Mindfully Mindless Entertainment…With A Cat

This morning I was lying in bed, refusing to acknowledge the fact that I had to start my day for as long as possible as I was weighed down by anxiety, depression, and of course my weighted blanket. My cat decided to join me, possibly because she was looking for company, but also possibly because […]

The Red Herring in the Red

A recent study came out that suggested that raising the minimum wage even one dollar would result in a 3.5 percent decrease in suicide. And while that number might sound small, it comes out to 27,550 suicides prevented in the 25-year period examined by the study. The research went on to suggest that a two-dollar […]

Medication Monday: Trintellix

Another week is rolling in and that means another Medication Monday coming your way. This week we are talking about the antidepressant Trintellix (Vortioxetine). Trintellix belongs to the class of drugs known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), and like other SSRIs acts by restoring neurochemical balance in the brain. Also like other SSRIs, it […]

Scars and Stigma

I wrote yesterday about how so many of us suffer in silence, battling a darkness that only we can see. And I wrote about how that silence helps feed the horrible stigma that surrounds mental illness. Yet it isn’t just silence that makes it hard for us to open up about our struggles. Often, scars […]

Anxiety, Depression, and a Day of “Rest”

Sundays are supposed to be days to rest. Days to recover. Yet if you are in the midst of battling a depressive or anxious episode, Sundays, or any day for that matter, can be anything but restful. Anxiety often makes sleep a struggle for me. Finding it in the midst of the lies and the […]

Rainy Day Joys

I woke up today to a cloudy, gray, rainy day. And I loved it. Sure, I didn’t have to go out today so I could enjoy it from inside with a nice cup of coffee, but that isn’t why I loved it. I loved it because I love the rain.   And I know I […]

My Mental Health Year In Review

Today is the first of three year-in-reviews that I’m going to be doing. Today’s post reflects on my mental health journey over the last year. Monday’s post will be a look back at the Medication Monday series. Finally, Tuesday will be a year-in-review of the blog as a whole.  So how was my mental health […]