By Jeanene Harlick

The Media’s Sensational Monster: What’s So Wrong About the Coverage of Rachael Farrokh

Many of you have probably already seen the video that is now going viral of Rachael Farrokh, a 5”7’, “40-something-pound” woman seeking donations to enter a treatment facility for severe anorexia. I am very purposely not linking to that video here. Farrokh’s story, first covered this week by NBC4 Los Angeles, represents the epitome of journalistic, …

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NEDA Inclusive? Think Again

In January the National Eating Disorders Association – much to my surprise – reached out and encouraged me to submit a proposal to speak at their annual, fall conference – something I would have normally never considered attempting, figuring I’d have no chance at being accepted. But the conference coordinator, Caitlin Graham, said NEDA had run across an interview …

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On the Concept of “Mental Illness,” the Harms of Psychiatric Labeling, and the Most Unrecognized, Oppressed Minority Group in America

  “Over the past thirty years, we Americans have been industriously exporting our ideas about mental illness… [And] how a people in a culture think about mental illnesses—how they categorize and prioritize the symptoms, attempt to heal them, and set expectations for their course and outcome—influences the diseases themselves. In teaching the rest of the …

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A Little #TBT Fun – My first interview as a “reporter” – with Jon Stewart (of all people), for UCLA’s The Daily Bruin

Literally my first-assignment ever, when I obtained a then-coveted stint as a contributing (not “staff,” sadly) writer at the Daily Bruin, in ye ole college days, was a backstage interview with Jon Stewart in 1995, when he was hosting a short-lived, late night talk/variety show. While the show normally taped in NYC, it was visiting Hollywood for …

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Wrestling With Survivor’s Guilt in a Crazy World: My Guest Op-ed for the San Francisco Bay Guardian

By Jeanene Harlick OPINION This is one of the ways you become that person who wants to take his or her life. It happens slowly. You’ve always known you were different. Everyone always told you that you were too “sensitive.” But it’s not about that. It’s about how you feel things: viscerally. When you hurt in …

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