The first high-profile suicide that really struck me was Kurt Cobain. It was April 1994 and I was 16. My coming-of-age soundtrack was the music of Nirvana; I felt Cobain understood a pain I was deeply familiar with, not just because I was an angsty teen, but because I grew up under the shadow of mental illness and addiction.
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Despite being in and out of hospitals since the age of 16, one of Harmon Clarke’s biggest fears is having an intravenous line inserted into his arm. The 34-year-old resident of Los Angeles has had more than 30 surgeries related to his Crohn’s disease, but getting stuck with an IV needle has never gotten less stressful.
Whenever Caroline Keane opens the Venmo app, she always intends to just go in and out. But, inevitably, she gets sucked into the mobile money-transfer service — specifically, its social feed, where she can see friends and co-workers requesting cash from one another for drinks, dinners and Ubers.
University enrollment is on the rise, especially if you have four legs. At first glance, Cadee is a friendly 10-pound brown Chihuahua. To Grace Wilkowski, a 19-year-old sophomore at Washington State University who is majoring in nursing and psychology, Cadee is a cherished companion or, more officially, a registered emotional support animal, or ESA, who lives with her in her dorm on campus.
Naomi Tomky was still laid out on the operating table after an emergency C-section when the earliest pangs of regret kicked in.
In 1978, Ellen Langer, a Harvard psychologist, conducted an important study. She gave houseplants to two groups of nursing-home residents. One group was told they were responsible for keeping their plant alive, and that they had autonomy in their daily schedule. The other group was told that staff would care for their plant, and they were not given choices regarding their daily schedule.
Suicide rates rose in all but one state between 1999 and 2016, with increases seen across age, gender, race and ethnicity, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In more than half of all deaths in 27 states, the people had no known mental health condition when they ended their lives.
Couples living in Iowa and Hawaii seem to stick it it out, with divorce rates as low as 20 percent. Oklahoma, on the other hand, boasts a 65.7 percent divorce rate.
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