“13 Reasons Why” Season 2: What it Got Wrong

“13 Reasons Why” Season 2: What it Got Wrong

Last year, Netflix's "13 Reasons Why" quickly gained the attention of viewers as well as the concern of parents and mental health professionals. While some argue that the show is helpful in starting conversations on sensitive or taboo topics, such as suicidal ideation, others were concerned that the show's depictions are harmful to its viewers, [...]

5 Tips for Dating the Girl with Bipolar Disorder

5 Tips for Dating the Girl with Bipolar Disorder

    I didn't start seriously dating until halfway through college, after my first bipolar episode. So, I have never dated someone without having to address my bipolar disorder at some point. With my first relationship, for the first few months, I tried to hide my depression. When it was eventually brought up, I made [...]

To the Newly Diagnosed:

To the Newly Diagnosed:

Hi, friend.   Maybe you are reading this because you have just been diagnosed with a mental illness. Maybe you are reading this because you are a parent of someone who have just been diagnosed. Maybe you are reading this because you are a friend or significant other to this diagnosed person.     First, [...]

Open Letters to my Mania & Bipolar Depression

Open Letters to my Mania & Bipolar Depression

Since my sophomore year of college, I have been dealing with bipolar depression and mania. These symptoms and episodes have a way of becoming all-consuming. I've written 2 letters, one to mania and one to depression, to show just how these "friends" of mine have impacted me these past few years.     Dear Mania, [...]

The Modern Workplace Bully

The Modern Workplace Bully

Classic Bullying Scenario: A scrawny boy with oversized "nerdy" glasses is sitting alone on the outskirts of the playground. The bulky, intimidating bully figure spots this weakling, this easy target, and heads over. With clenched, threatening fists, the bully towers over his victim and threatens to assault him if he doesn't give up the lunch [...]

Is Suicide Advocacy Having a Significant Impact or is it Just “Trendy”?

Is Suicide Advocacy Having a Significant Impact or is it Just “Trendy”?

  With the popularity of the Netflix hit show "13 Reasons Why", viewers have been discussing suicide like never before. Some conversations have been focusing on what could have been done to prevent the character's tragic end. Should someone have seen the signs of a depressed high school girl struggling with mental illness and suicidal [...]