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Mental Health Matters: Disorders to Think About: Laws aim to reform mental health care

<i>Mental Health Matters: Disorders to Think About</i>: Laws aim to reform mental health care
Helen Arase, senior photojournalism major, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was 18. After graduation, Arase plans to work for a daily news publication or as a freelance photojournalist. Bipolar disorder affects more than 5.7 million American adults. / photo by Celine Dehban Elizabeth Ortiz Health Editor During her spring break as a college freshman at the University of Pittsburgh, Helen... 

Mental Health Matters: Disorders to Think About: Students hesitate to seek treatment

<i>Mental Health Matters: Disorders to Think About</i>: Students hesitate to seek treatment
Elizabeth Ortiz Health Editor Five years ago 17-year-old Katie Madden sat with her parents and told them she needed to talk to them about a serious matter. Her parents were concerned and anxiously stared at her, waiting for her to begin speaking. Her voice was shaky as she confessed she had been having suicidal thoughts, and she began crying when she said she felt there was something emotionally wrong... 

Raising awareness for suicide

Raising awareness for suicide
Junior communications major Armando Tapia expresses his concern about suicide to sophomore kinesiology major Harrison Brethouwer and senior kinesiology major Greg Hoffman at the table for Gay-Straight Alliance and Voices in Action on Tuesday, which was World Suicide Prevention Day. In order to raise awareness, club members ask people to write the word “love” on their wrist, an idea from the American... 

Repairing shattered souls

Repairing shattered souls
Depression affects a quarter of students. Most are too embarrassed to seek help. According to the Mayo Clinic, depression is a chronic illness requiring long-term treatment. People who suffer from depression are commonly aged 25-years-old to 44-years-old. Symptoms include fatigue, loss of energy, and crying without reason. Hormones, inherited traits, life events and early childhood trauma are believed... 

When the pain is too much

When the pain is too much
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among the college-aged population. Suicide was the second leading cause of death among people between the ages of 15 and 24 in 2007, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. An estimated 11 suicide attempts happen for every suicide death. The National Institute for Mental Health states that most suicide attempts are expressions of extreme distress,... 

Bring peer counseling to ULV

Suicide is the ninth leading cause of death among the U.S. population and is the second leading cause of death among college students, according to the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health Survey Initiative. The survey that was conducted by professor of education psychology at the University of Texas at Austin David Drum also found out that more than half of American college students have... 

Helping our soldiers at home

It is important to learn from mistakes. When a light socket electrocutes you, it would be smart to not touch the socket again. In terms of helping soldiers to adapt to life after war, the United States has latched onto an electrical circuit and is frying. Look back to the Vietnam War. Soldiers came back with mental illnesses that had not even been diagnosed before and were left to fend for themselves... 
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