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The author is absent

Reading life closely

This mindset creates dangerous misunderstandings about the value of literature and of the realities of mental illness.
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Stop whining, start fixing

Two steps forward

Of course, there are problems big enough that “whining” is necessary. “No whining unless you’re bleeding” is not a literal instruction — If you’re seriously injured you should get help; the same is true for emotional pain and major life obstacles. The phrase has a second, implied meaning, which is that if you are in fact bleeding, asking for help doesn’t count as whining. Unfortunately, some people don’t see that, refusing to “whine” even when their problems are far larger than can be solved individually. Refusing to seek assistance — as in the case of addiction or depression — can be far more destructive than seeking it too much. A balance must be struck: If the problem is too big to solve alone, get someone to help you; if it’s a petty annoyance, don’t bring it up.
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Defending pain

Student Bodies

Last winter, I shadowed a doctor whose name bore an unfortunate resemblance to “quack.” He was a legitimate practitioner, but he also used “alternative” medicine, and his inevitable critics were all too happy to use the pun against him. For me, their criticisms were ill considered. I found the “quack”
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