I’m trying to leave my boyfriend but my mother says it’s ‘hysteria’ | Dear Mariella

Source: The Guardian >> Stop being so indecisive, says Mariella. Sparing someone’s feelings is never a good reason to stay in a relationship The dilemma I’m a 21-year-old student living at home with my parents. My boyfriend and I have been together since the age of 17. For the past year I am certain that […]

‘I couldn’t sit still, I couldn’t be on my own’: how I coped with my crippling anxiety

Source: The Guardian >> Author Kate Riordan had two miscarriages which then brought on severe health anxiety. Here she describes how she got through the storm This time last year I was keeping a diary, the writing small and meticulously neat. In it, I recorded everything that happened each day. Not in the outside world […]

Val McDermid: ‘I probably have too great an appetite for cheese’

Source: The Guardian >> The crime writer, 62, talks about spending too much time gaming, having a sense of her worth and why she fasts for two weeks every year You have to accept ageing gracefully – it’s the one battle you can’t win. I’ve never understood this obsession with cosmetic surgery and hair dying. […]

America is on a binge — 17.5 billion drinks worth: Study

Source: ABC News >> The study found that about 88,000 Americans die each year from binge drinking.

Should I contact my abusive father?

Source: The Guardian >> My dad was volatile and his mother sexually abused me, but is it my duty to get back in touch? No, says Annalisa Barbieri, only see him if you want to It has been more than 10 years since I was properly in contact with my dad. He also stopped speaking […]

'I felt I was being punished for pushing back': pregnancy and #MeToo

Source: The Guardian >> Pregnant women are still being patronised, blamed for our bodies’ failings, and made to feel guilty about our choices I spent one third of 2015 – about 120 days – on bed rest. I moved only to visit a hospital or doctor’s office, where I was scrutinised and presented with a […]

Fit in my 40s: ‘This dance class is like being 13 again’ | Zoe Williams

Source: The Guardian >> I struggled with every transition but I still felt vividly there When you’re a kid, and you get on a horse, or roller skates, or into some Levi’s, in your head you look as heroic as someone you saw doing those things on telly. That’s all maturing is, learning how to […]

Sexual orientation is the top suicide risk for college freshman

Source: Daily Mail >> A study based on data from 14,000 first-year college students in eight countries including the US found sexual minorities have an up-to-eight-times higher risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

Americans have poor understanding of nutritional value, survey shows

Source: Daily Mail >> A survey of more than 1,000 Americans has revealed a very poor understanding of the nutritional value of common foods and beverages such as pizza, avocados, milk and vodka.

Women who cycle have better sex lives (but are more prone to UTIs)

Source: Daily Mail >> Female cyclists can rest assured that riding their bikes does not cause sexual dysfunction, according to new University of California, San Francisco research, though it may cause UTIs.