Why Are Middle-Aged Women Down In The Dumps? I Ask My Mom

According to the World Health Organization, suicide rates » 10/21/08 4:00pm 10/21/08 4:00pm have increased by 60 percent in the last 45 years, with depression — shockingly — as the leading cause. Recently, the numbers have jumped sharply in the U.S., and the trend — a .7% rise in six years — is driven largely by an unexpected group: middle-aged white…

The Times Uncovers The "Trend" Of Cutting

Sometimes the New York Times is a little late to the party, so the "Growing Wave Of Teenage Self-Injury" story isn't really "news," per se, but yeah: Cutting is on the rise. Over the weekend I was on a college campus and saw a young lady in a tank top sitting outside of an ice cream parlor. Her hair was pinkish red,… » 5/06/08 1:20pm 5/06/08 1:20pm

Why Are Cutters Called "Silly Girls"?

Tor Stimpson had a "pretty happy" childhood in a small British village; she had a St. Bernard and her own ponies. But her younger brother was super smart and, as the pressure built for her to get good grades and amazing test scores, Tor began to feel "this huge cloud" over her. She started to cut herself, using… » 12/10/07 2:30pm 12/10/07 2:30pm