A Star Is Born: A Look into Addiction

    Tell me something boy Aren’t you tired tryin’ to fill that void? Or do you need more Ain’t it hard keepin’ it so hardcore?   I recently watched “A Star is Born.” I did not expect his movie to have such a heavy mental health component, but it certainly showed how a main…

Blogger Recognition Award

Originally posted on like as the waves:
Photo by Jess Waters on Unsplash I’m very touched to have been nominated for another blogger award. Nicole from Navigating Darkness has nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award. This award is given between bloggers in recognition of each other’s work. It means a lot to me that…

3 Assumptions Mental Health Providers Should NOT Make

From my experience and what I’ve heard, providers make assumptions too frequently which end up being false and getting in the way of proper treatment. What are some of these assumptions? I’ve listed 3, but there are certainly many more!     One: All patients with a condition LOOK a certain way.   Last summer,…

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…

Manic Scribbles & Wearing Purple

Below are some manic notes I made. Btw, purple scrubs are what the inpatient psych patients were told to change into upon admittance into the hospital/psych ER.     Color: PURPLE Patient: I was wondering what purple stood for… I think it means we are “crazy.”     What does it mean to be the…

This or That?

I was nominated for the “This or That” challenge by life & mental health blogger Uncustomary Housewife Elizabeth Mosley-Banks. You should check out her blog if you are interested in mental health (which you probably are if you ended up on my blog), easy to follow recipes of yummy food (Who isn’t?), & really amazing…

[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…

“The Next U.S. Drug Crisis”: Benzodiazepines

Headlines discussing anti-anxiety medications as “The Next U.S. Drug Crisis” are cute, but misleading. No, this is not a novel problem. This was not created overnight. Just because it is just now getting more media attention does not mean people have not been dealing with this ‘drug crisis’ for years. . . What are benzos?…

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…

Collab: Project “I Define Me”

I came across this Instagram campaign/project a few weeks ago. I instantly contacted the person behind the project. How can I get involved?! This is so cool! This project allows people to put a face to mental illness conditions, to help normalize and destigmatize such labels i.e. bipolar disorder. Yesterday, I got my shirt in…