Truths of having an emotional support animal

Mental health is a pressing matter — depression and anxiety can be considered taboo, especially in the African-American community. We don’t talk about it. We have people grow up with destructive coping methods, like alcohol, drugs or self-harm, because they never talked about these issues as … [Read more...]

Stop the stigma, start listening

“I feel so depressed.” You’re just being sad or more upset at a certain circumstance. Usually overreacting. “No big deal,” they say. “Everyone gets depressed.” Just don’t be so negative, alright? “This makes my anxiety bad.” You’re probably just being too shy. You need to step outside … [Read more...]

Counselors offer tips for testing anxiety

For the past month, academic counseling meetings have been available for students to attend. On Feb. 16, Reagan Foster, licensed therapist, offered a PowerPoint-style counseling presentation on different ways to overcome testing anxiety.  She presented to a crowd of seven, made up entirely of … [Read more...]

Don’t push mental illness under the rug

Our opinion: Take mental health as seriously as physical health. The repercussions mental illnesses like anxiety disorders or depression can have just as big of an impact on someone's quality of life as physical ailments and should be treated accordingly.Mental illnesses are far too often … [Read more...]

Under Pressure: Anxiety is more common than you think

“It’s like when you get really hungry – you can’t ignore your stomach constantly growling. It’s always there.” That’s how Catherine Stepniak, psychology and sociology junior, describes her anxiety.“Most of the time I feel like I’m about to die. I get a pounding heart, shortness of breath, nausea, … [Read more...]

Stressed? Overwhelmed? Sad?

Last year, 65 percent of college students reported stress, anxiety or depression as a factor impacting their academic performance, according to the spring 2015 National College Health Assessment.Similarly, in a survey of MSU students, faculty, staff and alumni, 77.53 percent of people reported … [Read more...]

It’s not all in your head

I've had depression since I was in middle school, so I've become almost a professional at dealing with the waves of emotion it brings (kind of morbid, I know). But this semester, it got to the point where I didn't know how to handle it by myself anymore - I wasn't eating regularly, I was staying up … [Read more...]

Breathe, keep walking, and you’ll be okay

As I walk into the student center I can already feel it coming. As the crowds build my breathing becomes uneasy. The people at the booths are going to talk to me. It’s okay. The lines at Chick-fil-a are long and are blocking the walk way. My heart begins to race uncontrollably. I am going to … [Read more...]

Stress-relieving dogs take over Moffett Library

The library is more crowded than it has been all year, and may be even more crowded tonight. The Moffett Library will be the host to several dogs brought to help relieve stress and relax the students who are studying into the wee hours of the night. The therapy dogs will be on campus at Moffett … [Read more...]

Despite 61-day marathon, fall break not part of MSU culture

During the fall semester, students, faculty and staff must go 61 consecutive days without a break, from Labor Day to Thanksgiving. For a student taking a load of 12 hours, that comes out to an estimated 2,196 hours spent in the classroom and studying. “In the opinion of one, I personally like the … [Read more...]