Shining a Light On Our Darkness

I write this blog for a number of reasons. One reason is to connect with others who struggle with mental illness, letting them know they aren’t alone. Another reason is to push back on the stigma surrounding mental illness. But I think on some level, I write in the desperate hope that one day I […]

Hide and Seek with My Demons

In the past year, I’ve been working very hard on mindfulness, on my therapy, and on untangling the roots of my mental health struggles. And as I get closer to shining a light on my demons, they seem elusive, and I find myself trapped in a game of hide and seek with my demons. And […]

The Shiny Stories of…Stress?

I haven’t been sleeping very well the last few nights. One such night, I decided to watch something while waiting for sleep to come. And what I found was this TED Talk on how stress can be good. My anxiety makes a lot of things stressful for me. And the fact is that living at […]

Damn These Decisions

Decisions are hard for me. I mean, I usually know what I want to do, but then my anxiety monster gets its talons into me and I start to worry whether it is the ‘right’ and how will people react to this decision. And this is hard because just think about how many decisions you […]

The Dark Tales of Schizophrenia

I focus this blog mostly on my experience, which means mostly focusing on depression and anxiety. Yet since this is International Schizophrenia Awareness Day, it seems right to talk about schizophrenia. Schizophrenia, like so many illnesses, struggles with funding issues. And like so many mental illnesses, schizophrenia struggles with overcoming stigma. People often seem to […]

Exorcising the Demons of the Past

People generally gain confidence from their past successes. Yet for me, it is my failures that stick with me, feeding the self-doubt and self-esteem issues that pour out of my depression. I relieve those failures over and over again, and my anxiety causes me to be stressed out, worried that I’ll make the same mistakes […]

The Undefined King, General, Warrior. And Me

Men. We’re more likely to commit suicide and less likely to seek help or find ourselves in a therapist’s office. And why? While there are many factors, a big part if it is because of a societally constructed view of gender roles. A view of gender roles that is so misguided that it seems to […]