This week's Terrible Writing Prompt: Empathy. I struggle with the idea of empathy- what it means towards others and myself. I like to think I have it in spades, which instantly makes me feel like a holier-than-thou jerk. Which, I think, means I don't have a lot of empathy for myself. Which makes me feel … Continue reading Empathy
I have heard that "no" is a full sentence. I read this in magazines, on blogs, in self-help books. You can say no, and you don't owe anyone an explanation. I know this, but I've never really believed it. With a brain that tells me I need to apologize for even existing, just refusing something … Continue reading Why is saying “no” so hard?
I joined a writing club, where they text you prompts for journaling. And what better place to do that than here? This week's prompt: HOW ARE YOU, REALLY? I'm tired. I've always had a hard time getting out of bed, but even more so lately. I go to bed around 9pm and hit snooze at … Continue reading How are you, really?
I was on a podcast this week called "Terrible, Thanks for Asking". It's here. I'd love it if you'd listen to it. In my episode, I talk about stuttering, and what it's meant to me over the years. I tried to be as honest as I could about how frustrating stuttering can be, while trying … Continue reading I Was on a Podcast
It's 11:18 and I have to be up at 7. Which is fine, except that I don't run very well on less than 8 hours of sleep. Such a delicate thing, I am. I got home from work and everything was fine. I even have some exciting things on the horizon- I'm starting a new … Continue reading The sleepy side of anxiety
It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything and it’s not like nothing has happened- it’s just that I feel kind of dumb for writing anything at all, including everything I’ve ready written. That’s the up and down of it all. Sometimes you feel ok about rushing it all out there and sometimes it feels dumb. … Continue reading It’s ok to not be okay
Last week I was at a conference talking to an old friend over deep dish pizza (HELLO, CHICAGO!) and depression came up, as it does with me. Despite being so unable to shut up about it that I have both a blog and a podcast about it, I was at a loss when she asked … Continue reading What We Wish You Knew About Depression. Love, Depressed People
Maybe it's really been dominating the news; maybe it's how I've curated my online world. Either way, celebrity suicide deaths seem to be everywhere (including the recent, like Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. And with that, retelling the stories of others). Along with that comes reflection and endless opinions. So here's mine: there isn't one … Continue reading Suicide
I would arrive at the Chinatown Kaiser in the morning, never sure if I was allowed to park in the visitors’ spots. I mean, I’d be leaving later that day so why not? The last time I was there I was solidly, undeniably a patient, unable to leave the Unit III floor without an escort … Continue reading Partial Hospitalization, Part 1
In April of 2011, I was finishing up my MLIS and preparing to transition to working full-time in the office where I had been a student employee for two years. I knew that the level of anxiety that I had reached on a day-to-day basis would make my work there useless, so I thought I'd … Continue reading Being Sick but Being Good At It