Flip the Paradigm

I pose the question: “What is the difference between the phrase “mental health” and the phrase “physical health?” I mean, besides the one innocent word preceding the term “health,” of course. Let’s be honest here, if I were to initiate a conversation about physical health, I could expect an immediate understanding, and lively discussion about … Continue reading Flip the Paradigm

I Pressed On

Perspective. Tunnel Vision. Wide open view. You choose. Well, they say you choose. But do you...? They say "be positive," "it will pass," "just get over it," or anything else that makes you want to scream and rip someone's face off in the slight attempt to get someone to understand that if it were that … Continue reading I Pressed On

Mental Health Month

People ask me how I changed my life around. Short answer: I had to. Something happened and not changing was no longer an option. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, I reflect on the last few years! After suffering from anxiety and depression starting in high school, not knowing what was going on at … Continue reading Mental Health Month

These are a Few of My Favorite Things

When I was in the heart of hating my OCD and trying to understand what was going on, I found a peace in learning. I was also wishing some people were with me when I found these resources to see the truth of this monster. These pieces told me so much, educated me, reassured me … Continue reading These are a Few of My Favorite Things

Love, Simon

I just saw the movie Love, Simon and besides it being a great movie with a lot of feels attached to it and a lot of messages in it, a few things came out of it for me. 1. "Sometimes I feel like I’m always on the outside, there’s this invisible line that I have to … Continue reading Love, Simon

Hard to Understand

People think they understand anxiety and depression but unfortunately, or fortunately, unless you suffer from the depths of the disorder then it is very difficult to fully understand and empathize. I am not saying no one gets it at all or someone can't express an understanding and possibly come to understand more clearly, but it is very … Continue reading Hard to Understand

Friends that Get it!

"Ok, that's it. Period. Stop. Change subject. Tell me something else. I dont know and you don't know and you have to live with it" My conversation with a friend the other night, reminded me how important it is to have friends who know what you deal with on an intimate level, and how best … Continue reading Friends that Get it!