emerging adulthood, mental health & wellness, spiritual

Imagination and Fear of the Future

A black hole of nothingness. That's how one of my college roommates once described life after college. She couldn't see what came after graduation, so all she could picture was...nothing. And, secretly, for quite a while, I agreed. Despondent, I would stare into a blank journal or a career aptitude test or the face of… Continue reading Imagination and Fear of the Future

arts & creativity, cultural issues, mental health & wellness

De-mystifying Antidepressants, Part II: An Artist’s Perspective

"Treating my depression will make me boring." I've heard friends and students say this plenty of times, and might have thought it myself. Why do we equate medicine with mediocrity? Why do we think more health could mean less talent? Maybe because of what I'll call "Sylvia Plath syndrome." We learn in English class that Sylvia Plath (or… Continue reading De-mystifying Antidepressants, Part II: An Artist’s Perspective

mental health & wellness

De-mystifying Antidepressants, Part I: Redefining Recovery

Fact: I've been on antidepressants off and on for 5 years now and concluded about a year ago -- at my doctor's recommendation -- that I'll be on them indefinitely.Why? Because, left to its own devices, my body consistently decides to create a knot in my stomach, a lot of annoying thoughts in my head,… Continue reading De-mystifying Antidepressants, Part I: Redefining Recovery

mental health & wellness, spiritual

Prayers for Mental Health

I love that the Book of Common Prayer has specific prayers and thanksgivings for just about anything -- for travelers, for artists, for the unemployed, for the aged, and so on. But, I don't see many prayers looking closely at mental health. So, I decided to write a few. For a Person Experiencing Anxiety Heavenly Father,… Continue reading Prayers for Mental Health