On Moods and Self-Identity

I recognize that my moods follow a predictable pattern. There's the high, during which every cloud has a silver lining, every goal seems within my reach, and everything on the Internet seems worth purchasing. That lasts a few days before it gives way to a short but dramatic period of explosive tantrums, stomping, throwing things,… Continue reading On Moods and Self-Identity

On Medication Dependency, or You Get What You Get and You Don’t Throw a Fit

Recently a woman I know told a group of people about her decision to taper down her depression and anxiety medications. She explained that she'd needed them when she was working because her job was so stressful, but now that she's retired, she doesn't feel like she needs them anymore. "I've come to the realization… Continue reading On Medication Dependency, or You Get What You Get and You Don’t Throw a Fit

On Receiving a Diagnosis

  When the psychiatrist first said the words, I couldn't get my head around them. It's not that the diagnosis was a surprise, exactly. I'd considered it before. The mood swings have plagued me for nearly as long as I can remember. The elation and confidence that would carry me along but which I couldn't… Continue reading On Receiving a Diagnosis