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    Through Night And Day

    Through Night And Day Creative writing, poetry about the journey of a person who struggled with depression. Jane B.7/29/2020 Akin to entrapment In cage of sorrow dampWith strands of slumber threading throughMy mind didn’t know how or whyBut nowhere was there a lamp I saw a friendly person kindThrough the dark with a flame in handI ran away from my own mindIn the snow to fall and landIt beckoned me then with a healing touchOh so soft and warmLicking away at the darkness whichUpon my brain would swarm. Then the warmness went with the windAnd left me with a minute of coldAnd as the fire rose againThe embers seemed so differentI…

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    Body Image: The Never-Ending Insecurity

    Body Image: The Never-Ending Insecurity Allison Choi7/27/2020 TRIGGER WARNINGThis article contains body dysmorphia. Growing up, we’re told to love ourselves. We’re beautiful, confident, and strong. As little kids, it can feel as if we don’t have an insecure bone in our body. We’re so consumed with our childhood shenanigans that we don’t notice the pain and the beat-downs the world is about to throw at us. Your gorgeous body becomes disgusting, filthy, fat, etc.  Becoming older has its perks, but being exposed to the harsh reality of the world and the cruel people that fill it up can become difficult. And just like that, we’re on diets, exercise plans, and…

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    Eating Disorders and Emotional Abuse in Sports

    Eating Disorders and Emotional Abuse in Sports Chloe Phelps7/22/2020 TRIGGER WARNINGThis article mentions sensitive topics that may potentially affect the reader Everyone is familiar with the story of the anorexic dancer who starves for the demands of her sport. But in a world where most kids are exposed to competitive sports at young ages, negative mental health repercussions are not limited to dance. Rather, a more insidious type of damage is coming into play (no pun intended) and it’s often under-recognized or even normalized by parents and coaches alike. What is emotional abuse in athletics? Emotional abuse is “a repeated pattern of caregiver behavior or extreme incident(s) that convey to…

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    To Have a Voice

    To Have a Voice Anaya Patel7/22/2020 TRIGGER WARNING This article contains sensitive topics that might potentially affect the reader. A noir sky above, A grassless plain below, She shuts her mind, Everything out.  Rough and tumble, Waves crashed, Tumultuous Chaos and Fright. The clouds greyed and A violet sky appeared. Lightning roared Right into her ears, But she didn’t stir. The gates of hell had opened, All the monsters were here, But she didn’t move a finger. Head attached to the ground, Toes towards the heavens, Arms crossed, Eyes shut. Stubborn, Delicate, Fatigued. She began to hum. The storm roared as Rain poured And showers drained Her song. Not even…

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    To Be Afraid

    To Be Afraid P.V.7/18/2020 Atrocity births a candle: a series of wispy dancers artfully evading the skeletal shadows that curve about them to cast the umbra of my veins upon the rows and rows of literary antiquity. The pallor of my fingertips caressing the backs of powdery spines, however, is not captured by the crooked flame so much as sensed by the peculiar chill. My hands are traversing the titles almost involuntarily, or so it seems, for the sedated wires within my head ignite a dull sort of electricity behind the crimson vessels of my eyes and the feverish dampness of my skin. Alert, but not quite awake, not quite…

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    Parenting and Mental Health

    Parenting and Mental Health Common parenting styles, behaviors, and traits that can lead to mental health and behavioral issues. *TRIGGER WARNING FOR ABUSE* Arielle Del Rosario7/17/2020 The influence of parents on their children is inarguable. A healthy parent-child relationship increases the likelihood of kids developing strong self-esteem and healthy coping mechanisms. Parents should protect their children against adversity while still establishing reasonable boundaries to help them succeed. Many parents, however, use harmful methods or set a toxic example for the child to follow, increasing their vulnerability to mental illness, and emotional/behavioral issues. Physical Abuse In the US, nearly 8 million children are reported to experience physical abuse, and it’s very likely there are more. Childhood abuse…

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    The Garden of the Mind

    The Garden of the Mind Adebola Adenle7/17/2020 The garden was beautiful. Like an illustration, painted into reality.The sweet fragrance of violet, amber and ivory flowers mixed together and danced in the air.From the trees hung fruit that seemed to sparkle in the golden sun.And a flowing clear stream ran through the length of the garden.Letting a faint rush echo around.But, As time wore on,The garden was left alone.No person roamed the dirt paths,Nor stopped to pluck a fruit from the trees.So,As all things grow without care.The garden grew sick. The petals of the flowers began to wilt.The fruit on the trees shriveled up.As the trees themselves grew sicklyEach day more…

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    I’m So Angry, I’m Crying

    I’m So Angry, I’m Crying Why do I cry when I’m angry? Siyu Peng7/15/2020 Do you know the feeling when you’re in a heated argument with someone and your eyes begin to water? You do everything you can to keep the tears at bay because you can’t possibly cry in an argument, right? I know that feeling, too, and today we’re going to take a quick look into why some people feel the urge to cry when they’re angry. Before we begin, let’s talk about what’s so wrong with crying when you’re angry. You could pin it on the societal pressure, that crying would be a sign of weakness and by…