Analysis Paralysis

I tried to make it to a cafe on about a dozen occasions. But I’d wind up sinking to the gutter in a truly awful state of analysis paralysis… When you’re anxious, decisions can be your undoing. Anxious people are shocking decision makers. Plus, the process of making decisions heightens anxiety. Plus, any kind of…

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…

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…

PODCAST TIME! #BeyondYourPast

"Take your symptoms seriously; it's one thing to read and learn about #depression, but it's a whole other thing to actually experience it." – My chat with #blogger and advocate Anja Burcak @CalculatingMind – https://t.co/DRawpTzAhg #Podcast #MentalHealth #blog pic.twitter.com/Q4r7R7w7CI — Matthew Pappas (@BeyondYourPast) August 27, 2018 I’ve never been on a podcast before, but I…

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…