Mental Health

Exams, stress and expectations

Exams, stress and expectations

Content description: Discusses depression in relation to school and examinations. Briefly acknowledges an eating disorder.   I’m currently a first year undergraduate studying zoology, something I have been working towards since secondary school (high school for those in the US). Yet still I find myself hating parts of what I do,namely exams and namely what exams do to my mental health. ... »

Fighting the Industry

Fighting the Industry

Trigger warning: Suicide, Depression, Abuse, Graphic depictions of violence.   Depression is scary. I bet most people out there know that, whether they actually have depression or merely know it exists. Only some people know what’s scarier, though. Throughout the years I’ve lived with depression, I’ve lived in fear. I don’t fear suicide or self harm. I never have, real... »

Triggers: What They Are, What To Do

Triggers: What They Are, What To Do

Crossposted from We Got So Far To Go I want to talk about triggers. A few days ago, I posted on Facebook about something that was triggering to me. I specified that I had been triggered. I was surprised at the response I got. Many people argued with me, told me I was wrong and that what had upset me was good and necessary, and even gave graphic descriptions of why it was so necessary (which was an... »

Skepticism as Survival

Skepticism as Survival

Content Warning: Suicide and depression discussion Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, nor is this medical advice. If you are considering suicide, please call the (US) suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or the relevant hotline for your country. For some people, skepticism is a hobby. For some it is a way of life. For me, it is why I am alive. Spoiler alert: I have depression. Or… I&#... »

Improving our inclusivity (and vocabulary!) regarding ableism

Improving our inclusivity (and vocabulary!) regarding ableism

Content warning: Use of ableist slurs, uncensored. Hello all! As of this post I am one of the newest writers for Teen Skepchick! To kick off my time writing here, I am going to introduce you all to an issue that we have to deal with when the skeptic community and the social justice community intersect, but that is far too often ignored. Namely, ableism as it manifests in a community full of smart ... »

Navigating Sexuality in Young Adulthood

Navigating Sexuality in Young Adulthood

Warning: This post contains some adult material, focusing on sex and sexuality. Intended for 15+. If you look at religious childrearing manuals and suggestions, you’ll probably see a lot of information about sex, dating, and sexuality. Most of it is likely about how to keep your child from doing anything impure, and keeping them as unsexual as possible for as long as possible. This is obviously a ... »

The Risk of Honesty

The Risk of Honesty

I’ve recently been applying for jobs, many of them revolving around social media and communications, and many of which want to see examples of my previous work. The vast majority of my social media and communications work centers around blogging, particularly about mental health, atheism and feminism. As I comb through my past writings looking for something to send off to potential jobs, it’s beco... »

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (to the DSM)

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (to the DSM)

The DSM V IS OUT! Many of us in the Teen Skepchick backchannel are voraciously reading up on the changes in it, and I’ve gotten my hands on a copy as I work for a mental health organization. But we here at TS recognize that the DSM is expensive as all get out, and that many of our readers might be interested in the Cliff Notes version of what happened in version V. If that’s the case for you, you ... »

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