Whiplash (Or, Making Responsible Decisions™)

BY CHELSEA RICCHIO

A month and a half after ending this relationship, in no way did I feel like I was ready to start dating again. All I wanted to do was hang out with my friends and recuperate. But all of my friends were either happily coupled up or active on the dating scene, and I was starting to feel left out.

So I re-downloaded some dating apps I’d used in the past – they’d never worked for me, but I figured that there was no harm in talking to a few people online for a little while to boost my confidence.

And then I had my first match.  “_ says, ‘I walked into a cactus once.’ Message him and ask him about it!”

Obviously I did, because that is literally the best icebreaker ever. Continue reading

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Food for Thought

BY AYESHA KHALID

Along with the mental distress associated with anxiety and depression, there are also many wonderful physical symptoms that accompany it. For me, digestive problems are at the top of the list. Some people find their appetite increases and they overeat, but for me my appetite completely disappears.

I have experienced phases of intense stress that have resulted in my appetite disappearing for weeks or even months at a time, accompanied by extreme and chronic stomach pain and nausea with no clear physical explanation. The hypochondriac in me was convinced it was probably something physical that the doctors were missing.

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