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Articles & Essays / Personal

Depression, always.

By On January 9, 2017

My first great realization of 2017 is that I have depression. Wait, you say, didn’t we know that already? I have depression… and I always will. It’s that simple. And yet, it’s that complicated. I have depression and I always will. That sentence itself sounds depressing, no? You may want to tell me something like, Don’t give up! You can feel…

Articles & Essays / Personal

My Secret Weapon Against Stress and Anxiety

By On November 1, 2016

Update: The brilliant Kate Sloan covered this very topic for Glamour Magazine, and guess who’s quoted…!  My secret weapon in the fight against stress and anxiety is… erotica? Why It Works For me, as for many people, one of the tell-tale signs of anxiety is a racing heart. I can rocket from 65 beats per minute all the way up…

Articles & Essays / Personal

The Mental Illness Diaries

By On August 23, 2015

  Photograph of sailboats in Kiel Bootshafen at sunset. It’s symbolic, or something. Recovery from – and coping with – mental illness is not a linear progression. I do not have a before and after story. Right now, what I have is a series of choices and changes that have affected where I am. On July 28th I stopped taking…

Articles & Essays / Personal

Sex, Depression, & the Medication Merry-Go-Round

By On July 25, 2015

I’ve spoken about this here on the blog before, but for new readers: Yes, it’s true, I have depression and anxiety. Depression and anxiety are both disorders that can have a significant affect on your sex life. For me, depression hits harder than anxiety. Depression – and some anti-depressants – make me utterly disinterested in sex. Even though I take comfort in…

Personal & Advice

I’m 23, and (Almost) Everyone Still Likes Me.

By On November 6, 2013

I never really did like Blink-182. (Sorry, Alicia.)   Yesterday, I went shopping for some birthday presents. For myself, as one does. And literally everything I picked out was black, yellow, or a combination of the two. For those not in the know, I’m from Pittsburgh, much like Wiz Khalifa, and you know what it is. I definitely find myself…