Growing Up In The Darkness 

Being young is always a confusing time, whether you battle mental illness or not. If you do battle mental illness, you may not even realize that you have a condition and that help is available for that condition. I think about that a lot as I prepare to become a father myself.  People who knew […]

Familiar Familial Fears

Try saying that three times fast. All joking aside though because this is a serious post. My wife and I are expecting our first child at the end of May. We are, of course, extremely excited. And I am also experiencing the normal range of emotions for a first time father, although how any of […]

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 […]