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#6 Why take two COVID-19 relief loans?

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One year ago, the youtuber Myka Stauffer and her husband (James Stauffer) posted a video on one of their channels letting the world know they decided to disrupt the adoption of their four-year-old son.

The reaction was immediate and, unlike anything the Stauffers had imagined, backlashed on them. Their video…

#6 Meltdowns

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After reading this article, I decided it was about time I wrote about some signs of Autism I had as a child. I read online that writing the signs you had as a child makes it easier to get a diagnosis.

I filled several pages with moments from my childhood…

My ten-year-old self went to bed that night not knowing that a lot would change.

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I woke up at some point at night, confused about where exactly I was. It was one of those moments when you wake up and go through all the beds and rooms you’ve slept in during your life, trying to figure out which one you’re at.

A faint light came…

And how the library fought back.

Lello library in Oporto. Photo by Peter Justinger on Unsplash.

I was late for the Harry Potter party. I read the books for the very first time three years ago, at 25 years old. I barely left the house that week, devouring every single page. I was blown away. “Ok, I get the fascination with Harry Potter now”, I thought.

It’s harder to be taken seriously if you’re female.

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A few months ago I went to the emergency room.

I had been sick for some time and, despite doing a lot of exams, no doctor seemed to figure out what was wrong with me.

On a day that I was feeling particularly down, I was sitting on my couch…

#Swimmer’s body illusion.

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We live in the age of information. Either on social media or on television, it seems like everyone has an opinion about everything. A lot of the arguments used to base such opinions are flawed. «The art of thinking clearly» by Rolf Dobelli tackles a lot of these thinking mistakes…

And what to do about it.

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It’s widely known that Autism diagnosis in adulthood is on the rise. One of the main issues in getting a diagnosis is that the official diagnosis criteria on the DSM-5 is often too formal to apply to ourselves and our lives.

A lot of people have tried to make it…

An extreme case of pregnancy denial.

Marriage of Verónique and Jean-Louis Courjault in 1994. Source: L’OBS

It was the summer of 2006, and Jean-Louis couldn’t believe what his eyes were seeing. Upon opening the freezer at his house in Seoul, he noticed a tiny hand. He looked further and saw two human babies. Dead. Frozen. On the freezer at his house. …

Two reasons why autism diagnosis is on the rise.

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In the last decade or so, awareness of Autism has become more and more common. The number of people with Autism diagnoses has also increased leading many to speculate about an ongoing “Autism epidemic”.

As you probably know, this has lead many people to wrongfully associate this “rise” in Autism…

ANIMAL WELFARE | VOLUNTEERING | WILDLIFE

What my experiences with seals and sea turtles taught me about ethical volunteering.

A loggerhead hatchling in Kyparissia, Greece. Photo from author.

I’ve recently read an article by Nikki Savvides about a subject that means a lot to me: How to have an international volunteer experience with animals with an ethical organization.

It’s harder than it sounds. A few years ago, all hell broke loose when it came to light that organizations…

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