Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

Since being diagnosed with panic disorder, I’ve noticed terms such as “panic attack” being used casually to describe nervousness. I think this comes from a place of misunderstanding, but when I say, “I’m having a panic attack,” it’s taken less seriously by my peers. My panic attacks feel more akin to heart attacks with numb limbs, tingling sensations, chest pains and difficulty breathing.

You may have heard “I’m so OCD” being thrown around to mean “I like things tidy,” or “she’s just being bipolar” as a dismissive way to say someone has changed their mind. These sayings minimize the severity of what folks who live with mental illnesses go through.

It’s important to start a conversation about mental health, but the language we use when starting that conversation is important, too.

I’m plus-sized and Asian. Some days, I feel pressure to look different — but I know my body doesn’t have to fit the mold.

Any time I want a pick-me-up, I look to body-positive women for inspiration

This year, I’m no longer trying to be a ‘new me’ — I want to be happy with who I am

A desire to change needs to come out of a place of love for yourself, not self-loathing

I can’t fix the global waste problem, but here are small steps I am taking to be more sustainable

Individual efforts may seem trivial, but don’t get discouraged