My Favorite Songs about Mental Illness

Music is the universal language, right? Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said so, and he was a pretty smart guy. I don’t have a lot to say in this post, because the title is self-explanatory. The following songs may not actually be inspired by the artists’ journeys with mental illness, but they resonated with me. Do you […]

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Letters to my Younger Selves

Dear High School Kris, I used to resent you. I didn’t understand who you were. You were definitely not who I am today. But now I know you were who you needed to be to survive. You were a hunk of marble, and most of the time you merely ran your hand along the surface […]

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The Weight of Emotional Baggage

For the last several months, I’ve been writing one writing related post and one mental health post every month. I planned on continuing that plan through the fall. I have a list of topics to choose from, all of which I’m passionate about. But hypomania has started to fade, and depression is moving in. And, […]

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Back in the Medication Saddle Again

Well, I should think the title of this post is pretty self-explanatory. For the first time since 2010, I’m back on meds. (Except for a 4-month stint in 2011 to get me through a tough semester of grad school, then 9 months in 2013 between weaning Turbo to bottles and trying to get pregnant again. […]

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My name is Kris, and I live with suicidal ideation.

I remember the first time I experienced suicidal ideation. It was my sophomore year of college, during my first depressive episode. I was sitting in my apartment, alone. I’m fairly certain it was a Friday night. It had been a rough day, though I don’t know the specifics. Every day that year was rough. I […]

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