C.M. North is a trained musician, coffee addict and author of 22 Scars, a young adult novel about teenage depression and growing up with tragedy and trauma. He lives in northern New Jersey with his wife, son and cat Pia, who insists she take precedence over writing.

Depression Over the Ages

It’s a funny thing, depression. One of the loneliest conditions a person can experience, it’s nonetheless felt by millions upon millions of people the world over. And yet, despite being … Continue reading Depression Over the Ages

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The Unfettered Insanity of Unmedicated Bipolar Disorder

My wife says she can always tell when I go off my medication. She says I stop making sense, speak gibberish, and do and say things that are utterly irrational. … Continue reading The Unfettered Insanity of Unmedicated Bipolar Disorder

You’re Not the Only One (And That’s a Good Thing)

Don’t you think that you need somebody?Don’t you think that you need someone?Everybody needs somebodyYou’re not the only one Guns N’ Roses – November Rain Loneliness – the dreadful, gnawing … Continue reading You’re Not the Only One (And That’s a Good Thing)

Mental Illness, Escapism, and Addiction

I have been on medication for my bipolar disorder – and depression before it – for a great number of years. The most recent cocktail of drugs has been the … Continue reading Mental Illness, Escapism, and Addiction

Idle Hands, Busy Work and Fighting Off Depression

As a writer, the most important thing I can do every day is, well, write. After all, they say a writer is someone who wrote today, and by that measure … Continue reading Idle Hands, Busy Work and Fighting Off Depression

Mental Illness and Cognitive Dissonance

It’s no secret that the spectrums of mental illness come fraught with confusion, anxiety and fear, whether it be depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. In some cases, the illness is … Continue reading Mental Illness and Cognitive Dissonance

Music and the Memories of Depression

Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. From the baroque era to black metal, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t … Continue reading Music and the Memories of Depression

Compartmentalization (Breaking Down)

For most of my life, I’ve been able to keep things pretty simple. I have home, and I have work. Before that, I had home and school. Even before I … Continue reading Compartmentalization (Breaking Down)

The Things We Do When We’re Lonely

Despite having lived with people for most of my life, I’m no stranger to loneliness. In fact, those of you who suffer from depression as I do can probably attest … Continue reading The Things We Do When We’re Lonely

Suicide (Ain’t No) Solution

Where to hide, suicide is the only way out Don’t you know what it’s really about Ozzy Osbourne – Suicide Solution In 1980, Ozzy Osbourne sang about deliberately drinking to … Continue reading Suicide (Ain’t No) Solution

Self-Harm and Seeking Attention

For a long time, I tried to hide my self-harm scars. Luckily my arms are fairly hairy, so they aren’t quite as obvious as they might otherwise be. My upper … Continue reading Self-Harm and Seeking Attention