A letter to Dwayne Johnson

Dear Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Though you may never read this I want to thank you for making your secret battle with depression public. I know it must’ve been difficult to publicly disclose your experience with mental health. In doing so, you’re helping thousands, maybe millions, who look up to you find the courage to speak up about their own battle. Contrary to popular belief, depression doesn’t just affect the downtrodden or the poor. Depression is a silent killer that doesn’t discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion or social status. No, depression will find you and chase after you until you are firmly in its grasp, never letting you go. Even in the middle of a great day with friends or family, depression can rear its ugly head and all of a sudden, you’re down in the dumps for no particular reason. According to a report by the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 16.2 million adults experienced at least one major depressive episode in 2016. Looking at the larger picture, that number represented about 6.7 percent of the U.S.’s population of adults. Digging deeper into the numbers, about 3.1 million adolescents from ages 12 to 17

Living with a phobia at CSULB is no joke

Fear sometimes feels like a whirlwind that can be triggered at any moment and escalate within seconds. Sudden panic, anxiety, sweat, muscle tension, increased heart-rate, inability to breathe, followed by numbness, perhaps a steady flow of hysterical tears, hyperventilation and a trip to the emergency room – this is the downward-spiraling, death-drop rollercoaster that phobic individuals go through when they are exposed to the source of their fear. This goes far beyond feelings of dislike that people without a phobia may feel toward snakes or spiders. A phobia is a medical condition that can cause severe psychological reactions with physical manifestations and an inability to function normally in educational, work or social settings. According to a 2014 statistical report by the National Institute of Mental Health, 6.3 million Americans suffer from a diagnosed phobia. This does not include the number of individuals who have not sought or do not meet the criteria for a medical diagnosis as defined in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Life can become very difficult for many individuals who suffer from a phobia. I suffer from ornithophobia, or the phobia of birds, so I know firsthand that it requires incredible

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