My article came out!
“When an estimated one in four American adults suffers from a mental illness in any given year, it is crucial that we have open and honest dialogue about mental health. It is absolutely vital that these discussions happen often and publicly, especially at a high-stress university like Duke, where students struggle to meet the standards of “effortless perfection.” We must talk about suicide—the number two leading cause of death among college students—the same way we talk about drinking and violence.
Our discourse must be situated personally, not professionally. We have to think about mental illness as a thing that we experience, or could potentially experience, not as a list of symptoms and some interesting neurobiological pathology. We must stop pretending that mood and eating disorders are things that happen to other people, to friends of a friend, and not to our loved ones and ourselves. We must not be afraid to mention depression in anything louder than a furtive whisper.
I write this essay not as a neuroscience major or as a premed, but as someone who spent a year away on medical leave, as someone who has been hospitalized for psychological reasons, and as someone who has struggled with depression and mood disorders.”
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