America’s Pastime and America’s Epidemic

Earlier this season, the Los Angeles Angels and Major League Baseball in general experienced a tragedy when young pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his Texas hotel room. Yesterday, the medical examiner’s report came out, showing his death was the result of a combination of fentanyl, oxycodone, and alcohol in his system. Sadly, this […]

Lawson’s Lesson

It isn’t easy for me to be honest about my battle with mental illness. It was a journey for me to get here, a journey traveled in booze and beers and tears and joy and heartbreak and so much more. On my journey, I traveled through dark, paralyzing places and palaces in my mind. And […]

Luck-less Lesson

Andrew Luck recently announced he was retiring from football. And I want to use today’s post to briefly touch on the response to his announcement, because it demonstrates a mentality that is so harmful for men everywhere.  Luck’s announcement was abrupt for sure, with the regular season just around the corner. In his announcement, he […]

Diagnosis Difficulties

Yesterday, I talked about how data can help someone struggling with mental illnesses better understanding and manage their demons. Today, I want to talk about a specific way that data and mood tracking can help, which is by preventing misdiagnosis.  As with any illness, mental or physical, it is important to have the right diagnosis […]

Data and Depression

On Saturday, I talked about how time passes when struggling through a depressive episode or when struggling with severe anxiety. Accordingly, it can be very hard to stay mindful of how you feel and when you felt it during these times. Luckily, there is an app for that. There are actually many apps for that, but […]

Medication Monday

Today, I’d like to start a new series within this blog: “Medication Monday.” Normally, this series will be when I take a closer look at a given medication for mental health. However, today I want to do something different. Today I want to use Medication Monday to call out the stigma surrounding mental health medication […]

Day-To-Night-To-Day

Time. It doesn’t end, no matter how much you want it to. Yet in the darkness, it passes unnoticed, seconds and minutes and hours blurring together until you don’t even know what day it is. Or else you just don’t care.  You sit down. A thought catches you, and next thing you know you’re laying […]