Breaking the Broken

These past few days have featured a lot of travel. That travel has taken me to familiar places and unfamiliar places, places I probably wouldn’t have gone if left to my own devices. Who am I kidding, if left to my own devices my social anxiety would keep me in the house. My brain is […]

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 […]

Staring Contests With My Therapist

My therapist, well all the therapists that I’ve seen, have an annoying habit of just staring at me when I say something. It is like they want me to go deeper into the issues I am having. Sometimes I try to have a staring contest with them, but I never win. With my current therapist, […]

Medication Monday: CBD

It is Monday, which of course means that today’s post is another installment of Medication Monday. Today, I am talking about cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, the non-psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that is legal across all 50 states. While it won’t get you high, it has shown considerable promise in managing a variety of […]

Restlessly Restful Weekend

This weekend I am not letting my social anxiety win. I am leaving my house. For the whole weekend. Woohoo! Specifically, I am taking a mini-weekend trip to Milwaukee with my wife and some friends. And though I often prefer to rest and recover in the comfort of my own home, this restlessly restful weekend […]