‘Tis the Season for Seasonal Affective Disorder

I love the anticipation of Christmas time. I’m the type of person who starts listening to Christmas music on November 1. My Christmas tree is up in my apartment the day after Thanksgiving. And as a Christian, Christmas also holds a special element of hope in the celebration of Christ’s birth. 

Cleanliness as Self Care

As a kid – and let’s be honest, even now – I never had a tidy room for more than a day. I hate doing the dishes and I hate folding laundry. And you can forget about actual scrubbing and sweeping. It’s just not fun, and my clothes are easier to find spread out on…

The 3 Types of Mental Illness

I have a theory about mental health that has proven useful to me in understanding my own mental highs and lows. I’m certainly not a psychologist or neurologist but since I have a mind, I’ve decided I’m qualified enough to develop a theory about the way the mind feels. My theory involves the definition of…

“I am stupid.”

I remember the first time I thought something bad about myself. I was a six years old in my first-grade language arts class. My favorite color was pink, and my best friend was Nicole. I liked stuffed animals and Madeline. I don’t remember much more than that, but I remember the thought. “I am stupid.” Before…