A note on how to use this site: I ask that you please NOT refer suffering people to hopeful articles. Refer to the site and let a person explore for themselves.

These essays are creative and personal, but are crafted so that anyone can get something out of them. My own life experience is what guides the advice I provide and this advice must be taken with a grain of salt. But know that I have fully recovered from mental illness.

MOST RECENT ESSAYS:

  • The Dark Side: Overcoming It - Everyone has a dark side, but if you don’t encounter difficulty, you don’t usually know this about yourself. People who lack compassion, in my experience, either forget that they have a dark side, or they are living from this dark side and can’t even begin to see the light that would be possible if they went…
  • The Church: When it Leads People to Suicide - We are all equal as living, breathing humans. We are all of us, equally, God’s children. The gospel – which preaches humility and loving the outcast and not judging – is a castle made of sand if it is causing harm. And the gospel has led plenty of mentally ill and LGBT folks to suicide…
  • Is My Provider Human?: How I Cope with the Professionalization of Compassion - A major challenge for the health profession is one that comes with any profession: when we become professionals and experts, we sometimes cannot find the space to share that we too are prone to the ailments we want to help others with. We lose our story and analyze the stories of others (our clients) out…
  • Antipsychotics: What I Tell Myself When My Face is a Mask - “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” – Romans 12:12 Part 1: Masked Life – What I lost… What do I tell myself when my face is a mask? I tell myself that I am still me and that my soul still shines from within my body, even if its center is now the heart…
  • My Response When People Say, “Treatment is a form of social control! You can’t keep me down!” - “Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.” – Proverbs 16:32 When people tell me that medication is a form of social control and that they don’t want to be “normal,” I want to remind them of this verse from Proverbs. It is not a modern thing…
  • How Did I get Better? - There are so many things that helped me get better. And the most important one was the belief that I could get better and the willingness to try many things. Never give up. No matter how hard you’ve fallen. God and his angels are with you. Everyone’s path to recovery is different, and it is…
  • Warning: We Must Change to Heal - Ask yourself: Am I committed to getting better? Is there something I am getting from being ill? What steps am I willing to take to improve? There is always a chance we have an investment in staying ill… and often we hide this from ourselves. Ask yourself: Am I taking responsibility for myself? Am I…
  • The Deceptive Comfort of Diagnoses: Don’t Stagnate! Keep Going! - “What a relief to finally have a name for my suffering!” Few who receive a stigmatizing mental health diagnosis utter these words. A bad diagnosis can make what seemed like just a really bad summer a never-ending life-long sentence of despair. If this applies to you, take heart! This does not have to be the…
  • First Episode Psychosis: What is it Like, Why Don’t People Just Get Help?, and How to Help - I didn’t know I was becoming ill when psychosis took hold of me as a graduate student. The first time we become psychotic – or lose contact with reality, as it is more graciously referred to by professionals – is referred to as first-episode psychosis. It is usually a gradual process and people can die…
  • On Mental Illness among Grad Students: The Secular Humanities’ Undoing of the Mind of God. And its Scattering of His Children. - I get it that people no longer agree about who God is/if there is a God/if he should be called she, etc.. But making students or their teachers God is not the answer. In this essay I explain why. If an author is a creator, a creator of books, plays, articles, analyses or case studies, then we…