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Mental Illness

Caregiving: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas

I’ve been watching Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. I’ve laughed, cried, felt my heart soar and ache, and wondered how it is that fiction can be so deeply touching. I keep coming back to something Emily Gilmore says; I wonder how this character, this fiction, has struck me so thoroughly in the heart. She […]

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News

Friday News Bites: Internet as Utility, Fifty Shades Boycott + More

Hello, unicorns! Happy Friday. It’s time for another sampler platter of interesting news and entertainment updates, so let’s get started.

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Health

CPAP Hurray!

The results were in: mild sleep apnea but severe hypopnea. I’d be getting a CPAP machine, and maybe getting some sleep.

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Health

Before I Sleep

I’ve had trouble sleeping for years but only recently decided to seek treatment beyond an Ambien prescription. My sleep specialist’s request finally wended its way through the insurance process, and I got to have my sleep study.

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You Complete Me Internet

Gif it to Me, Baby: Sleepytime

Sleep. It’s awesome, and is especially adorable when baby animals do it. Like so.

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Health

Nightmares

Most nights, I am visited by nightmares. They range from “being chased by a crazed murderer” to “being swallowed by a tsunami” to “I’m late for a test in a class I didn’t know I have” to “It’s been a mistake, my mom/dad/cat didn’t actually die.” I wake up feeling sad, depressed, scared, and unrested. […]

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Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Exhaustion

I’ve recently graduated from college (as in, less than a week ago), and one thing they don’t warn you about: your subconscious will be in overload trying to keep you calm after you’ve jumped off this massive cliff in to adulthood (and unemployment, hurrah!) – working so hard that you’ll be exhausted. ALL. THE. TIME. And […]

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Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Sleepytimes

Whether it’s a too-early morning, or an all-nighter, life has a way of f&^%ing with your sweet, sweet sleep.

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Mental Illness

Caregiving: Medication (Part 2)

For a while now, I’ve been thinking about the first article I wrote on medication. Certainly, I still stand by all that I said in that article, despite later writing about the 20 Years Too Soon campaign by Rethink. There’s no getting away from the negative side of medication, that’s for sure.

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Mental Illness

Caregiving: Parenting (Part 2)

Good evening, Persephoneers. Well, as is almost tradition now, I’m in my pyjamas as I write. But given the hour, I think it’s quite a reasonable state of dress to be in. Or perhaps it is that my mind is somewhat preoccupied with the idea of sleep. Indeed, both caregiving and parenting are experiences that […]

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Mental Illness

Caregiving: Sleep

Unlike the headache that brought on The Diagnosis article, this week’s inspiration comes from the cat on my lap and a particular book I’ve been re-reading. Juniper Puss’s contribution has come, not unsurprisingly, from his incredible ability to sleep anywhere, anytime. The book’s contribution comes from me wanting to somehow drag a connection into an […]

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Parenting

Seven Things They Don’t Tell You About New Motherhood

Mothers have collective amnesia. Huge, common experiences (both the good and the bad) are not discussed, probably because the brain can’t form memories on so little sleep. Here are seven things I wish I’d known before I had a kid. But, um, there are definitely more than seven.

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A Womb of One's Own

A Womb of One’s Own: Sweet Sleep

It worked. Hallelujah and praise everything appropriate, it worked.

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A Womb of One's Own

A Womb of One’s Own: Cry It Out

We’ve reached the hard part of parenting. Instead of jumping to make everything perfect for Gabe, we’re making him learn how to help himself the hard way. And it’s no fun for anyone.

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Ask the Editors

Ask the Editors: What Should I Do When…

Hello, Persephoneers. As some of you may know, the editorial staff of Persephone keeps in touch regularly through large (and often quite humorous) e-mail chains. We discuss everything, from P-Mag issues and current events to personal demons and issues with the people we love (read: spouses/significant others and our parents, normally). Since we’re a batch […]