Shhh! There is A Body Hidden In the Basement

Yesterday, there was a body hidden in my basement. It was me. I was the body that was hidden. I should probably explain. Yesterday, I took a sick day because my anxiety and depression were particularly bad. I just couldn’t bring myself to deal with people. However, there was a problem with my plan. The […]

Do We Really Have To Keep Fucking Doing This? 

Yesterday, I noticed quite a few mental health phrases being thrown around as insults. Seriously, what the fuck people? I’m sorry, maybe it is because I haven’t caught up on my sleep yet, but this is really getting annoying. We don’t use any other medical conditions as insults, probably because even in our abrasive world […]

Dissociation and Depression

As I mentioned yesterday, the last few weeks have been rough for me and my depression. This depressive episode came with all the typical symptoms of depression, and one added one: dissociation. According to the Mayo Clinic, dissociation involves, “experiencing a disconnection and lack of continuity between thoughts, memories, surroundings, actions and identity.” The common […]

Filling the Darkness

Depression is a darkness. It is an emptiness within. It is the place where your joy and your interests and your ability to engage with the world once existed, but depression steals those things away. And in its place it leaves an empty darkness. This emptiness, this darkness, it isn’t how humans are supposed to […]

Our Masks and Costumes 

It is Halloween, the day when pumpkins appear in more than just our lattes and when parents try to prevent sugar comas in their children. It is also, of course, a day full of masks and costumes.  For those of us who struggle with mental illness, we seem to wear masks all the time, not […]

No, No, Not Like This

I want people to talk more openly about mental illness. That is one of the reasons I write these posts. Yet we need to talk more honestly about mental illness. After several of the recent mass shootings, some were talking about mental illness as the culprit behind these tragedies, but such discussions are misleading and […]

Objection to the Batshit Craziness

Yesterday’s post talked about the first case of the Supreme Court’s new term, which addressed how mental illness is treated when it comes to criminal defense. While talking about this case in an online discussion group for lawyers, one individual was somewhat dismissive of the defendant in this case, saying, “the insanity defense is for […]