The Oak Leaf

The writer, who asked to be referred to as

Being queer and neurodivergent in quarantine

May 4, 2020

The quarantine has been a whirlwind of emotions for me: outside of medication juggling with my psychiatrist (due to feeling like I wanted to die even before the quarantine had started); I have experienced many fast-paced mood swings, late-night mental spira...

Hidden behind a cloud of smoke during quarantine

Hidden behind a cloud of smoke during quarantine

April 13, 2020

Over the course of this quarantine, I will admit it, I’ve been spending my days indulging in the devil’s lettuce and using it as a means of treating my emotions.  Previously, weed had just been something I would only enjoy socially when I was wi...

CBD: A natural remedy for today's ills?

CBD: A natural remedy for today’s ills?

April 3, 2019

Anxiety. Insomnia. Depression. Headaches. As the pressures of survival in present day Sonoma County mount for local students, so, too, do the health consequences. For some students, the negative effects of stress can lead to the abuse of alcohol and re...

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