LGBTQ youth are being disproportionately placed in Juvenile Detention Centers. In this video, youth talk about ways to stop police from targeting LGBTQ youth, and services to be given to youth after incarceration.
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On Monday, June 18th, the World Health Organization released the ICD- 11, a collection of new classifications for diseases. Among the changes, the World Health Organization has now classified gaming disorder as a mental illness. This latest addition to the ICD- 11 did not come without controversy.
“Games can be addictive, they help the player explore imagination and fantasy, but I wouldn’t consider it being a mental disorder,” said Mike Infante, a 17-year-old Sheldon High School Student. “But of course youth want to hide and escape from reality with music, games and etc.”
According to the ICD- 11, the criteria for having a gaming disorder include impaired control over gaming, increasing priority to gaming, or continuation of gaming even with negative consequences.
“Gaming gives you an adrenaline rush,” said Harley Mayer, a 15-year-old Pleasant Grove High School student. “Gaming is very manipulative and always finds ways to give you reasons to come back, addicts use drugs to get away and so do some gamers.”
Adolescents and teens clearly use games to escape society, but does that classify as a mental disorder or a sign of society itself? Keep in mind, though the World Health Organization added gaming disorder to its list of mental illnesses, they also have kept “childhood gender incongruence” as a sexual health disorder. The question remains, do people need to change their behavior to avoid being addicted to games or does society as a whole need to change to so that people would actually like take a meaningful a part in it.
“I think anything can really hinder a person from living a healthy lifestyle, that doesn’t mean all of those things deserve to be a disorder,” said Mallorie Cruz, a local youth coordinator. “Each person must be treated case by case basis, as long as something doesn’t stop you from taking care of yourself, it’s not necessarily something that needs to be treated.”
Some people think that this new addition to the ICD-11 is something that adolescents and teens need so that they can then be treated for their conditions. Others like Cruz fear that the classifications and criteria to be diagnosed are too vague while many teens like Infante, don’t even believe there is even a real disorder at all.
What do you think? Is gaming disorder a viable mental illness, and if so, are the criteria too broad?
In this video, I highlight the arts community in Sacramento, showing the venues and hubs that artists go to express themselves and perform. Some of the highlights are Music Circus, Crest Theatre , and even venues such as Luna’s Cafe or Shine Sacramento. This video shines a light on art, music and performances in Sacramento.
My name is Isabella (Izzy) Ignacio and I’m a writer, dancer, singer and student. I’ve spent the past three years participating and acting in musicals and plays – all because of a script I decided to write when I was 12 years old. I have told many stories before, but never mine.
I had plans to go to college and become a teacher, but that was never my dream. It was always my dream to be involved with a play on Broadway, not the star or even as part of an ensemble, but to write a script so beautiful, so engaging that it landed on Broadway.
Ever since I was in first grade, I’ve written stories, novels, and even scripts. Not necessarily the best quality novels, but to me they had meaning. As I continued to grow up, so did my writing. My little stories about twin witches in a fantasy world became a script about twins in the 1960s navigating a new world of cultural revolution. Somehow the one script I wrote about the new world in the 1960s and 1970s started an entire fascination for me with the era. It was an era of change and acceptance, both of which I believe are still needed today. The past became prevalent to understanding the present, and my passion for the era led to me falling in love with the fashion, the slang, and even the little eccentricities of the era.
Music has always been a part of my life. I learned to play the piano at six years old and my entire family practically worshipped music. It was fitting then that ever so slowly my script became a musical. As I dove into the journey of understanding my script, I joined a musical theatre company to understand more about musicals. It was there I learned I couldn’t dance, so of course I joined a dance company. I lived the life of my characters, I felt their emotions and I revised my script, over and over again.
As of today, I’m currently on Act 2; Scene 7, on my third draft of The Zodiac Journal. In the course of the three years, I’ve been working on Zodiac, I’ve written one play and another short musical, both of which don’t mean nearly as much to me as Zodiac. So when I was asked to write an article introducing myself, I realized that a substantial amount of who I am is my writing, yet I also realized that I might not have gotten myself into theatre just for the script. I believe there was a part of me, when I started that first draft of The Zodiac Journal , that knew I wanted to dance, and I wanted to sing. A part of me craved the idea of creating music and a story, one that I desperately want to live.