Where The Light Shines Through 

Last night, I had a dream. I was in a field, and it was cold, and it was dark. Looking up, I saw purplish blue outlines, cracks in the darkness. Cracks where the light was shining through.  As the dream progressed, the cracks in the darkness became bigger, and it soon became obvious that the […]

Medication Monday: Cymbalta 

We survived the Thanksgiving holiday and the weekend, but now it is once again Monday, which means it is time for Medication Monday. This week we are talking about the antidepressant Cymbalta (duloxetine).  In addition to treating depression, Cymbalta can treat nerve pain caused by diabetes, as well as treating chronic pain caused by conditions […]

Breaking the Broken

These past few days have featured a lot of travel. That travel has taken me to familiar places and unfamiliar places, places I probably wouldn’t have gone if left to my own devices. Who am I kidding, if left to my own devices my social anxiety would keep me in the house. My brain is […]

Giving Thanks, Even In the Darkness

Today is Thanksgiving. The day we give thanks. And I know that at some point today my grandmother will ask what we are thankful for. So, I figured I’d get a head start on the question and put some of my thoughts down here. In past years, years when the darkness was all around me, […]

Medication Monday: Lithium

Hope everyone is just as excited by the prospect of a short week as I am! I am kicking off this shortened week as I always do, with the latest installment of our weekly series, Medication Monday. Today we are talking about lithium. Lithium is a naturally occurring element found in trace amounts in almost […]

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.  […]

Self-Care Starts With Self Honesty 

Self-care is essential for managing any mental illness. There are days that I just can’t handle the world. I need coffee and Netflix and a cat on my lap. I need rest. I need self-care. But that is only possible if I am honest with myself.  On the surface, this starts with being honest with […]