Mental illness sucks. That’s the summation of my thoughts, usually after a depressive spiral. It’s what I think when a good friend loses a job because of a schizophrenic episode. … Continue reading Need Help? Go On and Ask for It
I got my first counselor when I was six. She was an anger management counselor. I had a temper at a young age. Results from my home life. I saw … Continue reading The Not-So-Great Advice a Child Therapist Gave Me
I can go into public places without fearing something will happen to my children or me. This is tremendous progress. Yesterday I went into a clothing store alone. I thought … Continue reading I’m Okay. Why Do I Still Seek Therapy?
Having a mental illness is a lonely thing. Like most people, we want at least someone with whom we can talk. We want a friend to cry with, or even laugh … Continue reading Y’all Are Crazy, and That’s Okay
Yesterday I met with my new counselor and she thinks along with me that I may have an underlying anxiety disorder that has been missed by a number of psychiatrists … Continue reading Yesterday
Hi, I’m Chelsea. I drive a minivan. I didn’t want to drive a minivan. When people learn that I do drive one, they start assuming other things about me. They also assume: I … Continue reading What’s the Make, Model, and Year of Your Mental Health Struggle?
Sometimes I wonder what world optimists live in. It can’t possibly be the same as mine, because mine is one of twisting mists, overcast skies, and lurking shadows. Besides the … Continue reading Speak Up! And Your Voice Will Help You
Ah, metaphors. Without them, we’d be adrift in a landscape of cement without an actual tree or honest-to-goodness purple unicorn to disrupt our perspective. Sounds boring and harsh, doesn’t it? … Continue reading What IS The Black Dog of Depression?
It’s that time again: time to cure our depression. Way back in May, I proposed that curing isn’t exactly possible -BUT I listed 11(ish) ideas that will help a bunch. … Continue reading The Cure for Depression: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Anxiety creeps in and doesn’t whisper sweet nothings into my ear. It screams at me, “You are weak! No way in hell can you do this! Quit! Go hide!” I … Continue reading Asking: Is Medication the Answer?
If you have ever ridden a roller coaster, you understand the excitement and fear that courses through your mind and body as you burst through the track. You experience such … Continue reading Introduction
I learned from another blogger that May is Mental Health Awareness Month. I think many of us with mental health concerns find the stigma around it to be truly terrifying. … Continue reading The First and Last of the Dark Days