How the culture of silence around suicide and mental health is killing us I don’t recall where I came across a portrait of Kate Spade yesterday morning. There was no headline or descriptor but I had a feeling that she had killed herself. There’s something about the photos selected for news articles about famous people […]
Losing people due to having a “mental illness”* is difficult to swallow but it happens. I’ve lost people in my life because of my “mood disorder.” Sometimes it’s only in hindsight that you realize your behavior was XYZ, but it is NEVER your fault and there is NOTHING wrong with you. What IS wrong is […]
Creative coping for mind wellness I’ve realized that I absolutely need to be creating if I want to maintain my sanity. I’m sure you know what I mean. As a teen, I wrote to deal with my moods. I didn’t know I was dealing with depression and anxiety at the time but I had a […]
Every now and then, I go thru a —what I call— creative blitz. I think it’s part of what we call “mental illness,” depression, anxiety. Creating is survival when my brain chemicals bounce around, as they do on-the-reg. Creating is survival for me and many others. For some, incessant creativity is how we got through […]
Looking for a job while experiencing depression illuminates how thick a slice of self-confidence gets hacked off. Just like that. I’m not talking about the run-of-the-mill insecurity, the “normal” kind that reminds us we’re human. The kind that well-meaning friends, family, lovers point to in an effort to bring you some calm, to help you feel not so alone because, “Everyone feels insecure at some point. You’re not the only one who feels this way.” But you feel so desperately alone.