What a Friend Helped Me Learn About the Holidays and Mental Illness

What a Friend Helped Me Learn About the Holidays and Mental Illness

My friend and I were in a car a couple of weeks ago when I learned that the holidays are not always happy, nor do they have to be. She was driving us and I was gazing out the windows, admiring the red and white tinsel strewn across the polls and street lamps. “I love [...]

Review of “People Say I’m An Artist, But I Don’t Feel Like One”

Review of “People Say I’m An Artist, But I Don’t Feel Like One”

Surrounded by sunlight streaming in from the window, I am sitting on my bed, propped up with fluffy pillows, reading Danielle Lowe’s People Say I’m An Artist, But I Don’t Feel Like One.  Danielle pulls me in for a comforting read with “for anyone who has ever felt a little (or a lot) different” written [...]

Shane Dawson’s New Video Is Full of Important Reminders About Eating Disorders

Shane Dawson’s New Video Is Full of Important Reminders About Eating Disorders

Friday evening, Shane Dawson’s video on Eugenia Cooney returning to YouTube after seeking treatment for an eating disorder came out. As a fan of Shane and someone who overcame an eating disorder, I watched it immediately. The video does start out with a trigger warning, and encourages those who are triggered by talk about treatment or eating [...]

It Takes a Community

It Takes a Community

You know that quote “It takes a village to raise a child”?  I’ve been thinking about my own journey lately and how for me, it takes a community to help my inner child find her way back home.  In recovery, I’ve found community to be very healing. Online especially, there are groups of people in the [...]

The Harmful Misconception About Demi Lovato’s Drug Overdose We Need to Stop Believing

The Harmful Misconception About Demi Lovato’s Drug Overdose We Need to Stop Believing

I think it’s easy for many people to look at Demi Lovato right now, who sadly is in the hospital right now due to an alleged overdose (and is thankfully reported stable), and think, “Oh, just another celebrity.” It’s easy for people to not take this seriously because they see this celebrity who, in their eyes, is [...]

What People Who Struggle with BFRB’s (Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors) Want You to Know

What People Who Struggle with BFRB’s (Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors) Want You to Know

This week, the first week of October, is BFRB Awareness Week. BFRB Awareness Week, which was created by The TLC Foundation for BFRB's, is all about spreading awareness about Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors, such as cheek biting, hair pulling, nail biting and skin picking. I interviewed people in the online mental health community who struggle with all different [...]