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Why It Took Final Fantasy VI to Show Me Life Was Worth Living

My very favorite games, I like to think, all represent important stages in my life. Ocarina of Time: my childhood and what built the foundation for who I am. Persona 3: my outlook after getting through the struggles that, for better or worse, shaped me. And Final Fantasy VI: how a post-suicidal, pre-anything close to…

It is time to get serious about mental diseases - that is what they are the diseases of the mind and brain. For the longest time, we have been treating symptoms because that is how these diseases have been defined. Tom Insel, the director of the National Institutes of Mental Health, has made it a priority to…

And that is wonderful. I'm alive as well with the help of medication and my dog (and a therapist). But we deserve more than to be simply alive. That's all many psych wards do is get you past crisis to solve the problem of "I'm going to kill myself." But that's not the problem. As you know, it's deeper and trickier…

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