Don’t Poke The Demon. And By Poke I Mean Compliment

This week has been rough for me. So you might think that when a client offered unsolicited compliments on my work for my new supervisor, it would have been welcome. It wasn’t.  Depressive episodes make you doubt everything, even whether you’d ever be happy again. Even if you know these are lies, you still can’t […]

Demon Dreams

  A couple nights ago, I had a dream I was being chased by an amorphic shadow monster, one that tortured and killed anyone who got in its way. I’ve had this dream before. And while I am no expert in dream reading, I can’t think of a more accurate nightmare that depicts the darkness […]

Struggling for Power in the Darkness

There are terrible things about having any illness, mental or physical. And while the struggle of those suffering physical ailments might be obvious, the battle of mental health sufferers is silent, a battle with demons only we can see. And who has the power in that internal battle can determine a lot about how the […]

When Mental Health Gets Physical

Mental illness might be a chemical imbalance in your brain, but given how connected your brain and body are, mental health can often become physical. This is that story. The first chapter of the story is a look at some of the physical symptoms of mental illness. But before I can get into those, I […]

Can I Get a Little Boost? Please?

Yesterday, I asked for clarity, both in the form of new glasses and in the form of a better understanding of my mental illnesses. Today, I am asking for a little boost, a little more energy to get through the day. Because each day I seem to end up a little short and each morning […]

The Darkest Tale and the Red Herring: Guns and Mental Illness

I am heartbroken. I am angry. And I am sure I am not the only one.  I am heartbroken because this weekend, America witnessed the true horror of not one, but two mass shootings. These nightmares, and our nation’s epidemic of gun violence, truly are the darkest tales of this nation.  I am angry because […]