Growing Up In The Darkness 

Being young is always a confusing time, whether you battle mental illness or not. If you do battle mental illness, you may not even realize that you have a condition and that help is available for that condition. I think about that a lot as I prepare to become a father myself.  People who knew […]

Familiar Familial Fears

Try saying that three times fast. All joking aside though because this is a serious post. My wife and I are expecting our first child at the end of May. We are, of course, extremely excited. And I am also experiencing the normal range of emotions for a first time father, although how any of […]

Family and Mental Health

This past holiday season I had lots of time with family. And while there were times that the noise and festive gatherings were a bit much for my social anxiety, it truly was a blessing. It was a blessing because family are terrific at challenging the lies of mental illness that tell you that you […]

Pets: Pawful Little Pals

I cannot say enough for the power of pets. They don’t judge you. They don’t expect you to be anything more than a warm lap and a filler of bowls, and even in the darkness, you can manage that. Especially in the darkness.  Because when you are struggling sometimes all it takes is a snuggle […]

2009 v 2019: A Story of Two Smiles

You may have noticed some people on social media posting photos of themselves from 2009 and 2019. I’ve commented on this before, but these 10-year challenges are an excellent chance to reflect. As such, here are my photos.    Maybe it isn’t visible to anyone else, but behind those smiles I see very different stories.  […]

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story 

My grandfather on my dad’s side of the family died when I was very young. I don’t remember him. His story was told by the living, by my father, who told me about his imprisonment in Cuba for opposing Castro. And he told me about how my grandfather’s absence shaped him.  My father, who came […]

A Pretty Decent Month

October started and ended with me fight through depressions. Yet, most of the month was actually fairly good. It was the longest stretch I’ve had without a depressive episode in a while, and, as an added treat, it was the best month for this site’s overall viewership, so thank you for that!  Depression is a […]