Onward and Upward

I didn't exactly choose to be candid about my mental illness; I was dragged to it kicking and screaming. In late 2012, I began to spiral downward so much that my problems were beginning to bleed into both my personal and professional lives. The spillover was accelerated when a well-meaning…

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Chilling like a Vil...nius

A place my friends called random became my favorite city. The prevailing reaction when I told people I was planning a trip to Vilnius was “wow, random.” It certainly seemed an odd choice to my friends whose dream vacations usually took place in Paris, Milan, or Barcelona. While I definitely…

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Blunted Affect

After feeling too much, sometimes it's hard to feel anything. When people claim that antidepressants turn people into emotionless zombies, it's hard for me not to laugh. I think back to when I was ten or eleven and first started showing signs of mental illness. I would lie in bed…

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She's a Wreck

Finding beauty in decay helped me love my inner demons. (originally published on exposure.co.) OFF THE DEEP END I lost my mind on Canadian Independence Day — July 1, 2012. I don’t blame Canada for what happened. This mental breakdown, my third, was a long time coming. I had…

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