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Mental Illness

Caregiving: Delicate

It is easy to get lost in jargon when talking about mental health. I endeavour to keep conversation comfortable; I talk about my husband’s mental health issues. Issues. It is such a delightfully benign word to use. Issues. It suggests an easy to read pamphlet. Bullet points, perhaps? Issues. In my attempt to be delicate, […]

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Mental Illness

The Caress of Steel

It’s 2 a.m. again. I am fighting my never-ending battle with insomnia. Comedy is my first line of defense: Patton Oswalt and Aziz Ansari comedy albums help me through the night. At some point during my 2 a.m. restlessness, I click through to my friend’s blog. The words hit so close to home that my eyes turn […]

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Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

If you’re looking for the best of the ladyblogs, I’ve got a few articles that’ll make you extremely happy that the Internet exists. As if pictures of kittens weren’t doing that already.

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Mental Illness

Caregiving: Scars

Earlier, I had an idea of what I wanted to say. After my usual few minutes catching up on various sites, I’m not so sure. Is it the wake of the VICE spread still unfolding? I’m not sure. I… I feel at a loss. There’s suicide everywhere at the moment. There’s not much that can […]

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Persephone Birthday

Best of P-Mag: Live Though This: Growing Up a Cutter

Trigger warning: Self-Harm, Violence and graphic descriptions of both. Over the last two years, Coco has written so many excellent articles. This one is recent, but it is so raw and personal, and there are a few passages in this have have really stayed with me. Thank you, Coco, for sharing your story with us. […]

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Mental Illness

Caregiving: Self Harm

[Trigger warning for discussion of self harm] Ever since reading Susan’s Fucking Perfect: On Loving and Being Helpless, I’ve thought about covering self harm in the Caregiving series. Given a resurgence of the topic on Persephone lately, I figured now might be the time.

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Perspectives

Live Through This: Growing Up A Cutter

Trigger warning: Self-Harm, Violence and graphic descriptions of both. Before I even begin this story, I do want to say that I wish I could tell you more. While some things stick out to me, there is so much more that resides in sort of thick fog.

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Mental Illness

Caregiving: Unexpected

[Trigger warning for discussion of suicide and self-harm.] This week, my intention had been to start writing based on the suggestions from the Quickie article. But some things came up recently that my mind simply hasn’t been able to get away from. I have to say that Susan’s Weathering The Storm article (an excellent read […]

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Mental Illness

Caregiving: Stigma

In last week’s caregiving article, I wrote about The Diagnosis and mentioned stigma. Stigma came up in the comments, too. It’s something that’s been on my mind for a while, but I’m aware that it is something encountered in so many different ways.

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Persephone Pioneers

Persephone Pioneers: Patricia Adler

Patricia Adler regularly studies what many shy away from: deviance, drug use, and labor in a rapidly globalizing world. She is Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, as well an author, and the winner of the 2010 George Herbert Mead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. Her work […]

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Life

So You Want To Go To Therapy – The First Session

One of the number one issues that causes people anxiety about therapy is that first session.  It’s scary since you don’t know what to expect and you know that you’re going in there to talk about things that are hard to talk about.  It’s totally normal and OK to be nervous, but I’m going to […]