Family and Mental Health

This past holiday season I had lots of time with family. And while there were times that the noise and festive gatherings were a bit much for my social anxiety, it truly was a blessing. It was a blessing because family are terrific at challenging the lies of mental illness that tell you that you […]

Holiday Recovery

Christmas is now behind us, Hanukkah is moving along, Kwanzaa is just starting, and many of the other year-end traditions are in various stages of completion. Family have come and gone, or maybe the celebrations were a little more low key. Maybe there were friends or feasts, maybe there wasn’t. Maybe you found yourself wishing […]

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story 

My grandfather on my dad’s side of the family died when I was very young. I don’t remember him. His story was told by the living, by my father, who told me about his imprisonment in Cuba for opposing Castro. And he told me about how my grandfather’s absence shaped him.  My father, who came […]

Travel

Travel can be a challenge for those struggling with mental illness. It takes you out of the familiar and forces you out into the world. But it can also be helpful because it forces you to challenge your beliefs. This weekend I am traveling, but fortunately for me it is just traveling back to my […]

Gratitude

There are many tools one can use to fight back against their mental illness. One such tool, a tool I have not used, is gratitude journaling. The idea is simple. Mental illness creates negative, intrusive thoughts, and gratitude journaling creates positive thoughts. But like I said, I haven’t used it.  I haven’t used it because […]

From the Shores of Cuba, To the Shores of Lake Michigan

Mental illness is a complex ailment. It is different for everyone, and we still don’t completely understand why it develops in the first place. There is evidence it is genetic. There is evidence it is environmental. Maybe it is a combination of these factors. Maybe it is something else. Maybe someday we will unlock the […]

Sometimes Being Surrounded by People is a Good Thing

I write a decent amount about my social anxiety and the troubles I have at being surrounded by people. But being surrounded by people isn’t always a bad thing. When it is the right people that are surrounding you, that can make all the difference.  A common misconception about introverts is that we hate being […]