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Inner thoughts and anxiety clawing at her. 
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Clawing Anxiety

Kinley Waltman, Staff Writer October 6, 2021

I have a fear of having to perform,  It makes my emotions a thunderstorm.   The sensation within makes me ill,  The feeling leaves me fragile.   I attempt to speak with weak...

Mental health screenings should be administered by a certified mental health professional before claim is laid to any diagnosis.
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The Toll That Self-Diagnosis Takes on Mental Illness

Blaise Rayburn, Literature Editor January 10, 2019

In the age of WebMD and online quizzes, hypochondriacs are thriving. But the realm of digital self-diagnostic tools not only covers physical illness but has also expanded to encompass any mental ailment...

Friends Skyler Whitehead, Gracen DeBruyn, and Elliot Villareal are able to lean on each other for mental support which helps them cope with the stresses of high school. Whitehead believes that “mental health is a serious issue that needs to be acknowledged.”

Chasing Mental Health

Jennifer Arena, Staff Writer May 19, 2017

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the U.S. age 18 and older, or 18% of the population and are the most common mental illness in the United...

She makes the tombstones smile and the graveyard whisper compliments. I’ve always tried asking them questions—“Is it something I should really be scared of? Is there really a God, or are these whispers ghosts or my mind? What’s the point?”—but she tends to just have chitchat. She’s always been better at chitchat. Photo used with permission from Leilani Gibbons.

Selfish God

Ashton Bruce, Staff Writer May 23, 2016

One of the differences between me and the person I love is that she has conversations with the sun and I have conversations with the graveyard outside my neighborhood. It makes for interesting chitchat....

“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.” ― Laurell K. Hamilton, Mistrals Kiss

An Ode to My Lost Time

Diana Rodgers, Web Editor November 2, 2015

Drip, Drip, Drop My sanity slowly drips from my veins while I lie alone in my room. I look around to see the world moving, double time, as I remain stagnant. Lying was not my own choice though; O’...

: Stress is one of the most dangerous enemies possible for a high school student at the end of the year.


Jack Kern, Staff Writer May 8, 2015

Burning, itching, never leaving. Taking over the mind, refusing to cease. The concern of what is coming, a fear like that of decease.     You know you’ll be fine, you know...

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