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Stories of people in compromising positions forced to feel even more vulnerable by those in the medical field who'd sworn to help them.

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How Helping a Stranger With a Severed Finger Saved My Life

I was suicidally depressed, until a bloody emergency reminded me what I'm capable of.

What Happens When You’re Bulimic, But Not Thin Enough for Anyone to Notice?

Millions of people who need treatment for eating disorders go undiagnosed. One young woman’s infuriating story should serve as a wake-up call for the medical community.

I Have Exploding Head Syndrome. This Is What It Feels Like to Hear Gunshots In Your Mind.

At first I thought I was having a stroke. Then I find out this bizarre sleep disorder is more common than I ever imagined—and I finally learned how to shut it out.

I Had an Emergency Appendectomy in Egypt…So Why Do I Still Have My Appendix?

I was reporting in Cairo following the Arab Spring, when I suddenly became violently ill. I’m still trying to piece together what happened next.

I Started Taking Zoloft Five Years Ago. I Haven’t Felt Sexual Sensation Since.

I was a seventeen-year-old virgin when my psychiatrist glossed over the serious side effects of antidepressants. Now I wonder if I’ll ever have a normal sex life.

Healing Hasidic Masturbators and Adulterers — With Psychiatric Drugs

They admitted to religious taboos ranging from same-sex attraction to extramarital affairs. The treatment they received was alarmingly severe.

I Went to the Hospital to Give Birth…And Tested Positive for Meth

When the nurse first told me, mid-labor, that there were methamphetamines in my system, I cracked up laughing at the absurdity. When child services showed up, it stopped being...

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The Woman Who’s Allergic to the World

Diagnosed with an extremely rare cell syndrome, Crystal Goodwin struggles to live normally, knowing that a piece of candy or whiff of perfume could deliver her to death’s door.

The Night My Parents Had Me Kidnapped

Two strangers dragged me from bed in the middle of the night and drove me into the woods. But this wasn’t a random abduction—just my ticket to a boot camp for troubled teens.