A New Season of A Dark Tales Podcast

Hey everyone, I know I normally don’t post on Sundays, preferring to spend that time on self-care as I recharge for the week ahead, so I’ll keep this short. I am constantly exploring new ways of pushing back against the stigma of mental illness, and a while back one of those ways was to start […]

Through the Eyes of My Daughter

A few weeks ago I became a father. And the transition to fatherhood has been marked by all the typical challenges. Yet at certain moments it has also kicked my anxiety into overdrive, worried about the type of father I will be, whether I will be up to the challenge. What if she develops the […]

A Wearable Reminder for Self-Care

Mindfulness is a key part of my self-care plan. It is something I work on with my therapist as part of cognitive-behavioral therapy. The problem is that when the lies of mental illness sink their teeth into you it can make it hard to be mindful of what is going on around you. It can […]

Following a Different Path

Mental illness is kind of an asshole. It wants you to simply continue following the same path, never growing, never healing. As I talked about yesterday, it can keep you trapped. In my case, for example, my anxiety convinces me I am bound to fail. And so I don’t try. And I am convinced I […]

Failing to Fail Does Not Mean Succeeding

In my regular therapy session yesterday, my therapist and I were talking about my anxiety and how it drags down my confidence levels, which in turn makes me overly risk-averse. In other words, I fail to fail because I never try. The problem is that failing to fail does not mean succeeding. We are meant […]

Medication Monday: B-12

It is once again Monday, which means it is again time for Medication Monday, the weekly series that offers a brief, informative introduction to mental health medications. Medication Monday is not meant as a substitute for medical advice. Questions about any of the medications that I discuss here should always go to your doctor. This […]

You Don’t Have To Be A Superhero, Just Be You

One of the things I discussed recently with my therapist was the anxiety I felt over not being able to do more to help the world. I mean, sure, I recycle, care about the environment, I support the fight for equality. But I am not currently working for a nonprofit. Because I am trying to […]