I See You

Excuse me... Yes, you, hi, there.  Come sit with me for a minute. I want you to know something. I see you. ...more

Wellness Wednesdays #2: Mantras

This week’s question is: People often have scripts, mantras, or sayings, that they repeat over and over again in their mind. Identify some common scripts you find yourself saying (good and/or bad). How do the good ones help you, how do you combat the bad ones?...more

self doubt, the dream killer

While in the middle of this post I said the following to a friend:I have a self doubt blog in the worksIt was hard to write because of….Self doubt, lolOh irony you so funny ...more

i ain't sorry.

Sorry. I ain't sorry.Oh how I wish I could more often subscribe to the latter.  Allow me to reintroduce myself, I am was the Apology Queen.  This illustrious being apologizes for everything.  She never wants to rock the boat and when it does happen she is the most apologetic gal on the block.  I decided to examine this phenomenon....more

blank pages are safe...(poem)

I deal with some serious social anxiety at times and this is something I wrote about the anxiety of welcoming or keeping new things/people in your life....more

a low down dirty shame...

this is a shame-free zone…  I remember when I first thought of the idea to start a mental health blog, just the mere idea of doing this gave me extreme anxiety.  The stigmas placed on people dealing with all facets of mental health, especially among the Black community, caused me to pump my brakes.  Will people think I’m crazy?  Who will want to date/love me with this scarlet B (bipolar disorder) on my chest?  Will people treat me differently?  These were all questions that swirled in my head.  ...more

low down dirty shame

this is a shame-free zone…  I remember when I first thought of the idea to start a mental health blog, just the mere idea of doing this gave me extreme anxiety.  The stigmas placed on people dealing with all facets of mental health, especially among the Black community, caused me to pump my brakes.  Will people think I’m crazy?  Who will want to date/love me with this scarlet B (bipolar disorder) on my chest?  Will people treat me differently?  These were all questions that swirled in my head.  ...more

My Crazy Sane: Relationships and Mental Illness

The My Crazy Sane column will be a regular part of this blog but by no means the whole thing. This is my effort to shed light on issues people in recovery from mental illness face by sharing my personal experiences as well as the experiences of others when appropriate. ...more

The Therapeutic Hug

The common wisdom is that a person needs four hugs a day for survival, eight for maintenance, and twelve for growth. I doubt that this is confirmed by any scientific studies and I doubt that it is true. If it were, there would be millions of people on Earth who would not survive....more

Saying “Bipolar” And “OCD” Casually Doesn't Make You Quirky Or Edgy

It happened again last night, around 10 pm. Sometimes there’s an inciting incident, but more often than not it comes for no clear reason at all.I’ve been living with Bipolar II for about three years now (at least, that’s as long as I’ve known), and at this point I can recognize the signs from a mile away.Everything is starting to feel… slower. It’s like there’s static from an old television in the back of my head, and it’s getting louder.I’m about to be in the midst of a depressive episode....more
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