Posts tagged "mental health"
The Needs of the Many?

The Needs of the Many?

    I open my eyes to sunlight streaming through the crack in the curtains and roll over sleepily to check the time on my phone. 10.38. I stare at the number for a second, then my heart drops.
Once Upon a Midnight Dreary

Once Upon a Midnight Dreary

  My life is not an easy one for just anyone to live. This is not just me grasping for attention; the same thing can be said about anyone else’s life. 
Gay is okay. Isn't it?

Gay is okay. Isn’t it?

  So, I’m just a little bit pissed off. I’d say that I’m furious or disgusted and to an extent of course I am, but alas I am not surprised or shocked. By now quite a lot of us have seen the headlines “Mississippi Passes Bill That Legalises LGBTQI Discrimination.”  Well. Isn’t that a great...
i wear my mother's sadness like a wedding dress

i wear my mother’s sadness like a wedding dress

  silverware clinks and this is the language of our conversation. you are angrier today, fork drawing scars across your plate. i am breathing quietly.  
Boogey Man

Boogey Man

  When I was a child, I used to lie through my teeth; Make up all these fanciful stories About who I was, Where I’d been,
Illusions

Illusions

My entire life is an illusion. It has always been an illusion. I’ve never been quite right, I’ve never been honest with a single other person. I know I’m young (I’m only 18) but I honestly cannot even begin to imagine a future in which I’ll be out and happy. The future seems so abstract...
FAT: A Saga

FAT: A Saga

A few days ago:        I’m working in class with a friend, and two of her friends—who I’ll call Friend 1 and Friend 2—are having an especially loud conversation near us.
Repeat Steps 1 & 2

Repeat Steps 1 & 2

  Today’s To Do List:   1. Breathe in 2. Breathe out 3. Repeat   Sometimes you have to make sacrifices for your future. Sometimes it feels like that’s all life is; one big sacrifice.
The Illusion of Recovery

The Illusion of Recovery

Recovery from a broken leg takes 6 months. Recovery from a C-section takes 6 weeks. Recovery from a gallbladder takes 7-10 days. Recovery from a mental illness? A lifetime. Since August 2015, I have been in recovery from depression and anxiety. It’s now January 2016 and recovery is still very difficult. I’m not where I...
Surviving the Cycle: Mental Illness and the Seasons

Surviving the Cycle: Mental Illness and the Seasons

Illustration by Jaye Elizabeth Johnson. Our planet continues to ceaselessly revolve around the sun, and autumn is upon us in the Northern hemisphere. Some of the things that come along with this circular motion can be frustrating at times.
For Jenny

For Jenny

Illustration by Ari.   Everyone already knows that the pressures of society are dangerous and even deadly, pushing people to their limits in order to try to fit in. But when someone is already struggling with addiction, these prejudices have an even stronger effect. Such opinions like “People can will themselves out an of addiction...