Barriers to Treatment

Barriers to Treatment

If someone thinks they are depressed, they can just easily go to the doctor and instantly get help, right? In a dream scenario, this would be the case. However, in reality, the situation is often much more complex. For many people, there are barriers to seeking care for mental illnesses (i.e. for depression).   Why [...]

Seeking a Therapist

Seeking a Therapist

"As far as looking for the right therapist, do remember to actually look. Too many people make the mistake of picking the first name off the list provided by their insurance company and assuming that if things aren't working with that therapist that means therapy doesn't work for them, period. Finding the right therapist takes [...]

Speaking Up

Speaking Up

  "That girl is crazy."   I've really had enough. Lately, I've heard a ton of stigmatizing language, including: crazy pills, psychotic, and crazy.   So, when I heard the above statement, I followed up:   Me: "What do you mean crazy?" "You know... psycho!" Me: "Do you mean she is psychotic? Is she experiencing [...]

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 [...]

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!