Please, Stop Discrediting Mental Illnesses

Please, Stop Discrediting Mental Illnesses

Not everyone can afford to get help.
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More and more I’ve been seeing people post things such as: “stop faking a mental illness” or “if you have a mental illness, stop self-diagnosing and just get help.”

Mental illnesses are far more common than most people think. Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. (nearly 43 million) suffer from a mental illness in any given year, 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. (10 million) suffer from a severe mental illness, and 1 in 5 children from age 13-18 suffer from a mental illness as well. Close to a quarter of everyone in the U.S. are suffering from a mental illness. But of these people, about half are left untreated. Why?

There’s a lot of reasons why mental illness is left untreated; some people just deny they have a mental illness and refuse to seek help. But a very prevalent reason why so many with mental illnesses don’t seek help is because they cannot afford to. Therapy alone (not going to a psychiatrist and receiving medicine) can cost anywhere from $50-240 for just a one hour session. To visit a psychiatrist you can expect to pay $400-500 for the first visit and $100 for services moving forward. On top of that, medication such as antidepressants can cost anywhere from $30-200 a month.

It’s no secret that mental illness is more prevalent in lower social classes - the same social classes that literally struggle to buy food for themselves on a daily basis. Some people know they have a mental illness, but they will have to choose between getting medication or eating for the month. What are they supposed to do?

It’s not as simple as “go get some help.” It is literally impossible for some people and I’m so sick of others making mental illness not seem serious unless it is professionally diagnosed. You know your body, and most of the time you know when something’s wrong (although I know this isn’t the case for everyone). Many who have mental illnesses know they have one, but they can’t afford the proper treatment. That doesn’t make their mental illness any less real, and it’s about time we stop acting like it.

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Bailey Posted A Racist Tweet, But That Does NOT Mean She Deserves To Be Fat Shamed

As a certified racist, does she deserve to be fat shamed?
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This morning, I was scrolling though my phone, rotating between Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Snapchat again, ignoring everyone's snaps but going through all the Snapchat subscription stories before stumbling on a Daily Mail article that piqued my interest. The article was one about a teen, Bailey, who was bullied for her figure, as seen on the snap below and the text exchange between Bailey and her mother, in which she begged for a change of clothes because people were making fun of her and taking pictures.

Like all viral things, quickly after her text pictures and harassing snaps surfaced, people internet stalked her social media. But, after some digging, it was found that Bailey had tweeted some racist remark.

Now, some are saying that because Bailey was clearly racist, she is undeserving of empathy and deserves to be fat-shamed. But does she? All humans, no matter how we try, are prejudiced in one way or another. If you can honestly tell me that you treat everyone with an equal amount of respect after a brief first impression, regardless of the state of their physical hygiene or the words that come out of their mouth, either you're a liar, or you're actually God. Yes, she tweeted some racist stuff. But does that mean that all hate she receives in all aspects of her life are justified?

On the other hand, Bailey was racist. And what comes around goes around. There was one user on Twitter who pointed out that as a racist, Bailey was a bully herself. And, quite honestly, everyone loves the downfall of the bully. The moment the bullies' victims stop cowering from fear and discover that they, too, have claws is the moment when the onlookers turn the tables and start jeering the bully instead. This is the moment the bully completely and utterly breaks, feeling the pain of their victims for the first time, and for the victims, the bully's demise is satisfying to watch.

While we'd all like to believe that the ideal is somewhere in between, in a happy medium where her racism is penalized but she also gets sympathy for being fat shamed, the reality is that the ideal is to be entirely empathetic. Help her through her tough time, with no backlash.

Bullies bully to dominate and to feel powerful. If we tell her that she's undeserving of any good in life because she tweeted some racist stuff, she will feel stifled and insignificant and awful. Maybe she'll also want to make someone else to feel as awful as she did for some random physical characteristic she has. Maybe, we might dehumanize her to the point where we feel that she's undeserving of anything, and she might forget the preciousness of life. Either one of the outcomes is unpleasant and disturbing and will not promote healthy tendencies within a person.

Instead, we should make her feel supported. We all have bad traits about ourselves, but they shouldn't define us. Maybe, through this experience, she'll realize how it feels to be prejudiced against based off physical characteristics. After all, it is our lowest points, our most desperate points in life, that provide us with another perspective to use while evaluating the world and everyone in it.

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Let's Face It, Coconut Oil Should Be Called 'Super Oil' Because That's Exactly What It Is

I use coconut oil so much, it might as well be running through my veins.

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Since I was five, I remember my mom using coconut oil for almost everything! My hair, my skin, my food, you name it, my mom had a way to involve coconut oil. My dad, being in the government, had the opportunity of living in the southern parts of India, where coconut oil has massive significance. His friendship with the people down there ensured an endless supply of coconut oil, even when we moved back to the north.

Over the years, I have seen my family use coconut oil for so many things. How could I not share this valuable information with others?

1. In cooking!

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A lot of south Indian dishes see the use of coconut oil and not only for flavor. If used in moderation in terms of usage as a cooking oil, coconut oil can be very good for health. It increases the "good" HDL cholesterol levels in the body.

Some studies also show that it can aid weight loss!

2. For your skin!

Coconut oil is antibacterial, antifungal, and moisturizing. It has made my skin so much better! Simply using it as a moisturizer for all the dry areas is so helpful—from cracked lips to parched skin to annoying cuticles and dry feet, coconut oil makes your skin super soft! Mixing some crushed sugar in coconut oil makes a great scrub—one that exfoliates yet leaves your skin moisturized!

Coconut oil can also be used as a makeup remover, and it works like magic! Ditch those expensive makeup-remover wipes and buy yourself a bottle of virgin coconut oil!

It is also great as a shaving cream. It moisturizes the skin and allows blades to easily glide. It can be used for almost all body parts! In my opinion, coconut oil is so much better than any shaving cream I have ever used!

3. For your hair!

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Coconut oil has done wonders for my dry, damaged hair! It can be used as an alternative to harsh serums that are full of chemicals. Using coconut oil is a great way to tame frizz and nourish your hair with the much-needed oil that is washed away by shampoo. Applying coconut oil overnight deep-conditions your hair, leaving it silky smooth after a wash. It is also used to treat dandruff and aids hair growth!

Since I was a baby, my mom has used coconut oil as a detangler. It is extremely gentle and has no chemicals attached to it.

Coconut oil can also be used as a base for hair coloring.

4. For your teeth and more!

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Oil pulling! Also known as "kavala" or "gundusha," it is an Ayurvedic method of cleaning teeth. Just take one scoop of coconut oil and keep it in your mouth for 20-30 minutes. It sounds gross, but it has helped many people overcome bad breath and unhealthy gums. Before you try this, read a little more about it to make sure you get the best results!

Coconut oil has lauric acid, which has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. As a result, coconut oil can be used to fight infections. This is also why it is used in oil-pulling.

This property of coconut oil and its ability to cling to makeup particles is made use of in cleaning makeup brushes!

In case, I haven't mentioned this before, coconut oil works like magic for almost anything!

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