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vpathy20
Jun 01, 2020
In Forum V - Prostitution
Since 2000, commercial sec work has been legal in the Netherlands. Rates of STIs in Female Sex Workers should have been going down due to the prevalence of government testing centers and outreach staff, but from 2006-2013 the overall infection rate stayed fairly constant. Another thing that seems to be a sticking point, however, is that even with government oversight in Amsterdam’s Red Light District, the selling of sex has not necessarily led to a decrease in involuntary sex work. I think that on the balance it’s still better to have a governing body keeping tabs on an industry that relies on the selling of people’s bodies. What are your thoughts? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4552148/
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vpathy20
May 05, 2019
In Forum IV - E-cigarettes
Are there better methods of harm reduction for recovering smokers than e-cigs and vapes?
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vpathy20
May 05, 2019
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vpathy20
Apr 29, 2019
In Forum III - Marijuana
Thoughts?
Marijuana in the Media content media
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vpathy20
Apr 09, 2019
In Forum III - Marijuana
What can our generation do to make sure our siblings and classmates do not use marijuana without fully understanding the consequences, while still respecting the fact that this drug is not on par with opioids for example?
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vpathy20
Mar 23, 2019
In Cases of Depression
There are many different types of depression; one type that typically does not get a lot of air time is the postpartum kind. However, it affects up to 1 out of 5 women in some U.S. states. Some symptoms are specific to this type of depression including fear that you're not a good mother and thoughts of harming yourself or your baby. It can be particularly difficult on loved ones because the duties of motherhood fall on other family members or aren't fulfilled at all. On this topic Paltrow said, “I felt like a zombie," "I couldn't access my heart. I couldn't access my emotions. I couldn't connect.”
Gwyneth Paltrow and Postpartum Depression content media
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vpathy20
Mar 23, 2019
In Cases of Depression
On this forum we have discussed many cases of depression where the celebrities in question still continue to fight their battle against mental illness. This is great because it is so important to know that it is possible to live a fulfilling life while still suffering with depression. But, because this forum is about cases, I feel that it is prudent to bring up the story of someone who lost his battle. Vincent Van Gogh was a famous painter who died by suicide in 1890. He is best known for his painting "The Starry Night." Though at different times in his life, the painter's neighbors petitioned to have him sent to a mental hospital, Van Gogh was never properly treated. His mental illness was ultimately his downfall. It is a crucial reminder that gone untreated depression can lead to death. Van Gogh's story is also important in that it brings up a trope. This is "the tortured artist" trope. With this trope comes the toxic idea that an artist can only produce powerful work or be in touch with his or her creative genius if he or she is suffering. Have any of you personally seen the detrimental effects of the "tortured artist" trope?
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vpathy20
Mar 04, 2019
In Cases of Depression
I wanted to talk about Lady Gaga, especially as she just won A LOT of awards this season. She has battled depression since she was a young girl. The purpose of the forum this month is to share the stories of people who we see in the media and demonstrate how widespread mental illness is, but I want to dedicate this post specifically to how Lady Gaga has expelled myths in some of her interviews regarding this topic. 1. She said, "I often felt lonely and depressed when I was growing up. It had nothing to do with my parents—it’s just my brain chemistry." It is widely accepted that depression has to have a specific trigger. While this is true in some cases, the root cause of depression is a chemical imbalance in one's brain. 2. She also noted, “I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life, I still suffer with it every single day." Mental illness doesn't " just go away." It can be managed with therapy and medication, depending on how someone wants to go through treatment. It is a lifelong struggle, not a once off event.
Lady Gaga (a.k.a. Stephani Germanotta) content media
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vpathy20
Feb 19, 2019
In Geriatric Depression
Over 1/3 of Baby Boomers reported that they have under $25,000 dollars in savings. In this day and age, the generation that is retiring/about to retire has very little money saved up in the bank. There are a multitude of reasons for this, but I only bring this up on a geriatric depression forum because the poor are famously underserved in the American healthcare system. Yes, there are systems in place to help the elderly like Medicare parts A-D. However, these programs don't cover a lot of important mental health visits. How can the elderly be asked to step up and ask for help, if it comes at the cost of their economic wellbeing?
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vpathy20
Nov 24, 2018
In Forum I - Vaccines
Do you believe vaccines are beneficial to societies‘ collective health?
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