Like many, most, or all of you, the sudden disruption of life that occurred in early March was difficult for me to adjust to. I wish that I could say I had settled into many a new norm, but I haven't. This year has wreaked havoc on my desperate need to control everything external, while … Continue reading Checking in
I realize that going a few weeks without posting anything might lead someone to think there's something wrong. Nope! Its been a busy few weeks, and that includes time spent thinking about the direction I want to take this blog. I'm worried that I may soon exit the territory of writing what I know and … Continue reading Checking-in
We're in the earliest stages of a new world for people living with a mental illness. Slowly, the topic is becoming less taboo and people are opening up about invisible illness in a way that reduces stigma and increases understanding. As such, you're likely to be on the receiving end of someone sharing they have … Continue reading 5 Things You’re Saying to People with Mental Illness Vs. What They’re Actually Hearing
In waiting for these stories to come to us, we're at the mercy of the benevolence of others.
People who never give themselves the chance to heal, will always deny others the same.
There were definitely times in my life when I should have seen a doctor. One of those times happened a little around 14 years ago. I was in the midst of a depressive episode, the second of what would become many. I was drowning in a dullness that I found myself unable to escape, and … Continue reading How Shame (and pride) Kept Me Sick
On July 10th, 2018, at the UMC Psychiatric Clinic in Tucson, I was diagnosed with Type I Bipolar Disorder (manic-depression), and social anxiety disorder. From about 19 years of age I have experienced lengthy periods of severe depression, interspersed with varying durations of high energy, risky behaviors, extreme paranoia and auditory and visional hallucinations. You … Continue reading A year ago, today.