Holiday season during pandemic increases risk of teen eating disorders, experts say

By Carly Menker Medill Reports A 17-year-old girl diagnosed with anorexia nervosa dreaded holiday meals. So, two years ago, instead of joining Thanksgiving dinner, she faked being sick all day and refused to come downstairs. The plan that fooled her family that day. But in a session with Julie Raymond, director of eating disorder services […]

Many students feel heightening rates of back-to-school anxiety and uncertainty

By Carly Menker Medill Reports Max*, a young man with congenital immunodeficiency, felt extremely anxious this summer and wanted to avoid going back to school in-person. He decided on a strategy of ensuring he would catch the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus so he wouldn’t have to return to classes, something he confided during […]