Tag: Depression

Living with Depression and Learning Self-Care

Living with Depression and Learning Self-Care
      The first time I heard the word “depression” and understood it, I understood that I was depressed. I was probably about eleven years old, and it put a name to the thing that had been plaguing me for so long it seemed my defining characteristic. I can remember people, adults, telling me... Read more »

Next Year is its own Resolution

Next Year is its own Resolution
There is a desperation that comes at the end of the year. All the things not yet accomplished, all the things to begin fresh with the new year. Lists of goals and resolutions and the abortive calculus of “better than” versus “working on” multiplied by “Things That Have Changed.” After Thanksgiving, it’s all a matter of... Read more »

"But also," an annual exploration of September Grief

"But also," an annual exploration of September Grief
This time of year is hard. It’s hard when you have kids, and you’re transitioning from summer to school, and the children are exhausted and you’re exhausted and everyone is raw from the sudden change of pace. It’s hard when you’re Jewish, and you’re thrust into the High Holy Days, and whatever level of involvement... Read more »
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It's Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, so here's an Expert!

It's Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, so here's an Expert!
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. As you know, I write a lot about mental health, but today I want to hand over this platform to an amazing mental health warrior, Sarah Fader. She’s writing here today about being a mental health advocate for your children, because early intervention is the best intervention, and an active... Read more »

Reaching Back When You Reach Out

Reaching Back When You Reach Out
I write about a lot of things that people often don’t know how to talk about in person. Hell, I write about a lot of things I don’t know how to talk about in person. Part of that is the complexity of the social dynamics in a conversation (is this a person I can talk openly about... Read more »

Brain Diseases are Real Diseases

Brain Diseases are Real Diseases
You know how it seems like every month is something month? Like, last month was Sexual Assault Awareness Month, March was Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month? May is both Brain Tumor Awareness Month, and Mental Health Awareness Month. I’m sure this wasn’t exactly planned, but I think it’s meaningful that these two awarenesses are overlapping. Back before... Read more »
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Dispatches from Disassociated America

Dispatches from Disassociated America
When I was 14 years old, I was raped. It took me a long time to come to terms with what happened. Not to get over it, not at all, just to wrap my head around the idea that it had happened. The process of incorporating “rape victim” into my identity included disassociation, reckless behavior,... Read more »

What to do when Your Child is Attacked by Bees

What to do when Your Child is Attacked by Bees
As you probably know, I have anxiety. I have all kinds of anxiety. I have chronic depression, I have insomnia, I have PMDD, I have PPD,I have PTSD, and I have a panic disorder. I do what I can to manage my anxiety, 90 days out of 100 pretty damn well. But sometimes, there’s nothing... Read more »

Paying It Forward For My Birthday

Paying It Forward For My Birthday
On the surface, you might think today would be a crappy birthday. I mean, it’s the kids’ first day of Spring Break, so there’s THAT lunacy to contend with. On top of that there’s the stress and strain of putting our home on the market- hopefully by the end of the week- which has meant... Read more »
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The Book I Needed In My Darkest Moment

The Book I Needed In My Darkest Moment
There are a few times in your life when you see yourself as you truly are, in that moment. Not as who you are inside, what fundamentally defines you, but objectively- when you are confronted with yourself and it takes your breath away. Sometimes it’s a good thing, sometimes you are fortunate enough to see... Read more »