Photo Essay: A Day in the Life with Mental Illness

One in five Americans lives with a mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), yet there is often a lack of empathy found in discussions surrounding these life-altering ailments. There can be too much emphasis on diagnostic labels instead of putting each person as an individual first.  Dionne Mobley, 49, loves to… Continue reading Photo Essay: A Day in the Life with Mental Illness

The Reality of Anorexia Nostalgia

Facebook can’t help but bring up old pictures. Three years ago, it says, with an image of who I once was. I can’t help myself, I click on it. Before I realize it, I have scrolled back three years to find more pictures like it. Those pictures of my “perfect” body, I have looked at… Continue reading The Reality of Anorexia Nostalgia

Where is Mental Health Pride Month?

As I sit in my NYC studio apartment with a view overlooking Union Square Park, I am proud to live in a place that is so accepting of diversity. For the whole month of June, the areas I frequent in lower Manhattan have been inundated with rainbow symbols, flags, and displays showing support for the… Continue reading Where is Mental Health Pride Month?

A New Yorker’s Guide to Living with Mental Illness

As some of you may know, two months ago I moved to New York City as I transferred colleges to pursue my studies in journalism. I am currently on spring break and, for the first time since I moved to NYC, I am back in my hometown in the Chicago suburbs. I had not anticipated… Continue reading A New Yorker’s Guide to Living with Mental Illness

What No One Tells You About Eating Disorder Recovery

Wow, February is going by fast. At the beginning of the month I was so on top of writing on my blog, but then school got so busy! I have still been writing a lot, but most of it has been for class and my school’s student newspaper. It has been great getting real journalism… Continue reading What No One Tells You About Eating Disorder Recovery

Turtles All the Way Down

I tried to exclude any plot twists from this post, but there may be some spoilers. You’ve been warned. It is hard to describe what the struggles of mental illness feel like to those who have never experienced them. Although I may not always have the words, John Green seems to. In his new book,… Continue reading Turtles All the Way Down

Being Marginalized Within a Marginalization

Why does life exist? What if human life had never begun? What if there was simply nothing? Or does there have to be something for nothing to exist? Why don’t people understand the inconsistencies, absurdities, and hypocrisies they create? Why do humans crave connection when ultimately, they will always be alone? If death is inevitable… Continue reading Being Marginalized Within a Marginalization

That’s Sick, Bro

Today I am coming at you sprawled on the beige carpet of my bedroom floor during a particularly bad plight of insomnia. If sleep isn’t going to happen, I might as well use this hour of the night to divulge my deepest thoughts. Sometimes the best writing happens at the darkest hours of the night… Continue reading That’s Sick, Bro

So, What’s Up?

Well that's a loaded question if I ever heard one. Depends on how much you want to know. Given that I am writing this I am getting to decide how much you know. And honestly that is a scary power to have. I have been through many personal struggles over the course of the last… Continue reading So, What’s Up?