‘Strong People Ask for Help’ and Other Helpful Thoughts

For as long as I remember, I've felt that I should deal with things by myself. When I was eight years old, for example, I broke my arm in a fall and for some reason decided not to tell anyone. Later, when I was being sexually abused, telling my parents never even crossed my mind...CONTINUE READING

Developing brains on exchange

In the summer of 2003, barely six weeks into my high-school year in Thailand, I first encountered a potentially serious side effect of exchange. B had locked herself in the bathroom. She was crying, furiously pounding on the door and walls, talking incoherently about demons and conspiracies. And B wasn't the only one struggling CONTINUE READING