Navigating Privilege, Mental Illness, and the Trump Administration

  In my endless perusal of mental health blogs, articles, and resources on the Internet, I noticed a new theme emerge over the past week: Stop watching the news! The crux of this is that one can still be compassionate about political issues without getting immersed in them, and, well, that sounds like advice given […]

Why I Write Poetry But Love Music

Poetry may be my favorite medium for creation, but music is my favorite type of art to consume. “Consume” isn’t the right word really except in the sense that I listen to so much of it that I absorb it like a sponge. I definitely don’t mean “consume” in an accumulation-for-accumulation’s-sake (i.e., capitalist) sense. While […]

Facts Are Fiction. (Or, I Didn’t Come From No Monkey)

Good god, this could double as a list of criticisms of the Trump administration. ANYWAY, guess who didn’t believe in evolution or the Big Bang Theory until college. This girl. Guess who thought climate change was a leftist conspiracy and that a tiny clump of cells was sentient enough to have human rights. *Nervously raises […]

10 Low-Stress Ways to Resist the Trump Administration

So you want to organize and join the resistance against the Trump administration, but you have a mental illness – or physical – that makes travel, large crowds, reaching out to people, planning ahead, and maybe even just getting out of bed extremely difficult. You know the new leadership in Washington DC will likely gut […]

Obfuscating the Unexplainable

“His ways are greater than our ways.” Ah, the rallying cry of uncertain people who don’t want or are scared to admit their uncertainty, who cannot accept a world without a figure of absolute authority, and who think authority figures can act in ways that don’t make sense to the rest of the world by […]

“Repeal and Replace” and the Mentally Ill

Given that the apocalypse is nigh, I’ve been digging into the policy implications of a – in the words of Elizabeth Bishop, “write it!” – Donald Trump presidency for mental healthcare, which is something I’m not even sure he’s done. By sheer virtue of his (and literally every conservative’s) desire to repeal the Affordable Care Act, it […]

OCD and Me

I think I’m a glutton for punishment in terms of what I watch on TV. First Bojack Horseman and now a documentary that spotlights several stories in a British pediatric psych ward. Barring the years I dealt with extreme childhood anxiety, I wasn’t officially diagnosed with OCD until the age of seventeen, so I technically […]

Let’s Talk About [Old Pastors Having] Sex [Using Creepy Euphemisms], Baby.

The most warped messages I have internalized because of Christianity deal with – you guessed it – sexuality and being a woman more generally. I have not shed the influence of these detrimental teachings, and I’m not sure I ever will completely. I generally cry and feel physically ill when I think about it. As […]

Vague Dissent Is Discouraged, and Specified Dissent Is Demonized.

I was always a curious child, and that didn’t dissipate even when I was heavily involved in the religious community. I prided myself on the extent to which I knew the narrative of Christianity and philosophical, historical, and ”scientific” defenses of its truth. There was a very clear line, though, where the questioning had to […]

How Religion Hurt My Mental Health

This will likely be a 10-part series on the main ways religion and lack of religion have contributed to my mental illness. With so many blogs talking about the ways religion helps mental health, I feel the need to throw the opposing view out there, but not simply to play devil’s advocate. This is an issue close […]