Reminder: Depression IS Real

It’s easy to say that someone has “the blues” or they are just “lazy,” letting the world pass them by. It’s easy to look at that person from the outside and think they lay in bed all day because they just don’t want to do anything. They let the dishes pile up because they don’t …

Writing with Depression & Anxiety

It’s a strange thing to consider yourself a vessel for stories; it might not be so strange when, in school, you’ve been called a hard worker, a bit of a loner, but one who always meets deadlines and goes above expectations. (Is this a humble brag?) Anyhow, this tends to conjure up severe anxiety over …

Living with DID and An Abusive Partner

Being An Alter with DID My name is Alex. 31 years old, living in Massachusetts, but that’s not what my ID will tell you. I am one of the several alters in a system with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Jennifer, “the host,” handles the day to day, with increasing difficulty. While she is normally in control …

Imagine Constantly Thinking About Food

Content warning: This piece contains specific eating disorder & OCD habits that may be difficult to read about if you struggle with these experiences. I read the headline of an article that pretty much said, “How Can Someone Obsessed with Food Be Anorexic?” I am now recovering from my eating disorder, and I can tell you …

How Travel Freed My Caged Body & Mind

All chronic illness sufferers know the heart-wrenching impact of watching the person they once were fade into oblivion. As your symptoms take hold of your body and mind, simple pleasures that you once enjoyed can become completely achievable. As a child, there was no stopping me. There wasn’t a sports team, dance club, or outdoor …