Demons Be Damned, I’m Still Going to Live My Life

Yesterday I posted about how a recent vacation to New Orleans was enjoyable, but also exhausting, maybe even down right draining. It might seem counter-intuitive. How could I enjoy something that triggered my anxiety and drained me like that? So, I thought I’d use today’s post to explain. First and foremost, anxiety sucks. I mean […]

My Vacation’s Vampires

This past weekend my wife and I took a mini-vacation to New Orleans. The city of Cajun cooking, voodoo and vampires, ghosts, ghouls, and many inebriated humans. Some may say all the lore and superstition surrounding the city is nothing more than fanciful stories (or perhaps the overactive imagination of a few drunks). Yet the […]

100 Dark Tales

Today marks my 100th post. In that time, I’ve been struck by both the very sincere responses that I’ve seen and by the bravery and honesty of others I’ve connected with since starting this blog. Talking about the dark tales of mental illness may start as a whisper, but as more people join the conversation […]

Exorcising the Demons of the Past

People generally gain confidence from their past successes. Yet for me, it is my failures that stick with me, feeding the self-doubt and self-esteem issues that pour out of my depression. I relieve those failures over and over again, and my anxiety causes me to be stressed out, worried that I’ll make the same mistakes […]

The Undefined King, General, Warrior. And Me

Men. We’re more likely to commit suicide and less likely to seek help or find ourselves in a therapist’s office. And why? While there are many factors, a big part if it is because of a societally constructed view of gender roles. A view of gender roles that is so misguided that it seems to […]

‘The Mad Queen’

If you care about Game of Thrones, but haven’t seen the most recent episode, stop reading now because this post will have spoilers. If you don’t care about Game of Thrones spoilers, or you’re caught up with the show, then please keep reading.   Still here? Great. Game of Thrones has become one of the […]

Let Me Tell You A Story. If I Can.

The struggle with mental illness is a journey, a journey that can be told through a story, if only the words existed for such a dark tale. Honestly, I love good storytelling. It is a true art form when done right. Yet the struggle with mental illness is illogical. It has no flow. It has […]