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 […]

A Demon Has No Name

They call it depression. As if it is just a little dip in your mood. A mild blahness that will pass uneventfully. But really that is such a ridiculously laughable name for it. It is a demon, a darkness, a horror so all encompassing that thousands of people literally think death is preferable. When I […]

Looking Back on Mental Health Awareness Month

Today brings Mental Health Awareness Month to a close. Of course, for mental health advocates, the mission of spreading awareness and combating the stigma surrounding mental illness will continue long after the calendar pages flip. But in the meantime it is important to look back on what this year’s awareness month brought. Close to home […]

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 […]

The Dark Tales of Burnout

This week, the World Health Organization redefined occupational burnout, which previously was a vague description of being overworked, but now has specific criteria that workers and employers should use to be on the lookout for burnout. According to the new definition, occupational burnout is characterized by “feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance […]

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 […]