don't know what video and blogger mean, I am really confused as to how you are reading this. But at any rate, tonight's blog is… Continue reading Vlogger Style
My life is not perfect, but for the first time in a long time I am feeling content. Yes I still have my issues, illnesses, and ailments, but I made a big decision to transfer schools and have no regrets. I was so unhappy at my previous institutions and today has just really validated my… Continue reading Living My Best Life
As I sit in my NYU apartment nestled in among the hub bub of a New York City Friday night, I am wondering to myself, am I already a journalist or is that still something I am aspiring to be? In my journalism class we have been discussing what constitutes journalistic work and what is… Continue reading Is this Journalism?
I tried to exclude any plot twists from this post, but there may be some spoilers. You’ve been warned. It is hard to describe what the struggles of mental illness feel like to those who have never experienced them. Although I may not always have the words, John Green seems to. In his new book,… Continue reading Turtles All the Way Down