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Alcoholism Is Not an Adjective

Alcoholism is not an adjective. It is not necessarily true when someone gets a little too drunk and says “I’m such an alchy.” Alcoholism is also not when people post memes about drinking and we think “they drink too...

The Phrases I Use Every Day to Combat...

Back in early 2013, I was in a dark place mentally. I was nearing the end of my tether and it wasn’t looking good. My brain was full of terrible thought processes and I was looking at life with so much anger and...

When I Had My First Full Medical Exam...

I’m 36, and I just had my first full physical exam. Before I start this article I want to acknowledge the privileges I have. Privileges that likely made the experience I’m about to describe not only easier, but in some...

When You’re the Girl Who Overthinks

When you’re the girl who overthinks, everything becomes more complex. You analyze every little detail — every text, every glance, every change in demeanor. Like a detective trying to see behind the curtain, you have a...

The Police Shouldn’t Have to Get Involved for...

A few months ago I attempted to kill myself. I won’t go into the specifics, but the basics are I ended up walking down a dual carriageway late at night after taking an overdose. Luckily for me, a police crew found me...

The Faces in the Pink Hallway of the...

I am a father, I keep telling myself. I’m a poor rememberer. We’re in the backseat of a cab. Our baby’s car seat is in the backseat with us, because, with our bags, it wouldn’t fit in the trunk. Perhaps it sits between...

What It Was Like Treating My Prostate Cancer...

The commitment to protect the health of other people has guided my career for decades, whether training Air Force pilots to avoid hypoxia or NASA astronauts to survive in pressurized space capsules. That commitment...

The Reality of What Depression and Anxiety Can...

Her words sounded soft and almost apologetic as she gave me the news over the phone. She had no idea I was already rocking back and forth on my bed… sitting in the darkness and wrapped in a light blue blanket that gave...

What Lighting the White House Gold Would Mean...

Pediatric cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the United States. But, it continues to be the most underfunded by the federal government getting 4% of the yearly budget allocated for all cancers....

When You Turn Into Your Abusive Parents, Just...

A while ago, I wrote a piece called Abused Kids Get to Look Like Their Bullies: On countless mornings, I glimpse my reflection in the mirror and want to punch myself in the face. Because I look like her at certain...

4 Simple Steps to Help You Through an...

“Keep calm and carry on,” they say. Oh, OK, sweet! If only it was so easy. “Stop worrying and think positive!” It’s the cure for anxiety. If only. We’d all be free and happy then, wouldn’t we? I mean, I’ve had loads of...

The Battle With Listening to Your Body as...

You come in with a list of nondescript symptoms, they point you toward anxiety. You come in with a list of super detailed symptoms, but still the minimum amount that you don’t think makes you look like a “crazy”...

You Could Be the Next ‘Rick and Morty’...

“Wubba lubba dub dub,” friends! “Rick and Morty” fans will have the chance to win an appearance as a background character in the show’s fourth season and support services and programs for people on the autism spectrum....

When the Surgery You Need Doesn’t Happen

“You don’t open your eyes for a while/You just breathe that moment down.” — Manchester Orchestra, “The Gold” It all begins like clockwork. At 5 a.m. you get your packet from desk J-1 then take it to the G-something...