A New Start

Okay, so the title might be a little corny given that this is the first post of 2020, but it works for me. The New Year brings not only a new calendar on the wall but new challenges for me. Yesterday was my last day at my old job, courtesy of a contract that the […]

The Struggle vs The Battle

I’ve talked before about the importance of using the right language when talking about mental health issues. Today, I want to expand on that by looking at two ways that I talk about my experience: the struggle vs the battle. I don’t know that I intend any difference between the two terms. I use them […]

Your Depression vs. Your Suicide

I included this quote yesterday, “I’d rather hear about your depression than your suicide.” It is a very important quote, but I cannot take full credit for it. It was shared from the ‘Enlightened Consciousness’ Facebook page. I’ve also seen it on the ‘St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church’s’ Facebook page, and it may very well have […]

The Language of Suicide

Yesterday, I talked about how we need to open up about suicide, how we need to talk more about mental health. Today, I want to make sure we are talking about it using the right language.  Many people say ‘committed suicide,’ implying that it is a choice. It isn’t. Suicide is symptom of mental illness […]

The Dark Tales of Justice’s Blindness

I talked Thursday about what lawyers need to do for one another and how the profession can better take care of it’s practitioners. Today, however, I want to talk about what lawyers, law makers, and policy makers can do for society. Laws are often built around what is known as the “reasonable person” standard. First […]

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 […]

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 […]