The Voice of Suicide in the Classroom

By Erica Loberg • 1 min read

Recently, in local news in Los Angeles County, I read the following headline: Students Mourn El Dorado High School Teacher Found Hanging in Classroom. I proceeded to read the article on this tragedy and found two quotes worthy of examination.

Quote number one: “She always talked about how suicide was never the answer, that she had to deal with it,” the student said. “So just seeing this, it just makes you think what was wrong, like what happened to have her do this when she always talked about not doing it.”

There are a lot of articles about signs for people who are suicidal; many of which discuss how people hold back their sadness, or suicidal ideations, making it difficult to reach out. Suicide is voiced or not voiced in multiple situations. This particular quote from a student points to the other line of the spectrum. In this particular case the deceased repeatedly spoke out loud about not doing it.

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3 Simple Symptoms of Bipolar II To Look For

By Erica Loberg • 1 min read

My whole life I thought I had ADD or OCD or something other then what I was diagnosed with over a decade ago: Bipolar II. Often times I visit mental health awareness websites and can’t find any information on Bipolar II aka Chronic Hypo Mania.

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Eating Popsicles in the Middle of the Night

By Erica Loberg • 1 min read

Eating in the middle of the night, not good. For some reason I have fallen into this habit recently, and can blame it on the sugar free Popsicles I bought at the store. I think just because it’s low in calorie content and sugar free that it’s okay to lie in bed, eat the Popsicle, toss the Popsicle stick out onto the floor, and return to sleep. I justify it cause it is better than eating something worse out of my fridge, however, because I consider it not that bad for me, I overdue it. Sometimes I wake up to several popsicles by my bed and discard them immediately. I wonder if I stop purchasing the popsicles if this terrible habit will leave my bed. It’s embarrassing, kinda sick, and unnecessary. It’s not like I’m hungry or anything.

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Fear + Anxiety = Insomnia

By Erica Loberg • 1 min read

sleepless240Recently I was watching an interview featuring Tupac Shakur from jail called “Uncensored and Uncut: The Lost Prison Tapes.” The interviewer discussed gangs in America, and how gang violence affected his life and those the he believed turned on him. Tupac stated:

“Fear is stronger than love, fear is stronger than love. Remember that.”

I don’t know if I agree with this comment but, it had me thinking about fear and in whatever capacity, how fear affects our lives. Having given some thought to this statement, in my experience, fear feeds anxiety.

Fear is defined as “An unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.”

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Suicide Awareness at the Oscars

By Erica Loberg • Less than a min read

suicide240The Oscars are watched by millions of viewers. Last night I was cooking and listening to the Oscars in the background and stopped when the award given for the best documentary short went to “Crisis Hotline.” One of the Producer’s, Dana Perry, and one of the recipients of the award, had something to say about suicide when she dedicated the award to her son:

“I want to dedicate this to my son Evan Perry. We lost him to suicide. We should talk about suicide out loud. This is for him.”

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Taking Meds

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American Sniper Murder trial “I don’t know if I’m insane or sane.” (Billy Ray Routh)

By Erica Loberg • 1 min read

gavel240Eddie Ray Routh on trial for killing Chris Kyle, from the film “American Sniper,” as well as Chad Littlefield manifests some interesting arguments for mental health education. The argument of insanity has been used and/or abused for defense attorneys for decades. This trial is no exception as the defense attorney pleads insanity as the reason for Routh’s killings. This case brings forth our continual use of insanity to decipher cases. Now let’s pull out ONE quotes from this trial:

An officer asks if he’s OK and Routh replies:

“I’m just so nervous about what’s been happening in my life today. I don’t know what’s been happening. I’ve been so paranoid schizophrenic all day. I don’t know what to even think of the world right now. I don’t know if I’m insane or sane.”

The officer’s response to this statement goes as follows:

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What Do You Do When Your Day Starts Off Bad

By Erica Loberg • 2 min read

alarmclock240I started this exercise a few weeks ago. Every morning I sit at my desk and write down positive affirmations. For example:

You are a positive person

You are a positive person

You are a positive person

You are a positive person

I pick a sentence and write it over and over and it is my mantra for the day. Sometimes I sit down and struggle to come up with my sentence for the day. Not today! Today I woke up and for no reason whatsoever things went array. I struggled hooking my bra and when I finally gave up and hooked it in the front and struggled to move it around my body to the back, I realized it was twisted in the middle. The irritability that accompanies my hypomania set in and I felt the wave of anger penetrate my mind. So, I took a moment and told myself to breath.

Then, I went to get dressed and saw my dirty workout clothes on my dresser and thought to myself, I know I bought two sports bras at Target, and realized I hadn’t used the other one yet. The brand new clean one. I started to search my closet and couldn’t locate it. Mind you, I was getting late and would be late to work so stopped myself and assured myself I could look for it when I got home. Why today of all days did I have to find it? No idea. Again, I took a deep breath and stepped away from my closet.

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Women’s Weight Measured in Bones

By Erica Loberg • 1 min read

elbow240“Robyn Lawley on Being the First ‘Plus-Size’ Model in SI Swimsuit Issue History” (article below.)

And she’s not the only one. Calvin Klein featured a plus size model that weighed in at size 10. Ok. Now that we are showing “plus size” models in renowned magazines or ad campaigns, the first thing I think of isn’t what is the size of the model, I think of the points of a woman’s body that some use to register their weight. Some use a scale, others judge based on how their clothes fit, but, over the years I have heard women use their bone structure to measure their current weight.

Here are top 10 quotes women have used to determine weight based on their bones:

  1. “If I don’t see my collar bone, I know I’ve gained weight and need to diet.”
  2. “I check out my ankle bone. I refused to have cankles so my ankle bone is important to me.”
  3. “I like having a tiny wrist so it’s also important to see the bump on the side.”
  4. “Backbone. If I bend forward and don’t feel my backbone, I worry.”
  5. “Shoulder pop. I take pictures with my hand on my waist and my shoulder pushed forward to show my skinny arms.”
  6. “When I cross my legs, I better see my knee cap.”
  7. “It’s important for me to see my rib cage when I suck it in. Front and back.”
  8. “Elbow bone. I check it out once and awhile to make sure it’s still there.”
  9. “I like my hip bone. It makes me feel like my stomach is flat.”
  10. “If I have to suck in my cheeks to see my cheek bone that’s not good, so I jump rope.”

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MasterChef Junior and the New Generation

By Erica Loberg • 1 min read

kidcooking240There have been several articles that have been written about how the new generation is being raised with a cushion. Some people believe parents are too easy on their children. For example, at a sporting event there are no winners or losers. Everyone’s a winner. Such nurturing can result in a lack of teaching competition and the value of winning an award.

Having said that, when I watch MasterChef Junior I see how the contestants show support. They cry when their competitors are eliminated, and high give each other left and right. If you ever have seen MasterChef for adults, you’d see a different show.

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