Seasonal Affective Disorder

It’s the time of year when Seasonal Affective Disorder looms over me and makes me dread the next four months. I actually love the cold. It means herbal tea, hot chocolate, heater tents, curling up in blankets, and wearing sweaters. You might recognize most of these as some of my Self-Management Strategies in my Suicide […]

My Experience with Crisis Text Line

I want to share my experience with Crisis Text Line. I contacted them late Friday night because I felt like harming myself. I didn’t want to break the promise I made to myself, though, so I turned to my Suicide Safety Plan instead and chose to contact one of the national hotlines. What promise you […]

Suicide Safety Plan

A suicide safety plan is a plan you and your therapist develop to help you when you start to have thoughts about harming yourself. This plan has steps you follow until you feel safe. Each safety plan usually contains, though sometimes called something different, the following sections: Warning Signs, Self-Management Strategies, Reasons to Live, Social […]

Living with Depression

I feel like sometimes I have a whole lot to say, so much that it’s hard to get me to shut up. At other times, I feel like I can’t think of anything to say even if my life depended on it. I wish I were more consistent at it. I’ve realized the ebb happens […]

A New Diagnosis

This is hard to talk about because I’m not very good at describing exactly how I feel or what I go through, especially in a way people understand. Fortunately, I’ve been working with both my psychiatrist and therapist long enough that they can work out my feelings and what’s really going on. When I first […]