Papercut/Just An Update

I have been feeling down and working on freelance work but I should have an informational post coming soon as well as possibly a guest blogger which should be pretty fucking cool. Some days I get lost in my head and my thoughts consume me. So I leave you with this some Linkin Park. P.S.… Continue reading Papercut/Just An Update

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The Neverending Storyteller

4 M's Bipolar mom

Since I was a little girl, my siblings would say that when telling stories I told the neverending story.  As young as six, when it was my turn in our joint sleepouts (I was one of four), to tell stories, my siblings would groan because according to them, I well, provided far, far, far too much detail.  I would describe in my stories the smell, the texture, the emotion associated that each character in the story would feel and experience.  I thought that this detailing was critical in each story.  How would the listener then know, then experience, if I did not describe in miniscule example, each element, each feeling so relevant to the story / memory?

Similarly at work and person, I am the kind of person that is in brief, EXTRA.  DETAILED.  But I’d like to believe for good reason.  For example, as a sixteen year old mom…

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We’re All Gonna Die, So…

InkBlots and IceBergs

trigger warning: death, suicide

Death has been a recurring thought for me this past couple of weeks. Not in the sense that I desire it upon myself anytime soon, but in the sense that recent events have forced me to reckon the reality of it in the midst of life. Within the past two months alone, I’ve brushed up against 8 deaths — 5 due to medical illness, 2 by suicide, and 1 by vehicular accident. I personally knew two of them, while the rest were relatives/friends of my friends, colleagues, and former students.

Wow. It still somewhat stuns me that I now have to use the past tense in talking about them. I now have to say “I knew them” instead of “I know them.” “They were” instead of “They are.”

Death brings up a mix of different thoughts and feelings in me. On the one hand, it comforts…

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The Light of Bipolar Disorder: Creativity

This is my first published piece outside of ghostwriting blog posts and my blog. I can only post so much of it, so I hope you finish reading it on the website, Resources to Recovery! I also want you to check out the three wonderful ladies that let me interview them for this piece &… Continue reading The Light of Bipolar Disorder: Creativity

The Gender Gap of Addiction

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment

International Women's Day.pngToday marks International Women’s Day, and as women across the world are celebrated, it is also important to think about the issues that are harming women.

One of the biggest issues hurting the world as a whole is substance use disorders, and it is something that is taking the lives of many women. Yet, women are often left out of the conversation when it comes to substance use disorder. Addiction is many times portrayed and framed as a male disease, but the reality is that it is affecting many women as well. In fact, women are at a higher risk for developing prescription opioid use disorders than men. Substance use disorders do not discriminate and can affect anyone, regardless of gender.

Though more men have died from overdoses and more men have substance use disorders, in the past few years, women have begun to close the gap. This is partly due to…

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Stigma and the pathologization of normal

Yes, yes, & yes.

Mental Health @ Home

Health spelled out in tablets

Mental illness stigma comes from many places and in many forms.  Stigma often invalidates the experience of those of us with mental illness, and one of the ways this can happen is through pathologizing normalcy.  By this I mean inflating the significance of “normal” emotions and minimizing the significance of mental illness to make it seems as though they’re on par with each other.  Some of this comes from the language we use.  “Anxiety” and “depression” are often used to describe “normal” human emotions, but the same words are also used to describe psychiatric disorders.  This distinction is not always apparent to people with limited knowledge about mental illness, which is where misinterpretations come in.  People may think that because they feel “anxious” or “depressed” emotionally and those feelings are uncomfortable, then they likely have a mental health disorder.  Conversely, people with an anxiety disorder or a depressive disorder may…

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