Internalized Ableism and the Dichotomy of Valuable Disability

Below is my Disability Memoir midterm. It discusses author Esme Wang’s excellent essay titled Yale Will Not Save You. Enjoy! ___________________________________________ When I first applied to colleges, I presented a complicated application. My academic and personal record was spattered with obvious signs of mental illness; two repeated years to over half a dozen dropped AP…

My Diagnosis and Medication Journey

When I was in seventh grade, I was pulling my hair out. By the time I got to eighth grade, I’d stopped hair pulling. After a friend said something that made me sad and my mother found me sobbing on my bed, she sent me to a therapist.   At this point, here was my…

My future plans

This break’s been nice. It’s truly exhausting to put things out onto this website, knowing that a handful of people from my old school will likely comment something negative and/or hateful. I have only good things to say today, however! This fall, I’m going to be attending Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. I’m on as…

Stigma and Mental Health Awareness Month: A Conversation

Mental Health Awareness Month is upon us, and the darling Katie Suss and I thought it would be fruitful to cover a range of topics related to stigma and discussing mental health with peers. There are a few bases that we want to cover, so we’re gonna do this conversation style. Katie and I are…

The Therapeutic School and Your Child

Every child is different.  Every school is different.  No school can help all children thrive.  Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.  All of that said and understood, it is my opinion that you, as the parent of a teen suffering with mental illness, must be as picky as possible about Any special school you consider…

6 Books That Will Enhance Your Understanding of Mental Illness

By now, if you’re a recurrent visitor, you’ve probably seen the short list of books I keep perched on the front page of this site. If you haven’t, every book there will be on this list, so no need to click out. I thought it might be worthwhile to expand upon it, as well as…

Disconnection and Rejection: A Schema Introduction

Let’s say your dad walked out on you as a child. You now have a robust abandonment complex (or schema, as I’ll introduce it). When people try to leave your life, you scratch and claw onto them in order to get them to stay. You go out of your way to cling onto people and…

My relationship goals? Mentally healthy.

I’ve dated a robust handful of people. Some relationships were ended by me, some weren’t. Some went out with a bang, others simply petered out or ended sweetly. Some were intense and romantic, some abusive, while others were more casual and non-committal. If there’s one thing I have learned since my first “relationship” in seventh…

VIDEO: My Mental Illness Timeline: A Descent into Suicide and a Rise into Recovery

Below is a copy of the original transcript for the following video. In it, I discuss my mental health timeline from childhood through my first hospitalizations. Please be warned, there is lots of discussion of self harm and suicide, as well as a brief picture of blood. If those will be upsetting to you, please…

VIDEO: A Mental Health “Haul”

Below is a video I put together in which I show you all an accumulation of little gifts, books, and trinkets that I accrued over the last month or so and that I’d recommend and/or wanted to share. These items both enhance my mental health and promote mental health awareness. Hope you enjoy, and remember…

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