I am the person I am today because there was a therapist who believed in me.
[The illustration features a place mat with an array of breakfast foods and coffee. A pair of arms rests on the mat. One hand is holding a spoon; the other hand is clutching onto a pill bottle.] I remember the first "crazy pill" that I ever took. I was on vacation in Tennessee, sitting on [...]
[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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Therapy didn't result in a singular epiphany that changed everything for me. There wasn't a light bulb moment when I realized that everything stemmed from some childhood event, or that my "issues" began when a bully threw my Popsicle into the sand box. When I began therapy at the age of 17, though, that's what [...]
Artist Chara Bui has created an animated version of the article, "Amanda Bynes, Robin Williams, and the Spectacle of Mental Illness." We are so excited to share it with all of you! Check it out: Like, share, and give Chara some love in the comments!
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 [...]
Please note: This is a blog entry that talks about my personal experience, and what has worked best for me, one human being. I am not an objective authority, I am not a doctor. I am a person with bipolar disorder who is successfully managing it in the way that works best for me. What [...]