The “D” Train

Shit.  I was really hoping this was not going to happen.  Just today - friggin' TODAY - I was telling a friend that I thought maybe this time, it was really over.  Maybe I was just stuck in a bad place before, and that's why that last bout of depression lasted SO long and felt … Continue reading The “D” Train

Self-ish Is A Four-ish Letter Word

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the word selfish, and the concept of selfishness in general.  I recently wrote about suicide, and in that process remembered how often the word selfish has been applied to people who have lost their battle with the pain and suffering of life.  I want to look at that … Continue reading Self-ish Is A Four-ish Letter Word

What’s Happening In My Mind?

As part of #MentalHealthAwareness month I’ve been talking a lot about growing up with a mentally ill brother. Today I thought I’d shake things up a bit and try to describe the source of one of my own mental health issues: Social Anxiety Disorder. Social anxiety is one of my favorite things to overthink.  It … Continue reading What’s Happening In My Mind?

When Life Is Just TOO Hard – Part 2

This is a continuation of a previous post, and talks about suicide.  If this is a subject to which you are sensitive, please do not read any further.  If you have not read the previous post, you may wish to read "When Life Is Just TOO Hard - Part 1" before reading any further. Shortly … Continue reading When Life Is Just TOO Hard – Part 2

When Life Is Just TOO Hard – Part 1

Trigger Warning:  This post talks about suicide and suicidal thoughts.  If this subject is a trigger for you, please do not read this post. #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth When my brother killed himself, I had a few reactions, not all of them appropriate.  For instance, I found myself thinking: “Great, now I can’t do it because everyone will … Continue reading When Life Is Just TOO Hard – Part 1

#MentalHealthAwareness

I’ve tried three times to write a lighthearted and funny post, starting on Friday (it’s now Sunday).  I just can’t seem to muster light and fluffy right now (although I did just typo “it snot” when I tried to type “it’s not”, so there’s that.)  So instead, let’s talk some more about #mentalhealthawareness. That sounds … Continue reading #MentalHealthAwareness

Writing My Own “Epic Love Story”

I'll be posting a lot this month, as I plan on continuing to write my "normal" posts, while also writing extra posts focused on #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth.  (Is it proper form to use hashtags in blogs?  I still have SO much to learn!) Anyway - on with the show. I grew up, like a lot of people, … Continue reading Writing My Own “Epic Love Story”

May Day, May Day…

Happy May Day!!!  AND, happy first day of “Mental Health Awareness Month”.  Hopefully it is happy - hopefully devoting a month to fostering awareness of mental health issues is a good thing for you, and for me...for all of us, whether or not we have mental health issues. I only recently really owned that I … Continue reading May Day, May Day…

Writing When I Can’t Write

I can’t write.  My mind won’t focus, I’m too stressed and in too much pain.  I find myself typing a few words and then noticing how much my neck hurts or my back hurts or my arms hurt, blah, blah, blah.  I told a friend recently that it seems like I can write consistently even … Continue reading Writing When I Can’t Write

How To Recognize The “Toxic” Friend

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I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes for a good friend, lately.  A few days ago, I reached out to someone I met over 20 years ago, into the toxic void that was what I USED to think represented a “good” friend - and I’ve been recovering from that conversation all weekend long. We’ve … Continue reading How To Recognize The “Toxic” Friend