The Terrible Tag Team

I have both anxiety and depression. That isn’t particularly rare. I’ve heard from many people who struggle with both disorders. However, I wanted to take a minute to describe how this terrible tag team torments my life.  Anxiety for me is a constant worry, a constant fear, even though it is difficult to identify exactly […]

Sunday: A Day of Rest

Faith is a big part of my recovery. It is a big part of how I manage my mental illnesses. I don’t talk about it on here as often as I probably should, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. However, the fact is that whether you are a person of faith or not, there […]

Ranic Attacks

I have never suffered a full blown panic attack. However, I do sometimes suffer ranic attacks. Don’t know what those are? That’s okay, neither did spell check. Probably because I just made it up. Ranic attacks are a combination of rage and panic. They usually happen when I am stuck at work or stuck in […]

Is Suicide Ever Acceptable?

If we are talking about suicide as a symptom mental illness, I would say no, and I would hope that we can reduce the stigma surrounding suicide enough that those who are teetering on the edge can take a step back and get help. But in my opinion, there is one type of suicide, one […]

Trying to Drink it All Away

I said earlier this week that I have never been actively suicidal, and that is true. I also said I’ve been in positions where I didn’t care about myself or living, and that is true too. This is that story.  During the summer of 2011, the summer before I started law school, I was going […]

Suicide Prevention Needs To Be More Than Just A Day or A Month

Today, September 10th, is World Suicide Prevention Day. September is Suicide Prevention Month. However, suicide prevention can’t be just about one day or one month. We can save lives, but first we must break the stigma.  We don’t talk about suicides, but if we did then some of the statistics would likely shock people. Suicide […]

Medication Monday: Prozac

Today’s Monday looks at the SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) that started it all! Prozac (fluoxetine). When I say that Prozac started it all, I don’t mean it was the first medication for mental health disorders. Prior to the introduction of Prozac, treatment typically involved Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs). Tricyclics acted by raising the neurotransmitters serotonin […]