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Ayahuasca: the alternative antidepressant

Ayahuasca: the alternative antidepressant

Caroline Slack, Assistant Feature Editor

April 24, 2019

Though psychedelics are often portrayed in popular culture as recreational drugs, psychedelics like ayahuasca have played a role in religious ceremonies and alternative medicine. Josh — not his real name — a junior, was 23 when he took mental health treatment into his own hands with a do-it-your...

When we prescribe too quickly

When we prescribe too quickly

Lilly Sharp

April 6, 2018

Around 36.4 percent of college students suffer from depression, according to the American Psychological Association. Today’s most popular treatment method is antidepressant drugs according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The idea behind antidepressant drugs is that depression is caused by...

Mental illness: a silent struggle for students

Mental illness: a silent struggle for students

Renee Willard

October 19, 2016

The National Alliance for Mental Illness has declared the first week of October “Mental Health Awareness Week.” The week is dedicated to ending the stigma surrounding mental illnesses, and it’s especially important for the one out of four college students who will be diagnosed with a mental i...

Your symptoms may be more than the ‘Winter Blues’

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December 10, 2015

As the winter months quickly approach, some students are bracing for the onset of seasonal affective disorder.“SAD is a form of clinical depression, where people experience bouts of depression in the fall [and] winter months, and feel pretty great in the spring [and] summer months,” said Jennifer Mahon, a doctoral candida...

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