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Abby Strong
Apr 06, 2019
In Forum III - Marijuana
Have you ever heard marijuana mentioned in songs? Clothing? Jokes? Do you think the public's projections of marijuana through art and social media is helping to normalize it? Or do you think the integration of the drug into the media is having a negative impact on a formative generation?
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Abby Strong
Mar 15, 2019
In Cases of Depression
It's true that many celebrities have struggled with depression, and it's important to recognize how some of our role models might suffer from common mental illnesses. However, as young adults from widespread backgrounds, many of us have also been exposed to depression in some way, directly or indirectly. In any way you feel comfortable sharing, how have you experienced or witnessed depression in your life? Does your school, or community, respond in appropriate ways to reported cases? Personally, I've been with a family member through a bout of geriatric depression. I feel strongly that cases of elderly depression are too often misunderstood, especially amongst medical professionals. Has anyone else seen this?
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Abby Strong
Mar 10, 2019
In Cases of Depression
For a lot of my life, the late actor Robin Williams was a comfort to me. I grew up watching movies like Mrs. Doubtfire and Night at the Museum, and felt like I could always count on Williams for a quick smile, impression, or a laugh. When the actor passed in 2016, his suicide was the first case of celebrity depression I had ever heard of. It was, at the time, devastating to me. It hit me hard that someone who brought so much joy to others could be suffering so intensely in private times. Though his death was tragic, however, it made me more aware of the vast and unexplained scope of depression. It helped me to understand that everyone, even those with seemingly glamorous or ideal lives, can fall victim to mental illnesses. Throughout my life, I've related to Williams in some ways. When I was younger, I struggled with low times, but tried to "fake" my way through my challenges using the good-old "grin-and-bear-it" method. And though it's good to help others irregardless of personal struggles, I've come to understand that it's much more important to prioritize your own well-being over the comfort of other people. As Williams once said, "I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it's like to feel absolutely worthless, and they don't want anyone else to feel like that." It's affected me a great deal to know that often the ones who give the most to others are the ones hurting the most underneath.
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Abby Strong
Feb 01, 2019
In Geriatric Depression
Studies have shown that only around 10% of elderly Americans afflicted by depression receive treatment. Why is this?
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