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Open Access: When Doctors Keep Secrets

Open Access: When Doctors Keep Secrets

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04/07/2017

When my grandfather was diagnosed with stomach cancer, my mother decided not to tell him. Instead, she told him he was having surgery for an ulcer. We went along with it until the pathology report showed that the cancer was not, as we had hoped, in its early stages, but that he would need further…

Open Access: “But What About Overdiagnosis?”

Open Access: “But What About Overdiagnosis?”

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02/06/2017

Is mental illness overdiagnosed? I’m not going to answer that question. The idea that we’re mistakenly diagnosing people who don’t have mental illnesses is more harmful than many realize. These days, it’s difficult to have a conversation about mental health without someone bringing up the problem of overdiagnosis. The gist of the “overdiagnosis problem” is…

Open Access: The Harm in Romanticizing Mental Illnesses

Open Access: The Harm in Romanticizing Mental Illnesses

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01/14/2017

Acceptance of mental illness has come really far. We’re having open and honest conversations about what it feels like to live with depression or anxiety, and people who haven’t experienced these illnesses personally are listening and trying to understand those who have. “I’m having a hard day with my mental illness” is viewed as an…

Open Access: Making Mental Health a Priority

Open Access: Making Mental Health a Priority

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10/13/2016

My friend once told me that his psychiatrist charges $700 per visit, does not take any insurance, has a six month waiting list, and requires booking three visits at once, one month apart. I thought he was joking, and when I realized he wasn’t, my mouth hung open. I quickly closed it— I figured there…

Open Access: Is Georgetown Prepped?

Open Access: Is Georgetown Prepped?

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10/01/2016

Georgetown Health Services has recently begun offering Truvada, more colloquially known as PrEP, to the student body through the Student Health Center. Truvada is a pre-exposure prophylactic drug for HIV. When taken regularly, Truvada reduces the risk of contracting HIV by 90% according to its website. Generally, Truvada is prescribed to those who are currently…

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