The Monster in the Closet

I am semi-organized. And that description of myself is semi-accurate. Yes, I can find the things I use regularly, the clothing I wear often. I almost never misplace my keys or my wallet. Yet underneath the piles of things that I use often is a different kind of darkness, a monster in my closet that […]

Living in a Snowglobe

It is snowing here today. Big flakes are floating gently passed the window as I write this, giving the neighborhood the semblance of a snowglobe. And as I watch the flakes fall, I can’t help but think that is an apt analogy for what is going on in my head. Because snowglobes only take on […]

Who’s Laughing Now?

I’ve heard a lot of things, both positive and negative, about last year’s, Joker, which is up for a Best Picture Nomination. I’d heard a lot about it because of the way it handles mental illness, specifically the mental illnesses of Arthur Fleck, who goes on to become the sociopathic supervillain, Joker. And this past […]

Mindless and Wordless

Yesterday, I sat staring at my computer, before finally conceding the day to writer’s block. I have plenty I want to write about it coming posts, but the words just wouldn’t come. They wouldn’t come, in part, because I was being the opposite of mindful. I was being mindless. And wordless. Writer’s block is, of […]

In The Shadow of The Darkness

I am fortunate. I am fortunate because I have a support system, and a therapist, and access to medication. It is still far more of a challenge than it should be, with plenty of headaches along the way, but nevertheless, I consider myself lucky and I hope that I can spread some of that luck […]

Collectively Challenging the Lies of Mental Illness

I wanted to briefly build on this week’s discussion of suicide and suicide prevention that took place over on my podcast, A Light in The Darkness. Specifically, I wanted to talk about how we all need to do better at helping those in the darkest moments of their battle, those who are suicidal. And we […]

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 […]