Message from the bottom.

You’ve probably noticed, but ever since going into my latest downturn mental illness-wise, I’ve been unable to write anything of substance.  Even the post about separation of church and state was cobbled together from where I’d written about it elsewhere.  I can’t seem to conjure up any eloquence.  It feels like I’m trying to communicate [Read More...]

What if we treated every illness the way we treat mental illness?

This is pretty powerful. I’m up and down right now.  I thought I was doing a lot better this weekend, but today has been very difficult.  I’ll write more on it later. I want to write when I’m in the middle of a downturn because I want people to get a glimpse into what it’s [Read More...]

More update

Between naps and sleep last night, I got eleven hours of sleep.  I’ve napped a couple times today already and feel like I could sleep forever.  I got through my workout today without throwing up and did the whole thing. I’m not great, but I’m certainly not in the dire shape I was this whole [Read More...]

Update

Got ten hours of sleep last night.  I feel a lot more in control today.  This is undoubtedly due to controlling my environment so I have less to worry about today (probably also why I was able to sleep so much). The monster is still loose and rummaging around up there, but I’m moving it [Read More...]

Update

I got five hours of sleep last night.  Less than I wanted or thought I was going to get, but still a step in the right direction.  Gonna try and nap later today. My mood is about the same as it was last night, but I’ve taken some steps toward controlling my environment today that [Read More...]

Another udpate

I got home from work and got everything in order to check myself into a hospoital if need be and then I crashed.  I napped for an hour at work and woke up feeling like I could finally sleep.  Boy, could I ever.  I got over three hours of sleep and am about to go [Read More...]

Update

Thanks everybody for the support.  It means quite a bit to me and it helps to hear people say they care.  You guys are swell. I got a nap at work today for an hour and am really starting to feel like I could sleep.  This is a good thing. I’ve withdrawn from speaking at [Read More...]

Update

Got about four hours of sleep last night.  Feeling a little more in control this morning. Am on the phone with a counselor now.  I can admit myself, but there’s a $1500 deductible with my insurance that, frankly, I can’t afford.  I don’t want to take money from you guys.  I’ve asked you to donate [Read More...]

Mental illness update

I’m not well.  I’ve gotten two hours of sleep in the last sixty-three and a half hours.  I’m very seriously considering checking myself into a hospital in the morning.  I don’t know if my insurance will cover it. Sickness sucks.  Someone send the memo to god that he really fucked up on that one. [Read more...]

Brendan Murphy on why atheists handle mental illness better

Brendan Murphy is a growing force in speaking about mental illness.  Here’s his talk from the Secular Student Alliance Annual Conference this summer. I’ve been 13 months in good shape since my last down period.  In the interest of honoring my promise to write about my own struggles, I will divulge I have not been [Read More...]


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