The Abandonment of the Suicide Attempt Portrayal on ’13 Reasons Why’

I have to admit, I was quite undecided for a long time about whether or not I approved of Hannah Baker's suicide attempt being graphically depicted on "13 Reasons Why," a Netflix original based off the book written by Jay Asher. When I first heard about the release of the show, I was thrilled. Finally … Continue reading The Abandonment of the Suicide Attempt Portrayal on ’13 Reasons Why’

My Meds Make Me Fat: A (Mostly) Empirical Account

My meds make me fat. Well, fatter. I'm not clinically overweight. My BMI is still normal, my cholesterol is normal, I don't have diabetes or heart disease or any potentially detrimental health effects. No outward signs of being actually, significantly, problematically fat. But I feel fat. I look fat when I'm in front of a … Continue reading My Meds Make Me Fat: A (Mostly) Empirical Account

How It Feels to (Finally) Become an Author

Weird. It feels weird. Good weird, though. Excitingly weird. Exhileratingly weird. Successfully weird. Nervously weird. Abnormally weird. What-the-hell-am-I-doing-I-don't-know-but-I'm-ready-for-it weird. WEIRD. I'm in such a stable place and have been for such a long time (2 years let's GO) that when I read my old writing I hardly recognize it. I'm so thankful that those memories, … Continue reading How It Feels to (Finally) Become an Author

Misdiagnosed With Depression: A Circuitous Journey to Bipolar

October 2016 Today marks my first ever meeting with a psychiatrist. A good ole crazy people doctor for good ole crazy me. The psychiatrist turns out to be a sweet, bubbly, round-faced young woman who looks more like a favorite elementary school teacher than a psychiatrist, but in a good way. I like her immediately. … Continue reading Misdiagnosed With Depression: A Circuitous Journey to Bipolar

GUEST POST: “My daughter, Jessica. Part 1” by Julie Yoder-Gregory

TRIGGER WARNING: A very beautiful and powerful story told from a mother’s perspective about how her daughter ended her life. Please read.

Her mission is our mission


This is my beautiful daughter. Born 4-17-86 died 3-10-15. Her death certificate says she died by a gun shot wound. That’s only part of the truth. That doesn’t explain the real cause which is Mental Illness, more specific Depression and Bipolar disorder.

Jessica was in The top 20 of her high school class, 2004. She was in sideline cheer as well as the competitive cheer team, she ran track and had 3 amazing friends. She also had a little brother, Clayton who was 14 years younger than her but they were great friends.

She was far from perfect, I know she smoked and I know she tried some drugs and drinking but she kept up her grades and was very responsible. After high school she attended Aquinas College and graduated in 2008. Soon after she was working at Pine Rest Hospital at the north east clinic as an administrative secretary…

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I Was Nominated for The Mystery Blogger Award!!

Thank you to Okoto Enigma for creating "The Mystery Blogger" award and connecting bloggers in a new and hilarious way. And thank you to https://myloudbipolarwhispers.com for nominating me! I am honored and humbled by your random act of kindness. She is another ~bipolar 1~ sista, so if you like my blog, I bet you will love hers! Rules … Continue reading I Was Nominated for The Mystery Blogger Award!!