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September 29, 2016

One day, I realized that my grandmother is becoming increasingly forgetful. She forgot about where she placed her glasses, about what she ate for lunch; and sometimes, she even forgot about me as her grandson, or mistaken me for my dad. She also became increasingly disoriented and confused about time and day and would wish me “Merry Christmas” in the mont...

September 24, 2016

I was watching a TED talk given by Kevin Breel, a comedian. Interestingly, he talked about depression – his talk was ironically titled ‘Confessions of a Depressed Comic’. In it he spoke about how he has struggled with his ruminating thoughts and how he did his best to hide it from the outside world – essentially living two different lives.

He spoke of how...

“Despite my struggles, I achieved every goal I set for myself.

I volunteered at the crisis hotline and shared about my self-injury for the first time. I won awards for my writing. I discovered photography and showed my work in small galleries. I was an undergraduate researcher. I got my degree. I got accepted to a Ph.D. program back in my hometown of Miami...

‘No Man Is An Island’

The above is a popular quote that many may be familiar with; however, it is of interest to note that the quote itself is incomplete – the full quote by author John Donne goes ‘No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent’. This reflects a quality of our species which parallels the idea of evolutionary p...

September 1, 2016

“I am too fat”, “I am too skinny.”, “I wish my skin is fairer.”, “I am too short”, “If only I had straight hair, bigger eyes, smaller nose, longer legs, I will be happy.” Does any of this sound familiar? If so, you are not alone.

Adolescence marks a period of intense physical, social and emotional changes. This is a phase where physical appearance becomes...

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