There’s a monster inside me: living with premenstrual dysphoric disorder

It has no warning label, no concrete list of instructions, no ‘How to, for Dummies’, and no way to fully prepare for its inevitability every month, even when you know it’s coming.  Without fail, it arrives as if on schedule but, even then, it’s different every time and there’s no way to dictate which level of unbearableness it’ll be.

It’s 3 a.m. in New York City and Jane (first name changed for privacy reasons) Menna is wide awake, prowling the Internet trying to find an online support group to talk about what she’s going through. Insomnia is just one of the many symptoms associated with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), a severe form of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).

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Pressures for girls to diet starts at young age, according to recent studies

Juggling school with pressures to eat healthy, to look a certain way and to exercise regularly are common matters faced by many college students who are trying to find that perfect balance.

The National Eating Disorder Information Centre recently released information estimating around 40 per cent of nine-year-old girls have gone on diets to lose weight. However, many Langara students said they feel forced to look a certain way now that they are in college.

“I currently feel more pressure than I did back then,” said Jennah Lay, a general arts student.

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Texting becomes easier once in an established relationship

Texting during the early days of dating can be nerve-wrecking.

Finding the right tone and length of determining when to send a text can put any new relationship to the test — but once you’re in an established relationship, texting can help the romance flow. Continue reading