Mental Health

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Pickles Taught Me the Art of Self-Preservation

I was not suspended in a timeless brine like my pickles. I was not a stoic javelin of cellulose waiting to strike a bored palette. My answers would not be in rigidity, in control.

Sep 22, 2022
People | Health | Mental Health
Covid-19, Memory, and Remembering My Grandma

Can I trust the sparse memories in my long-Covid brain? If I don’t record this, will my Frankenstein-ed memories escape, just like Grandma’s did?

Mar 16, 2022
People | Mental Health
Does Making Predictions Impede the Formation of Memories?

When your brain is presented with a scenario, it makes a decision: Does it file this moment away as a unique event, or slot the information into an existing pattern?

Sep 22, 2021
People | Mental Health
It Doesn’t Hurt, It Hurts All the Time

What if we thought of emotional trauma the way we do physical: as a wide class of wounds whose healing is unpredictable, whose scars take different forms?

Aug 11, 2020
People | Mental Health
The Bipolar Nanny Diaries

Shame alley-ooped my fear. I worked with children and I had a mental illness. They were antithetical.

Jun 16, 2020
People | Mental Health
Anthropology of a Body: The Highs and Lows of Recovering from an Eating Disorder

In order for bread to rise, the dough must be strong.

Sep 16, 2019
People | Mental Health
Either My Anxiety Is Less Acute or I’m Better at Managing It—Which May Be the Same Thing

The psychiatrist said that there were plenty of people whose brains did much the same thing mine was doing. He called it ‘anxiety.’

Jul 24, 2019
People | Mental Health
Counting to Ten Without Numbers

My dyscalculia turns counting a difficult task. So, to get to know them, I turned numbers into people.

Mar 14, 2019
People | Mental Health
How I Came to Appreciate the Video Memories I Experience as an Autistic Woman

Knowing and understanding that I’m autistic has given me the strength to experience the excess of empathy that comes from reliving my vivid, video-like memories.

Nov 26, 2018
People | Mental Health
How Shanties and Songs of the Sea Helped Me Weather the Storm of Depression

The language of depression can be curiously maritime. It comes in waves; it drowns us; it’s the Mariner’s albatross around our necks.

Aug 6, 2018