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Meditations of a Deviant Daughter

April 12, 2013
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Meditations of a Deviant Daughter

By Tanwi Nandini Islam When something happened. An allusion to something ominous from the distant past.  I documented my rape thoroughly in my creative work, yet within the nucleus of my family, I’ve only felt I could openly name it to my sister. While my parents braved my teenaged vacillations between rage and impetuousness,...
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Black Men Writing to Live: Brothers' Letters

March 14, 2013
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By Mychal Denzel Smith, Darnell L. Moore, Kiese Laymon, and Kai M. Green What follows is a series of letters shared between four writers who have quickly become brothers. We have vastly different backgrounds, but discovered that we share so many similarities writing and living as black men in the US today. Peace fam,...
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A Sliver of Silver in "Silver Linings Playbook": A Look at Mental Illness in Film

February 22, 2013
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A Sliver of Silver in "Silver Linings Playbook": A Look at Mental Illness in Film

Hollywood is notorious for the ways it presents and brandishes mental health to mass audiences.  In the rare instances in which a major motion picture even introduces concepts of mental health, critique inevitably swirls around the overall message the writers and actors are trying to achieve. If I think K-Mart sucks, do I meet...
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Using Ketamine for Depression

October 5, 2012
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In any given year, 7% of adults suffer from major depression, and at least 1 in 10 youth will reckon with the disorder at some point during their teenage years. But about 20% of these cases will not respond to current treatments; for those that do, relief may take weeks to months to come. There...
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Woman Who Sold Suicide Kits Will Be Sentenced For Tax Crimes

May 7, 2012
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A 92-year-old woman who sold $40 kits for people to kill themselves faces sentencing in San Diego for failing to file federal tax returns. Sharlotte Hydorn faces a maximum term of one year in prison when she is sentenced Monday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Bernard Skomal. Both the prosecution and defense agree she should be spared...
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Student Left in DEA Cell for Days

May 2, 2012
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Daniel Chong, the UC San Diego student who was left in a Drug Enforcement Administration holding cell for nearly five days, said the time spent in his cell was a life-altering experience. According to Chong, it all started when he was at a friend’s house in University City celebrating 4/20, a day many marijuana...
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Rape Victims Say Military Labels Them 'Crazy'

April 16, 2012
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Women in all branches of the armed forces, including the Coast Guard, have relayed stories that follow a similar pattern — a sexual assault, a command dismissive of the allegations and a psychiatric discharge. Despite the Defense Department’s “zero tolerance” policy, there were 3,191 military sexual assaults reported in 2011. Given that most sexual...
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Tape Shows Teen Being Shocked 31 Times

April 12, 2012
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Andre McCollins is suing the Judge Rotenberg Center for developmentally disabled students, which treated him in part by attaching electrodes to his body and shocking him. The incident, which was recorded on video in 2002, happened after McCollins refused to take off his coat, according to MyFox Boston. The station reports that lawyers for the center...
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Racial Attitudes and Opinions on Healthcare Reform

March 26, 2012
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As the Supreme Court gets ready to hear a case involving the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care overhaul, social scientists are asking a disturbing — and controversial — question: Do the intense feelings about the health care overhaul among ordinary Americans stem from their philosophical views about the appropriate role of government, or...
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Classifying Grief as a Mental Illness

March 12, 2012
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Is grief a disease?  That is one of the crucial questions psychologists are asking as the American Psychiatric Association revises its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), used by millions of mental health professionals to diagnose patients, for a fifth edition due out in 2013. A group of psychiatrists have spearheaded a movement to include...
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