Give Me Back My Spoons!

Over the next few days, I am doing a bit of traveling. First, I am off to Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving, then I’m doing a quick weekend stop in Austin for a wedding. And while I am excited to see anyone, I really hope my mental illnesses decide to give me back some of my spoons […]

Medication Monday: Lithium

Hope everyone is just as excited by the prospect of a short week as I am! I am kicking off this shortened week as I always do, with the latest installment of our weekly series, Medication Monday. Today we are talking about lithium. Lithium is a naturally occurring element found in trace amounts in almost […]

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

Today is International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. It was established by Congress in 1999 after Senator Harry Reid, himself a survivor of his father’s suicide, introduced a resolution to raise awareness.  Twenty years later and I would say we still have a lot of work to do. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that […]

2009 v 2019: A Story of Two Smiles

You may have noticed some people on social media posting photos of themselves from 2009 and 2019. I’ve commented on this before, but these 10-year challenges are an excellent chance to reflect. As such, here are my photos.    Maybe it isn’t visible to anyone else, but behind those smiles I see very different stories.  […]

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 […]

Dysmorphia: Mental illness and verbose self-indulgence

Editors Note: Today we have a guest post from Kati Sorensen-Young. Kati recently opened up about her experiences with dysmorphia and was generous enough to allow it to be re-posted here. For those who are unfamiliar with dysmorphia (which apparently includes spell check), the Mayo Clinic defines it as a mental illness “in which you […]