Who the heck is Sam Dylan Finch?

Screen Shot 2019-09-02 at 4.38.26 PMThat’s me, hi! I’m Sam.

I’m a 28-year-old writer and editor, living in the San Francisco Bay Area in sunny California. My pronouns are he/him.

I like iced coffee, tattoos, sparkle emojis, self-help books, bodies of water, fall weather, androgynous fashion, the color pink, and interior design.

And cats! I can’t say this enough. I love cats.

I’m an optimist helped along with antidepressants, an extrovert with a short attention span (thanks, ADHD!), and if I were a dog, I’d be a labradoodle.

I started this blog in 2014 to share my journey in mental health, as well as my gender transition. I felt isolated as an LGBTQ+ person living with mental illness — so I chose to share my story.

I have OCD, ADHD, and an eating disorder, as well as being a survivor of trauma. My lived experience alone has given me a lot of insight into recovery.

And as a self-professed geek and frequent visitor to the psychology and self-help sections of every bookstore in my city, I’ve learned a lot. (This is probably why my therapist once referred to me as “the closest thing to an unlicensed psychologist I’ve ever seen.” Whoops.)

While I’m not a therapist by any stretch, I’m an avid researcher and a journalist by trade. I write about what I’ve learned with the hopes of supporting others in their own journeys! Clinicians aren’t the only ones with perspectives worth sharing, you know. 🙂

When I’m not blogging, I’m cat dad to two very precious cats (Pancake and Cannoli) and slowly amassing an obscene number of houseplants.

You’ll often find me complaining about something on Twitter, drinking a lot more coffee than I should, and working full-time as the Lead Editor of Mental Health and Chronic Conditions at Healthline.com.

Feedback? Contact me – I don’t bite!