I walk into a room full of people, and the first thing I notice is the noise.  Everyone is talking.  All at once.  Some are quite animated, expressing themselves with gestures, volume rising and falling with the ebb and flow of the tales they’re telling.  Others are barely whispering, mumbling in the shadows to themselves. … Read more

When is “crazy” crazy?

Is “crazy” still crazy when it becomes the new norm? Are “delusions” still delusional when we name them alternative “facts”? Is “denial” still a symptom of disorder when it becomes a tool to reduce an otherwise crippling anxiety? Is “mental illness” still an illness when the whole world has gone insane? These are the questions … Read more

Self-Harm: Punishing You by Hurting Me?

When I was young, I was a “cutter,” meaning I frequently acted out my pain and frustration by cutting myself, carving into my own flesh with any sharp implements I could find.  It was one of those more disturbing symptoms of my distress, and one I could never adequately explain. Today I choose less obvious … Read more