Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Men­tal Health Aware­ness Month. The month is about real­iz­ing how com­mon men­tal health issues are, sup­port­ing each oth­er through them, and remov­ing the stig­ma about them. A few sta­tis­tics: 21% of U.S. adults expe­ri­enced men­tal ill­ness in 2020 (52.9 mil­lion peo­ple). This rep­re­sents 1 in 5 adults. 5.6% of U.S. adults expe­ri­enced seri­ous mental […]

Review: Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari

Lost Con­nec­tions: Uncov­er­ing the Real Caus­es of Depres­sion – and the Unex­pect­ed Solu­tions by Johann Hari I just fin­ished this book, which I lis­tened to while dri­ving. I find myself wish­ing that I’d read it on my Kin­dle, instead, in order to be able to take some notes. It’s a rich read, full of mentions […]

Jumpiness and Nerves

Back to the NaBloPo­Mo prompts: What do you do to cope when you’re ner­vous? I have a whole mess of diag­noses, includ­ing post-trau­­mat­ic stress dis­or­der and social anx­i­ety dis­or­der, so I feel jumpy and ner­vous fair­ly often. I’m on med­ica­tion that helps, and I have Ati­van that I can take if I must for panic […]

Book Recommendation: The Mindful Way Through Depression

I’ve been respond­ing to writ­ing prompts instead of writ­ing per­son­al posts because I haven’t had a lot to say pub­licly. I feel a need to stop now, though, and strong­ly rec­om­mend a book that I’ve been read­ing. The Mind­ful Way through Depres­sion: Free­ing Your­self from Chron­ic Unhap­pi­ness takes a very dif­fer­ent approach to recov­ery from […]

Review: New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

I fin­ished read­ing New Moon, which was much, much more dra­mat­ic (emo­tion­al­ly) than Twi­light. As in, Bel­la goes into a zom­bie state for months, and the book just has blank pages with the names of each month as placeholders–October, Novem­ber, Decem­ber, Jan­u­ary, etc. I (and most every­one I know) have han­dled divorce bet­ter than this […]

I’d link to it just for this phrase

“Men­tal ill­ness robs you of your right to be a weirdo.” But actu­al­ly, the whole dan­ged thing is a good read. There are many par­al­lels to the dis­crim­i­na­tion that fat peo­ple face, too, espe­cial­ly women. If we’re car­ry­ing any extra weight, every sinus infec­tion results in an admo­ni­tion to lose weight before the doc­tor ever […]

Dammit!

One of my cousins killed him­self today. We weren’t close, by any means. R was old­er than me—only 7 years, as it turns out, but it always seemed much more. I did­n’t even know that he’d been hos­pi­tal­ized last year—few peo­ple did, because that was embar­rass­ing. R told his broth­er that the voic­es were telling him to […]

Teenage Depression and Domestic Violence

From Life­Script: Recent­ly pub­lished in the Archives of Pedi­atrics & Ado­les­cent Med­i­cine, the study was based on sur­veys of hun­dreds of teenagers at mid­dle and high schools across the coun­try. Based on their find­ings, researchers con­clude that all depressed teenagers, espe­cial­ly young females who expe­ri­ence teenage depres­sion, are at a dra­mat­i­cal­ly high­er risk of being […]

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