A Psychiatrist Endangered My Life and I Was Afraid to Speak Out

Folks who have never struggled with their mental health seem to think of psychiatry as a quick and easy fix. Pop some happy pills and ta-daaaa! Your struggles will magically dissolve. What these folks fail to understand (other than, like, how psychiatric medications actually work) is that, for many of us who are in the [...]

I Have Generalized Anxiety and I’m Anxious Just Thinking About It

[The illustration features a house, seemingly unstable, perched precariously upon a cliff. The author, Sam Dylan Finch, is standing at the edge of that cliff, looking down with uncertainty. Inside the house, there are words in frames that read, "Everyone feels stressed sometimes."] I know this is an unexpected entry, seeing as I usually blog [...]

For the Last Time: Mental Illnesses Are Not Adjectives

Ugh. So let's talk about this mess: It’s been said before, and it should be common knowledge by now, but apparently it isn’t. So here’s a fun fact: Mental illnesses are not adjectives. I’m angry. I'm angry because this isn’t the first time I’ve seen “bipolar” used in such a frivolous, insensitive way, and I’m [...]

I Believe in You: An Open Letter to Teens with Mental Health Struggles

Photo: unsplash.com I can’t pinpoint exactly when my battle with mental illness began, but I do know that by the time I was a teenager, it was in full swing. I can also say that when I was fourteen, I started to question if I wanted to be alive anymore. Though I haven’t been a [...]

Amanda Bynes, Robin Williams, and the Spectacle of Mental Illness

Internet, we need to have a talk. I’ve had a number of readers ask why I’ve neglected to write about Amanda Bynes this last year. It’s simple, really. I don’t believe that celebrities are “fair game,” and that, when they have very human and very difficult struggles, I should capitalize on those things by writing [...]