Lessons from Old Glory

Here in the United States, today is a big day. It is the day we celebrate our freedom. Our independence. But our freedoms have definitely come at a cost. When I think of our flag, of the history it represents, I think of many things. One of those things is our National Anthem, which celebrates […]

400 Dark Tales Later

This is my 400th post, which seems like a good time to stop and look back at what this blog has accomplished and all that I still hope for it. This blog has helped me educate myself and others about mental health issues outside of my own. It has helped force me to be committed […]

Destigmatizing Our Furry Friends Along with Their Human Companions

The stigma that surrounds mental illness takes a lot of different forms. One of those forms, unfortunately, is the stigma surrounding support animals. Too often, an individual who might be battling anxiety disorders or PTSD will get a support animal but will have people give them skeptical looks when they take those animals into public […]

BIPOC Mental Health Month

The calendar turned to July today, bringing with it the start of Minority Mental Health Month or BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color) Mental Health Month. And while I had a different post in mind for today, I wanted to make sure I acknowledged this month. Many have seen the fight for equality bubbling to […]

Medication Monday: Luvox

Another Monday means it is time for another Medication Monday, the weekly series that examines some of the various mental health medications that are available. It is not meant to be a substitute for medical advice, but rather a brief, informative introduction that will hopefully allow readers to be more educated when they talk to […]

Weekend Recovery Realizations

The last couple days and this weekend have been and will be filled with family time. And while my social anxiety can sometimes be a struggle in group settings, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Family settings can be stressful for sure. For some, family isn’t always the loving supportive unit we want it to […]

Well This is A New Twist (On Anxiety)

Anxiety sucks. There is no denying it. Yet sometimes it is familiar, like a sweater that is always uncomfortable and itchy, no matter what. And at least you know it will be uncomfortable and you can plan for it. But what happens when the anxiety that you are familiar with throws you a curveball? For […]

How Many Fourths Are There?

If your neighborhood is anything like mine, or my mother-in-law’s, or my mom’s, or my friends, then you might have heard some bangs in the last few days as people start getting ready for their own personal Fourth of July celebrations here in the U.S. But really, how many Fourths can there be? I ask […]

Medication Monday: Omega – 3’s

Welcome to a new week and a new Medication Monday. This Monday we are continuing with the theme from last week of dietary supplements. This week we are talking about Omega – 3 fatty acids. As with B-12, evidence suggests that omega – 3 acids, often found in seafood-heavy diets or fish oil capsules, may […]