Chemical Imbalance Depression Mental Health

Depression and the Myth of Chemical Imbalance

I remember once as a teenager I was very sad for something that I now cannot remember and I asked my mom for a pill of those that the doctors gave her to cure her chronic sadness. She told me: “Oh, my little girl. It is not that easy… If so, I would have been cured for a long time”. My mother was diagnosed with almost every mental illness that was trendy in the 80s and 90s. She knew by that time, the late 90s, that medication was not exactly the cure for depression or the often claimed chemical imbalance of the brain.
Read more

Affluenza and Ethan Couch

Affluenza, Ethan Couch and the Curse of Being Rich

Moments before affluenza-stricken Texas teen Ethan Couch killed 4 people while driving drunk in 2013, he was brazenly playing chicken with oncoming traffic at high speeds. His souped-up pick-up was full of other teens in varying states of drunkenness as he sped recklessly down Burleson-Rhetta road, where he then caused the devastating collision. Then just 16 and extremely intoxicated, Ethan managed to escape the wreckage with a few scrapes.
Read more

Easter Bunny Lie

The Easter Bunny Lie: Fuzzy Friend or Enemy?

It’s that time of year again: overpriced chocolate bunnies and colourful chocolate eggs litter the grocery stores, and pastels are the palette of choice for the holiday decor. Easter is primarily a religious holiday, but it’s often overshadowed by that big, unnatural bunny who lays eggs made of chocolate for children to search for and devour. The Easter Bunny is just one of the trifecta of lies that parents tell their children each year, partnered with the Tooth Fairy and Santa, but there are some who believe that, as fun as it can be, the seemingly innocent fibs may actually be harmful to a child’s mental well-being.
Read more

Psychopathy Narcissism Dating Psychopath

Narcissism, Psychopathy, and the Dating Game

People with a darker personality than most, those who score higher in psychopathy and Machiavellianism, are usually manipulative, vain, selfish, and callous. A sane person who can identify these people from a crowd would keep his or her distance but that begs one important question: How is it that psychopaths and narcissists are so popular in the dating scene?
Read more

Facebook Social Media Children

Facebook: Social Media and Its Effects on Children

Social Media services such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter are here to stay. With time, the use of Social Media among kids is increasing at an alarming rate as well. As parents, we want our children to live a meaningful life. We want them to spend their time in productive ways, but the internet has taken a toll on almost everyone including teens and children.
Read more

Social Media Facebook Anxiety Addiction

Quitting Social Media: My Facebook Anxiety

I can say I am a social media user. I use it every day and I can say that I had been victimized by the pressure that my online friends’ lives put on me. Like many other people, I thought I needed to show the world that I was somebody, too. That I had to prove that I was happy. You know, just to make my life appear more interesting to others. We can consider “others” as people who give likes and shares not because they totally trust in you, but because they found you amusing – that does not necessarily mean your life really is. Social media can amount to an anxiety, it did for me.
Read more

Video Games Gamer Stereotype

Video Games as a Hobby: Debunking the Gamer Stereotype

The gamer stereotype. People who play video games – aptly dubbed “gamers” – are everywhere. Carefully hidden, of course, as they are experts when it comes to stealth. Gamers are actually just like you; although, unlike you, they might be hiding a Minecraft t-shirt under their day to day office attire. But, just like you, they’re waiting for their order at the coffee shop or looking busy in the cubicle across from you at work. Many of them don’t often announce to the world that they are gamers because when they do, they get weird looks and long silences, which makes the agonizing wait for their mochaccinos seem even longer and more awkward than usual.
Read more

Depression Emotional Distress Philippines

Depression and Emotional Distress in the Philippines

Depression has long been an issue anywhere in the world and many have recognized how destabilizing it can be. Hence, there have been clinics that cater to the needs of people who think they might be undergoing emotional distress. Studies show that it could be due to several factors and may not just be third-party triggered. As such, people who think they experience this are lucky if they have access to a facility that can help them recover. But not all countries see this as important. In as much as we want each other to be better, in some countries like the Philippines, it is still seen as a laughing matter.
Read more