Sometimes I need you to listen, but sometimes I need you to talk

I was driving back from the store yesterday and I caught a snippet of an interview on NPR that intrigued me. I don’ know the show, the host or the guest (I was only in the car for like five minutes) but the topic was on coping with a cancer diagnosis. To be more specific, […]

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Talking to someone when you don’t want to talk to anyone

One of the most significant challenges I faced and still struggle with is opening up about my depression. Yeah, maybe it seems silly for me to say that after almost two years of writing publicly about my depression and anxiety on this blog, in letters to the editor, of discussing it with my therapist, with […]

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Looking back on it all day after day

How many of you check your Facebook “On This Day” feature on a regular or even daily basis? I know I do. Sometimes there’s a fun memory. Mostly it’s mildly interesting to see what I was up to in years past. But occasionally I’m faced with a dive back into the bad old days. The bad […]

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Alas, I am still depressed

Last month I was feeling great. My brother was getting married and there was a lot of excitement leading up to the wedding weekend. There were things to get organized, things to check off of lists, suits that needed to go to the tailor, people who needed picking up at the airport and on and […]

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Can marijuana help with anxiety issues? It helped mine. Let me explain…

So two weeks ago at my brother’s bachelor weekend there was, as one might expect, quite a bit of drinking going on. Cans of beer everywhere, rounds of Fireball shots- we even had wine drinkers and at least one person making Bloody Mary’s. It became pretty stressful for me- I’ve touched on the issues I’ve […]

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Make a checklist for a positive weekend

There’s nothing worse than a wasted weekend. Well, that’s not true, there are MUCH worse things than a wasted weekend. But if you’re like me sometimes you’ll find yourself at home on a Sunday evening and think “Damn, I didn’t do ANYTHING this weekend.” It’s happened to me more than I’d care to admit or […]

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Coming out as someone with a mental health issue

Here’s a letter I sent to my local paper for Mental Health Month: May is Mental Health Month and an opportunity to increase awareness about a concern that, unfortunately, is still something many people still don’t understand. Mental health is a core component of overall health, and according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, […]

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I Have #NoStigmas

The No Stigmas Project has a campaign going right now to try and help make access to mental health care and treatment a right for all people. While there have been some incredibly positive steps in this area, from the mental health reforms in the Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity […]

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Warning: This post is about trigger warnings, safe spaces and academic freedom.

My friend Dan posted this New York Times opinion piece by Judith Shulevitz on safe spaces on college campuses, attempts to stop the free exchange of ideas and creating sets of rules about how certain subjects- race, gender, sexual assault, etc. can be discussed. While I’m no longer a college student it was only about ten years […]

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