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Elaine Z
Jun 07, 2019
In Forum IV - E-cigarettes
If so, why?
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Elaine Z
May 03, 2019
In Forum III - Marijuana
Many years ago, in 1988, according to MarketWatch, less than 25% of Americans supported marijuana. Now, a movement has begun in the recent years supporting legalization. Why have social attitudes changed and how exactly have they changed? How has legalization of marijuana in certain states changed attitudes and outlooks on the drug? How do you think it will continue to change?
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Elaine Z
Mar 24, 2019
In Cases of Depression
Starting from medical school, young, aspiring doctors may experience an overwhelming amount of stress, pressure, and emotional toll. The culture surrounding the medical field itself also demands perfection—no mistakes. As a result, medical students often struggle with mental health; as many as one in five have reported suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts. These unhealthy conditions continue to residency and on the job itself. However, many doctors are unwilling to seek help for their mental illness, for fear that they will lose their medical license, and may instead try to treat themselves. It is important to recognize, as a society, that doctors can be patients too and not overlook such a serious issue. How can we improve this problem?
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Elaine Z
Feb 19, 2019
In Geriatric Depression
Within different societies, elders may be treated either with respect or as a burden. Youth has become prized, and ageism has become more prevalent. How does your country treat elders, and how do you think that plays into or against geriatric depression?
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Elaine Z
Jan 28, 2019
In Adolescent Depression
Recent internet trends seem to not only normalize but also romanticize mental health issues. Posts on social media often associate them with adjectives such as "pretty," "artistic," or even "aesthetic." It seems that it has become cool or desirable to have anxiety, depression, or other mental disorders. Not only that, many terms for mental illness are often appropriated and used as mere personality traits in day-to-day life. Both of these issues clearly diminish the severity of the struggle and prevent people who actually suffer from these problems from getting help. Thoughts?
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