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Why We Should Talk More Openly About Mental Health Issues

Over the past month, I talked with people affected by mental illnesses. Some of the things I heard I could relate to, others were completely new to me, and gave me an intriguing insight into different perceptions of reality. For some people I talked

How Does It Feel to Live With… Part: 5 – Depression

Throughout Mental Health Awareness Month (May 2016), EXPOSING THE TRUTH publishes an interview series to let people living with different psychiatric diagnoses speak for themselves. So far, John* let us in on his experiences with schizophrenia, Anne talked about her anorexia, we learned from

How Does It Feel to Live With… Part: 4 – Dissociative Identity Disorder

Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. – 43.8 million, or 18.5% – experiences mental illness in a given year. Nonetheless, mental health issues are still often either scandalized or turned into a taboo subject. For Mental Health Awareness Month, EXPOSING THE TRUTH

How Does It Feel to Live With… Part: 3 – Generalized Anxiety Disorder

May 2016 is Mental Health Awareness Month in the USA. For this reason, and to raise awareness for the topic of mental health as well as to contribute to de-stigmatization, EXPOSING THE TRUTH lets people with different diagnoses speak for themselves.  I already spoke

How Does It Feel to Live With… Part: 2 – Anorexia

To many, mental health issues are still a taboo subject. As it is Mental Health Awareness Month in the USA, we want to contribute to de-stigmatization and raise awareness about the topic of mental health. For this reason and in accordance with the motto

How Does It Feel to Live With… Part: 1 – Schizophrenia

According to data collected by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an estimated 43.5 million adults in just the United States of America were suffering from a mental illness in 2014. Fewer, but still about 1 out of every 100, are

The unspoken truth about catcalling

I cannot think of just ONE single moment in which I fell victim to catcalling or street harassment. Instead, I have plenty of such situations in mind which were all similar and therefore mingle in my memory. Sometimes it was ‘just’ an awkwardly long

“It wasn’t even real rape!” – Debunking Rape Myths

Sexual assault is one of the most under-reported crimes in the U.S. While the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey estimates an average of 293,066 victims of rape and sexual assault each year, the actual number of unreported cases is expected to

Men and Women are Equal?

In 2015, women hold an increasing number of top leadership positions. The number of women in Congress is at an all-time high. They generally seem to have the same chances as men in all areas of society. So is there still any problem with

What makes a man a “real man”?

We are bombarded with hundreds of thousands of models attempting to define masculinity each day. Clearly, in the media there is a glorification of a small number of particular body types above all others. Also, the men that seem to be the “coolest” and