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

When I was making this piece, I was switching from one medication to another. It was and still is an unpleasant few days full of uncertainty, random panic attacks and ill-advised Googling. It irritates me when people call antidepressants “happy pills” or infer that taking medication makes you weak, because starting on psychiatric medication is terrifying and full of unknowns. Instead, starting on medication is actually brave. It feels like playing an extremely unpredictable game with your own brain and the prize isn’t unnatural happiness but simply a feeling of normalcy.

I’m constantly battling negative thoughts. There’s no quick fix, but here’s how I seek relief.

Sometimes my worries are triggered by an external source; other times, there’s no specific cause

Think cats are standoffish or unpleasant? This one proves you wrong.

Cats get a bad rap, but in reality, they’re as behaviorally diverse as dogs

All my life, I’ve been teased for using pads instead of tampons. But it’s more common than you think.

What’s more, some people with periods don’t have a choice