It Isn’t Funny If You Have To Explain It

I can have funny moments from time to time. However, I usually quickly kill a joke by either over using it or explaining it. And truthfully, it isn’t funny if you have to explain it.  Many great comedians have suffered or do suffer from depression, anxiety, and/or other mental illnesses. They include comic legends like […]

The Future and the Fear

I have struggled with mental illnesses since I was in middle school. Anxiety was the main bully of my mind, but occasionally it brought its buddy depression. I didn’t fit in, and my separation made me an easy target for kids to ridicule because kids will be kids and kids can be absolutely awful. And […]

Putting the Puzzle Together

Several years ago, my therapist asked me if I knew who I was. I couldn’t answer. It is a strange and deeply unsettling feeling, not being able to answer a question like that. Perhaps the hole left by that unanswered question has left the perfect hiding place for the darkness of my depression and anxiety […]

The Sound of Silence

I am lucky that I can wear headphones when I’m in my office, so long as there isn’t a client visiting that day. Music and podcasts are essential to helping me get through some of the more mundane parts of my job. Yet sometimes the headphones are simply a barrier between me and the rest […]

Sometimes Being Surrounded by People is a Good Thing

I write a decent amount about my social anxiety and the troubles I have at being surrounded by people. But being surrounded by people isn’t always a bad thing. When it is the right people that are surrounding you, that can make all the difference.  A common misconception about introverts is that we hate being […]

A Day of Rest

The last few weeks have been very busy, with some distinct highs (such as my vacation) and lows (such as issues that have popped up at work), but all together it has led to me feeling very burnt out and needing a day of rest where I can completely recharge. Today being Sunday, it seems […]

I Want to Be Part of Your World

Mental illness is incredibly isolating. It makes you feel like you are the only one who is struggling, the only one who doesn’t have your shit together. It seems like everyone else is so on top of the world while you are drowning. In some ways it makes me feel like Ariel wishing I could […]