Kastalia Medrano

Kastalia Medrano is a New York-based journalist who has yet to establish a personal #brand. Her writing has appeared at National Geographic, Pacific Standard, Real Life, Nautilus, Ploughshares, Inverse, and others. RTs = unwavering personal convictions 

Open Minds

An Anxious Person’s Guide to Making the Holidays Bearable

An expert's tips for how to get through all the crushing merriment that lies ahead.
Kastalia Medrano
12.20.17
Open Minds

Not Every Trauma Results in PTSD

There's a difference between an intrusive thought and an actual flashback.
Kastalia Medrano
10.17.17
Open Minds

You Can't Cure Depression By Working Out

Those heartwarming essays about how running is Prozac need a serious reality check.
Kastalia Medrano
9.20.17
mental health

Exactly What to Do When You Feel a Panic Attack Coming On

Doctor-approved tips that don't include blowing into a paper bag.
Kastalia Medrano
Nick Keppler
8.31.17
Open Minds

Do You Ever Actually ‘Recover’ From a Mental Illness?

When someone says their cancer is in remission, we understand it's not cured. But we tend to lack that grasp of nuance when the disease is psychological.
Kastalia Medrano
7.19.17
Open Minds

How to Take Antidepressants and Still Have a Sex Life

Your happiness should not cost you a single orgasm.
Kastalia Medrano
6.23.17
Open Minds

What to Do if Your Psych Meds Make You Feel Like Shit

Sluggishness, mental fog and bloat don't exactly sound like depression-combatting effects.
Kastalia Medrano
6.7.17
Open Minds

Things Can Go Really Wrong When You Suddenly Go Off Your Meds

Talk to your doctor first—this one is worth coughing up that co-pay for.
Kastalia Medrano
5.22.17
Open Minds

Telling Your Boss You're Bipolar Can Help Your Career

If your boss isn't a dick, that is.
Kastalia Medrano
5.10.17
Open Minds

What Really Happens When You Drink While on Psych Meds?

When it comes to drugs, nothing is promised to you.
Kastalia Medrano
4.11.17
get a room

How Your Personality Shifts When You Start Dating Someone

A new algorithm can tell if you’re single or not based on your online behavior.
Kastalia Medrano
3.17.17
fun with science

Could Snail Slime Be the Future of Pain Relief?

Scientists are excited about a pain-killing compound they found in a little stinging sea snail.
Kastalia Medrano
2.21.17
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