My second piece for Pacific Standard is about how long the effects of rape can last (hint: it’s a lifetime) and why (spoiler: PTSD).
I took a deep dive into feminism, the law and the real-life repercussions of domestic violence on both the battered and the batterers for Pacific Standard. A difficult, intense article to research and write, but fascinating.
My line of original photographs printed on organic cotton fabrics is now available on Ecohabitude. I’d love your support for my project and they DO make great holiday gifts!
I had such a blast putting together this feature for ScientificAmerican.com on how avian researchers use technology to understand how birds fly (there’s still so much to learn about the subject!).
I’ve launched a Kickstarter for my homewares line, based on my years of reporting on sustainable design. I would really appreciate your support.
I am honored to be featured in Chile’s oldest continuously published newspaper, El Mercurio (it’s also the oldest Spanish-language paper in the world!).
People with epilepsy are significantly more likely to also have depression. But why is this the case? What are the underlying mechanisms that might link these two neurological diseases?
In our dance, we wished to convey one very simple idea: that epileptic seizures may lead to changes in the limbic region of the brain, making that brain more prone to depression. Serotonin reception binding (here represented with pink scarves) is reduced after epileptic seizures. Structural changes are also observed throughout the limbic system, especially in a brain that suffers from repeated seizures.
In her PhD dissertation, “Psychometric Assessment of Major Depressive Disorder in Epilepsy Patients”, Dr. Jennifer Wolkin sought to improve current assessment protocols for depression in patients with epilepsy. Her study also replicated previous studies establishing the prevalence of Major Depressive Disorder among these patients. Throughout her doctoral research, Dr. Wolkin was greatly concerned with the possible mechanistic links between these two neurological diseases. What, in other words, might be changed in the brain by epileptic seizures, and how might that influence how these patients should best be assessed and treated?
Current methods of diagnosing depression in people with epilepsy are often unreliable and underutilized. Raising awareness in the medical community about the common dual diagnoses of epilepsy and depression (and how and why these diseases co-exist in the brain) will help these patients receive the care they need.
I’m excited about my upcoming speaking event at the Iowa High School Press Association. I’ll get a chance to speak at the top of the day as well as teach some breakaway sessions on October 27th.