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 […]

Another Story of 25

This post feels a little weird to write because it is the blogging equivalent of standing on the shoulder of giants. And the inspiration for this post is a giant to me. Her name is Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess), and if you don’t know her work, you should because it is amazing. Jenny talks […]

Do We Really Have To Keep Fucking Doing This? 

Yesterday, I noticed quite a few mental health phrases being thrown around as insults. Seriously, what the fuck people? I’m sorry, maybe it is because I haven’t caught up on my sleep yet, but this is really getting annoying. We don’t use any other medical conditions as insults, probably because even in our abrasive world […]

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

Today is International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. It was established by Congress in 1999 after Senator Harry Reid, himself a survivor of his father’s suicide, introduced a resolution to raise awareness.  Twenty years later and I would say we still have a lot of work to do. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that […]

Medication Monday: Thorazine 

The extra hour this weekend didn’t prevent Monday from coming, which means it is time once again for Medication Monday. This week, we are talking about Thorazine (Chlorpromazine). Thorazine is an anti-psychotic that is used to treat a variety of mood and psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, psychosis, the manic phase of bipolar disorder, and behavioral […]

Our Masks and Costumes 

It is Halloween, the day when pumpkins appear in more than just our lattes and when parents try to prevent sugar comas in their children. It is also, of course, a day full of masks and costumes.  For those of us who struggle with mental illness, we seem to wear masks all the time, not […]