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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Eating Disorders Cross Culturally

We’ve mentioned the demographics of who gets eating disorders a couple of times before in our ED series, but I’d like to spend a little bit more time going in depth on this. For the most part, we view eating disorders as disease that afflicts white people, and that is …

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