“Repeal and Replace” and the Mentally Ill

Given that the apocalypse is nigh, I’ve been digging into the policy implications of a – in the words of Elizabeth Bishop, “write it!” – Donald Trump presidency for mental healthcare, which is something I’m not even sure he’s done. By sheer virtue of his (and literally every conservative’s) desire to repeal the Affordable Care Act, it […]

Emotional Suppression and the Presidential Election

Come on, Allie. Stop being melodramatic. Last night, in between the catastrophizing of which my anxious self perfected the art long ago, I found myself thinking that very thought time and again, like a broken record.  Suddenly, the vindication given to racist, LGBTQIA-phobic, sexist, misogynistic, ableist, xenophobic sentiments in America didn’t matter. The very real […]

Superficial Support Of Mental Health Awareness Is Not Progress

If you’ve watched any news recently, the stigma – no, discrimination – against those who suffer from mental health conditions seems to be lifting. In practice, however, this is only the case for the already privileged. There have certainly been strides in access to adequate and affordable care in the last week, but the measures […]

On National Suicide Prevention Week

Walking by my school’s National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) chapter’s social events always gives me mixed feelings. On the one hand, promoting a stigma free environment at UVa is a worthy albeit somewhat idealistic goal. On the other hand, I’m not a huge fan of some of NAMI’s fundraising tactics or the legislation for […]

Raising Awareness for Mental Illness Is Not an End in Itself

Dealing with anxiety and depression in college is like treading water. Any moment could be the moment I finally lose track of my coursework or my extracurricular activities, which, for a guilt-ridden student in a high-pressure environment, might as well be the end of the world. There are many resources at my disposal as well […]