Books and Writing

5 Great Books About Mental Health (#3)

This round-up of books with excellent mental health components tackle suicide, depression, grief, self-harm, institutionalization, illness/mortality, and PTSD. Some of the books are for young adults, some are memoir or part-memoir, and some are commonly assigned in high school English classes. Books dealing with mental health are rarely easy to read, but they are so,… Continue reading 5 Great Books About Mental Health (#3)

Books and Writing

5 Great Books About Mental Health (#2)

More mental health, woohoo! At some point I'd like to write a little more frankly about my own experiences, but for now here's another batch of good books, particularly some wonderful YA and a bit of a trend of dealing with grief. I think it's important to talk about grief when we talk about mental… Continue reading 5 Great Books About Mental Health (#2)

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On talking about mental health

Isn't it strange that talking about mental health - something that is so helpful to the person struggling and for raising awareness broadly - is one of the hardest things to do? I have struggled for years with talking about my mental health. In high school, I didn't have the vocabulary. I didn't know that… Continue reading On talking about mental health


Everyone has anxiety these days….

I've heard that a lot lately, this refrain that everyone in my generation has anxiety. And while it's evidence of┬ásome progress regarding mental health, I've got to say, I'm not a fan of the overall sentiment. On the one hand, it does seem like anxiety of varying types (especially social anxiety) is more prevalent among… Continue reading Everyone has anxiety these days….

Books and Writing

5 Great Books About Self Image

While in many ways self image (in my mind including both body image and identity) could fall under the umbrella of mental health, I think it deserves special attention since it is the root of so much doubt and pain, and also can be the key to confidence and joy. The following books deal with… Continue reading 5 Great Books About Self Image


On perfectionism

Merriam-Webster's definition of perfectionism: "a disposition to regard anything short of perfection as unacceptable; especially: the setting of unrealistically demanding goals accompanied by a disposition to regard failure to achieve them as unacceptable and a sign of personal worthlessness." Confession: I have been a perfectionist for as long as I can remember. This isn't a… Continue reading On perfectionism

What I Read This Month

What I Read This Month

Hi all, My foray into re-reading some of the young adult books that I loved as a kid/teenager continued this month. I also read some great fiction, non-fiction, and memoirs. In April 2018 I read: A Series of Unfortunate Events by: Lemony Snicket The Revenant by: Michael Punke Animal Farm by: George Orwell The Reader… Continue reading What I Read This Month