social media

Panoply, The Social Network That Makes You Happy

  Social media, in its so far brief lifetime, has had its share of both good and bad press. It has been treated with a certain amount of disdain and contempt by those who believe it is being treated a bad substitute for really engaging with the world. But there are also increasingly common stories […]

Anxiety – The Monster Has No Teeth

Anxiety – The Monster Who Has No Teeth

“After you die, you’ll wake up in a dark place. Out of the darkness, a terrifying monster will suddenly appear. The monster will represent all the worst fears you’ve ever had. For each person, the monster will be different, since we all have different fears and vulnerabilities.   When the monster appears, you’ll have two […]

self preservation from anxiety

Self-Preservation from Anxiety and Depression

Some days, living with anxiety and depression consumes all of our energy. To the outside world, we might appear lazy on these days. But in many cases, we’re waging a battle with ourselves to find some peace. Facing the world can be a daunting experience when we’re suffering. This story is about what one of […]

9 ways to help people

Nine Ways To Help People Through Hard Times

It’s difficult seeing someone you care about hurt or upset. You want to make them feel better, you want their problems to go away. But it can be difficult to know what to do. You don’t like watching them go through this, but too often there’s nothing you can do to fix things. You want […]

Medications And Living A Normal Life With Anxiety & Depression

Medications And Living A Normal Life With Anxiety & Depression

Every night about this time, I have to take two pills. One, the big round white one, helps me to relax and go to sleep. The little pale green oval is supposed to make the pills I take in the morning work better. To amplify their effects. Supposedly. The pills in the morning, two blue […]

Will French Alps Plane Crash Open Our Eyes To Anxiety And Depression?

Will French Alps Plane Crash Help Open Our Eyes To Anxiety And Depression?

I’m struggling with the media coverage of the tragedy that took place this week in the French Alps. We are hearing reports now that the co-pilot who crashed the plane, taking the lives of 149 innocent people, suffered from depression and anxiety.   It seems that many are jumping to the conclusion that because he […]

The Comfort In Depression

The Comfort In Depression

                  “I hate myself. I’m never going to get better,” I’ve thought to myself ten thousand times. The unfortunate reality for many people with depression, myself included, is that they’re used to feeling depressed. It’s become the “normal” way of life. Every part of your being revolves […]

Life With Depression, An Open Letter to My Pillow, Blanket and Couch

Life With Depression, An Open Letter to My Pillow, Blanket and Couch

We’ve been together for a long time now and I just wanted to say aloud the things I’ve held in my heart about you. Pillow, you comfort me when nothing else will bring me relaxation. Cradling my restless head, you bring me the escape of sleep. You silence the cacophony of the outside world when I […]

My thoughts after my first day at the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute

My Thoughts After My First Day At The Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute

Last month my wife took me to the local emergency room because over the previous two weeks, the occasional suicidal thoughts I was having were becoming strong, instantaneous impulses to kill myself. The morning I went to the ER, I was holding a saw in my hand when one of these impulses hit. I looked at my other […]

how to regain control

How To Regain Control

The easiest way to let your misfortunes ruin everything else is to lose control while you’re half way through dealing with them. When things get difficult, it’s easy to let all the negative emotions pile up on top of you to the point that they stop you from changing things. They ruin your motivation. They […]

learn to listen

Learn To Listen

The things people are most afraid to say and usually the ones that most need to be heard. I’m gay. I love you. I want to help you. He’s been hitting me. I can’t pay my rent. Help me. They’re the things that people often don’t have the strength to say aloud. Giving voice to […]

The Danger of Negative Thinking

The Danger Of Negative Thinking

Don’t ever, ever let anyone tell you that thinking positive will solve all your problems. It will help. It will keep your chin up when things get difficult. And it may well be the one thing that gives you the confidence to chase your dreams. But it doesn’t fix everything. You still need to put […]