I have Drugs! an update.

Hey everyone! Christina here. I’ve spend the last month and a half since being prescribed drugs testing them out, and I’m happy to report fairly positive results. Last time I wrote about mental illness, my psychiatrist prescribed Lexapro and Wellbutrin for depression/anxiety/depersonalization. Part of me doesn’t want to bore you with the details, but here [Read More...]

Allie, of Hyperbole and a Half, re-emerges

Late last year I wrote a blog about Allie, the author of Hyperbole and a Half.  She had posted on depression and several people had sent it to me because they felt it was uplifting.  Allie herself had described many of the reactions to her depression as a form of liberation from her depression. I [Read More...]

High profile loons represent!

Things like this make me very proud of what I’ve done/am doing with my life. I left church more depressed than ever. What was wrong with me, it seemed so easy for them to believe, to heal, to be all better (at least that’s how it seemed then, now I’m not sure how much good [Read More...]

Atheism saved my friend's life.

Christina here… I want to tell you a story about how we can change the minds of those around us by being ourselves. My friend Sarah (here’s her blog!), who does the camera work for all of my Youtube videos, came to me a few months ago and told me she’d been thinking about death [Read More...]

I have drugs now!

(Christina here…) No, not the illegal kind. The anti-depressant kind. Last time we talked about mental illness at length, I was visiting the local mental health center and leaving empty-handed. I expected to get help immediately, and that didn’t happen. (Quick recap: I have depersonalization/derealization disorder and attention-deficit disorder.) The next day, I made an [Read More...]

Changing The Little Things

I got an email that is worth sharing. So often when I am asked how to be an effective activist, I feel people are wanting a magic pill.  Do this one thing and you can change the world!  The truth is that big changes are made up of little changes, and it’s very rare that [Read More...]

In the Care of Insanity Part II

I recently posted a guest blog from my friend Lauren in which she talked about being around me when I was at the bottom of my depression.  It prompted several emails, but one stuck out among them.  It was from a woman who talked about being in a situation just like Lauren who eventually came [Read More...]

In the Care of Insanity

When I write posts about mental illness, I often get thank yous from people who are mentally healthy for giving them an insight into what it’s like living with a mental disease. My friend, Lauren, has written a post at my request.  The post details her experience as a friend of somebody who was, frankly, [Read More...]

Adventures at the Funnyfarm

(Christina here…) Two days ago, I drove myself to the St. Anthony’s Hyland Behavioral Health Center in St. Louis. I finally decided to try to fix the broken part of my brain: I have Depersonalization/Derealization disorder (DP/DR) and Attention-Deficit Disorder. I’ve written a bit about my personal experiences with DP/DR  here.  You’ll probably want to [Read More...]


This was written last night and has nothing to do with the death of Christopher Hitchens.  Boo to people who try to make Hitchens’ death about themselves. In my talk at Skepticon IV I touched on one of the ways people with depressive disorders become attached to their disease.  We view it as the means [Read More...]