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Everything You Wanted to Know About Scorpion Candy

What's the deal with all those scorpion candies anyway? Does anyone actually eat the scorpion? We investigate.<p>Scorpion suckers aren't the sort of thing you typically find in the candy aisle of your local grocery store.<p>They're the sort of thing that you generally find at gift shops and tourist traps …

Why Depression and Sadness Are not the Same

Depression and sadness are often viewed as the same thing. Part of the confusion is that the most recognizable symptom of depression is sadness, …

IT HAPPENED TO ME: A Guy I Used to Date Tried to Shame Me For Being Mentally Ill

I recently received an email from someone I did not recognize. He opened with, "Hey, crazy."<p>I'll be the first to admit that I am a bit sensitive to being called crazy. After being diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD, depression and a panic disorder since I was 18, I have spent a …

This Is What A Panic Attack Physically Feels Like

For the millions of American adults who suffer from anxiety and panic disorders, panic attacks may be one of the most prevalent and persistent symptoms. And while the experience of a panic attack is different for each individual, there is one universal truth for all who suffer from them: They're …

I Work Hard on My Mental Health, But I Still Have Suicidal Thoughts Sometimes

A while back, I wrote about how I had a plan for suicide when I was a kid.<p>It was kind of a scary thing to admit, even though I talk to y'all about all kinds of things -- not because I am particularly ashamed but because, well, kids who want to kill themselves is kind of a big scary topic. And …

What Is Emotional Health?

We use the term mental health and of course we talk about physical health, but we very rarely talk about emotional health. And yet our emotions are absolutely integral to the way in which we relate and engage with our world.<p>Just a few days ago somebody asked me what I actually meant when I used the …

Emotional Intelligence

18 People Share The One Crushing Secret They’re Keeping From Their Significant Other

By Charlie Shaw,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1nx8aPm<p>1.<p>2.<p>“I hooked up with my boyfriend’s brother 6 years before I ever met him. It was some weird …

Craniofacial Acceptance Month: Read This Boy's Amazing Letter to His Classmates

For many children, the start of the school year at a brand new school can be scary and anxiety-filled. Kids worry about new teachers, forming friendships, getting taunted and bullied -- there's so much unknown. It can be terrifying for any child.<p>But imagine if you were someone who looks and speaks …

I Live With My Ex-Boyfriend and His Girlfriend Who Is Also My Best Friend -- Oh, and Seven Dogs

He was my first boyfriend and she is my best friend. In high school the three of us were inseparable.<p>We grew up in a small, Bible-thumping Texas town, part of an enclave of weirdos and outcasts. He moved from Houston where he was straight edge and volunteered with Food Not Bombs. His hair was long, …

What Living Through Cancer in Your 20s Looks Like

Powerful photos provide a unique perspective on fighting breast cancer.<p>"Because I have no breasts, I can feel my heartbeat closely." These are the words 30-year-old Milwaukee-based photographer Amelia Coffaro said to herself recently when reflecting back on two years of breast cancer treatment. She …

How to Ask If Your Relationship Is 'Official'

Where's this thing headed, anyway?<p>In a perfect world, the man you've been falling in love with would, after a few weeks or so of blissful dating, drop to his knees and declare his undying devotion. "There's no one else for me," he'd say, probably while being rained on. "Be my girlfriend!"<p>That …

Sydney man Simon Wilde and daughter Sophie missing after deadly Nepal blizzard; Australian trekkers among those rescued

A father and daughter from Sydney are still missing in Nepal after major snowstorms and avalanches hit a popular trekking area last week.<p>At least 39 …

Willow destroyed in Kashmir floods may see cricket bat prices soar

Australia could face a shortage of affordable cricket bats in years to come as Indian producers predict a huge shortfall in supply following the …

Iran hangs woman for killing alleged rapist

Iran hanged a woman on Saturday who was convicted of murdering a man she alleged was trying to rape her, drawing swift international condemnation for a prosecution several countries described as flawed.<p>Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged at dawn for premeditated murder, the official IRNA news agency …

U.S. diplomat travels to West Africa as Ebola quarantine moves take hold

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House has told states that have imposed mandatory quarantines for some travelers from Ebola-hit West Africa that the policy could impede the fight against the disease, while the first health worker isolated under the rules plans to sue.<p>Kaci Hickox, a nurse …