“Beautiful Boy” & Mental Illness

“Beautiful Boy” & Mental Illness

*I'm talking about the afterword of the book "Beautiful Boy" by David Sheff, so... yes, that would be a spoiler.*     Odd enough, one of the things that will stick with me most from "Beautiful Boy" is a part of the story that isn't even mentioned until the afterword.   Through years of addiction, [...]

Mania: A Nightmare Dressed as a Daydream

Mania: A Nightmare Dressed as a Daydream

Jay Griffiths asks if bipolar is really an illness (as does anyone who's got it). Illness is a condition that impairs normal functioning. "But in the foothills of mania, normal functioning is enhanced," she writes. -Sarah Wilson, First, We Make the Beast Beautiful   Recently, I met an older woman who is in the depths [...]

Journey Along with Me, Mental Health Warrior

Journey Along with Me, Mental Health Warrior

Since opening up publicly about my own mental health journey, many others have messaged me (some publicly i.e. tweets, others privately) about their own struggles, symptoms, and feelings of isolation. Most of these people are ones which I have never met in real life- the online mental health community is such a cool thing! Others [...]

5 Reasons to Buy RX: A Graphic Memoir

5 Reasons to Buy RX: A Graphic Memoir

    FUN, CREATIVE APPROACH: If you love Ellen Forney's Marbles: Mania, Depression Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir, you will love this book! Both books are graphic memoirs in a similar cartoony style which makes it a fun and quick read. TRULY ENCOMPASSES THE COMPLEXITY OF ILLNESS: It is the portrayal of the mental [...]

PODCAST TIME! #BeyondYourPast

PODCAST TIME! #BeyondYourPast

https://twitter.com/BeyondYourPast/status/1034074301551575041 I've never been on a podcast before, but I jumped at this opportunity. It was such a great experience. I loved getting the chance to use a new platform for psychoeducation & discussing bipolar disorder! Thank you, Matthew Pappas of the awesome "Beyond Your Past" podcast!   LISTEN HERE!

[Guest Blog] Life After My First Bipolar Episode

[Guest Blog] Life After My First Bipolar Episode

Today, I feel normal… so normal that I might just cry. To someone who has no personal ties to a mood disorder, this statement may seem odd, even bizarre. Why would someone be so emotional about feeling just “okay”?   Thank you Charlotte Underwood so much for letting me write a guest blog post for [...]

Collab: M3 TentTalk’s “Starfish Stories”

Collab: M3 TentTalk’s “Starfish Stories”

A few weeks ago, M3 TentTalk contacted me regarding a guest post opportunity for their new Starfish Stories series. The theme of the "Starfish Stories" posts is "we can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone"... so illustrate either how I have helped someone or how someone has helped me. Using that theme as my [...]