What I Know About Mental Illness

Let me tell you what I know about mental illness. It’s a beast to live with. It’s a struggle to manage the symptoms, the irrational irritability, the overwhelming sadness, the bone chewing anxiety. It throws everything in my life off balance and requires some serious skill to navigate. I don’t think anyone is ever really […]

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Getting Help

Getting help is hard. First, there are the phone calls. You have to make them yourself due to privacy laws. So you call around and try to find a clinician that doesn’t already have a full roster. Then you wait. At least a week. Sometimes a month or more. Then you get to try on […]

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The Bible and Mental Illness

I used to quote scripture at my mental illness. Before I was diagnosed, I didn’t know what bipolar was. I didn’t understand depression or mania. I could only tell you what I was feeling, what I was experiencing. I only had a spiritual language to describe what was happening. It’s the only thing I knew […]

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Shame

I’m sure they meant well. I’m sure they didn’t mean to crush my heart and wither my soul. I’m sure they didn’t mean to degrade me and make me feel worthless. I’m sure they didn’t mean to shame me. But they did. Crouched in a paragraph questioning why I was asking for financial assistance for […]

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