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Opinion: ‘I’m sad’ is a good enough excuse

When people struggle with their mental health—with depression or anxiety, sadness or grief—their struggle is true and real. Simply telling them to just

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

April 9, 2020

At some point in everyone's life, they feel like they have hit their ultimate low. For some, this pit of endless disappointment and desperation seems impossible to come back from. People don't need an excuse to be upset about something, and the last thing a person wants to hear when they are upset is...

Ask Elle: Pushing people away

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Elle Smith, Staff Writer

March 11, 2020

Dear Elle: My parents are driving me absolutely insane. Life hasn't been easy on me this week and every single time I try to talk to them about it, they just tell me that life is hard and I should just get over it. But that literally doesn't help! I've vented about this with my friends and on my spam...

Ask Elle: Winter blues

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Elle Smith, Advice Colummnist

December 3, 2019

Dear Elle: During the summer, most of my friends know me as someone who is fun, outgoing, and loves to go on adventures. But now that it's getting colder and darker day by day, I'm finding it harder and harder to be motivated to do anything. It's not just going out with friends or getting Starbucks...